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Holiday Gift Guide: Great Ideas Under $300

More than two dozen winning ways to brighten the end of a topsy-turvy year

Dress by Boden.

Match Striker
Light a cozy fire in style with a brass and leather match striker by Virginia’s Moore & Giles—it’ll be as hardworking as it is handsome on a mantel. $230; 

Chocolate Cake
If ever there were a year for gifting (and enjoying) too many desserts, such as this decadent, mail-order chocolate confection from Caroline’s Cakes, it would be 2020. $60; 

Give the gift of a warm holiday welcome with this fresh Blue Atlas cedar wreath from Terrain. $98;

One of the most delightful objects available at the new Birmingham, Alabama, shop Amparo Fine Living are these sculptural papier-mâché urns made by hand in Mexico. $195; 

Whether your gathering is over Zoom or with fewer people this year, this vivacious frock by Boden makes for a great clothing idea beyond the loungewear category.  $270; 

Marshmallow Crossbow
This device from Huckberry falls in the I-wish-I’d-thought-of-that category. The wooden toy propels marshmallows sixty feet and puts a gentler spin on the idea of paintball tag. $99; 

The fit of this button-down by Taylor Stitch looks universally dapper, but the blue-green hue is the real hero: a true winner for every skin tone and hair color. $125;

Collecting beautiful vessels for all manner of spirits is a noble pursuit in the South, and this unusual smoke-gray design by North Carolina’s Terrane Glass raises the bar. $160;

A soft, colorful beanie, like this bold beauty by State Cashmere, is the definition of a perfect stocking stuffer. $75;

Bath Towels
New towels, like new sheets, are a great way to start fresh. This striped set by Parachute Home plays up the advantages of traditional Turkish towels (namely super-softness and absorbency without bulk) but comes wrapped in a decidedly modern package.  $288;

Maguey Plant
Giving live plants around the holidays can be tricky business—timing is everything. Luckily, Furbish Studio has a line of familiar flora crafted entirely of canvas, such as this tropical maguey, that will last far beyond a fleeting few weeks. $225;

This buzzy combination of a shirt and a jacket dubbed a “shacket” brings together the best of both togs. Orvis, naturally, nails the idea. $149;

You don’t have to look far to witness the renaissance of all things eighties these days, including harlequin and checkerboard graphics. We’re loving the understated play on the patterns featured on this quirky crossbody bag by Nashville’s Ceri Hoover. $245;

Tree Basket
Never wrestle with a tree skirt (or a teetering Fraser fir) again with this beautifully made woven vessel by Mainly Baskets that will camouflage your plastic stand. $104;

Belts communicate a personal aesthetic instantly. This take, by Alabama’s Billy Reid, feels both old-school and modern—and will only look better as time marches on. $150;

Down Robe
Oprah may have popularized the marshmallow robe, but we spied the next generation of the idea the Company Store: a bathrobe made entirely of quilted down that will make you feel like you’re lounging inside a cloud. $229;

Work Pants
It might surprise a few folks to know that the new workwear collection by Patagonia gets crafted entirely of hemp harvested in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Our favorite piece happens to be the double-knee pant, which performs just as well for upland bird hunting in the temperate South as it does conquering everyday chores (or an evening bourbon). $69;

Layer this delicate, vintage-inspired gold chain by Jenny Bird with an heirloom locket. $75;

The Norwegian experts at Helle have mastered the quintessential folding knife with this compact, streamlined take. $199;

These shearling-lined slippers in festive silver leather by Sabah are a soul salve for soles. Plus, the insanely comfortable pair qualifies as day shoes, night shoes, and house shoes. $205;

Cheers to better days ahead with a portable cooler by Yeti that’s small enough to sling over your shoulder for an afternoon on the boat, the lake, the beach, or maybe just your backyard. $200;

The Texas designer Caitlin Wilson debuts her foray into the sleepwear arena this holiday season with a swell set in a feminine, chintz-y print. $199;

When everyone finally leaves the house again, be ready in a pair of fiercely comfortable block heels by Margaux New York. $298;

Duck Call
The heirloom-worthy calls by R. H. Jensen can be used in the field and displayed in the home. $285;

Wireless Earbuds
For the love of everyone on Zoom, help someone who needs the nudge upgrade to wireless earbuds like these by Sennheiser. $300;

The new holiday collection by Alabama’s Julie Terrell features all manner of stockings, such as this one, as well as ribbons of every stripe and monogrammed porcelain charms for accessorizing. $250;

This white topper from Free People is everything you want in a Southern “winter” coat: It floats effortlessly over everything from jeans to dresses—even bulky sweaters—without feeling ridiculously heavy for the place we call home. $228;

This oval roaster by Smithey Ironware Co. is pretty enough to display on the table for many family-style dinners to come. $199;

Holiday gift guides from G&G:
>> Gift Ideas Under $50
>> Gift Ideas Under $300
>> Gift Ideas for Southern Cooks
>> Gift Ideas for the Sporting-Minded
>> Gift Ideas for Kids
>> Heirloom-Quality Gifts to Last a Lifetime
>> Our Editors’ Wish List

Also see:
>> The Winter Catalogue from Fieldshop by Garden & Gun

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