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Splurge-Worthy Gifts for Those Closest to You

Covetable gift ideas, all under $400

Classic Copper Teakettle
Just like antique copper cookware, this Chantal teapot will gradually darken with a patina over time—but the distinctive whistle will stay exactly the same. $160; 

Silk Print Tie
Pull any holiday ensemble together with this silk beauty by Drake’s for Sid Mashburn. The colors—indigo, tobacco, peacock blue, and green—go with the season. $195;

Paper Cyclamen
Forever flowers in paper, like these exclusive cyclamen blooms for Cutter Brooks, are always a welcome gift. $111; 

The Blue Goose Flannel
The newest launch from the Southern folks at Poncho Outdoor, this flannel also acts as a technical fishing shirt with fibers that dry quickly and keep you warm on the water. $85;

Catfish Jigger
Leave it to the endlessly clever G&G contributor Julia Reed to dream up a sterling silver catfish jigger for her new line Reed Smythe—a truly Southern (and memorable) gift. $350;

Tompkin Slipper
These men’s slippers by Vionic take warmth and comfort to another level with handsome gray flannel. $120;

Cocoon Coat
A simple shape in the happiest raspberry color. $365;

Floral Plate
These handmade pieces by the Brooklyn-based ceramicist Morgan Levine nod to nature in a fresh way. $180;

Gold Pinecone Wreath 
The timeless beauty of this wreath by the Magnolia Company lasts way longer than live greenery. $98;

Zocalo Long Pajama Set
Creatures great and small (and real and imagined) emblazon this indigo cotton pajama set from artful British brand Desmond & Dempsey. $200;

Doister Polarquilt Jacket
This quilted Barbour essential is light and stylish for the field or by the bonfire. (Read: You won’t look like the kid from A Christmas Story wearing it.) $350; 

These clutches by the South Carolina–based Villette are highly collectible arm candy: No two are alike, and the fabrics used range from vintage saris to Fortuny velvets. $200 each;

Sand Franklin Corduroy Pant
Slide into these corduroy pants with a classic fit by the geniuses at the Virginia-based Ledbury. $165;

Black Denim Crosshatch Cotton Dress
The Tennessee-based designer Emily Phillips’s eponymous line features practical, flattering staples like this denim design, which can be worn as a tunic or a dress and also comes in corduroy. We’re also fans of her maxi dresses worn over jeans. $225;

Men’s Detrola the Daily Wear Watch
A waterproof, casual timepiece by Shinola that’s made for the weekend. $395;

Velvet Venetian Mule
This ultimate day-to-night slip-on comes in a truly soft pink velvet by Le Monde Beryl. $385;

Cocktail Set
Cocktail utensils don’t get more chic than this set by North Carolina’s Lost Cove Jewelry. $160;

Camo Beverly Skirt
The Atlanta designer Abbey Glass creates effortless pieces to be worn season after season. We loved her take on camouflage in the form of a long, pleated silk satin skirt that moves from day to night easily. $385;

Mission Wheelie
Rugged and beautifully made, this roller in a warm khaki canvas from Mystery Ranch is the ultimate travel bag, whether you’re headed to Argentina to fish or just visiting the in-laws. $345;

Dragonfly Earrings
The San Antonio–based jewelry designer Nicola Bathie creates statement earrings with one thing in common: Her inspired-by-nature pieces look like works of art on your ears. $200;


Nokona Chukka
A handsome boot with a decidedly retro look. $220:

Plant-Dyed Raw Silk Pillow
Each pillow by the artisans at TR Handy in Bordeaux, France, is crafted using vegetable-dyed textiles (in this case, wild berries are used to create pink). $158;

Arrowhead Brass Belt Buckle
“Themed” belt buckles like this arrowhead design could go wrong in the hands of anyone other than Atlanta’s Sid Mashburn. $85;

Fresh Gardenia Box
We’re of the opinion that if someone gifts you a box of gardenia blooms that fill a house with fragrance they’re a friend for life. $249;

Large Zippered Downtown Tote 
Southern women never run out of reasons to use a tote bag, and this design from Texas-based Leatherology kicks the luxury up a notch (and can be monogrammed). $210;

DB2 Indestructible Waterproof BT Speaker
Trust us, no one will re-gift this very cool looking, very durable DemerBox radio—ideal for the beach, the boat, and beyond. $348;

Cast-Iron Dutch Oven 
Made in the South Awards alum Smithey Ironware Co. debuted a dutch oven just in time for holiday cook-a-thons. $295;

Copper Bar Tray
This bar tray, handmade in copper by the artisans who create pieces for Reed Smythe, adds instant warmth to any holiday setup. $250;

Amaryllis in Metal Urn
Send cheer in the form of these festive amaryllis bulbs that arrive with a perfectly paired container from Terrain. $58;

Holiday gift guides from G&G
>> Gift Ideas for Southern Cooks
>> Gift Ideas for Those Closest to You
>> Gift Ideas Under $150
>> Gift Ideas for Every Budget
>> Gift Ideas for Kids
>> Our Editors’ Wish List

Also see
>> Our Favorite Southern Books of 2019

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