Gift Guide

2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers, Hostess Presents, and More Great Ideas Under $50

Stylish and fun surcees that pack a big jolt of joy

A grid of four items: a wreath, gloves, a butter stick ornament, and spoons

Southerners have surcees down pat this time of year, whether the thoughtful little gifts are destined for the host of a holiday party or the toe of a hand-stitched stocking. After all, finding the perfect little something for everyone in your life helps fuel the joy of the season. Here are a few of my favorite choices this year.

Serving Spoons

The bubbly, whimsical proportions of these serving tools by Maison Balzac nod to papier-mâché but get crafted from sustainable bamboo ($49 for set;


The delightful tinkling of this rattan bell by Sharland England will sound equally charming when spurred by the push of a doorknob or a touch of the tree ($35;

Surprise Ball

This little crepe paper mushroom from Houston’s Biscuit Home holds a dozen prizes for adults and littles alike and fits neatly in a stocking (hint, hint) ($25;

Tissue Box Cover

Banish bad tissue box art with these chic slipcovers by Heather Taylor Home ($38;


Every Southerner should own this butter ornament from Odd McLean, yes? ($12;


A little luxury, such as this delicate pink travel comb from AERIN, is the sort of unexpected surprise that makes for a great stocking stuffer ($25;

Pillow Cover

This new pillow cover collection by GreenRow will be just the thing for those who love a good ruffle ($39–$49 each;


A fresh bay leaf wreath by McFadden Family Vineyard & Farm smells incredible, lasts for weeks, and dries beautifully ($41;

Fire Starters

Delight anyone with a fireplace with these clever wax starters shaped like glittering pine cones by Cristophe Pourny Studio ($29 for ten;

Bath Soak

There are zero chemicals in these calming bath salts from Sangre de Fruta, just Himalayan sea salt, geranium oil, and spikenard ($19;

Shell Dish

This boldly splattered design from Sharland England can act as a ring dish, a spoon rest, or a catchall for anything else that needs a pretty spot to land ($39;

Seed Mix

If a loved one loves birdwatching, they’ll beckon even more beauty with a seed subscription from Chattanooga’s the Happy Birdwatcher Company—the Chattanooga outfit blends the mixes, which include ten pounds of “everyday” mix and five pounds of specialty (for the likes of finches and woodpeckers), to attract birds in the buyer’s zip code ($42 per month;


You’ll be tempted to wear Madewell’s feminine velvet stunners out of the house ($50;

Bottle Opener

Elevate your Topo Chico or Cheerwine game with this handsome brass and walnut opener from Austin’s Stag Provisions ($45;

Coffee-Table Book

You’ll find page after page of inspiration in this new homage by Emily Evans Eerdmans to the Prince of Chintz, the legendary decorator Mario Buatta—it reads like a mood board of his life’s work ($51;


Jot a note to a friend or sketch the day away with a set of Antica Cartotecnica vintage pencils in old-school colors from Charlotte’s Tabor ($30;


Keep this handsome cast-iron Craighill match striker in the kitchen or on the mantel ($50;


Start things off with a bang at holiday dinners by placing Champagne-themed, confetti-filled Jayson Home poppers at every place setting ($6 each;

Toiletry Bag

Travel in style—and keep every tincture and lotion organized—with a pineapple-embellished pouch by Ecru ($27–$33;

Jingle Bells

Wooden jingle bells make for merry party favors, ideal caroling accessories, and fun bonuses from Santa ($16 each;


Celebrate Southern sporting dogs with canine coasters by Edgefield, South Carolina’s Ancesserie ($14 for set of nine;


When it’s time to bundle up, an heirloom-worthy pair of leather gloves, like these men’s versions from Quince (lined in cashmere no less), are indispensable ($50;


English artist Bridie Hall’s intaglio soaps are almost too gorgeous to use—almost ($24–$38;


Stay organized in the new year with this monogrammable weekly task planner by Washington, D.C.’s Appointed, the Crafts category winner of the 2021 Made in the South Awards ($40;


The seasonless ditzy floral pattern on these scalloped, quilted placemats by Trudie, out of Greensboro, North Carolina, will look appropriate all year long ($25 each;


Relax like you’re at the spa in Quince’s white waffle robe in Turkish cotton ($50;


Big Night offers its collection of wavy glassware in seven colors—collect all the kaleidoscopic hues or invest in a single cup that doubles as a groovy bud vase ($35 each;

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