Gift Guide

Gifts With Southern Soul

Twenty-three great ways to elevate the art of Southern giving

December 2018/January 2019

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For the Pantry

Gather these Southern sundries into a custom crate from Fieldshop by Garden & Gun.

Smoker Fuel
The aromatics of Texas pecan shells and juniper berries meld in this original kindling combination from No. 4 St. James to bring peppery, bacon-y notes to your wood or charcoal grilling ($12, ggfieldshop.com).

Cast-Iron Pan
The new 8-inch pan made by the artisans at Smithey Ironware in North Charleston, South Carolina, is the perfect size for frying eggs ($100, ggfieldshop.com).

Ham Rolls
The shaved brown sugar and country ham rolls from Ladyfingers Caterers in North Carolina are a Bloody Mary’s best friend at a tailgate, a cocktail party, a brunch, and beyond ($17, ggfieldshop.com).

Recipe Box

Keep the family’s real treasures within easy reach in an
heirloom-worthy solid brass box by Sir/Madam ($130, ggfieldshop.com).

Spices
Asheville chef Meherwan Irani’s Spicewalla collections conveniently bundle trios of related spices—with inclusions
both Southern (Carolina pork rub) and global (garam masala)—for the home cook ($14–$22, ggfieldshop.com).

photo: Jeffrey westbrook

For a Night Out

Bow Tie and Cuff Links
Both the carnelian cuff links by South Carolina’s Dudley VanDyke ($450; dudleyvandyke.com) and the silk bow ties by Georgia’s Larkin Lane ($80; larkinlanedesigns.com) put a singular stamp on dressing up.

Watch
First introduced in 1963, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona brings the elegance of yellow gold, steel, and a sleek black dial together with the practical stopwatch capability of a chronograph, so you can time that toast down to the second ($16,900; rolex.com).

Rings
The sentiment behind Monica Rich Kosann’s collectible Poesy rings dates to a fourteenth-century tradition of engraving inscriptions of friendship and inspiration on bands (from $575; monicarichkosann.com).

Necklace and Rings
The Virginia native Temple St. Clair’s ruby and diamond Trio necklace ($27,000) and her Trio Eternity and Trio Vigna rings ($1,500–$2,750) are delicate enough to layer and stack liberally (templestclair.com).

Earrings
Brent Neale’s eighteen-karat gold and hand-carved
carnelian and turquoise studs call to mind festive stars ($5,400; elizabethbruns.com).

photo: Jeffrey westbrook

For the Field

Boots
Whether you’re hunting quail in Texas or chasing pheasant in the Dakotas, this  new boot, a collaboration between Danner and Orvis, provides comfortable, waterproof support and grip for a full day in the field ($398; orvis.com).

Knife
The curly maple of this handmade pocket folder by Tony Miller Knives in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is a little like your grandfather’s folding knife, but gently updated with a heat-treated stainless-steel blade and a handle that fits comfortably in hand ($260; ggfieldshop.com).

Watch
The Sportfisher Black timepiece by Hook & Gaff is designed in the South for fishermen by fishermen. The dark dial is antireflective, scratch resistant, and water resistant to 660 feet, while the sleek black rubber strap is virtually indestructible ($775; hookandgaff.com).

Shell Bag
The artisans at Dark’s Designs in Leather in Tennessee dreamed up a shell bag detailed in beautiful bridle leather
that eliminates the need for a separate shooting belt, stays open to reload, and dumps hulls easily, thanks to the zipper
at the base ($150; darksleather.com).

Fishing Shirt
There are no superfluous pockets, loops, or Velcro appendages to be found on Poncho shirts, a new line of technical apparel developed by former professional fly-fishing guide Clay Spencer, who grew up in Texas. Available in a variety of fits (including slim), the button-downs feature chest pockets with saltproof magnet closures for easy access ($70; ponchooutdoors.com).

photo: Jeffrey westbrook

For the Home

Monogrammed Towels
The classic monograms and old-school piping on the new towel line Weezie, by Southern friends Liz Eichholz and Lindsey Johnson, come in seven retro embroidery colors ($58 per bath towel; $40 for two hand towels; weezietowels.com).

Napkins
Dallas designer Cristina Lynch worked with artisans in San Vicente Coatlán, Mexico, for her new collection of Mi Golondrina hand-embroidered dinner napkins ($75 for a set of four; migolondrina.com).

Vanity Case
The simplicity and craftsmanship of the vanity cases by Neely & Chloe will stand up to years of travel, and the leather accessories are available in six elegant colors, from holiday red to powder blue ($108–$128; neelyandchloe.com).

Obelisk
This new decorative sculpture collection—a first-of-its-kind collaboration for KRB between married artists Matthew Cruise, a furniture designer, and Mary Nelson Sinclair, a Texas native and painter—pays tribute to one of architecture’s most ancient forms: the obelisk ($400–$1,800; krbnyc.com).

Throw
The tumbling block motif of the handmade wool and cashmere throw by Matouk borrows from midcentury Italian design—a look reminiscent of Southern quilting patterns ($889; matouk.com).

photo: Jeffrey westbrook

For the Garden

Lilies
South Carolina garden designer and horticulturist Jenks Farmer is obsessed with crinum lilies—he grows more than thirty varieties of the fragrant beauties on his farm, including a specimen he’s been tinkering with for fourteen years. Some, like the Ellen Bosanquet bulbs (shown here, marked by Farmer to note their final color), blossom from pink to a rich burgundy; others blossom white. “Society gardeners snubbed them for a long time as Southern cemetery flowers,” Farmer says, “but I’ve loved them since I was little.” During the holidays, Farmer works directly with customers to determine the appropriate bulb (or bulbs) to gift for various growing zones as well as when and how to plant them ($17–$109; jenksfarmer.com). 

photo: Jeffrey westbrook

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