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G&G’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Classic gifts ring in the season stylishly, from a cut-glass camellia bowl to a definitive photography collection

December/January 2016

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Bucket Bag: This tasseled mini bucket bag in burnished gold leather by Georgia’s Very Fine South is just the right size for fun days (and nights) when you’d rather lighten your load. Unlike a clutch, the design is hands-free thanks to an adjustable cross-body strap. It fits a phone and other essentials like lipstick, and the occasional flask, with flair.

$365; veryfinesouth.com

photo: John Lawton

Camellia bowl: There’s no prettier way to play up camellias’ lush holiday red, white, and green hues than floating them in this traditional cut-glass footed bowl from Croghan’s Jewel Box, of Charleston, South Carolina. Bonus: Once camellia season ends, use the bowl to float such fragrant Southern favorites as gardenia or magnolia blossoms.

$65; croghansjewelbox.com

photo: John Lawton

Spices: This year, Lisa Conner launched her line of organic spices from around the world to continue the legacy of the family spice business she grew up with in Texas. A Spice Society starter kit of nine seasonings includes everything from ground roasted cinnamon to Herbes de Provence and arrives boxed and be- ribboned.

$78; myspicesociety.com

photo: John Lawton

Fedora: Channel a little seventies glamour with this emerald green fedora, in plush velour felt, by Gigi Burris Millinery. The hat is handcrafted using techniques practiced for centuries by milliners who carefully steam felt into shape over wood blocks. The classic construction renders it an easy, elegant way to top off just about any sweater-weather ensemble.

$355; gigiburris.com

photo: John Lawton

Earrings: Victorian jewelry often referenced swallows as a symbol of homecoming. These 14-karat rose gold studs, embellished with hand-cut Persian turquoise by the artisans at Blackbird and the Snow, are a beautifully current play on that avian notion.

$1,765; ylang23.com

photo: John Lawton

Cape: The swingy, graceful cape is a true style chameleon—equally at home over flowy dresses and narrow pencil skirts or worn with wide-leg trousers and jeans. This new take by Ellsworth & Ivey, in oxblood alpaca with leather trim at the shoulders, is ready for oyster-roast season.

$495; ellsworthandivey.com

photo: John Lawton

Onionskin stationery: Once used by Ernest Hemingway and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, onionskin paper is a throwback to when personal correspondence was an art. Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer, in New Orleans, now offers bespoke monogramming services on the elegant material for those who’d like to put pen to a paper of the past.

$3,650, including a custom monogram and 125 envelopes and French-folded notes; nancysharoncollinsstationer.com

photo: John Lawton

Belt buckles: Take a bit of the field wherever you go with a belt buckle by New York metalsmith and sculptor Ansell Bray, who creates 2¾” x 1¾” renderings of quail, ducks, pheasant, and grouse in sterling silver and bronze. Bray accepts custom commissions, and all belt buckle styles are also available in gold.

$1,100–$1,500; sportsmansgallery.com

photo: John Lawton

Books: Building on the slim original of the same name published in 1989 (and complete with its reprinted introduction by Eudora Welty), the ten volumes of The Democratic Forest collect more than a thousand images by the revered photographer and Tennessee native William Eggleston. The set begins with photographs of Louisiana and ends with his lens on the small-town South.

$600; amazon.com

photo: John Lawton

Knife: For the discerning sportsman, you can’t go wrong with this trout and bird knife by Montana bladesmith James Behring of Behring Made knives. The stainless-steel blade is available in three lengths and a choice of handsome guard and handle styles, from yellow and black Micarta to brass and stag horn.

$345–$395; behringmade.com

photo: John Lawton

Bitters: Know a drink snob? (We all do.) North Carolina–made Crude Bitters and Sodas won’t disappoint. All eight offerings elevate everyday libations, from gin and tonics (pair them with the grapefruit and black peppercorn flavors in the Rizzo bitters) to old-fashioneds (well suited to the citrus notes in the Sycophant).

$11–$17; crudebitters.com

photo: John Lawton

Jeans: Just when you thought Southerners had figured out every conceivable use for bourbon, along comes Marcus Hall, who soaks his Knoxville, Tennessee–made Marc Nelson jeans in West Virginia Smooth Ambler Old Scout whiskey to arrive at their distinct color. The fit is flawless, and the thirty-day dip in the hooch also softens the fabric, resulting in a welcome reprieve from most chafe-inducing selvage denim.

$235; marcnelsondenim.com

photo: John Lawton

Watches: Hook & Gaff watches are made for anglers by anglers. Assembled by hand in North Carolina using Swiss quartz movement, the timepieces have lightweight titanium cases and water resistance to two hundred meters and are available with rubber or nylon straps. They’re handsome enough to wear on shore leave, too.

$550–$700; hookandgaff.com

photo: John Lawton