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Gift These 11 Small-Batch Southern-Made Goods This Holiday Season

by Berit Baugher
East Potter’s Bowl Nesting Set. Photo courtesy of East Fork.

CHARLESTON - I spent a brisk fall weekend in Charleston with the Garden & Gun team, soaking up the city’s Southern charm and celebrating their annual . The three-day affair highlighted the region’s best craftsmanship and makers with a full roster of festivities, including a concert by Amanda Shires and Aaron Lee Tasjan at the  and a globally inspired dinner party at the historic with delicious food by Southern chef Asha Gomez. The best part of the weekend: a top-notch makers market selling goods from this year’s talented batch of winners and finalists — many of which would make excellent holiday gifts. Here, a selection of Southern-made favorites ideal for holiday gift giving. Happy shopping.

Form meets function with a durable and stylish trio of nesting bowls crafted from regionally sourced stoneware clay in Asheville, North Carolina. ($62)

Created by a husband and wife team in a historic factory space in the heart of Texas, the woodsy and floral fragrance is made using natural ingredients sourced from around the world. ($150)

Caramelized cane sugar and rich duck fat come together to create a uniquely savory treat, made in small batches at an old grocery store in Nashville. ($26)

Putting a Georgian spin on an old Spanish tradition, this tasty pancetta is made from Iberian hogs raised on a fourth generation Georgian farm and cured at La Quercia (a favorite of New York chef Andrew Carmellini) in Norwalk, Iowa. ($136)

Bring the outdoors in with a limited-edition letterpress calendar inspired by life on a small farm in Hancock County, Georgia. ($38)

Sweet, spicy, and addictive jalapeno slices pickled with care in Houston, Texas. ($7)

Drizzled over ice cream, added to a favorite barbecue sauce, or used to create the base of a citrus-infused cocktail. The rich and flavorful small-batch syrup is created from just three ingredients (satsumas, lemon juice, and cane sugar) in Thomasville, Georgia, and can be used a number of ways. ($7)

Crafted by a heritage brand founded in Lynchburg, Virginia, this luxe set of leather coasters is housed in a sleek wooden box — perfect for holiday gifting. ($125)

Handcrafted in Nashville, the heirloom-worthy classic is made of fourteen-carat yellow-gold and can be worn on its own or as part of a set. ($280)

Made in Atlanta using 100 percent organic flour, these crispy crackers are a highly addictive cocktail-party favorite. ($8)

These anything-but-average artisanal cowboy boots are hand-lasted in Texas and can be customized for the lucky wearer. (From $875)

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