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Neighborhood Cheer: Your Birmingham Gift Guide

a very birmingham holiday
birmingham gift guide
Window by Java Lewis at John’s City Diner

There are some great gifts to celebrate collective Birmingham pride–in fact, we rounded some up in our very first guide. But what of those who’ve cultivated their own corner of the city? They might like a more specific option. So we’ve put together a list of locally-inspired gifts we think are most emblematic of some hot neighborhoods right now: A Birmingham gift guide for the urban dweller.


Its biggest claim to fame may be the 41st Street restaurant & bar scene, but we think MAKEbhm is this year’s big neighborhood shift. Gift your own piece of that creative energy with a piece of MAKE resident Susan Gordon Pottery. From sculpted bowls to Magic City ornaments, there’s something for everyone. And if you want to support two Avondale businesses with one gift, Winslet & Rhys stocks select pieces.


The season’s big entertainment option is ice skating in Railroad Park. And with a run that extends through mid-January, December gifting is still feasible. But the most bated-breath stretch of this year has been watching the downtown Publix take shape. Its opening has been delayed until sometime in January, reported AL.com. But there’s nothing to celebrate the neighborhood’s practical convenience like a Publix gift card.


Redmont Vodka appeared in ABC stores this spring and served as Sloss Fest’s “official spirit,” reported AL.com. Lakeview’s entertainment options have grown leaps and bounds this year–Sky Castle, Ghost Train, Scene among them–and Redmont’s branding strikes the perfect balance between the area’s understated exteriors and its party potential. They’ve also released a Cotton Gin, which we can’t help but love.

Downtown Loft District:

Between the Lyric Theatre and the Redmont Hotel, it’s been a restorative year downtown. There’s more on the way, of course, with the Pizitz Building and the Thomas Jefferson Tower, but why not celebrate what we’ve achieved so far? Tickets to one of the Lyric’s varied shows–Russian ballet and Ben Folds are both on the calendar for 2017–are a thoughtful way to experience this now-functioning beauty. Or commit to treating your giftee to drinks at the Redmont’s rooftop bar, appropriately named The Roof, as another experience-over-stuff option. And tickets to New Year’s Eve at the Redmont make for easy wrapping.

A Very Birmingham Gift Guide

We’re organized, thoughtful folks around here, but the holidays have a way of sneaking up on us. In case y’all are in the same boat, we’ve thrown together a few of our favorite locally-sourced ideas perfect for last-minute holiday gifts:

Image via Vulcan Park & Museum

1) The Vulcan double bobble (recommended for: your friend with an offbeat sense of humor or any Dirty Santa/White Elephant occasion)
In honor of Homewood’s long running joke-complaint about its view of Vulcan’s backside, the Vulcan Park & Museum explains, they’ve given this bobble head a “bobbling backside” as well.

Image via Shive Design Sign & Salvage

2) A (literal) piece of Lyric history (recommended for: the vintage/restoration junkie in your life or a relative who remembers the Lyric in operation)
Shive Design Sign and Salvage has bits of salvage from the theatre, and your purchase helps support the Lyric restoration campaign.

Image via Bottle & Bone

3) Lessons in butchering from the experts at Bottle & Bone (recommended for: your most loved foodie or any serious carnivore)
Available two-hour classes include “How to Butcher a Cow” and “How to Make Bacon & Charcuterie.”

Image via El Barrio

4) Reservations for New Year’s Eve Dinner at El Barrio (recommended for: your favorite restaurant companion)
Last year’s dinner had us hungry for more. And with all the delicious possibilities in El Barrio’s regular rotation, the limited special occasion menu gives some welcome guidance on finding the perfect meal.

Image via Jim ‘N Nick’s

5) Jim ‘N Nick’s cheese biscuit mix (recommended for: an extra stocking stuffer or as a charmingly simple gift for the coworker/business associate)
These biscuits are universally adored and highly addictive, so it’s fortunate that a family-sized package will make a full two dozen. They’re also packaged in a gifting-ready flour sack.

Image via CraftCans.com

6) A growler/six-pack of local craft brew (recommended for: your best drinking buddy)
Pick one up at the Piggly Wiggly on Clairmont, and you can check off a gifting to-do item while you’re makin’ groceries.

Image via CarrieRollwagen,com

7) The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local, and Reclaim the American Dream (recommended for: your basic bookworm or Rev Birmingham supporter)
Published through a Kickstarter campaign, The Localist chronicles author (and local business owner) Carrie Rollwagen’s year-long experiment ditching mass market retail in favor of locally-owned businesses. Buy it from Church Street Books to support both the author and her local business for a very meta gift, indeed.

Image via Iron City Bham

8) Iron City concert tickets (recommended for: your favorite live music date/fan)
Late December shows include The Chad Fisher Group performing Hank Williams tunes and “Purple Rain” as played by the Black Jacket Symphony, with a pair of tickets running you $50 or less.

Image via Yellowhammer Creative

9) Yellowhammer Creative gear (recommended for: everyone)
There’s fun for the whole family here. We love the “Made in the Magic City” onesies for local tots, and anyone who grocery shops could use an “It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham” tote. They’ve also been known to stock a “Give ‘Em Hell Alabama!” T-shirt, which might come in handy for the playoff season.

Still not sure? Check out the Made Here pop-up shop at the Regions-Harbert Plaza for Alabama-made arts and eats. Happy gifting!