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:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!