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Gift guide for shopping local
Southern Jubilee hand stamped wine glasses and decanters at The Crystal Plate.

Gift-giving is a joy, but shopping for the gift can be a less than pleasant experience, particularly in the already busy holiday season.

To make it a little less of a chore, area retailers provided a list of some of the most popular gift items this season to help residents get a jump start on their holiday shopping.


For wine lovers

Rescued Wine Candles

Gift home decor for a good cause with Rescued Wine Candles. Sales of the soy candles, which are made from recycled wine bottles, benefit animal rescue groups and shelters. Scents are inspired by types of wine, ranging from Cabernet to Champagne.

The 11-ounce candles burn for 80 hours and range $21 -$28. (Available at or at J.R. Crider’s in Gainesville.)

Southern Jubilee Glassware

Southern Jubilee monogrammed wine glasses and decanters offer a personalized gift option with a hand-stamped pewter initial.

Monogrammed stemless wine glass is $17.95, and monogrammed decanter is $54.99. (Available at or at The Crystal Plate in Gainesville.)

For the chefs

James Farmer books

Georgia native James Farmer’s popular books provide home and garden design inspiration and make great coffee table art. His books “A Time to Cook” and “A Time to Plant” give useful cooking and gardening advice with an emphasis on Southern traditions.

Books range $35-$40. (Available at or at The Crystal Plate in Gainesville.)

Mud Pie Platters

The perfect accompaniment to winter decor, Mudpie’s acorn and antler adorned trays and platters personalize any party. The brand also offers a variety unique designs for kitchen decor.

Prices vary.  (Available at or at The Crystal Plate in Gainesville.)


For the nature lovers

YETI Rambler Colsters and Tumblers

YETI brand products remain at the top of everyone’s wish lists again this year. The stainless steel Rambler collection keeps drinks ice cold while preventing condensation on the outside.

Check out the Colster, like an insulated koozie for canned drinks, or the traditional 20 ounce tumbler, which can be personalized to show your school pride. Rambler Colster and tumbler cost $30 each.  (Available at

Patagonia jackets and vests

For the nature lover in your life, Patagonia apparel is a must have. Patterned fleece pullovers and vests for men and women start at $99. (Available at or at J.R. Crider’s in Gainesville.)


For the homebody

Southern Shirt Company

This year, it’s all about cozy comforts when it comes to clothing trends.

One of the most popular items is the Sherpa pullover from Southern Shirt Company. These fuzzy, quarter-zip jackets come in a variety of neutral colors and average around $98. (Available at or at J.R. Crider’s in Gainesville.)

Cheecan’s biscuits

Part cheese straw, part pecan, Georgia’s own Cheecan’s are great for snacking or to add to soups or other recipes. The savory mini-biscuits are made from sharp cheddar, Parmesan cheese and Pecan meal, with a hint of spice.

Bring a bag as a gift and save a bag for home. Produced by The Orchards in Wren, a box of Cheecan’s averages around $14.95. (Available at or at The Crystal Plate in Gainesville.)

For the fashionista


Kitzi Jewelry 


Handmade in Collierville, Tenn., Kitzi Jewelry’s mixed metal and leather earrings, bracelets and necklaces are a unique accent for the jewelry lover in your life.


Prices vary. (Available via Kitzi Jewelry Facebook or at The Crystal Plate in Gainesville.)


For the kids

Shopkins Toys

When it comes to children’s toys, the trends are ever-changing. But one of this year’s hottest kids’ items is the Shopkins collection of playsets. Miniature dolls with themed kitchen and house sets, along with myriad accessories have become collectors items. Products start at $10. (Available at, Five Below and most major retailers.)