Pull your sleigh around both sides of the Bay to shop for everyone on your list this holiday! We found presents that are unique, rustic, luxurious and just plain fun. Pick up a few, and your shopping is done!
text and styling by maggie lacey • photos by Elise poché
These handsome gifts will be a hit with the dapper or laid-back men.
1. Uashmama Paper Tote Bag, $58. Chapel Farm Collection. 19130 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope. 929-1630.
2. “The Essential Oyster” by Rowan Jacobsen, $35. The Garage Studio. 17070 Scenic Highway 98, Point Clear. 928-3474.
3. Wooden Reindeer Ornament, $16. Sarah B. Atchison’s. 2602 Old Shell Road. 473-4086.
4. William Henry Steel-Bladed Knife with 24K Gold Handle Inlaid with Wooly Mammoth Tooth and Studded with Smoky Quartz, $1, 775. Zundel’s Jewelers. 3670 Dauphin St. 344-8300.
5. William Henry Steel-Bladed Knife with Titanium Handle Inlaid with Norway Blue Spruce Pine Cone and Studded with Sapphires, $750. Zundel’s Jewelers.
6. 9-ounce Corkcicle Canteen in Brushed Copper, $20 plus optional engraving. Claude Moore Jeweler. 3700 Dauphin St. 380-9400.
7. Canvas and Leather Shave Kit, $264. Claude Moore Jeweler.
8. “Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey” cookbook by John Currence, $40. The Garage Studio.
9. Hand-Turned Zebra Wood Pen, $40. Claude Moore Jeweler.
10. Pen and Ink Sketch by B. Beth Weldon, $175. Chapel Farm Collection.
11. Citizen Courageous Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watch with Crocodile Strap, $975 Friedman’s Fine Jewelry. 851 East Interstate 65 Service Road South. 479-9469.
Something to make your wife, mom, daughter or sister feel extra special…
1. Italian Fringed Throw, $88. Design House. 3607 Old Shell Road. 607-6310.
2. Copper Studded Earrings, $32. Sway Boutique. 324 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope. 990-2282.
3. Shagreen Clutch by Vivo, $309. Chapel Farm Collection. 19130 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope. 929-1630.
4. Handmade Herb Napkin Rings (Set of 8), $117. Chapel Farm Collection.
5. Rosy Rings Wax Sachet (pair), $24. The Garage Studio. 17070 Scenic Highway 98, Point Clear. 928-3474.
6. Cocktail Recipe Coasters, $27. The Garage Studio.
7. Fur Pom Pom Key Chains, $28. Sarah B. Atchison’s. 2602 Old Shell Road. 473-4086.
8. Fish Painting by Denise Inge, $50. The Garage Studio.
9. Ceramic Snowman by Caroline Boykin, $95. Chapel Farm Collection.
10. Silver Leather Earrings, $38. Sway Boutique.
Something fun for boys big and small…
1. Crawfish Boil Play Set, $40. Big City Toys. 4356 Old Shell Road. 308-8997.
2. Teddy Bear, $40. Big City Toys.
3. Wooden blocks, $43 a set. Big City Toys.
4. Toy Camera Craft Kit, $14. Big City Toys.
5. Bouy Bat and Ball Set, $46. Big City Toys.
6. Ice Mule Waterproof Cooler, $50. Red Beard’s Outfitters. 4354 Old Shell Road. 217-7466.
7. Needlepoint Baby Shoes, $56. Chapel Farm Collection. 19130 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope. 929-1630.
8. Blue Marlin Tiki Toss, $30. Big City Toys.
9. 25-ounce Corkcicle Canteen in Riviera Blue, $33 plus optional engraving. Claude Moore Jeweler. 3700 Dauphin St. 380-9400
Something to spoil your little sugar plums…
1. Wire and Stone Bangle Bracelets, $15 – $22. The Visitation Shop. 2300 Springhill Ave. 471-4106.
2. Silk Eye Mask, $42. Living Well. 25 S. Section St., Fairhope. 929-3255.
3. Knit Ice Cream and Donut Rattles, $12 each. Big City Toys. 4356 Old Shell Road. 308-8997.
4. Handmade Doll, $48. The Garage Studio. 17070 Scenic Highway 98, Point Clear. 928-3474.
5. Knit Strawberry Hat, $27. Chapel Farm Collection. 19130 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope. 929-1630.
6. Wish Papers, $10 each. Living Well.
7. Frosted Tabletop Tree, $29 Sarah B. Atchison’s. 2602 Old Shell Road. 473-4086.
8. Fairy Mouse, $30. Chapel Farm Collection.
9. Herend Donut, $135. Claude Moore Jeweler. 3700 Dauphin St. 380-9400.
10. Kindness Cards, $24. The Garage Studio.
11. Push Pop Confetti, $10. The Garage Studio.
Friends, Teachers, Neighbors
And for all those people you love like family…
1. Rae Rae Cross, $27. The Visitation Shop. 2300 Springhill Ave. 471-4106.
2. Cowhide Clutch, $79. Sarah B. Atchison’s. 2602 Old Shell Road. 473-4086.
3. Stone Bracelet with Religious Medal, $40. The Visitation Shop.
4. Madonna Painting by Joanie Zoghby, $35. The Visitation Shop.
5. Gold Assorted Print Coasters by Holly Stuart Home, $28. Design House. 607 Old Shell Road. 607-6310.
6. 32-ounce Growler, $5 (plus cost to fill with craft beer or wine). Old Shell Growlers. 1801 Old Shell Road. 345-4767.
7. Oyster Bay Angel, $10. The Visitation Shop.
8. Oowee Leather Hugger, $20. Red Beard’s Outfitters. 4354 Old Shell Road. 217-7466.
9. Painted Glass Ornament, $14 Sarah B. Atchison’s.
10. Uashmama Paper Wine Bag, $30. Chapel Farm Collection. 19130 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope. 929-1630.
11. Driftwood nativity, $16. The Visitation Shop.
Gift Guide Experiences
Research shows experiences make us happier than things, and none of us need more stuff in our lives. This year, give those special people on your Christmas list something they will really remember. Get creative and wrap up memberships, tickets or classes, and slip them under the tree. Here are a few of our favorites.
Adopt an Animal at the Gulf Coast Zoo
Help the “Little Zoo that Could” keep all the animals healthy and happy by adopting your favorite: sloth, white tiger, tiger, opossum, lynx or capuchin monkey. Recipients receive an adoption kit containing a personalized certificate of adoption, two 4–by-6 inch photos, a fact sheet and a stuffed animal of the animal you choose to adopt. $50 per animal. 968-4910 • algulfcoastzoo.org
Fairhope Brewing Company Tour
Treat the craft beer lover on your list a tour of South Alabama’s first micro-brewery. The tours take place Saturdays at noon, are limited to just 15 people and cost $15 per person. This behind-the-scenes beer immersion includes a souvenir logo pint glass filled with your choice from the taproom. 279-7517 • fairhopebrewing.com
Trip on the Schooner Joshua
Take friends, family or employees to a sunset sail on the Official Tall Ship of the State of Alabama, the Joshua. Charter the entire boat for $495 for 1 – 15 passengers (additional charge for more passengers up to 49) and enjoy a leisurely sail along Alabama’s beautiful waters. Making Waves Charters • 209-1168 schoonerjoshua.com.
Kids Cooking Classes at The Cookery
Culinary classes at The Cookery are sure to spark some creativity and teach your little ones some lifelong skills. Kids have an opportunity to broaden their palates, learn about healthy eating and get their hands messy! One month of weekly kids cooking classes runs $75. 654-7646 • thecookerymobile.com
Aerial Yoga Class
Aerial yoga and circus conditioning is an out-of-the-box idea for the fitness nut in your life. Kudzu Aerial Fitness teaches classes for folks of all ages and abilities who want to hang from the ceiling like an acrobat and get an amazing workout in the process. Plan to be really sore after you soar! Also, include a little After-Flight workout salve, made in-house, with your gift. $15 for one class or a 4-pack for $56. kudzuaerial.com
Exploreum Student Membership
Budding scientists will appreciate an Exploreum student membership. It’s a deal at only $25 a year, is a tax deductible donation and includes all member benefits as well as one guest pass per year. 208-6893 • exploreum.com
Symphony Gift Tickets
Gift tickets for the Mobile Symphony concerts can be purchased at a range of prices and redeemed for any upcoming concert. The Symphony will wrap and mail your tickets to your loved one on your behalf — so simple! 432-2010 • mobilesymphony.org
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Membership
Become a “Friend of the Sea Lab” for $50 ($30 for students) for free Estuarium admission, a 15 percent discount in the gift shop and more. 861-2141 • disl.org
text and styling by maggie lacey • photos by Elise poché