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Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Nashville Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us y'all.

In 2015, I created my first local-to-Nashville gift guide to give my readers a handful of gift ideas of my favorite Nashville products for loved ones. It was so much fun playing Oprah, and there are so many fabulous local products, I simply had to bring it back for 2016.

So without further adieu, I present to you my top choices for gifts during the 2016 Holiday Season.


First, let's start with Booze.

Blackberry Farms Saison

A refreshing, farmhouse style brew, made by hand in small batches at the stunning Blackberry Farms in east Tennessee. Don't miss the Winter + Fall versions, but warning, you may never be able to drink any other beer again.

Available for purchase at Woodland Wine Merchant.

Belle Meade Bourbon

A favorite bourbon of mine that is sure to please the whiskey-loving connoisseur in your family. The perfect balance of smooth, caramel, and delicious.

Pick it up locally at Woodland Wine Merchant.

WITHCO Cocktails

I am in love with WITHCO's premise and beautiful branding. Pre-made cocktail mixes using fresh, real ingredients and zero preservatives. Concoctions include the Bouquet—Lemon, Rose, and Lavender (add gin/vodka/rum), and Ellis Island Old FashionedVanilla, Orange, Cinnamon (add whiskey). So good.

Pick up locally at 12th + Pine.

Now, everyone's other favorite: Food.

Tickets to VEA Supper Club

Vivek Surti preaches the Gospel of Foodand has never steered me in the wrong direction. He's a personal friend, and one of the best chefs I know. Seriously y'all, his food is insane, and luckily for you, there will be three pop ups held during the month of December you too can experience:

Butcher and Bee Takeover on 12/5 | Le Sel 5 Course Dinner on 12/11 | Le Sel Takeover 12/12

Y'all. Gummy bears for adults? Talk about dreams coming true. Made using Rosé wine, these gummy bears are sweet, tart, and oh-so-delightfully chewy. 

Pick it up locally at Olive + Sinclair or the Seersucker stores. 

Southern Gentleman's Kitchen Cookbook
Nashville cook Matt Moore wants all Southern gentlemen to feel comfortable whipping up a great meal. But ladies, there is plenty of inspiration for you as well in Moore’s collection of 130 recipes with classic and New South flavors. 

Pick it up locally at Parnassus Books

Coop's Nashville Hot Chicken Paste
This paste turns your homemade (or store bought) chicken into a bold, hot, spicy version of Nashville hot chicken in the comforts of your own home. Simply warm the paste, toss with your chicken, and bam. A perfect blend of spice and sweet.

Pick it up locally at Batch Nashville

Bang Sparkle Bark

Made with all-natural ingredients, Sparkle Bark is layer upon fab layer of deliciousness, with a base of dark Belgian chocolate + a layer of Belgian white chocolate—topped with crushed peppermint 

Pick it up locally at the Bang Candy store.

Home + Decor

Needle and Grain Nashville Flag

Let your Nashville freak flag fly with this sexy felt banner from Needle + Grain (side note, give their site a thorough combingthey have a ton of fabulous blankets, pennants, art, and more.)

Pick it up locally at Apple + Oak.

1767 Designs Kato
1767’s stunning wall art is created from wood rescued from Nashville area homes prior to their demolition. Each piece tells the story of the materials used to create it, including the address where the home once stood + the year it was built.

Paddywax Urban Smoke + Amber Scented Candle

My newest obsession from local candle maker Paddywax: the soy wax blend with notes of Amber and Smoke, poured into this fab concrete vessel. 

Kidd Epps Art Shop Lamp

Not only does Kidd Epps produce some of the most beautifully crafted local home decor, he and his wife Aly are absolutely fantastic people. I highly recommend checking out their shop in the Buchanan Arts District, and, for those looking for a stylish lamp to add to their home, look no further.

Pick it up locally at Kid Epps Art Shop.

FASHIONABLE Mehari Blanket

Chic, functional, reasonably priced, and proceeds go toward a great cause. Use it functionally as a blanket, or drape it as an art piece over your furniture. If you don't know why FASHIONABLE exists, I highly recommend reading why they do what they do.

Lifestyle (of the rich + famous. but, reasonably priced.)

Branded Collective Bracelet

The BRANDED Collective employs survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. The women work with local artisans to design and handcraft this fabulous jewelry collection. Another perk? 25% of the profits go to the rescue and restoration of survivors.

Pick it up locally at Apple + Oak.

ShaveFace Shave Set

Set your man up for the new year with a shaving kit he will love. My fave products? The Stropwhich (stylishly, as seen above) keeps your disposable razors sharp for months by honing and cleaning each blade within the cartridge. And, the Shave + Beard oilmade with avocado/ sweet almond oil, and scented with orange and pine essential oils. 

Pick it up locally at Hey Rooster, Abednego, Haymakers, and Serendipity

The PERFECT addition to your little one's collectiona beautifully illustrated book by local author Jennifer Olsand Hillen. Goodnight Nashville allows readers to wish goodnight and sweet dreams to some of the most notable places and things that make Nashville special.

Pick it up locally at White's Mercantile, Rich Hippies, Parnassus, or the Goo Goo Shop.

Little Seed Farm Liquid Goats Milk Soap

Good smelling, moisturizing local soap for the win. Each bottle is handcrafted using 100% natural and 100% organic ingredients, and combines shea butter, goat's milk, and organic olive oil. Scents include Lavender, Orange Blossom, Rosemary Mint (my fave), and Rosemary Patchouli.

Pick it up locally at Kroger.

Project 615 "Heart for the Smokies" Tee

Project 615 consistently designs some of the best looking local-branded t-shirts around, and, rallies behind an incredible cause. One of their main objectives is to help restore those who are on the path of recovery from homelessness, addiction and mental illness. But this particular "Heart For The Smokies" tee will go directly to the Gatlinburg Relief Fund, which benefits the families impacted by the recent wildfires. 

Pick it up at the Project 615 store in East Nashville.

Project 615 "Love Your Neighbor" Sweatshirt

With the current political climate and so much negativity surrounding it, I believe this shirt serves as a beautiful reminder during this season. 100% off the proceeds go to Nashville's Room In the Inn, who partners with nearly 200 congregations and thousands of volunteers to provide shelter, food, education, recovery, housing, community, and much more in our community.

Pick it up at the Project 615 store in East Nashville.

Aviate Hat / BNA

Stylishly represent the BNA with this Aviate cap. And here's a little tip: BNA stands for Berry Field Nashville. Bonus points if you actually knew this.

Pick it up locally at Batch Nashville.

And finally, the gift of music.

Kacey Musgraves, A Very Kasey Christmas

Cozy up to a fire by the tree, crank up the record player, and be prepared to add this flawless Christmas album to your collection of classics. Musgraves' take on the classics +  new original tunes (A Willy Good Christmas feat. Willy Nelson? Yes.) will have you feeling the holiday spirit in no time!

Miranda Lambert, The Weight of These Wings

Miranda's latest effort is a truly beautiful gift to music lovers. This two disc compilation is best described by Rolling Stone as "equal parts country-funk road song and hillbilly nursery rhyme, delivered by a touring pro who's seen her share of mile markers." Plus the lead single, Vice, happens to be one of my favorite songs released in 2016. #TeamMiranda.

Paper Route, Real Emotion

As most of you know, Nashville is beyond just country music. Paper Route was introduced to me earlier this year and has quickly become one of my favorite bands based here in town. Real Emotion contains tried-and-true songwriting as well as all the emotionsplenty of highs and lows.


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