It’s officially the best time of the year - and it’s not because Starbucks has (finally) brought back their Peppermint Mochas, or because neighborhoods all over will soon be lit up with twinkling lights. It’s not even because Savannah has cooled off enough for sweater weather. No, it’s the best time of the year because you get to do ALL.THE. SHOPPING.
That’s right. It’s time to hit the pavement and stop in some of our favorite local shops all while crossing things off our Christmas Gifts List. It’s a win-win.
When my teenage cousin came to town for a visit, the first thing (really, the only thing) she want to do was go shopping. She wanted something different, something she couldn’t get at the big box stores - something all her friends back home wouldn’t have. I took her to Red Clover and she fell in love with their super chic styles - and affordable prices! Now every time she comes to town it’s one of our first stops.
Red Clover has been voted Best Affordable Boutique, Best Clothing Boutique, and Best Accessories by Savannah Magazine, as well as Best Boutique by Connect Savannah.
Have you ever stopped to think about table salt? No, really. It’s easy for us to understand things like wanting fresh, locally grown produce and grass fed beef. Our food tastes better, is more flavorful, more fulfilling, when it's fresh. (Still doubt me? Just think of Grandma’s fresh baked cookies. Nothing beats that!) The Salt Table has so much more than just salt, but the number of different salts that they carry will cause you to give some serious thought to your table salt. Making tacos? Try some Chipotle Sea Salt. Craving barbeque? The Mesquite Smoked Sea Salt is smoked with genuine Mesquite wood, the official smoke flavor of Texas barbecue. This shop is a gift cornucopia for the foodie in your life.
I have sensitive skin that has only gotten worse with age, which is why I love Nourish. Nourish is a green company that makes environmentally-friendly products with no petroleum or harsh detergents, and they make great gifts. They make soaps you expect, like Peppermint and Lavender & Mint, but they also have Old Man And The Sea, which is rich enough to be a shaving bar, and Fountains of Youth, a facial bar with Dead Sea mud to draw out toxins. They also have soy candles, shower steams, and bath ball fizzies - which kids love!
Have a coffee aficionado in your life? You’ll want to head to Shop The Fox, which means you’ll also get to stop at one of our favorite coffee shops - Foxy Loxy. You’ll find “everything you need to make an exceptional cup of coffee,” which I know to be true because Foxy makes excellent cups of coffee (and tea!). They know coffee, and they carry many blends of local coffee roaster Perc Coffee. You can shop online, but Shop The Fox also has a carefully curated collection of local art for sale, and people need art. Not dentist office wall art, the real stuff - the weird stuff. It’s well worth the stop.
Once you’ve had honey from the Savannah Bee Company, you’re not going to want to get honey anywhere else. I’ve been sending Savannah Bee honey as Christmas gifts for the last several years, and now my family requests it at other times too - like when someone gets sick. Their Whipped Honey with Lemon is a go-to favorite with tea any time someone in my family is under the weather. They also make an incredible hand cream I swear by, and have great gift sets like their Napa Soap Shaving Mug Gift Set for Him. Don’t forget to ask about a mead tasting!
Opened in 2006 by SCAD grad Elizabeth Seeger, Satchel is a hybrid studio and store - they make all of their bags in-house, and you can watch the process. While their leather choices will change seasonally, you can view their tried-and-true styles on their website. In store, however, they have a “one-of-a-kindish” pieces. Best thing about Satchel? They’re happy to work with you create a custom order you’ll love.