10 unique, Alabama-based gifts to consider this holiday season

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By WVUA Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart

With holiday season right around the corner, the annual stress of finding gifts for friends and relatives has nearly begun. This year, as the state inches its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to support local businesses. Here are 10 ideas for unique, Alabama-based gifts:

1.  Red Land Cotton
High-quality, natural cotton sheets could be the definition of the saying “the gift that keeps on giving”. Red Land Cotton is a family-based company that makes all of its products from cotton grown right here in Alabama. The difference is evident in a touch of the homegrown cotton that makes up Red Land’s sheets, linens, towels and clothing.

2. Left Hand Soap Co.
From soaps, to hand sanitizers, scrubs, creams and more, Left Hand Soap Co.’s products will leave a lasting natural and fresh feel. Formerly located in Tuscaloosa, you can still pick up LHSC products around town or at their new location at Pepper Place in Birmingham. It’s a perfect gift for anyone in search of a local flair in everyday products.

3. Poppin Sisters Popcorn
In addition to classic popcorn flavors, Poppin Sisters does not hold back when it comes to their selections. They offer strawberry shortcake, caramel pecan, cookies and cream, turtle popcorn and many more. It is the ideal stop for your sweet and savory cravings – you might as well swing by their shop in Tuscaloosa to find out which flavor is your favorite.

4. 13 Alabama Ghosts & Jeffrey
While spooky season may have passed, “13 Alabama Ghosts & Jeffrey” is an interesting read all year round. Written in 1969 by Alabama lifelong Alabamians Kathryn Tucker Windham and Margaret Gillis Figh, this historical ghost tale also serves as the perfect coffee table book guaranteed to spark the interest of guests.

5. Orbix Hot Glass
Few pieces can compare to the one-of-a-kind, handcrafted art pieces created by Orbix Hot Glass. This family-owned glass plant that sits among 26 acres of beautiful landscape in Fort Payne specializes in centerpieces, vases, sculptures, bowls and even ornaments for the holiday season.

6. Zone Protects
Engineered and designed as a faith-based company in Decatur, Zone Protects is an excellent option for those searching for practical and useful gifts for outdoors-loving friends and family. Their products include all-natural insect repellants, animal repellants, sanitizers and disinfectants that are safe and effective for home gardens and beyond.

7. Craftworks Ceramics & Pottery
If you’re searching for a gift for a creative loved one who enjoys learning, a Craftworks course may be an excellent choice. Craftworks offers a variety of courses including pottery, glass painting, mosaic, hand-building clay, and more. In addition to classes, their studio in Northport is open for shopping and has been serving the greater Tuscaloosa community for over 20 years.

8. Uncle Clyde’s Gourmet BBQ Sauce
While there are many delicious Alabama-made barbeque sauces, Uncle Clyde’s is not only a classic but a fan favorite. This southern-style, homemade sauce takes 12 hours to make and is the perfect addition to any cookout. Uncle Clyde’s special sauce can be found at locations throughout the state, including South’s Finest Meats in Tuscaloosa.

9. Wood Studio
For over 35 years, Wood Studio has been providing handcrafted wooden furniture and design for customers throughout the state and beyond. Their swings, rockers and stools contain high-quality and functional woodwork expertise to create a piece that cannot be found anywhere else.

10. Alabama Goods
Having a hard time deciding on just one Alabama product to gift your loved ones this year? No need to fret – Alabama Goods is the perfect option for you. With an online store as well as locations in Huntsville and Homewood, Alabama Goods is full of local food, pottery and accessories and even has the option of customizable gift baskets that include many items your friends and family will love.

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