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We've shared our local love for Nashville before, but really we're in love with the entire state of Tennessee right now — a state with more to offer than just music history, Dollywood, and Appalacchian outdoor adventures. Which is why we're so excited to celebrate Tennessee's contemporary culture with these 5 locally made gift ideas under $50 in our first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays.
Be sure to check out the rest of our 250 picks for made in USA holiday gifts under $50 on our new interactive US map, where you'll find our favorite locally made products by state for her, him, kids, the home, the host/hostess, stocking stuffers, even some for pets.
Jackalope Brewery Thunder Ann Pale Ale
Ladies like craft beer, too, and there's no one locally doing it better than Nashville's Jackalope Brewery. Named for Davy Crockett's wife Sally Ann, aka "Thunder Ann," this pale ale is undeniable badass — sweet enough for the girly girl and dry/hoppy enough for the fiery feminist.
Have Her Over for Dinner by Matt Moore
Shoestring readers know how much of a crush we have on Nashville author Matt Moore, his cookbook, and the new cologne line he created with some college friends last year. Every guy on your list should have a copy of Have Her Over for Dinner ($25) in his kitchen and a bottle of Moonshine (or at least some Moonshine soap, $11.95) in his dopp kit.
Brighter Day Baby Bow Ties
We've said before how much we love the bow tie trend, and the fact that it's gone unisex — and how cute will your little mini-me of either gender look in these Franklin-made versions? A set of 3 is just $18 on Etsy, to boot.
Blueprint Placemat Pad
Should there be any doubt about how to set the table, Cake in Nashville has you covered with these adorable blueprint-styled placemats ($24.95 for 50) made of 100% recycled content.
FOR THE HOST
Lodge Cast Iron Cookware
Every home chef worth their salt knows how amazingly versatile cast iron cookware can be — and how eco-friendly it is, lasting for generations, literally passed down from grandmother to grandchild and on again. For over 115 years, Lodge has been making some of the best, right in the Appalachian Mountain town of South Pittsburg. (With as much consistency and longevity as its cast iron, the company is still run by its founders great-grandsons!) Gift your host with the ultimate brunch toolkit with a Lodge reversible cast iron griddle ($32.95).
Celebrating their 100th birthday this year, Nashville's Standard Candy Co. has been delighting generations of kids of all ages with their delicious mounds of peanuts, caramel, marshmallow nougat and milk chocolate, aka the GooGoo Cluster. Send a Tenneseean a little slice of home with a box of these tasty morsels ($18/dozen).
Did we miss your favorite locally made products from Tennessee? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we'd love to add them to our shopping lists!