What better way to celebrate Christmas than to give back to the hardworking people of Alabama? This year, consider purchasing homegrown gifts from Alabama companies.

Forget mass-produced — there is a local option that will deliver homegrown meat right to your doorstep this Christmas. And who needs Bed Bath and Beyond when you can get Alabama linens?

This is your Christmas gift guide from Sweet Home Alabama.

  1. Conecuh Sausage is well-known throughout the Southeast, and the family-owned and operated business has been in operation since 1947. While the main store is in Evergreen, stores all across the state carry Conecuh Sausage. You can also purchase gift boxes online.

  2. Mason Hills Farm is a USDA-inspected beef processing facility in Mobile County. Featuring a variety of Christmas boxes that can be shipped directly from the farm, Mason Hills offers top-quality meats, including the Herschel Burger, Southern Gentleman Meat Co. and Rooster Ridge Chicken. There is something for all meat lovers at Mason Hills Farm, including treats for your furry family members from the Ranger’s Dog Food line.

  3. Red Land Cotton is the answer for those who need a little comfort this Christmas. The cotton is grown at the foot of Bankhead National Forest and quality cotton fibers are then turned into quality products for you and yours. The bed and bath options include a spa collection and even a beach collection. There are also bath, baby and signature bundles to choose from.

  4. For those loved ones who need a little firepower this Christmas, look no further than your local gun store, but you must look closely for an Alabama brand. Kimber America is headquartered in Troy, where some of the most premium firearms are manufactured. Kimber offers a limited lifetime warranty and makes specialty and collector guns that will hold their value for years to come. Plus, what is more valuable than a life insurance policy?

  5. Jerry Brown Pottery, the only mule-powered pottery mill in the United States, sells all kinds of pottery from Hamilton. You can choose from unique bowls and platters and even face jugs and other odds and ins.

  6. If you want to give the gift that keeps on giving, don’t go for the Jelly Club of the Month. Try “Alabama’s Best Restaurants Cookbook.” The book consists of over 350 recipes made famous by iconic Alabama diners, such as The Original Oyster House in Mobile and The Bright Star in Bessemer. You can purchase the cookbook from Amazon.

  7. Hibbett Sports is a national chain, but it is headquartered in Birmingham. Get the sports lover in your life a perfect pair of sneakers or a new baseball glove. You can buy gifts at any of the many stores in Alabama or order online.

  8. South Candles has some of the best-smelling wax this side of the Mississippi. You can get a whiff of Christmas in the South, Jingle Bells or even Nutcracker. The slow-burning soy wax candles are made to last and to bring joyful feelings into your home. Give the gift of Southern hospitality from the online store or from one of South Boutique’s six locations.

  9. If you’re looking to give a sweet treat to your loved ones, check out Pies by Mike, where you can order homemade pies or give gift cards. Choose from dessert pies or breakfast pies that have regular, gluten-free and diabetic-friendly options, all made in Clanton.

If you aren’t sure what you want to get or want to see a variety of options, go to Alabama Goods online or at their stores in Homewood or Huntsville. The store features distinctive goods made and sold all over the state.

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