Whether you’re a dinner guest or a weekend visitor, you know not to ever show up empty-handed. Show your appreciation for good ol’ Southern hospitality with our roundup of stylish hostess gifts, both edible and decorative, all made right here in our region.
16-Piece Chocolate Assortment
Charlottesville, Virginia, chocolatier Tim Gearhart uses fresh ingredients, including Venezuelan chocolate, local sweet cream, and pure butter, to create his exquisite confections.
These earthy, unscented Seda Naturals 100% beeswax candles are hand-poured into German glass jars in Austin, Texas.
Buy It: $15 (small), $35 (large); sedafrance.com
Vanilla Crêpe Cake
Give yourself and your oven a break—order a decadent holiday dessert from Charleston Crêpe Company. The signature vanilla crepe cake serves 12 and ships nationwide.
Fleur de Lis Soaps
With their soft tuberose fragrance and so-Southern fleur de lis design, these pretty guest soaps, made in Louisville, Kentucky, make lovely shower or luncheon favors.
mosshill.net; $6.50 each
An Italian favorite with a Southern twist: These hearty cookies, in delicious fall flavors like pumpkin pecan and apple walnut, are made by hand in Jacksonville, Florida.
uncannybiscotti.com; $22 per dozen
Vintage Hand Towels
With letters inspired by an old French alphabet, these Grande Monogram hand towels, embroidered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have a beautiful personal touch.
twogirlsinavignon.com; $75 each
Warm someone’s tummy (and heart!) with a jar of old-fashioned chicken soup, prepared in small batches in Bradenton, Florida, using all-natural ingredients.
spoonfulofcomfort.com; $34 per jar
Be a star house-guest: Give your host a keepsake leather guest book, handcrafted in San Antonio, Texas, and available in 12 colors.
jonhartdesign.com; $82 each
Made in Yazoo City, Mississippi, using an heirloom family recipe, these tasty cheese straws are a must-have holiday party snack.
mscheesestraws.com; $14 per square tin
Custom Beverage Napkins
New Orleans-based artist Alexa Pulitzer works one-on-one with clients to customize a two-letter monogram for these printed paper cocktail napkins, suitable for special occasions.
alexapulitzer.com; contact for pricing
Yellow Grit Sandies
Friends and neighbors will swoon over the delicate cookies from Chilhowie, Virginia’s Town House restaurant. They’re made with yellow corn grits from South Carolina’s Anson Mills.