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Gift Guide: Hometown Holiday


Gift Guide: Hometown Holiday

Katie Howerton


This piece was originally published in the Winter 2015-2016 issue of Our Jackson Home: The Magazine.

We've got the perfect selection of local gifts that will cover everyone on your list. Check out details below.

1. RANDOM PIECES OF WOOD floppy disc coaster set | $20

Everyone loves a little throwback in their life, and local Austin Thompson has the perfect thing for you. His Floopy Disk wooden coasters serve as hip decor, table protection, and a great conversation starter. And don’t worry—they’re sanded and waterproofed for easy cleaning. PC humor not your thing but still want a little wood burnt beauty in your life? Check out everything else he’s making on the Random Pieces of Wood Facebook page. | Available at the Yuletide Pop-Up Shop. Check out the Random Pieces of Wood Facebook page.

2. GARNER BLUE woven cotton scarf | $48

Local indigo enthusiast Lisa Garner has gotten her blue-stained hands on every textile you could ever ask for, and what’s better in the winter than a cozy cotton scarf? This accessory is as comfortable as it is stunning, and she has a myriad of distinct patterns to choose from. Make sure to grab some earrings, table napkins, or a keychain while you’re at it! | Available online and at the Yuletide Pop-Up Shop. Check out Garner Blue on Instagram.

3. HAVNER’S FRAME SHOPPE custom framing | 30% off

Cover man Charlie Haver is the third generation to run Havner’s Frame Shoppe, and that sure says something about the quality of their business. From weddings to first school portraits to family reunions, every family’s sure to have a special event from 2015 to display with pride in their home. Havner’s has an unreal variety of framing options, and each individual piece is treated with absolute care and precision. Bring in your copy of the mag and get 30% off your next order. | Available in-store. Learn more about Havner's Frame Shoppe on their website.

4. NAN’S TOFFEE 6 oz. toffee | $6

There’s nothing sweeter than the perfect Christmas candy recipe, but who has time to make batches for all their friends? Fear not—Nan Thomas has you covered with her delectable butter and sugar toffee with a double coating of milk chocolate. Now who wouldn’t love that? | Available for order via her Facebook page (pick-up at the West Tennessee Farmers’ Market) or pre-made ($1 more) at the Yuletide Pop-Up Shop.


Tired of the cliché calendars that have filled your home for so many years? Try something different for 2016. Souvenir Design Co.’s Courtney Searcy has collaborated with local photographer Josh Garcia (both proud Our Jackson Home contributors) to create this one-of-a-kind mini calendar. These light leak film photographs mimic abstract paintings and will add just the right touch of color to your walls. | Available at the Yuletide Pop-Up Shop and online.


Christmas is the perfect time of year to give your special someone a piece of jewelry to wear for years to come, but this year go beyond the status quo. Local craftsman Amy Allison’s Soma Lynn Jewelry offers Southern Bohemian jewelry like this necklace featuring gold plating, hand painting, and gold glass seed beads. And check out that cool antler tip! Your gal will love this new addition to her jewelry collection. | Available online and at the Yuletide Pop-Up Shop. Follow Soma Lynn Jewelry on Instagram.


Soap makin’ pals Mandy Holmes and Ashley Bausch have cooked up a wide assortment of natural soaps, lotions, salts, and more—in an even wider assortment of fun fragrances. Made On Acorn Hill’s Happy Set includes the perfect combo: a bar of goat milk soap and one beeswax lip balm (both made with peppermint essential oil). Your Secret Santa will be feelin’ happy and healthly for weeks. | Available online, at the Yuletide Pop-Up Shop, and at various local shops in Jackson and throughout Tennessee. Follow Made On Acorn Hill on Instagram.

8. MODERO COFFEE ROASTERS 10.5 oz. whole bean coffee | $11

Jackson coffee lovers, want to try something new? Visit recently opened Modero Coffee Roasters, a branch of Barefoots Joe located inside the Logos Library at Union University. Modero/Barefoots are the only locally-roasted coffee shop in Jackson, and source countries include El Salvador, Colombia, Costa Rica, and more. While you’re there, make sure to grab a latté and a trendy t-shirt. | Available in-store. Follow Modero on Instagram.

9. brooke sprout teething ring | $12

Function and fun don’t have to compete. Give the new mom in your life one of these adorable teething rings from Brooke Sprout. These rings are all natural, without chemicals or treatments added—just maple and a pure, natural beeswax blend to protect and seal the wood organically, keeping it from splintering. Maker Hunter Anderson has plenty of quirky fabrics to choose from, as well as plenty other products you can add to match. | Available online (both pre-made and special order) and at the Yuletide Pop-Up Shop.

10. douglass gray FLANNEL Stocking | $29

Once you’re grown and out of the house, you may find you’re missing some holiday essentials! Douglass Gray has your stocking covered. These Christmas classics are made of flannel, lined with fleece, and adorned with a leather hanging loop secured with a grommet. Find the perfect pattern for you and your spouse. | Available online and at the Yuletide Pop-Up Shop. Follow Douglass Gray on Instagram.

11. OUR JACKSON HOME t-shirt | $12

Make sure not to forget to grab an Our Jackson Home t-shirt for you favorite Jackson neighbor. Or better yet, get a magazine and t-shirt bundle for $20. Represent your community with pride and introduce family members to your home. | Available online, at theCO, and at the Yuletide Pop-Up Shop.

The Yuletide Pop-Up Shop will be happening downtown November 28-29 (New Southern Hotel) and December 4-5 (Alba). Learn more at the Jackson Pop-Up Shops website, and RSVP to the Facebook event.

Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Katie Howerton moved to Jackson in 2011 to study Graphic Design and Drawing at Union University. She discovered Our Jackson Home in January 2015 and used it as a guinea pig for her senior design project, creating the first issue of Our Jackson Home: The Magazine. After graduating she was given leadership over Our Jackson Home at theCO, where she now runs the blog, designs the magazine, and coordinates events. She and her husband Jordan live in Midtown and are active members of City Fellowship Baptist Church.

Photography by Katie Howerton.