Christmas Buying Guide: 2012 Edition

‘Tis the season for Christmas buying guides. A lot of these contain items that no one is going to buy anyone as a gift. Sure, I’d love a $1000 Drake’s cashmere cardigan, too, but I’m not holding my breath that Santa is putting it under the tree. Most of these are readily affordable, but perhaps a bit off the beaten path. A couple are more expensive, but not outrageous. All of them are items I would love to have myself (my holiday shipping address supplied upon request).

Belle Chèvre Goat Cheese Breakfast Spread

Artisanal goat cheese from just down the road in Elkmont, Alabama. Often you need a hostess gift, teacher’s gift, etc. Something edible is most always appreciated, and consumables do away with any worry of accumulated clutter from what are sometimes appreciated, but unwanted, gifts. Buy one for them, two for you. You can buy it online or at selected stores including Earth Fare.

 

La Colombe Coffee Roasters Louisiane Blend

Philadelphia roasters researched the roots of Southern coffee, and helped revive Haitian coffee production in this tribute to the historic cuisine of Dixie. Watch La Colombe co-founder Todd Carmichael on The Travel Channel’s show ‘Dangerous Grounds’ where he searches the world for coffee beans–insane and fun.

 

Hanger Project Premium Horsehair Polishing Brush

You need a horsehair brush for your shoes, and this German brush is an affordable upgrade from the standard. And it should fit in a stocking.

 

Old Try Southern Print

Pick your state or embrace all of Dixie, Old Try has something your Southern friend needs on his wall. (The new t-shirts look great, too!) Read my recent Pinstripe Pulpit feature of Old Try.

 

Cordial Churchman Bow Tie

Andy & Ellie started making bow ties on a lark and have taken The Cordial Churchman into a Southern bow tie powerhouse. Ellie made our own Pinstripe Pulpit bows; she’d love to make one for your gift giving pleasure.

 

A Jeeves & Wooster Novel, by P.G. Wodehouse  

If you’ve never read Wodehouse you should, you must! So should those on your gift list. These little hardbacks from The Collector’s Wodehouse series are perfect presentations for perfect stories. Pick one for them; pick one for you. You’ll laugh and laugh some more.

 

Kent Wang Pocket Square

Kent Wang’s online shop is a fun, and dangerous, place. He offers high quality items at great prices compared to what the big boys charge. And you can’t have too many pocket squares. Trust me.

 

Filson Tin Cloth Grip

I’m a big Filson fan (we’ll talk about that in a future post), but I only recently came across this beauty of a case. It’s perfect for a MacBook Air, iPad, etc. Oh, it’s actually made to carry a pistol.

 

 Cambridge Clarion Bible

I’ve written on your need for a better Bible. There really is no more significant gift for someone than a Bible. The Cambridge Clarion hits all the right notes. Read J. Mark Bertrand’s Christmas buying guide. See also Bertrand’s discussion of the relative merits of the Clarion binding options. (Pictured here in the ESV, it’s available in a variety of translations.)

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