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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

If you’re local (aka near Bainbridge), I’ve got some uber-last minute gift ideas for all of Santa’s elves out there!

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Some of these are re-shares from our Maiden South Gift Guide last week, but some are new.  Maiden South is open today until 4 pm – so run by for your last minute gifting needs!

For the Gent:

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Duke Cannon Big Ass Brick of Soap ($10, for laughs and for stockings), Wrong Side Pocket Square/Hanky ($for classy gents), Lake Seminole Creations turned wood pen ($20 to $40, for the business man), Maiden South Koozie ($5, for the social butterfly), Gang Warily leather key chain ($15, for the one who keeps losing them), Lord & Lady Shotgun Shell Tie Tack ($24, for the dapper professional), My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg ($27.95, for the bookworm), Lake Seminole Creations hand turned wooden bottle opener ($45, for Christmas festivities).  

For the Cook:

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Southern Restoration tobacco slat cutting board ($120 – only 1 left! – for the historian), armadillo cookie cutter ($6, for the baker with a sense of humor), The Southerner’s Cookbook ($37.50, for inspiration), Heartwood Forge small batch petty knife ($245, for the serious chef), antique re-seasoned cast iron skillet ($40, for the classic cook).  

For the Lady:

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Vintage Pendleton wool clutch with leather tassel ($70, for the girl on the go), Fuzzy Goat/Maiden South Chunky Martha Cowl Knit Kit ($45, for the crafter), Nest Pretty Things bee bobby pins ($20, for the romantic), Dear Mushka single pearl necklace and verse ($30, for the spiritual gal), Sea + Stone Oyster and Amazonite Necklace ($144, for the mermaid).  

For the Frazzled:

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Flora Fresca Revival Bath Salt Soak ($18, for the one who needs to relax), Refinery candle ($20, for the hostess), Spritz Sweet Dreams spray ($24, for the one who needs to rest).  Side note: pregnant people and tired people really like these gifts.  All available at www.maidensouth.com or www.therefineryga.com

For the Baby:

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Tiny Vines “this little light” romper ($25, for the light of your life), Tree Hopper Toys wooden jalopy ($15, for the little boy), Tree Hopper Toys wooden puzzle blocks ($20, for the fast learner), Tree Hopper Alphabet art on cloth ($40, for the nursery).

For the Hostess:

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And the ultimate last minute go-to hostess or Christmas gift is my personal favorite to give and receive: WINE.  With an ornament ($6), cookie cutter ($6), or tea towel ($18) tied on in festive ribbon.

Merry Christmas from Maiden South, y’all!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Bloggers’ Favorite Things Giveaway

Okay, so (hopefully!) you’ve all heard about the AMAZING Bloggers’ Favorite Things Giveaway by now. But to refresh your memory, a bunch of us bloggers got together and all picked out our favorite things in the whole wide world.  And we’re going to give one extremely lucky winner a whole bunch of our favorite things!

Bloggers' Favorite Things

So without further adieu… Here are some of MY very favorite things!

Bloggers' Favorite Things

My Barbour Beadnell jacket: I got mine last year from J.Crew (Barbour for J.Crew).  It has a Liberty of London purple and white lining and I absolutely adore it.  It’s perfect for quail hunting, fire sitting, and is perfectly SoWeGa chic. ;)  Mine is no longer available, but there is still a plain Barbour for J.Crew Beadnell available.  Tip: Barbour doesn’t exactly go on sale very often… but J.Crew does!  I called to find my size in a store, and they allowed me to use the 25% promotion they had going after Christmas last year…
Anything Plaid: Like most other bloggers out there, I’m obsessed with plaid this year.  I am LOVING my new brown plaid scarf that Tana at Plum Classy gifted me.  Cream monogram + brown plaid = one happy girl!
The Laundress Cashmere & Wool Shampoo: This stuff is the jam.  It’s a wee bit pricey, but I purchased a bottle back in undergrad (over 4 years ago!) and it’s still going strong and saves me a fortune in dry cleaning.  Just turn your cashmere and wool sweaters and such inside out, hand wash or wash in your machine on the delicate cycle, dry flat, and be amazed at the softness.  Plus, it has cedar oil in it to make it smell wintery and run off moths.   They even have a blog where they dole out advice on how to remove stains and launder even the most delicate of clothes.  Do yourself a favor many times over and get this now.  The Laundress even sells a wool & cashmere gift bag that would be such an amazing gift for anyone with a quality sweater collection.
Living Proof No Frizz Styling Creme: I realize that I’ve already talked about this stuff, but seriously.  It’s the best goo I’ve ever put in my hair.  Just read the reviews and buy it and live without frizz and regret.
Sassy Wine Stoppers: This jingle bell wine stopper is from C. Wonder, but take your pick.  Attached to a bottle of wine, this is the perfect hostess gift that a lush wino gal like me will always appreciate.
Essie Carry On Nail Polish: The perfect deep burgundy nail polish for when you want to be festive, but also a little emo.
Sid Mashburn Oyster Shell Belt Buckle:  I realize that this is a dude’s belt buckle.  But there is nothing stopping me from purchasing it for myself.  This is the perfect gift for the Southern gentle person in your life, be he a man, or a woman (I hope someone out there gets the Anchorman reference there).
Cast Iron Skillets: no explanation really necessary, right?  They cook your food, but better.  Buy them old, buy them new, read my post on cast iron care, and cook like a boss.
Citizen Rocket High Rise Skinny Jeans: The best jeans.  Ever.  Once you go mom jeans, you never go back.  Really – I gave the rest of mine to Goodwill (and my shorter-torso-ed madre).
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen Cookbook: (<– affiliate link!)  This has been a really fun cookbook not only to read like a novel, but also to cook from.  They adapt a lot of recipes from the famous Charleston Receipts for modern day kitchens, while explaining a lot of the history behind the recipes, too.  Scuppernong Sangria, anyone?
J.Crew Nightshirt: Super comfortable.  Super appropriate, too.  Which comes in handy during all of this Christmas-Holiday-Family-in-town madness.  Too cold?  Add leggings.  Heck, belt it and call it an outfit and a day.
Michael Kors Watch:  I feel like this is THE Pinterest watch of Christmas 2013.  Everybody wants it.  You know you do, too.
Shearling-Lined Bean Boots:  I got these for Christmas a few years ago, and they are crazy comfortable and warm.  You can fold them down to show some fur and be cute, or you can lace these bad boys up and hike some mountains or sludge through some snow.  So very versatile.
Georgia Cutting Board: I pulled this from one of my favorite shops in Thomasville – Firefly.  But they are all over the Etsy-verse too.  You can buy these in any state-shape you’d like.  With a pretty cheese knife or spreader, it would make an awesome gift.  Or for those of you shopping for yourself… just pick your favorite state and we’ll move on.
You would think I was done… but no.  Polyvore wouldn’t let me clip in some of my favorite things from more, ahem, obscure websites.  So in addition to those above, here are some of my other favorites:
Extra Large Custom Tobacco Slat Cutting Board by Marc Ventry | Oysters & Pearls Tobacco Slat Cutting Board, Edge Detail | Oysters & Pearls
Remember my post on Marc and his amazing cutting boards? Well you guyssssss he got a website!!  So please go check it out.  His cutting boards are TDF and beautiful and wonderful and are one of my very favorite things ever.
UPDATE: Next Wednesday (December 11, 2013) is the last day to order anything from
Southern Restoration Furniture before Christmas.  Just in case anyone is using this as a gift guide. ;)
And not only is my cutting board one of my most favorite things, but so are Marc’s Nunya Beeswax products.  His chapstick is some of the best I’ve ever used, and his hand balm is awesome and perfect for tossing in your purse without worrying about spillage!  He makes them all with beeswax from his own bee hives.  Jack of all trades, he is.
Nunya Beeswax | Oysters & Pearls
And the lucky giveaway winner is also going to get two Nunya Beeswax chapsticks and two hand balms!!  Thanks, Marc!
I first discovered GBCC on Instagram, where all good things happen.  Based out of Birmingham, Carmen hand pours all of these candles herself.  They are beautiful, smell amazing, and they are in wine bottles.  Another perfect gift for the lushes in your life who also like their house to smell nice.
The Green Bottle Candle Company Holiday Pear Candle- Bloggers' Favorite Things Giveaway | Oysters & Pearls
Even better news?  The Green Bottle Candle Company has generously donated a Green Bottle Candle to the giveaway!  So the winner will not only get Rachel’s favorite Capri Blue candle, the winner will also get a Green Bottle Candle in Holiday Pear, too!  Thank you so much, Carmen!
Seriously, y’all, the fabulousness of this giveaway is slaying me.  I’m dead.
And so finally… I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m giving away?  What will the winner get from Oysters & Pearls???
Well, that would be a cast iron skillet, of course.
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The winner will be receiving an antique 6 inch diameter cast iron skillet that was purchased for just such an occasion from the Antique Annex in Bainbridge, Georgia and seasoned by yours truly.  It’s in great shape and ready for cooking!  Oh, and future winner, just don’t forget to check out my post on how to care for cast iron once you get it!
All right.  If you want to win this skillet, the Green Bottle Candle Company Candle, lots of baking goodies, a Capri Blue Volcano candle, and much, much more…
Enter now.  Good luck and Happy Holidays!!

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Until Next Time