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Made in Alabama Gift Guide / The Team

Home to sweet tea and honeyed accents, Alabama—though known for its storied past—is moving forward thanks to a new generation of creatives. Case in point: Cotton & Pine Creative, a design studio and letterpress shop in Montgomery. By purchasing turn-of-the-century letterpress printing equipment, the team decided to keep Southern craftsmanship alive while bringing in a distinctly of-the-moment sensibility. The made-in-Alabama items they're introducing here share the same combination of old and new and provide an impressive look into Southern creativity.

1. Sweet Tea Gift Box 2. Coffee and Cookie Gift Box 3. Top-Stitch Coasters 4. Aviator Mug 5. Coffee Subscription 6. Standard Apron 7. BBQ Sauce 8. Campfire Candle 9. Wooden Hair Fork 10. Journal Set


1. Gift Box by Alabama Sweet Tea Co. ($20)

"It’s not hard to find sweet tea down here in the South, but this blend from Alabama Sweet Tea Co. is something really special. The guys at Alabama Sweet Tea put hours and hours into creating the perfect blend of high quality tea leaves—and we think it was well worth the effort."

2. Coffee and Cookie Gift Box by G Mommas (from $29.99)

"“It’s hard to believe just how good these little cookies are!"

3. Top-Stitch Coasters by Alabama Chanin ($38)

SxS: "All of Alabama Chanin’s products are beautiful, and we love that they use sustainably sourced cotton. These coasters are a thoughtful addition to any table."

4. Aviator Mug by Loyal Stricklin (from $30)

"Michael at Loyal Stricklin makes some really fantastic leather goods, but this mug is definitely our favorite item! It’s durable, stylish, and goes anywhere you do!"

5. Coffee Subscription by Revelator Coffee ($180 for 3 months)

SxS: "The South’s answer to Stumptown, Revelator roasts killer coffee out of Birmingham. A 3-month subscription to their single-origin roasts will be welcomed by any coffee lover."

6. The Standard Apron by Idyllwilde ($78)

"Functional and beautiful. A perfect combo in our book."

7. BBQ Sauce by Dreamland BBQ ($7.50)

"Like in many places, barbecue is a hotly contested subject in Alabama. But we can all at agree that this sauce from Dreamland is a real winner."

8. Campfire Candle by Great Bear Wax Co. ($28)

"Great Bear makes candles inspired by scents from the Alabama outdoors and this campfire candle is one we think almost everyone will love."

9. Wooden Hair Fork by Flannel and Floral ($40)

"We’ve never seen anything quite like Flannel & Floral’s unique hand-carved wooden creations—and this hair accessory is no exception."

10. Schemers & Dreamers Journal Set by Cotton and Pine ($10)

"Everyone at our studio keeps at least one journal on hand at all times, so we decided to have a little fun designing a set of journals that go anywhere."