I know, I know – Amazon is convenient and tempting in times like these. But when it comes to one-of-a-kind gifts, customer service, and unique finds that help support the local economy and the amazing store owners who work so hard – well it’s no contest!
This year I have personally committed to shop local and support small businesses. Thankfully there are SO many amazing shops in the Decatur area! I have taken the time to curate my personal favorites so that you can easily find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, and support the small businesses who need us now more than ever.
For the Fashionable Friend
ABLE Bag – Threaded Boutique, Bank Street
These lovely leather bags in a variety of gorgeous hues and sizes are made for gifting. Find the perfect style (clutch, tote, crossbody and more) for everyone on your list. ABLE is an ethical Nashville-based brand that empowers women by giving them access to education and job training with a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty. https://www.threadedforyou.com/
For the Travel Addict
Cashmere Travel Wrap: Carriage House, Johnston Street
Versatile, luxurious and never out-of-style, the cashmere travel wrap is the perfect gift for the stylish lady on the move. Pack in your carry-on, throw on with denim or amp up a dinner outfit with this one modern yet classic piece.
Regular (pictured) $315, or the mini version $278 www.shopcarriagehouse.com
For the Lifelong Local
Zip Code Pillow: Miss Muldrews, 2nd Ave.
Take a little slice of home wherever you go with these customized zip-code pillows. Available in color or gray tones, these make the perfect addition to bedrooms, dorms, and living spaces. https://missmuldrews.com/collections/personalized-pillows/products/zipcode-pillow
For the Kiddos
Hopscotch Sidewalk Chalk: The Paperchase / Old River Interiors, 2nd Ave.
Tired of TVs and technology all the time? Give kids an outdoor break with the cutest sidewalk chalk creations, made right here in Decatur! All Hopscotch sidewalk chalk is scented and environment friendly with biodegradable sprinkles. Shop in store on 2nd Avenue, or see the website for more options. Prices range from $10-$13. https://hopscotchchalk.com/collections/all
For the Fabulous Hostess
Camp Cocktail Kit: The Cupboard, Bank Street
These unique cocktail kits are perfect for the one who’s always entertaining. Simply add a spirit, refrigerate and enjoy delicious, craft cocktails for any occasion. www.instagram.com/shopthecupboard/
For the Teacher
Orleans Nu Wash: Tammy Eddy Antiques, Bank Street
Teachers deserve the best – especially this year! This luxurious laundry detergent is a step away from the usual teacher gift but will definitely be appreciated in 2020! www.instagram.com/tammyeddyantiques/
For the Jewelry Collector
Vintage Chain Necklace & Bracelet: Indigo’s Boutique, 2nd Ave.
A lady can never have enough jewelry, especially when it comes to the classics. This vintage chain set from Made in the Deep South will never go out of style. Available for $38-$48. https://www.instagram.com/indigos_downtown/
For the Book Worm
North Alabama Author Robert Bailey Books & Regional Nonfiction: 2nd Read Books, 2nd Ave.
Take local support to the next level by visiting 2nd Read Books and reading North Alabama-based author Robert Bailey’s acclaimed books. Also brush up on your history with these fascinating regional stories. https://www.2ndreadbooks.com/
For the Monogram Queen
Plaid Monogram Sweatshirt, Willow Tree Fabrics, 14th Street
Amp up a cozy sweatshirt with a custom plaid monogram this season. Choose from a variety of styles for $48. www.willowtreefabrics.com
For the Nature Lover
Wildlife Guide Books & Journals: Cook Museum Store, 4th Avenue
Anyone who enjoys the great outdoors will be thrilled with a gift from the Cook Museum Store. Choose from a plethora of wildlife books and accessories ranging from fish to birds and even spiders. There is something here for all ages to discover! https://www.instagram.com/themuseumstore_decatural/
For the Art Enthusiast
Grit & Grace Painted Oysters: Kathleen’s Fine Art & Interiors, 2nd Ave.
Give the gift of art with these beautiful hand-painted oysters that any art lover will adore. Choose from a variety of colors and styles starting at $42. www.instagram.com/kathleensinteriors/
Libby Britt is a journalist turned personal stylist, and a lifelong resident of Decatur. After a stint in local retail, she decided to follow her passion for women’s styling and started her business, Well Dressed Life Style Consulting, in 2018. Libby helps women of all ages and life stages discover their unique style, streamline their closets and dress with confidence. Learn more about Libby at www.welldressedlifestyle.com.