The Best Locally Made Gift in Each of the 50 States
Whether you're shopping for a neighbor who loves where they live or a friend who finds themselves far from their hometown, a locally made gift has value beyond the price tag.
Local gifts can bring a little much needed comfort from home, regardless of the season, and remind the recipient of some of their favorite memories of their hometown.
Travel + Leisure has you covered, and with some help from Yelp we collected some of the top picks in each state, resulting in this list of curated gifts that will not only impress the recipient, but will also support local businesses.
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There's pottery from South Dakota, cowboy boots from Texas, and even reindeer sausage from Alaska. Didn’t know you could ship artisan s’mores across the country? You do now. Other highlights include Tazo chocolate from Massachusetts, rye whiskey from Montana, and BBQ sauce from Virginia.
Home might be where the heart is, but it’s also where the locally-sourced artisan soaps and popcorn are.
So, go forth and find your state (or your loved ones' states) on the list, and get that shopping done, or add a new place to your food bucket list.
A hand-turned pecan wood bowl, with a turquoise inlay, is the ultimate local Alabama gift, according to Yelp. This is available from Turnings by Bruce.
Who doesn't love fudge? (Except white chocolate fudge. Yuck.) Arkansas' Two Dumb Dames Fudge make local goods that are clearly delicious.
American Made Dinnerware is Arizona's best locally made gift, according to Yelp.
Cinder + Salt offers eco-friendly and sustainable clothing and accessories, including this custom screenprinted t-shirt.
District of Columbia
If the election didn't fulfill your quota for politics in 2016 (or a friend or family member's), Harper Macaw has a political chocolate pack. And if you really don't want to talk politics with someone when you visit home for the holiday, consider giving them this chocolate to delay any awkward conversations in the most delicious of ways.
These Soap Trio Gift Sets are the best local gift in Georgia, according to Yelp. They're available from Mama Bath and Body.
These koa pens are available from Simply Wood Studios in Honolulu.
Along with soap, candles are a foolproof gift—as long as there's some thought put into it. Gifting a locally made product is one way to do that. Lit & Co candles has a range of items great for giving this season.
JoyTops is a video game store in Chicago, perfect for finding gifts for game lovers.
Cheese is a gift that is not given nearly often enough. You can fix that by giving a gift box from Tulip Tree Creamery in Indiana. Mmmmm. Cheeeeese.
It's not reindeer, but it's still some great sausage, if you're into that. Graziano Brothers, in Des Moines, was named best locally made gift in Iowa, according to Yelp's rankings.
Schlaegel's Homegrown Popcorn is the highlighted local gift for Kansas. Popcorn can be purchased unpopped, popped, or in a gift box (which is probably also popped).
Kentucky Branded has local gifts that represent this southern state's distinct attitude. This "Y'ALL" t-shirt is the perfect weekend clothing for a friendly southerner.
To geaux—get it!? This gift box with is available from specialty foods and gift shop Louisiana To Geaux.
LiveME is a lifestyle brand with clothing and accessories featuring the many amainezing activities in Maine. All products are printed in Portland.
Give the gift of excellent brunching with Michigan's locally made Bloody Mary mix. Brewt's just needs some vodka.
Minnesota's Oh Dier is a lifestyle brand with items for every stage of life, but Yelp highlighted them for their line of wooden toys. They're adorable and simple. Simply adorable.
Pecans and candy from the Pecan House are the perfect sweet treat with a touch of Southern charm.
This Kansas City heart shirt from Charlie Hustle is great for anyone from the half of the city that borrows its name from the neighboring state.
A specialty cake from Beatrice Bakery is a somewhat unusual gift—but who doesn't love cake? Christmas cakes for all.
Today in cute: These animal wrap rings from Winky Designs.
The Off Piste gift shop has bailey bags perfect for gifting.
New Jersey's best gift is soap from Taproot Organics.
Santa Fe Spirits offers this amazing Atapino liquer.
A print by a North Dakota landscape photographer, from the State Historical Society. The museum itself is free, so you can learn about the state and peruse the gift shop that's full of great items.
A historic beer stein from Rookwood Pottery is the best locally made gift in Ohio, according to Yelp.
Oregon's Missionary Chocolates, in Portland, has Vegan chocolates great for stocking stuffers.