Being a Good Southerner, Part Two: Give Good Gifts

Whether you need a last-minute gift for Valentine's Day (really, really last minute), or whether you just want a few Southern gift ideas for an upcoming birthday or anniversary, we've got you covered here at MADE SOUTH.

Our Southern Maker's Directory is filled with creative folks who make all sorts of cool stuff. That's why we thought we'd take a minute to highlight these makers and their goods. So here are few unique gifts ideas for the "him" or "her" in your life.

Ladies First

Erin Body Care, Nashville, TN

With organic and food-grade, natural ingredients, Erin Body Care aims to help you treat your body outside as well as you do inside. They create holistic skin care formulations for ideal health with products including aromatherapy sets to healing balms and facial cream cleansers. This company makes skin products the right way. Check out Erin Body Care in our Maker's Directory.

Mamie Ruth

Mamie Ruth

Mamie Ruth, Savannah, GA

Designer Emily Bargeron has a flare for flashy, vibrant colors with a vintage feel. Named after Emily's grandmother, Mamie Ruth creates tops, bottoms and outerwear (and even jewelry!) for creative thinkers, travelers, peacemakers and girls that just want to have fun! Head on over to Mamie Ruth in our Maker's Directory.

Grandmother's Buttons, Saint Francisville, LA

Grandmother's Buttons came up with a really cool idea and have turned it into a business. They take antique buttons and vintage glass and transform them into colorful, one-of-a-kind jewelry. When you order a piece of jewelry from Grandmother's Buttons, they'll send you a hang tag and a story card that identifies the age and materials of the buttons. Find out more about this cool company on their Maker's Directory profile.

And for the Guys

Eli Mason , Nashville, TN

Eli Mason

Eli Mason

Our friends at Eli Mason create classic cocktail mixers for your favorite drinks like the Old Fashioned and Mint Julep. They also have a series of "Bar Basics"--Classic Grenadine, Gomme Syrup, Demerara Syrup and Rich Simple Syrup. All of their products use the finest ingredients such as pure cane sugar and organic acacia powder. Reclaim your happy hour! Check out more from Eli Mason on their Maker's Directory profile!

Stonefly Nets. Little Rock, AR

With their custom wood landing fly nets, StoneFly Nets aim to reclaim the tradition of handcrafted care. StoneFly's design is inspired by a bamboo rod that was passed down from the owner's great grandmother. If your significant other is into fly fishing, this would be a great gift. Learn more on their Maker's Directory page.

ENO, Asheville, NC

ENO (which stands for Eagles Nest Outfitters) offers high quality relaxation products for adventure travelers and outdoor lovers. They make hammocks, chairs, blankets, utility tarps, shelter systems and a whole lot more. Check out everything they have to offer over on their Maker's Directory page.

The South has so things to offer, and creative makers and artisans are just one of them. We're thankful for these guys and gals because they provide us with so many cool, unique gifts!

The MADE SOUTH Maker's Directory is packed full of companies just like the ones above. Head on over there and find that perfect gift for a special person in your life!

Robert Bruce