December 18, 2021

Where to shop local in Birmingham this holiday season

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With Christmas right around the corner, everyone’s got holiday gift shopping on their minds. Whether you’re hunting for the perfect something for your picky mother-in-law, school-age nieces and nephews, or that one friend who seems to have it all, there’s something to be said for picking a gift out in person rather than simply hitting “add to cart” on a website.

If you’re looking to shop local this holiday season, there are plenty of makers and artisans in Birmingham selling everything from handmade soap and earrings to pottery, clothing, and more. Here are 8 places to shop local in Birmingham.

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Alabama Goods

If you’re looking for a store that has it all, Alabama Goods is your spot. The retail store in downtown Homewood carries just about everything under the sun, from candles and kitchenware to gourmet food and pottery. There’s just one rule: Everything has to be made in Alabama.

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Charm

This boutique has been a landmark retail shop in downtown Birmingham for more than a decade. The woman-owned local shop specializes in new and vintage goods, including jewelry, apparel, gifts, and more. Find everything from quirky oven mitts to celestial jewelry boxes for the fabulous and diverse women in your life.

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Left Hand Soap Company

This homegrown company has been keeping Alabama clean since 1999, first in Tuscaloosa where it originally launched and now in Birmingham with a new store in the Pepper Place entertainment district. In addition to all-natural handmade soaps, Left Hand also specializes in other bath and beauty products like body butter, beard oil, salt soaks, lip salve, sugar scrubs, and more.

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Farmstand by Stone Hollow Farmstead

For the past 20 years, the Stone family has been slowly building up their business. Starting with their family farm in Shelby County, they’ve expanded offerings to include fruits and vegetables through a CSA, as well as a skincare line, vinegars and tonics, preserves, jams, jellies, and cheeses. At Farmstand, the Stone family’s outpost in Birmingham, you can can get all of the farm’s best products plus other home and kitchen items from local and regional makers.

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Yellowhammer Creative

In 2009, a pair of designers and Birmingham locals set out to create quality products representing the Magic City. Since then, the company has cranked out thousands of products—posters, T-shirts, postcards, tote bags, towels, and more—representing the city’s iconic landmarks, talented musical artists, and favorite sports teams. Today, you can shop Yellowhammer’s hand-printed goods in one convenient location in Pepper Place.

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Thank You Books

There’s something special about shopping in a bookstore. It’s easy to get lost among the rows and rows of titles spanning every genre imaginable. At Thank You Books, a woman-owned bookshop in Birmingham’s Crestwood neighborhood, staff recommendation sticky notes guide readers on their journey to finding their new favorites. With regular book signings, meet the author, and poetry events, Thank You Books is a true beacon of culture and community in Birmingham.

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Club Duquette

This modern mom-and-pop is the perfect mashup between a musician and artist both with a passion for fashion and style. The lifestyle brand specializes in apparel, accessories, bath products, and home goods. In addition to a cool shop in Birmingham’s Woodlawn neighborhood, you can also shop their curated goods online.

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Shoppe & General

For a whimsical, idyllic, utterly enchanting shopping experience, head to sister stores Shoppe and General in Forest Park. For the plant parents in your life, Shoppe offers a seemingly endless oasis of both houseplants and outdoor plants to liven up any space. Next door in General, find home goods, kitchenware, specialty food products, and more in one ultra-charming shop.

Check out where to shop local in North Alabama and South Alabama.

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