A few weeks ago, we discussed the many reasons to shop local, both during the holiday season and year-round. Since then, we’ve produced a number of gift guides in partnership with our editors highlighting present ideas from across the TSG network (in case you missed them, feel free to browse scouted finds for him, her, little ones, the home, jewelry, and stocking stuffers). Meanwhile, our editors have been busy scouting their local stores for items that would make ideal gifts, and the collections are wonderful reminders of the unique, special, and carefully selected products that local shop owners have stocked on their shelves throughout our communities. Below, get inspired to shop and give local by browsing gift guides from some of our editors, and select your city here to discover excellent local businesses in your area to support this season.
Charleston, South Carolina
Located in the Holy City? You’re in luck. The Scout Guide Charleston editors Julie Hubert and Jenn McKian have scouted a variety of options for anyone on your list (including this gold mesh bracelet from Holst + Lee). Click here to see their gift guides for him, her, hosts, and more, and to get inspired to shop locally in Charleston this holiday season.
Looking to shop local in Lex? Jennifer Mueller, editor of The Scout Guide Lexington, has you covered with 12 category-specific gift guides, covering coveted options for her (like this Kinross Cashmere Coat from Carl Meyers), plus gifts for little ones, the party-goer, and so much more. Click here to shop all of her guides.
If you’re a resident of the Mile High City or it happens to be on your pre-holiday travel list, you’ll find plenty of ways to shop local with The Scout Guide Denver editor Leigh Gordon’s gift guide. Whether you’re shopping for fun stocking stuffer ideas, the person who has everything, a health-conscious friend, your favorite youngsters, a design-minded homebody (in which case the above Kate Spade Beekman Lamp from The Lark might be a good fit, call 303.744.7464 for details), or the ultimate host, click here for locally sourced finds for just about everyone on your list.
Denizens of the Big D who are looking to check off their gift lists will find a bevy of local options in The Scout Guide Dallas editor Ginna Wilbanks’s gift guide. From unique art prints to adorable children’s clothes (like this Prescott Boy Bubble from Dondolo) to the Theragun that’s topping his list, click here to find just the gifts you’re looking for deep in the heart of Texas.
Bergen County, New Jersey
Residents of Bergen County who are looking to shop local this year have an easy and enjoyable buying season ahead thanks to The Scout Guide Bergen County editors Chris Doherty and Eileen Sweeney. They’ve created the ultimate gift guide chock full of delightful, unexpected gifts (case in point: this Jonathan Alder Home Lips Throw from Wostbrock Home). So whether you’re looking for items to deck your halls or simply searching for a unique, from-the-heart gift, click here.
The Scout Guide Huntsville team, helmed by editor Dawn Pumpelly, has been hard at work scouting local finds from all of their favorite small businesses to help locals on the hunt for gifts. Six curated gift guides offer excellent options, from perfect stocking stuffers to highly-coveted items like the Elsabet Choco Croco Duffle from Elitaire featured above. Click here to shop the Huntsville gift guide for presents that are as thoughtful and eclectic as its residents.
For Christy Ford and Susie Matheson, co-founders of The Scout Guide and editors of The Scout Guide Charlottesville, shopping local year-round is a top priority, but even more so during the holidays. They’ve created four gift guides—for her (including this Nua Ce + GTP Serum from Nua), him, little ones, and hostesses, that will help residents check everyone off their list. Click here to shop their locally sourced picks.
Hunt Country, Virginia
Nelina Loiselle, editor of The Scout Guide Hunt Country, likes to bring joy to everyone on her holiday list by shopping locally. Her curated gift guide features a wonderful collection of Hunt Country businesses, artisans, and entrepreneurs, and is full of unexpected treasures, like this Bunny Mellon Style coffee table book from Crème de la Crème. Click here to delve into the wonderful world of heartfelt local gifting.
Naples locals looking to simplify their shopping process this holiday season need look no further than The Scout Guide Naples editor Jennifer Adams’s curated gift guide. With fabulous selections for her, him (like the Gray-Blue Plaid Soft Jacket from John Craig Clothier featured here), and hostesses, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Click here to dive in.
According to The Scout Guide Aspen editors Amy Groom and Erin Forsey, local treasures abound in their mountain town. Their holiday gift guide features fabulous finds big and small, like the 1970s Francis Lembo Gold Mirror from The Art of Lounging featured above. Click here to view their curated list, and start shopping small this holiday season.
Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona
Residents of the lovely Southwest towns of Phoenix and Scottsdale can get into the holiday spirit with The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale editor Sasha Clements’s gift guide. Click here to shop Sasha’s curated list—with selections for her (like these Toral Animal Print Boots from Amy Atelier), him, littles, and so much more—that celebrates local love.
The Scout Guide Tulsa editor Hannah Arnaud knows the ins and outs of the local businesses in her town and has created beautiful gift guides for her and him that showcase not only lovely items like the Classic Candle Ottoman from Duval, but also services that will keep giving all year long. Click here and here to start shopping local.
The Scout Guide Alexandria editor Sarah Phillips went straight to the source for her holiday gift guides, tapping local luminaries to curate her lists. With a guide for hard-to-shop for individuals (enter the above Backgammon Set from Boxwood) and one for hosts, residents of this area in Northern Virginia are guaranteed a successful locally minded shopping experience.
Charlotte, North Carolina
If you’re a resident of the Queen City, The Scout Guide Charlotte editor Lisa Sherrill is here to help ease the holiday shopping woes of shipping delays and stock shortages with an inspired gift guide that will meet every need. Click here to scoop up unique gifts like the Andover Audio Spindeck Turntable from Tabor and start putting money back into the community.
Those making Memphis their home will find a bevy of local shopping options in The Scout Guide Memphis editor Stephanie Stephens’s gift guides. Click here to begin your Home of The Blues shopping experience, with options for ladies, gents (like Ferocious Beast Shave Soap from Buff City Soap), little ones, and more.
Mobile Bay, Alabama
Shopping local couldn’t be easier for Mobile Bay residents, thanks to 10 gift guides curated by The Scout Guide Mobile Bay editors Jamie Conger and Katie McNeil. Whether you need a gift for the children in your life, a sparkly bauble for yourself, a practical gift for her (like this Milan Sherine Jewelry Case from The Holiday), or don’t want to show up at your next soiree empty-handed, click here to shop their collection.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you’re a resident of The Big Easy and have yet to finish (or even start) tackling your gift list, you are in good hands with The Scout Guide New Orleans editor Taylor Morgan’s ultimate holiday gift guide. Click here to load up on local goodies, from fabulous finds (like these Elton John Cocktail Napkins from Hilltop Shoppe) to one-of-a-kind locally-inspired items.
The Scout Guide Cincinnati editor McKenna Brooks has her eye on the return of holiday soiree and gathering seasoning, and accordingly, she’s created a gift guide specifically for hostess gifts. So whether you choose to show up with a lovely simple syrup like Gris Gris Basil Habanero from Boards + Beez or bring something traditional like holiday poppers, you’ll find plenty of options that will bring a smile to your host’s face here.
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Scout Guide Little Rock editor Valerie Shively took a creative approach to creating her gift guide, curating a selection of unique offerings from 14 local shops and presenting them in beautiful and inspiring vignettes. Click here to begin spreading the local Little Rock love around.