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We don’t need the stress-delivering information of how many shopping days are left until Christmas. What we need this time of year are gift guides: resources that offer helpful information, categorized to go with personalities and preferences of those we love and with whom we celebrate the holidays. To this end, and in support of local businesses, we present this Gift Guide to Arkansas-Made Stocking Stuffers. We’ve cut out the extra research and pooled the sources: all you have to do is click through to find holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
In my family, we have all but given up on a gift exchange among the grownups. Instead, we stuff stockings with small presents. Stocking stuffers are a fun way to get small and unique things that are special and personal to each recipient.
General ideas for everyone:
William Ann Candles | Little Rock– Set the scene with these hand-poured, soy-wax candles carrying scents for every season that seek to make your house feel like home.
Beth Macre studio | Springdale – Beth makes clay gift items from ornaments to dog nametags, garden markers, whimsical houses, state pieces and jewelry holders.
Markham and Fitz chocolates | Bentonville– No one needs convincing for chocolate, but their bean to bar, ethically sourced ingredients make their smooth chocolate taste better.
JV Farms Sausage | Bismarck – You might have to put a ticket in your stocking and send the recipient to the refrigerator or freezer, but these small-batch, farm-raised flavor varieties will have you begging for more.
Tammy Sue’s Critters | North Little Rock – products vary from Owie Ointment, cuticle salve, body butter, travel and regular lotions, bug banishment and beard oil. The critters around her farm truly help produce something for everyone!
For the ladies:
Berringer Wood Co | Fayetteville – Their personalized necklaces were taking the NWA craft scene by storm this fall, but they sell earrings, wood cut out necklaces, writing pens, farmhouse signs, and wooden pieces for your home as well.
Shop Southern Jones | Little Rock – Shop owner, Cami Jones, uses a technique called sublimation to make personalized coffee mug designs from her laundry room!
Milk and Pail Soapery | Hindsville – Based on the milk from a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats, these small-batch soaps are blended with oils, butters and fresh goat’s milk.
The Sheriff’s Wife | Lockesburg – The store owner uses materials and machines from her dad’s leather boot shop (Jim’s Boot Shop) to make jewelry and handbag accessories.
provided by Paige Meredith Art
For the creatives:
Paige Meredith Art | Rogers – These fun and whimsical stickers, with inspiration included, are something you will want on every flat surface to remind you to keep going and pull your chin up.
Jeanetta Darley Art | Conway – Everyone needs a little Arkansas, always. Jeanetta’s unique pieces highlight favorite Arkansas spots and the symbols that represent the Natural State. Maybe it’s a custom piece or design you like instead, reach out to the artist and share your ideas about a favorite spot with a special memory.
Little Biscuits/Dress-Me Notepads | Little Rock – With a mission for equality and inclusivity, these unique gifts give kids and grownups a way to express their creativity.
Cary Collins paper products | Little Rock – These notepads and meal planning pads introduce hand-drawn, heart-felt encouragement into everyday moments.
provided by Pearce Knives
For the Guys:
Pearce Knives | De Queen– This award-winning, third-generation bladesmith has worked with Disney, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures and Bethesda Gaming Studio, who has used depictions of his knives in several movies and gaming program. One unique piece Logan makes is his wrench knife: utilitarian and beautiful for collectors.
Cavenders Greek All-Purpose Seasoning | Harrison – This seasoning, derived from an Ancient Greek formula, can most likely be found at your local grocery store. But it’s made, bottled, and shipped all over from the Ozark Mountains, who knew?!?
Country Monks Brewing | Subiaco – This abbey is using ancient practices to gather people and minister through beer.
Provided by Shire Post Mint
For the Collector:
Shire Post Mint Licensed Coins | Springdale – The fantasy enthusiast and coin collector will be fascinated by the process of blanking old metal into coins and how the team creates the designs for their coins.
Farm Diva Ammo Jewelry | Little Rock – These handmade pieces feature everything from bullet earrings and money clips to cufflinks in the shape of a and shotgun-shell keychains.
used with permission from Arkie Apparel
For the Traveler:
Seek Creative Paperie Travelers Notebooks | Quitman – Gina, a creative herself, has created the perfect piece for the organizer, planner, and traveler to help her capture her dreams. Personalized designs may be an option.
Seek Adventures Puzzle Printables | Searcy – Seek Adventures Blog has developed a fun activity when you are stuck in the woods, and the weather changes your plans. These are great for grownups and kids alike.
Arkie Apparel | Lowell – This gear is perfect for the outdoorsy Arkansas Activist. Fun designs meet functional, comfortable tees, hats, and apparel you’ll want to wear anywhere you go.
Creek Baby Outfitters | Yellville – After discovering a clean skincare routine during her pregnancy that cleared up skin issues, owner Misty Duffy decided to share what she discovered with the rest of the world.
provided by Hill City Popcorn Co.
For the Foodies:
Hill City Popcorn Co. | Fayetteville– This gourmet popcorn shop on “the hill” in Northwest Arkansas uses coconut oil and non-GMO seeds to pop a perfect mushroom-shaped kernel that soaks up all their delicious flavors.
Fischer’s Honey | North Little Rock– Founder Raymond Fischer stared bottling his hobby honey in 1935 in what is now Arkansas’s largest and oldest honey processing and packing plant. Since then, it has grown into a 20,000 square-foot family-owned processing and packing plant.
Cocoa Belle Chocolates | Bryant – Handmade artisanal chocolates, butters and chocoholics monthly subscriptions, made by Arkansas’ first chocolatier, Carmen Portillo.
Westrock Coffee | North Little Rock – Fairtrade African, Central American, and South American blends harvested globally and roasted in Arkansas This agribusiness training program blends a business model with consumers on the other side of the world.
used with permission from Mundi Sauce
Mundi Sauce | Eureka Springs– These spicy sauces and bloody mary mixes seek to bring happiness with every bottle while pulling together their community. Local high school students cultivate the products in a garden and greenhouse on the school property with the goal of equipping them to produce their own hot sauce line in the future.
Abbey Brittle | Subiaco Academy – The Monks at Subiaco Abbey are gaining a more than holy reputation when it comes to the kitchen. Combine the Abbey Brittle, Monk Sauce, and brew for a perfect stocking treasure.
Juanita’s Candy Kitchen | Arkadelphia – Best known for their variety of nut brittles, this sugary confection seems like a sweet idea for any occasion!
Green Corner Stores Tea Shop | Quapaw, Little Rock – Arkansas’s first eco-lifestyle store is committed to sharing products that make their neighbors’ lives easier and protect the environment in the process. Their tea bar is a great place to discover a new flavor or bag up tea leaves to bring home and unwind in a quiet moment to unwind.
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Cover image provided by Milk & Pail Goat Milk Soap
Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in South Arkansas with her husband and sweet Boxer, Bailey and one-year-old son! Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now she is using all of those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom!