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The Big, Bad Southern Gift Guide #3: For the Social Butterfly


Words: Jess Graves | Photos: Caroline Fontenot | Styling: Candice Beaty

Our Big, Bad Southern Gift Guides are ending big - in two parts, just for the ladies. This sartorially-inclined guide is for the social butterfly, the super Mom, the sisters and like-a-sisters. We kept a forgivable fit in mind for giving, so most of these pieces are easy on and off, one-size-fits-all kinds of finds. And hey, nobody said you couldn't #treatyoself, as well.

1. We told you about the philanthropic DNA that makes up each Atlanta-based Whitby handbag last month, but we'd like to put them on your radar again if you're looking for a timeless, luxe gift that truly celebrates the empathy of the Christmas season.

Whitby Codet satchel, 1295.00

2. The North Carolina-based ladies behind Twine & Twig have brought black into the fray, which makes our hearts sing. Brambles, bones, beads and the like adorn their leather-bound statement pieces, which clock in at a reasonable price point and come delivered in a cute linen sack ready for gifting. We also love their easy-on ponchos, especially in indigo, which seems to go with just about everything.

Twine & Twig necklaces, 230.00 - 250.00 and poncho, 325.00

3. Elizabeth Heard Barrettes are a sweet finishing touch we introduced you to in our fall style guide. Designer Elizabeth White has since added leather bows to the Atlanta-based collection, which might be our favorite yet. We think they make great stocking stuffers.

Elizabeth Heard "Take a Bow" leather barrette, 60.00

4. Full disclosure: Tiny Wild designer Margi Johnson and I graduated high school together in Tallahassee (go Lions!), and we both now reside in Atlanta, so I may be a teeny bit bias. But that only means I can personally vouch for the fact she's had her creative flair for a long time. It makes perfect sense that her delicate jewelry is so beautiful and intricate. I've been wearing this ring non-stop ... to non-stop compliments.

Tiny Wild "Seven Feather" ring, 112.00

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5. Shawn Warren designs fine jewelry with an accessible price point, but that doesn't mean she scrimps on the diamonds. Men, sit up and pay attention: this is the kind of thing that scores you MAX points when she finds it under the tree. We particularly love the on-trend rose gold pieces, which blush as deep as the recipient will.

Shawn Warren Orin stiletto earrings, 1350.00 and Orin open triangle necklace, 1200.00 both

6. Washable cashmere?! For real? For real. Finally, a fine knit you don't have to treat with kid gloves. Thank you, Two Bees! We've been wearing our shawl relentlessly. And don't even get us started on the cuddly infinity scarf.

Two Bees Cashmere "Taylor" shawl, 185.00 and infinity scarf with rabbit fur pom poms, 198.00 both

7. We've been keeping up with Mini Hay and her cheeky collection of "goldbugs" over at Croghan's in Charleston. Her latest offering is an array of cute, detachable tassels that slip right onto the back post of your studs. Collect a handful of colors and you've got a little something festive to go with every holiday party ensemb.

Goldbug by Mini 14 karat stud earrings 275.00,

8. Speaking of parties, every good guest knows to thank her hostess after the fact. These pretty hand-painted cards from Birmingham-based creative Morgan Johnston of Rugged and Fancy are almost too pretty to write on. Matter of fact, we think they'd look just as pretty in a frame.

Set of 4 hand-painted correspondence cards, 20.00

9. We called Lindsey Carter's Charleston clothing line Troubadour the cool-girl uniform of the South earlier this year, and we meant it. How perfect is this top for your next fete? We styled it with festive layered statement jewelry from Atlanta-based Empire State Finery.

Troubadour "James" top, 205.00 and Empire State Finery "Dixie" necklace, 325.00 and "Ornette" necklace, 145.00 both