Find: Gifts for Friends Who Miss Christmas in Dixie

The neighbor who moved away and the cousin who is off at school probably have an occasional pang of homesickness for Alabama. They may occasionally bundle up and wonder whether the weather is mild enough in Alabama for us to still be going without coats or imagine the pecan pies we are devouring during the holidays.

These expats would treasure an artisan made ornaments from Alabama Goods on 18th Street in Homewood. Right now the store has a great selection of ornaments in the shape of the state of Alabama, all made nearby.

Many of the clay ornaments are only $10 apiece. The Alabama ornament with the hand painted Santa face costs $19. If your Alabama pals didn’t get enough of the Iron Bowl rivalry while they were here, send them a paw print or an elephant that could be an ornament or a necklace. Watch that trunk!

Finally, the little Alabama-shaped necklaces are sweet reminders and one would be a good send-off for a niece or friend who is home for the holidays or headed abroad.

As for the pecan pies, tell your far-flung friends that we are indeed devouring them, and they will just have to come home to get a bite. Some things we must always reserve as bait to induce our buddies back home.