Alabama Black Belt Adventures Christmas Gift Ideas

Alabama Black Belt Adventures Offers 12 Great Christmas Gift Ideas

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and end on January 5, but instead of being traditional, let’s use a dozen days to find a dozen ways to make any outdoors person happy with a gift from Alabama’s Black Belt.

The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association offers these 12 suggestions for your Christmas list.

“Shopping in the Black Belt is a great way to get unique gifts for hunters, anglers and everyone who enjoys time outdoors,” said Pam Swanner, executive director of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association. “There are also so many places in the Black Belt that offer wonderful edible treats that make perfect gifts. These suggestions are just a few from local businesses that help keep the Black Belt economy going.”

1. The holidays are about sharing and what’s better than to share than some tasty popcorn and candy? The Auburn Popcorn Co. (106 N. College Street, Auburn, 334-329-7700) opened in the spring, but the newcomer to town is a perfect spot to grab a snack and to purchase a great stocking-stuffer. www.facebook.com/theauburnpopcorncompany

2. Head to Camden to Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (209 Claiborne Street, Camden, 334-682-9878) for any number of folk art surprises. The Alabama Cotton Ornament is a treasure, for sure, and a bargain at just $12! www.Blackbelttreasures.com/Alabama-cotton-ornament.aspx

3. When in Eufaula, you have to visit Superior Pecans (117 East Broad Street, Eufaula, 334-687-2031) where you can find all kinds of nutty goodness – and Rooster Brand Coffee! Superior Pecans offers gift cards and can meet your corporate gift-giving needs, too. While you’re there, don’t miss the Eufaula Ice Cream and Shakes department. www.superiorpecans.com

4. History enthusiasts would love to have a membership at Selma’s National Voting Rights Museum and Institute (6 U.S. Highway 80 East, Selma, 334-526-4340), located in the city’s historic district at the foot of the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge. The mission of the museum and institute is to collect, exhibit, interpret and document images and artifacts related to the history of Selma, the Voting Rights struggle, voting rights in America and the Civil Rights Movement. Click Here to Find Out More!

5. Purchase a beautiful bowl – and watch it being made, if you want a custom piece – at Pottery By Williams (173 N. Mount Pleasant, Monroeville, 251-282-0844). Sam Williams, a second-generation potter, doesn’t keep regular business hours. As he says on his website, “If Sam’s truck is there, he is open,” but you can call for an appointment. His wares are also on display at Black Belt Treasures in Camden. www.potterybywilliams.com.

6. One of the most famous Black Belt products has to be Conecuh Sausage (200 Industrial Park, Evergreen, 800-726-0507). Conecuh hickory smoked products began back in 1947 and they are available in stores all over the state – and beyond. You can also go online and get a gift box! Get some sausage!

7. For the bird hunters on your list, give a gift subscription to Covey Rise (www.coveyrisemagazine.com, email info@coveyrisemagazine.com or call 866-311-3792). This magazine celebrates the lifestyle of the upland sporting enthusiast and the experience of the hunt through vivid photography and engaging writing. Covey Rise takes its readers across the nation and the globe in search of first-class international wing-shooting destinations.

8. Speaking of traditional Black Belt goodies, Sister Schubert Rolls (www.sisterschuberts.com) were born in Patricia Barnes’ kitchen in Pike County and are now beloved everywhere – especially in the South. Check out the online shop at www.sisterschuberts.com/shop for gift baskets and more.

9. Do you love jelly? Silly question – of course you do, or you have someone on your gift list who does. This Christmas, add delicious pepper jelly to your menu for a new treat. Red Pepper and Green Pepper Jelly from Mama Nem’s is homemade at the Rural Heritage Center in Thomaston (133 Sixth Avenue, Thomaston, 334-627-3388) from peppers grown at the Center. Get your 4- or 8-ounce jar at the gift shop or email ruralher@frontiernet.net. www.ruralheritagecenter.com/mama-nems-pepper-jelly

10. Legendary songwriter and performer Hank Williams is a Black Belt treasure. The Hank Williams Museum (118 Commerce Street, Montgomery, 334-262-3600) is a great place to spend an hour or a day learning about Williams’ life and work. At the gift shop, pick out something to remember him by, like a cool poster. http://bit.ly/2A8qmaS

11. There are dozens of fine hunting and fishing lodges in Alabama’s Black Belt. Any one of them can tailor a perfect weekend, week or couple of days in the wilds of the Black Belt. Find an outfitter that fits your needs by visiting the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association website at www.alabamablackbeltadventures.org/outfitters-lodges.

12. The holidays are not complete without a scrumptious dessert. The Pie Lab (1317 Main Street, Greensboro, 334-624-3899) is the place to find what your sweet tooth desires. The Pie Lab sells thousands of pies and the holiday season is particularly busy. Visit www.Facebook.com/PieLabPies for more information.

The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is committed to promoting and enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities in the Black Belt in a manner that provides economic and ecological benefits to the region and its citizens. For information, return to our home page by clicking here!

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