Here at Rocket City Mom, we are ALL ABOUT LOCAL. We eat, sleep, and breathe local. We cover local events, share information about local resources, and help our readers find local people and businesses to connect with. So, of course, we think everyone should shop local this holiday season.
“Local retailers are often the ones donating to charities or supporting little league teams, and shopping local this holiday season is a way to show support while stimulating our local economy,” said Melissa Warnke, the Manager of Communications and Engagement at The Alabama Retail Association. “You get the personal connection, the customer service that you get, and being able to know the people that your shopping with, and have that personal one on one connection.”
But we’ve got another great reason to shop local – cool gifts. When you buy your holiday gift from a small local business you know it’s going to be unique. Why give the same old tired DVD or toy that anyone could buy from any big retail chain? This year, buy something AWESOME.
Here’s our favorite gifts that are made in the Rocket City or are in some way Huntsville-centric. #ShopLocalYall
Our Favorite Rocket City Gift Ideas
Eggbeater Jesus Eggbeaters
Eggs never tasted so cosmic! Created after a Huntville icon, you can whisk your way into someone’s heart with this unique handmade gift.
Where You Can Get One: Lowe Mill’s‘s annual Holiday Artist Market or via Facebook
Rocket City Apparel
Gift Cards From LOCAL Restaurants & Makers
The Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce has come up with an easy way to support local, independently owned businesses this year! They’ve created an easy-to-use website at getyourgifton.org where you can browse small Huntsville businesses and purchase their gift cards. It’s perfect for teacher gifts, hostess gifts, or for your mailman and you can do all the shopping from home while still supporting the locally-owned restaurants & boutiques that give so much back to our economy and community. Brilliant!
Where You Can Get Some: GetYourGiftOn.org – bookmark it!
Books About Huntsville for Kids
These children’s books all feature Huntsville within their covers and/or were written by Huntsville authors.
- Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years by David Hitt, Heather Smith, Robert Crippen
- Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass & E.B. Lewis
- My Journey to the Stars, by astronaut & US Senator, Scott Kelly
- When Mommy Loves Bama and Daddy Loves Auburn by Deb Hiett
- Color Your Way Through the Rocket City by Tristan Riabo
Where You Can Get One: Huntsville’s independent bookseller, Snail on the Wall, can hook you up!
Anything Space Camp
As children of the 80s, we’re a sucker for anything and everything that’s got a Space Camp logo on it. NASA flight suits, astronaut ice cream, and this “Adventure Awaits” hoodie will please every space enthusiast on your list.
Where You Can Get It: USSRC Museum gift shop at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Toys & Games
If you don’t own the popular Huntsville-made board game, Hedge Lord by Timbrook Toys, can you really call yourself a Huntsvillian?
Where You Can Get It: Order via their website
Bath & Beauty
Shea creams, spa-grade skincare, and lovely smelling bath teas are some of our favorite items from this little farm on the outskirts of Huntsville.
Where You Can Get Them: 1818 Farms or any of these local retailers
Fine Leather Goods
Treat yo’self to handmade-in-Huntsville belts, wallets, journal covers, totes, purses, and more!
Where You Can Get Them: Holtz Leather Co.
Nibbles & Sips
One of our favorite things to give are gifts that are consumable. Combine them in a basket and they are perfect for teachers, party hosts, and friends! Just make sure your treats are Huntsville-made like these:
- Pizzelles Confections
- Piper & Leaf Tea
- Belle Chevre goat cheese
- Basket-o-Bagels from Canadian Bakin’
- Mullins Honey
- Cookie tray from Mason Dixon Bakery
- Irons One Whiskey
- Growler of Vapor Trail Cream Ale and a copy of this book
- Basket of Local Goodies at Harrison Brothers Hardware
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and updated each year.
Rocket City Mom is a website about raising children in and around Huntsville, Alabama. Started in late 2010 by a local mom and newcomer to Huntsville, Rocket City Mom has grown into a thriving community of local parents and now boasts a staff of four, thirteen regular contributors, and tens of thousands of Tennessee Valley readers making it the #1 Parenting Resource in North Alabama.