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: Studio 324, Lowe Mill’s‘s Saturday Artist Market
Rocket City Apparel
Books About Huntsville for Kids
These children’s books all feature Huntsville within their covers and/or were written by Huntsville authors.
- Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass & E.B. Lewis
- My Journey to the Stars, by astronaut 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 new 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 “Space Camp Hair Don’t Care” t-shirts will please every space enthusiast on your list.
Where You Can Get It: Museum gift shop at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
We’re in love with these well-made goods “for a life in full bloom”, designed and stitched with love in Huntsville. Every writer needs a notebook & pencil pouch from this mom-owned biz.
Where to Get One: Hettie Joan online
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
Huntsville Home & Garden
Looking for a gift for someone with a green thumb? Grab Garden Bingo and a copy of the Grumpy Gardener’s new book. We also love their adorable Huntsville or Madison themed tea towels.
Where You Can Get Them: Huntsville Botanical Garden Shoppe
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.
Yummy Smelling Candles
Nekkid Candles gets its name from the simplicity of their materials, and with scents like FurBaby Kisses, Alabama Kudzu, Grandma’s Secret Recipe, Monkey Farts, Campfire, and Butt Nekkid you can’t pick a bad one! Made here in Huntsville.
Where You Can Get Them: Any of these local retailers
Nibbles & Sips
One of our favorite things to give are gifts that are consumable. They’re 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 at Earthfare
- Mullins Honey at Earthfare
- 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