In our humble opinion, there are few better places to ring in the holiday season than the Home of American Golf. And a gift from the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area of North Carolina is something that your special someone will never forget. From golf to food to folk art to an eclectic array of accessories, there is truly something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite, locally themed gift ideas:
Precision Art Putters
For golfers, the putter is often the most important club in the bag. It’s not just the feel, but also how the putter looks. Now, you can play one that is beautiful, has a solid feel — and in the right hands, can be deadly accurate. Precision Art Putters are handmade and one of a kind. Handcrafted by David Fernandez, these unique putters have an amazing feel when striking the ball. Custom pattern and permanent color on the surface of the putter makes them even more appealing. Each Precision Art Putter is gripped with a quality midsize or jumbo Winn Grip and comes with a magnetic head cover.
Handbags (and more) from R. Riveter
A true, American success story. The sturdy and stylish handbags R. Riveter creates are handcrafted by military spouses, known as Riveters, who are stationed worldwide. The name was inspired by World War II cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, who symbolizes the contribution women made to the workforce that helped win the war. “Rosie the Riveter embodies everything that we stand for,” says the company founders. “Our mission is a bit more modern, but her spirit and ‘we can do it’ attitude still apply.”
Winter golf at the Pinehurst Resort
It may be getting chilly outside but don’t retire your clubs just yet. At the world-renowned Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, mild winter temperatures ensure golf is always in season. Visit December through February and enjoy the resort’s best rates of the year. Stay for as little as $243 per night, which includes one round of golf or 50-min spa treatment per night stayed and the resort’s overflowing breakfast buffet each morning.
Southern Supreme’s Holiday Favorite
Southern Supreme’s fruitcake is arguably the best on Earth. They’ve flipped the narrative about fruitcake and have turned heads across the globe in the process. The family owned company has been making edible treats for decades. And their fruitcakes are ordered by people everywhere. Skip the hassle of baking this year but still enjoy a variety of your favorite gourmet treats, including the special, Scott-family recipe “famous nutty fruitcake,” cookies, jams, jellies, mustard, pralines, truffles, coffee, hot apple cider mix and cocoa made from fresh-shaved chocolate.
Display your patriotic spirit with a Heritage Flag
For a uniquely patriotic holiday goodie, try a handcrafted Heritage Flag and appreciate the amazing level of detail in each product. Heritage Flag Company produces a variety of flags made from whiskey and wine barrels – some even made from trees that fell along Pinehurst No. 2 during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Most of the flags on display in the company’s Southern Pines retail space are ready for purchase, as well as specialty items that are only available for purchase in the store. As an added bonus, the Heritage Flag Company has constructed works of art that have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes all over the country.
Something yummy from The Pinehurst Olive Oil Co.
The Pinehurst Olive Oil Company specialize in a wide variety of the finest, healthiest fused and infused oils, as well as Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive oils. The products arrive straight from Veronica Foods, which was founded by Italian immigrants in 1924 and now searches the world for the finest olive oils — importing more than a million gallons each year. This retail space, tucked off a side street in the heart of the village of Pinehurst, is a tasting store where customers are provided with the proper knowledge and information to fully understand the health benefits of all the products. Make your favorite foodie very happy this holiday season.
Take home a piece of Folk Art from Jugtown
Established in 1917, Jugtown Pottery is a working pottery and an American Craft Shop located eight miles south of Seagrove in Moore County, NC. Drawing from the North Carolina tradition, you will find jugs, pitchers and candlesticks in wood fired Salt Glaze and Frogskin, and tablewares in green, blue, brown and gray. Vases, bowls and jars in glazes made with wood ash, local clays, copper reds, greens and iron earth tones will dazzle your eyes. Every piece is unique and make wonderful gifts. Don’t miss the museum on site.
Tempt your taste buds with irresistible mini cakes from Yum Yum Chocolates
Feed your inner child with freshly baked mini cakes from Yum Yum Chocolates. These delicious bite-sized cakes make great gifts for your loved ones, or yourself, and come in several flavors – Dark Chocolate, Lemon, Red Velvet and Carrot – to name just a few. At this time of year Pumpkin Spice cake dipped in white chocolate is added to the mix for a real holiday taste sensation. Each bag of Yum Yums is filled with an assortment of 12 cakes. There isn’t a better named treat to be found anywhere!