Sandhills Holiday Gift Guide

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:

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.”

A new Golf Experience at Talamore with Top Tracer

The new Village of Pinehurst area driving range facility features 10 hitting bays, all with high-speed cameras, TV monitors, technology and games. Casual seating is available.

The primary focus remains meeting the needs of golfers on the tee sheet needing to warm up before their round. The Toptracer Range technology will only be activated when golfers opt in and pay the additional fee for that service.

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.