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Gift Guide – For the Foodie


1. Serve your guests on a beautiful tray like this gold one, and use unique serving pieces like these salad servers and handmade meat fork from Table Matters.

2. Want to enjoy a festive night of food and friends that will directly contribute to the Good School Food program of Jones Valley Teaching Farm? Gift the gift of healthy food education, habits and hands-on experience to Birmingham school children and their families by hosting a Gather Dinner benefiting JVTF.

3. Any foodie with a bit of a sweet tooth will adore treats from the Baking Bandits. Slip a gift card in your foodie’s stocking, and they can enjoy treats into the new year.

4. Infused Oils and Balsamics can lay the groundwork for a delightful dish, or can be enjoyed on their own. Olio has savory, sweet or fruity infusions to suit any taste, as well as pastas, and nut butters.

5. For the grillmaster on your list, Primo grills and smokers from Blackjack Gardens make an impressive gift.

Find the best of local for the foodie on your list, and tell them SCOUT sent you!


Gift Guide – For the Little Ones



1. A passion for learning is one thing students of Creative Montessori School will take with them though life. Give your child the opportunity to experience the Montessori method. Or contribute to the capital campaign which will support the renovation and reorganization of the campus and buildings, having an impact on the education of many.

2. Toys, games, gags, and adorable clothes for boys and girls are what you will find at Swoop. They also have a great selection of travel games, and activities to entertain your kids over this winter break! Every child on your list will adore a gift from Swoop!

3. All of baby’s favorite toys, like this Green Toys Firetruck can be found at Swaddle! You’ll also find clothing for play, sleep and holiday in baby friendly fabrics and adorable styles!

4. Let them know that there is an entire world to explore, and personalize their globe with an inspirational message, like this one from Jojo Home.

5. Let Beth Hontzas record all of your child’s milestones…a gift of precious memories that they will treasure when they have families of their own!

6. An opportunity to learn all about horses at the Blackjack Farm summer camp is a gift your kids or grand-kids will adore! The chance to connect with such amazing animals will be an experience to remember.

Make their holidays magical with gifts from your favorite local businesses. Tell them SCOUT sent you!



Gift Guide – For Peace of Mind

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1. With the skilled talent and years of experience of Robert Fry and Chad Jones, you can rest assured that your new home will be constructed with exceptional attention to every detail.

2. Give a gift of preservation, and support the SELC in their work to protect Alabama’s natural resources.

3. Make a sound investment on the purchase of a new home with Ray & Poynor Properties. You’ll sleep well at night knowing that you had excellent representation whether buying or selling.

4. Leave some things to the experts. Designing a new home, hunting retreat, equestrian facility or renovation can be a fun and enjoyable process with the architects at Architectureworks.

5. Planning your legacy can seem daunting, but the experienced professionals at Sterne Agee can piece together your future.

Call in the professionals this holiday season and throughout the year when the need arises. And tell them SCOUT sent you!


GIft Guide – For the Winter Wedding

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1. Wedding celebrations begin long before the big day. The Nest in historic Avondale provides the perfect venue for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaids luncheon or bridal shower!

2. Start off your life together in your dream home. Brian Boehm will provide excellent advice on investing in your first home as a married couple and will find you the ideal place to begin your new chapter in life.

3. Make every piece of paper your guest touch feel and look like a little gift! Holly Hollon can create the perfect paper suite to complement the other aspects of your wedding!

4. Sybil Sylvester of Wildflower Designs will be make every inch of your event a spectacular “Wow!” with the perfect combination of colors, textures and fragrance!

5. Mariée Ami is truly the bride’s best friend, and will be there from the beginning of the planning to the end of the end of the big day. No detail is too small, and no wedding too large for these experts!

6. It’s all about the dress, and at Carriage House Weddings, you’ll be sure to find the ONE! The fabulous collection of designer dresses in a variety of silhouettes offers something to flatter any body shape.

7. Plan a relaxing honeymoon at any of the Kessler Collection Grand Bohemian Hotels. And beginning next spring/summer, you can offer your guests luxurious accommodations at their new hotel in Mountain Brook!

Here’s to winter weddings…and be sure to let them know SCOUT sent you!


Holiday Gift Guide – For The Gents

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1. For the man in your life who appreciates small luxuries, a Montblanc accessory will always be a winning choice of gift. And if the man on your list has a passion, then cuff links representing his favorite hobby will be a delightful surprise. Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers has these plus many more options for your hard-to-buy-for guy!

2. Find the perfect portrait artist to capture the spirit of the man in your family. Portraits Inc. offers gift certificates and will walk your husband, son, or grandfather through the process of finding and commissioning the artist whose work will best fit your taste.

3. There is no reason to be at odds over the “his chair” anymore… everyone will fall in love with this stylish and comfortable Lillian August chair from Defining Home. It is perfect for any room of the house, not just the man cave!

4. Butler’s Grooming Club knows how to take care of the men in your life. Whether he wants to maintain that “no shave November” scruff, keep his haircuts sharp, or just drop by for a beer and a game of pool, he will love a membership to Butler’s.

5. These leather trimmed pulls and knobs can transform any ho-hum piece of furniture into a custom piece just for him. Consult the experts at Brandino Brass for a peek at all of the options!

6. Give him a night out (or two) with the guys at Dram Whiskey Bar. He and his friends can enjoy their favorite drinks and catch up after the holidays!

Shop local and tell them SCOUT sent you!


Holiday Gift Guide – For the Home


1. Dress up your space or a friend’s with this luxurious custom pillow from Circa Antiques and Interiors. Browse all of their fabulous accessories too…like these wooden vases, perfect for holding your favorite blooms.

2. For your holiday hostess these linen sachets filled with lavender from Suite Dreams will be welcome!

3. Handmade lanterns from Brandino Brass are a perfectly elegant addition to any space.

4. Leaf n Petal’s miniature boxwood wreaths and topiaries are the perfect addition to any home this holiday season.

5. Coral & Tusk linens are one fabulous example of the unique finds at Jojo Home and Marjorie Johnston & Co. Interior Design. Marjorie and her talented staff make great picks for their shop or for your home.

6. Re-think your rooms for the new year and enlist the talented Mary Evelyn Interior to coordinate your new look.

7. Lay the groundwork for any room, whether traditional, modern or in between, with a rug from Eighteenth Street Orientals.


Don’t forget to tell them SCOUT sent you!