I thought of the idea for today’s gift round-up over the weekend and I said to myself, “This just might be the most random Holiday Gift Guide ever, Melissa! Home state pride?”
But you know what? It’s too good — and unique — to pass up! So what do I mean by home state pride, you ask?? Well, you know that I’m a huge hometown girl. I love my hometown with every fiber of my being — it’s the place that’s made me who I am and the only place on the entire planet where I feel completely at, well, home. My hometown and I…? We just fit together. Perfectly, might I add. And since most hometowns don’t have their own merch line (what’s up with that??), I figure the next best thing is love for your home state!! As you can probably imagine, I’m a huge fan of Illinois and the Midwest in general — but especially Illinois! Maybe you feel the same way about the state you live in. Maybe you love the sunshine and sandy beaches of California. Perhaps you’re a Georgia peach. Or maybe those lighthouses in Maine make your heart sing and calm your soul.
Wherever you call home, there are endless gifts out there to help you show your home state pride!! First up: These pretty necklaces (starting at $25.60) to keep home close to the heart always…
A cutting board for preparing your favorite food — bonus points if the food on the board is actually from that state (because that’s totally meta!), $19.99
This soothing candle that smells like home, $29.95
A map pillow for daydreaming about your favorite place, $35
A personalized mug for your favorite local brew, $15
This ring dish for storing all kinds of precious treasures, $10.10
Some wall art that would brighten up any space, $14.95
…or, a wall calendar to feel that home state pride all year long, $19.20
P.S. More state love, like return address stamps, prints and the most popular baby names by state.