Regional Gifts to Buy in Savannah

October 12, 2015
It's safe to say that my love of Savannah is not hidden here on my blog. Although I'm no longer in the Low Country of Georgia, living just outside of Savannah for about a year solidified my stance on the city--I was head over heels for just about anything having to do with Savannah. One of my favorite pastimes was to stroll the streets and go in and out of Savannah's unique shops. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite finds that just scream "Savannah" or "Low Country." Eventually, I'd like to own everything on this list!

Bird Girl Statue- This statue by Sylvia Shaw Judson grew famous after appearing on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The original statue was in Bonaventure Cemetery, but due to the popularity of this best-selling novel and subsequent release of the motion picture, the statue had to be taken out in order to be kept safe. If you want to see the original, do not fear, as it in on loan at the Telfair Museum of Art and can still be seen in person. There are thousands upon thousands of replicas of this statue that range from just a few inches in size to some larger versions that are almost forty inches tall. Choose the one you want for an instant reminder of the prettiest city in Georgia, arguably.

Okay, so this one is a little broken on the arm, but you get the idea.
A cookbook from Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room- Mrs. Wilkes opened in 1943 and has become a Savannah staple. Many locals rave about it, as you likely will if you ever try the food! The cookbook contains many recipes from Sema Wilkes, the original owner. Of course it is for sale in the shop, but if you can't make it there, it is also available at Barnes & Noble.

A jar of Byrd's Cookies- Byrd's Famous Cookies opened in 1924 and has been delighting residents of Savannah with its selection of cookies ever since. There are three locations in Savannah, with one of them being right at City Market. There are samples offered at the City Market location so that you can find your favorite flavor before purchasing a jar of these delectable treats. I recommend the key lime coolers.

Girl Scout Related Items- Seeing as how the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, was born and raised in Savannah, it's only fitting to take back some type of souvenir related to the Girl Scouts. After touring the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, stop at the gift shop and have a look around.

A unique piece of artwork from the SCAD store- SCAD, or Savannah College of Art and Design has a store open to the public that features work produced by SCAD students and alumni. Help support a college student by buying some of their artwork! At the SCAD store, you are sure to find something that is one-of-a-kind. I personally visited the store and found some of the items to be overpriced, while other stuff was more reasonable. The store has home decor items, paintings, cards and stationery, jewelry, totes, and other accessories. 

Palmetto Roses- Locals are usually weaving roses out of palmetto fronds near the fountain at Forsyth Park or along River Street. Be careful, though, because some of these peddlers might not actually be licensed by the city, so use your best judgement. These roses can also be found all over Charleston. They are supposed to symbolize everlasting love. 

A painting from The Village Craftsmen- This is a co-op of various artisans that pay for a space in the gallery to sell their work. You might find paintings or photographs of Savannah, scarves, crafts, pottery, or metal work--it all depends on who has paid to rent a space in the gallery. 

A tutti frutti t-shirt from Leopold's- Just a generic "Savannah" t-shirt can be kind of boring and kitschy, but the tutti frutti shirt from Leopold's is what I deem wearable! While I saw some cute red ones on sale in the shop and contemplated buying one, unfortunately, I cannot find the shirt anywhere for sale online. If you want to see the shirt, then I guess you'll have to stop by Leopold's in person. While you're there, you might as well try tutti frutti since they say it was invented there.

Honey from Savannah Bee Company- You can't get more local than this! There are many different types of honey for sale. Not sure about which one to buy? The knowledgeable staff will fill you in and let you sample the various kinds at their honey bar. If you don't like the taste of honey, there are plenty of bath and body products made with honey or beeswax for you to try.

Sweets from Savannah's Candy Kitchen- The pralines here are quite famous, but stop in one of the shops in historic Savannah to see an assortment of Southern treats. Besides just the Southern delicacies, Savannah's Candy Kitchen has candied apples, gourmet popcorn, taffy, and baked goods. If you're not sure, try a free sample at the door (usually it's praline.)

Would you buy any of these souvenirs? What is a typical or famous souvenir where you live?

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