A Small-Batch Christmas

Sonia Thompson

Still making your list and checking it twice? Oxford is home to many small and family-owned businesses that offer great options for shopping local. Here are a few Mississippi-centric ideas, all close to Splinter Creek.

1. Wonderbird Spirits Gift Baskets
At North Mississippi's first distillery, Mississippi Delta rice is fermented to make the base spirit of this smooth and beautiful gin. Their approach, which borrows from traditional sake making, sets a clean foundation for layering subtly complex flavors and aromas. Customize the contents of holiday gift baskets from Wonderbird's carefully curated mixers, garnishes, barware, and apparel.

2. Satterfield Pottery
Michael Satterfield, founder of Satterfield pottery, is a studio artist with an M.F.A. from the University of Mississippi. He creates ceramic dinnerware, home decor, ornaments, figurines, and other Mississippi items from his Oxford studio. He is also an instructor for the Oxford School District, and established a ceramic program for students.

3. The Oxford Creamery House-Made Brittles
It's hard to wrap ice cream and leave it under the tree, but The Oxford Creamery's house-made bacon and pecan brittles make the perfect socking stuffers. Pick some up at The Oxford Creamery or Chicory Market.

4. Delta Grind Grits
Nothing says Southern comfort food like grits. Give a bag or two to the culinary enthusiast in your life. Delta Grind Grits are handcrafted in Water Valley and sourced from local farmers throughout North Mississippi to help ensure consistent quality and authentic taste.

5. A Delta Supper Club Dining Experience
The Delta Supper Club is a members-only social culinary circle that provides once-in-a-lifetime taste experiences. The organization's goal is to preserve and celebrate the rich culture that the Mississippi Delta has to offer. Tickets to their events include food prepared by an acclaimed chef, paired with libations from brew masters/distillers/sommeliers. All events are hosted at culturally significant sites along the plains of the Mississippi Delta. Past events have been held at Dockery Farms (pictured), the Baby Doll House in Benoit, and the B.B. King Museum.

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