This week, we celebrate the first annual Women-Led Wednesday, a national effort to encourage shoppers to buy from women-led companies. In honor of that, I thought I’d gather some of my favorite things to create the first annual Grey Ghost Bakery Gift Guide!
Last year, I curated some of my favorite local food products into our Southern Entertaining Gift Box, which are all still on my favorites list! They include Mod Squad Martha’s Music Row Moroccan Salmon Marinade and Rub and also her Chive Jive Vinaigrette, as well as King Bean Coffee, Cheese Crisps from Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, and Geechie Boy Grits.
Another product that I love is Hudson Henry Granola. Who knows, there may even be a Grey Ghost Granola cookie one of these days! Named for the owners’ two sons, Hudson Henry is a Southern, family-run company with a huge heart. Not only do they make scrumptious granola, but they give back to the community by donating 1% of their granola revenue every month to a different charitable organization through their Small + Mighty program.
For your friend who’s trying NOT to indulge this holiday season, give the gift of Blender Bombs from Hushup + Hustle. Created by Helen Hall, these tasty little bombs have the perfect blend of protein, fiber, and healthy fat, and they can be eaten as a meal replacement on their own or blended into your favorite smoothie.
While I spend most of my time focusing on specialty food companies, a girl can’t eat all the time! As a small business owner, it’s been great fun to get to know other women entrepreneurs. This summer, I met Raquel Graham Crayton, the creator of Nekz and Headlightz, two amazing products that will change your life. Now that it’s finally cooling off in Charleston, I’m looking forward to wearing my Headlightz hat and my Nekz scarf when walking Sophie on these dark mornings! Racquel is a serial inventor. She designed Nekz when her children refused to wear scarves during Chicago’s winters, and she created Headlightz so she could go for a run on those short Chicago days. I can’t wait to see what she designs for summer weather!
I also met Ann Blackwell Thompson at The Southern Coterie Summit this year (a phenomenal gathering of dynamic and creative women). Ann is an artist who paints with botanicals, hence the name of her business, Blackwell Botanicals. Ann collects foliage, flowers, and seaweed and creates beautiful pieces with them. Her business cards alone are frame-worthy!
When I need to elevate my sense of style, I love to turn to Emily McCarthy’s Shoppe in Savannah. Emily raises the bar on fun with accessories, hostess gifts, entertaining necessities, and more. I can bake a cookie, but it takes help to make the rest of my world look good, and the Emily McCarthy Shoppe makes that easy!
Need more gift ideas? Check out these other great gift guides for additional inspiration!