Items Only a Southerner Would Get in Their Christmas Stocking

We independently evaluate all recommended products and services. If you click on links we provide, we may receive compensation. Learn more.

Christmas Stocking
DNY59/Getty Images

Southerners love to give gifts. We're also planners, thinking and plotting and shopping for months ahead of the holiday season in order to secure the perfect present for everyone on our list. We don't rest until we've thoughtfully and comprehensively considered each and every gift. Christmas stockings, though, are where we have fun and think outside the box—literally and figuratively. There are some Christmas-stocking traditions we follow every year (an orange in the toe, anyone?), and there are also clever and funny stocking additions that we include to put smiles on our loved ones' faces. But that's not all. There are some stocking stuffers that can be classicied as so very Southern. We've rounded up a few of those below—the quirky, the classic, the time-tested, the delicious, and the utterly Southern. Take a look and let us know: Have you given (or received) any of these Southern stocking stuffers? We hope they'll also give you some gifting inspiration for the upcoming holiday season.

Blackberry Patch Mayhaw Jelly

Mayhaw Jelly

These stocking stuffers are even sweeter when made by Mama. Southerners are known for gifting their homemade canned goods—jams, jellies, preserves, and all the rest from the year's harvests—in the season's Christmas stockings. It's usually a jar of a Southern classic, and it may just be something you can only find in the South, like mayhaw jelly.

Classic Cookbooks

Charleston Receipts

Charleston Receipts Cookbook
Laurey W. Glenn

Don't mess with the classics. Church and Junior League cookbooks are the gifts that keep on giving. There are some time-tested treasures (like Charleston Receipts) that we pass on to everyone we know, but every region has its favorites, and they make their way to the stockings on Christmas morning.

Moon Pie Double Decker Chocolate - 24ct. Box

Moon Pies

Oh, Moon Pies. This Southern-made treat always sneaks into Southern Christmas stockings—and for good reason. Whether classic, mini, double-decker, chocolate, banana, salted caramel, or vanilla, we love our celestial sweets.

A New Heirloom

SoulKitchenKeepsakes Custom Large Casserole Lasagna Pan

A New Heirloom

Southerners are notorious for filling stockings with heartfelt gifts that will make the recipient well with emotion—like a tea towel inscribed with a loved ones' hand writing, a baking dish personalized with a secret family recipe, or jewelry with sentimental value. They're heirlooms in the making.

Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory Traditional Cheddar Cheese Straws in Gift Tin

Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory Cheddar Cheese Straws

Do cheese straws make you think of Christmas? Have you ever received a tin of them in your stocking? It's a super Southern gift that's oh-so festive. (And oh-so special when they're homemade. Let us help you learn to make them yourself this year.)

SEC and ACC Gear

NCAA '47 Clean Up Adjustable Hat

SEC and ACC Gear

Sure, football season just ended, but it wouldn't be Christmas if our stockings were bereft of our school colors. Gear from our favorite schools and teams are fair game—hats, t-shirts, coolers, anything we can look forward to using once tailgating season rolls around again. (But of course we'll also be wearing it in the meantime.)


Sunbest Natural Fancy Georgia Raw Whole Pecans

MizC/Getty Images

Products from the Southern harvest find their way into Christmas stockings, especially pecans. Whether roasted, salted, spiced, or covered in chocolate, they're always a welcome sight on Christmas morning.


Pipe & Leaf Artisan Tea Co. Front Porch Special Loose Leaf Black Tea


Receiving tea as a gift is something we have in common with our neighbors in the U.K. Most Southerners' tea philosophy, though, is the sweeter the better. And it's even better if it's made in Alabama, like this absolutely delicious tea is.

A Skillet

Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 13.25" Skillet

Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 13.25" Skillet

Courtesy of Walmart

The time-tested, perfectly seasoned, Southern-favorite skillet also checks the boxes of "useful" and "wished for." It may not fit in a stocking (depending on the size of the stocking in question), but, when passed down from the kitchens of previous generations, it's a classic Southern present (and it's also sure to be put to use before the day is done).

An Orange

Tropicana California Navel Oranges

Biwa Studio/Getty Images

This tradition has been passed down through the ages, and more than a few Southern households still add oranges to Christmas stockings. It's especially popular in Florida (for obvious reasons), but the tradition isn't confined to the coast.

Artcome Seafood Tools Set

Artcome Seafood Tools Set


You don't have to be on one of the Southern coasts to appreciate this gift, but that's where you're certain to find it. A stocking filled with all the utensils needed to eat the season's best catch (i.e. oyster knives, seafood crackers, and lobster picks) will satisfy every Southern seafood aficionado.

A Southern Living Book

Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture

Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture


There's a new one—or two, or three—every year, and each new Southern Living book of recipes, gardens, barbecue, and home decor makes a special stocking stuffer for your loved ones. (If we do say so ourselves.)

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles