The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Home Town Fan
Nothing says Happy Holidays! for admirers of Erin and Ben Napier’s eclectic, ultra-personal-yet-universally-appealing style quite like a gift inspired by Laurel, Mississippi. With their vibrant style in mind, we’ve rounded up everything from thoughtful stocking stuffers to showstoppers — and if you take a special shine to one of these goodies, why not bring one home to your place?
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Fiddle Leaf Fig
The design world’s favorite houseplant is also a recurring character in Home Town reveals, and it’s easy to see why: This West African beauty’s broad, architectural leaves are an ideal accent for decor of all kinds. As an indoor guest, it’ll eventually grow six to eight feet tall—and outdoors in a balmy climate, it can top 50 feet. How’s that for a dramatic gift?
Buy It: $55, williams-sonoma.com
Big’s Little Truck
Delight a special pint-sized person with a scaled-down version of Ben’s beloved old Chevy—it’s handcrafted by a Laurel toymaker, and made of scrap pine that’s been sanded down until it’s just right for teeny hands.
Buy It: $50, laurelmercantile.com
Hand-Printed Table Runner
Stamped with dye-resistant mud and then bathed in vibrant indigo, each of these graphic cotton runners is one of a kind. They’re also the product of two family businesses: Sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman design Block Shop’s products at their Los Angeles studio, and the Chhipa family of fifth-generation master printers create them in Bagru, Rajasthan. Each year, Block Shop invests 5% of its profits in developing health care programs for the community in Bagru.
Buy It: $70, blockshoptextiles.com
Vintage Fern Print Set
Erin’s eagle eye for old-school flora and fauna is gallery-wall magic, and Stacey Powell of Idaho’s Belle Botanica is similarly studious: She spends hours poring over historical texts, then enhancing and reinterpreting the antique images she finds. This beauty (sold in a set of 4)—printed on textured canvas paper with archival-quality inks—is ready to become an heirloom in its own right.
Buy It: $40, etsy.com
Faux Leather Pillow
Meet the cleverest family-room sofa accent of all time: Its pebbled-leather texture goes with anything (and everything), and its hardy material is crafted to withstand the occasional movie-night spill.
Buy It: $43, wayfair.com
Blue & White Ginger Jar
In 14th-century China, jars like these were used to carry salt, spices, rice, and even ashes. In 21st-century America, as Erin and Ben know, they’re perfect for mantels, coffee tables, kitchens...a little one would even work in a powder room.
Buy It: $40, pier1.com
Heirloom Rolling Pin
This sturdy kitchen staple arrives with history: It’s made of reclaimed oak grown and sawn in Missisippi more than a hundred years ago. Hand-turned with love and built to last, it’ll roll out pies and pastries for a century of family gatherings.
Buy It: $45, laurelmercantile.com
Custom House Portrait
Erin’s a bit on the busy side this time of year, but Ashley Gardner of Plano, Texas is ready to turn your snapshot into a one-of-a-kind, heirloom-quality portrait to rival the ones Erin creates for her homeowners. ("I think the best towns are small towns," Ashley says.) Send a digital image her way, and she’ll have a holiday-winning portrait proof back to you in about a week.
Buy It: $60, etsy.com
Custom Framing Gift Card
If your giftee already has artwork he or she has been dying to display (and hasn’t gotten around to framing), contribute to their collection via Framebridge: These pros will either print their digital file in-studio or send them a prepaid mailer for their item, then custom-build a frame and send it back in three days. Now that’s art for the masses.
Buy It: $39 and up, framebridge.com
Heavy brass candlesticks are a holiday-table classic—and rather difficult to find these days, if you’re not an antique-sale adept. That’s where the folks at Monticello (as in Thomas Jefferson’s estate) come in: These stately pieces are instant history (and you can mix and match without going broke).
Buy It: $18 and up, monticelloshop.org
No Home Town kitchen is complete without a hefty Scotsman Co. cutting board. Handmade from reclaimed hardwoods grown and sawn in Mississippi, they’re quite literally a little piece of Laurel.
Buy It: $85, laurelmercantile.com
Thank a thoughtful holiday host with beautiful, traditional linens: Turkish pestemals are hand-loomed and tied, prized around the world for their softness, and more absorbent than terrycloth. Bonus: They become softer and even more absorbent with use.
Buy It: $25 and up, indigotraders.com
Decorative Plates and Velvet Throw Pillows
With this Home Town family room as your inspiration, get a feature wall started with a foursome of gorgeously detailed stoneware plates featuring nesting blue jays and a queen bee and her hive—or go soft and cozy with a rainbow of washed-velvet pillows.
Buy It (plates): $74 for four, jossandmain.com
Buy It (pillows): $18 and up, potterybarn.com
Pancake Day Candle
The smoky scent of a well-seasoned hearth and a sweet suggestion of maple syrup "reminds Erin of winter days growing up at her grandparents’ cabin with the men cooking sausage and bacon in cast iron over an old wood burning stove." This candle—hand-poured into a recycled glass tumbler in Starkville, Mississippi—burns for 50 hours and can fill a 2,500-square-foot space with the quintessential aroma of Christmas at the Napiers’.
Buy It: $26, laurelmercantile.com
Votives and a Decorative Bowl
An array of faceted amber tea-light holders bring a warm glow to any room—and at $17 for a set of six, you can gift a whole constellation for little more than the cost of a string of twinkle lights. A shimmering, scalloped bowl, in turn, deserves pride of place at the center of the coffee table.
Buy It (Votives): $17 for six, cb2.com
Buy It (Bowl): $43, bedbathandbeyond.com
Rustic Pure Vases
Artisans in the Philippines hand-form and notch each of these earthenware pieces. With glossy bodies and unglazed accents, they’re just as lovely on their own as they are with floral arrangements.
Buy It: $14 and up, westelm.com
Hydrangea & Roses Painting
These bold strokes will be familiar to Home Town viewers: Painter Mandy Buchanan, the curator of education at Laurel’s Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, is responsible for some of the brightest pieces in Ben and Erin’s finished projects. Her one-of-a-kind paintings are available both through Laurel Mercantile and her own website.
Buy It: $100, laurelmercantile.com
Live Edge Dough Bowl
On a coffee table or console, this carved-teak-root objet just begs for a cluster of candles or succulents—but, to be honest, it could make house keys and a handful of rubber bands look like a still life.
Buy It: $119, potterybarn.com
Tabletop Clock and a Bowl of Greenery
Erin received a handmade version of this potluck-problem-solver as a wedding gift, and she loved it so much she added one to Laurel Mercantile’s inventory. Made in Tupelo, Mississippi, this genius gadget adjusts to fit almost any piping-hot casserole dish, and it’s got a pair of pockets for servingware, too.
Buy It: $39, laurelmercantile.com