Take a road trip to Murphysboro, Illinois’ BBQ capital. BBQ aficionados have long known the trip to Murphysboro, is more than worth it. The small town hosts a barbecue cook-off every year and is perhaps the only town in the country with two Barbecue Hall of Famers. You will enjoy shopping Oak Street Art, D&D Hemp Store, Think Vintage and more.
For the lover or art and all things creative, visit 276 Art Exchange, in Equality. Fine arts and heritage crafts made by local artisans. High-quality works of art, hand-made heritage crafts, local literature, and other items unique to Southern Illinois. You can even book a private shopping experience here.
In Cobden, find Packrat’s Paradise with Antiques, vintage, repurposed and locally made items – all local growers, collectors & artisans. With over 30 vendors and unique items and a great shopping experience.T
Holiday shopping is a wonderful tradition for many, and gifts can be even more meaningful with a unique story behind them, and sourced right here in Shawnee Forest Country. Consider matching each of these shopping options with the right person on your list.
For the lover or art and all things creative:
276 Art Exchange, Equality, sells fine arts and heritage crafts made by local artisans. High-quality works of art, hand-made heritage crafts, local literature, and other items unique to Southern Illinois. You can even book a private shopping experience here.
For the foodie:
Send an apple gift box from the Rendleman Orchards, of Alto Pass:
Apple gift boxes and specialty food gift boxes are quite popular during the Holidays. Shop online here.
Learn the ins and outs of BBQ from world championship BBQers 17th Stret BBQ. in Murphysboro:
Praise the Lard: Recipes and Revelations from the Legendary Life in Barbecue. With this new book, the dynamic father-daughter duo behind Southern Illinois’s 17th Street Barbecue invite readers to join them around the fire as they share all the master techniques, signature recipes, and no-nonsense tips of a family with more than 100 years in the barbecue business. Shop products here
For the baseball player:
Create a unique bat for the unique player in your life with Dinger Bats in Ridgeway:
The very essence of Dinger bats is that no matter what league you play in, or the level you play at, everyone could experience the same quality craftsmanship of maple wood that professional baseball players merit. Build a bat here.
For the vino connoisseur:
Share the perfect fireside wine with Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass:
Alto Vineyards has won over 500 National and International awards in wine competitions across the nation, never forgetting the family philosophy to produce the highest quality wines possible. Shop all wines here.
For fans of all things cozy:
Stay warm with a hand-crocheted alpaca yarn accessory from Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch in Makanda:
Specializes in crocheted goods made with all-natural handspun yarn sheared from the herd of alpacas that call the farm home. The online store offers beanies, socks, gloves and more that are perfect for keeping cozy during the colder months. Shop all products here.
For the beer connoisseurs:
Unique foraged, farm-crafted beer await you at Scratch Brewing Company in Ava:
Every ingredient is farm-gathered—the walnuts and black trumpet mushrooms, sassafras and vanilla leaves, even the natural spring waters used for brewing, everything indigenous to the region. online here.