You may now have just about anything selected, packaged, and shipped to your home regularly. No really, you will find subscription boxes for razors, dog treats, socks, meals…the list is endless. In accordance with Bloomberg, nearly 2,000 companies possess a subscription-style delivery service as part of their business plans, and subscription marketplace Cratejoy estimates this type of commerce generated $5 billion in revenue in 2014. Southern entrepreneurs are thinking within the box, too, creating gift and 禮盒 loaded with goods from throughout the region. Therefore if you’re still searching for a holiday gift, why not let these 8 Southern companies carry out the meet your needs?
Batch Nashville curates gift boxes of locally made, artisanal goods and foods from Nashville, Memphis, Charleston, Austin, and all over the South. They offer pre-selected gift batches, monthly subscription boxes, and a “build your own batch” option categorized by things like coffee, cocktails, and home goods. The business launched in 2013, opened a retail shop in Nashville in 2014, and has been featured in the The Big Apple Times, InStyle, and Southern Living.
Georgia Crafted launched in 2013 to assist shoppers find truly local, Georgia-made products. The feminine-founded company started by using a monthly subscription box and now offers themed gift boxes (brunch in the box, anyone?), build-your-own, and custom corporate gifts, along with an web shop featuring over 100 goods made by independent Georgia artisans. Georgia Crafted is featured in Inc. and it is a 2016 Cobb Chamber Business to view.
The Bluegrass Box is a quarterly shipment of things which can be uniquely Kentucky, including artisanal foods and hand-crafted goods. Launched in Lexington in 2015, the organization themes each quarterly gift package with seasonal goods (think: a fall box including a locally-sourced s’mores kit). They’ve been featured by Eat Kentucky and lots of local publications.
Want a gift for the Charleston foodie? Charleston Epicurean offers subscription boxes containing 4 to 5 local, artisanal, and gourmet food products made in the Lowcountry. Together with monthly deliveries, Charleston Epicurean sells curated gift boxes including $35 to $59. The female-founded company launched in 2014 and has been featured in The Post and Courier, The Daily South, and Charleston Magazine.
My Texas Market helps shoppers find the best small-batch, artisan goods from farmers’ markets and local Texas businesses. Their subscription and one-time gift boxes are carefully curated around some other theme each month, using a part of the proceeds donated to the Houston Food Bank. The Spring, Texas-based company even offers corporate gifts, a build-your-own box option, as well as an online market packed with Lone Star state goods.
Launched in Durham in 2014, NC Made seeks to foster appreciation of handcrafted foods within North Carolina and also to gain national attention for NC’s thriving food economy. They feature curated, themed gift boxes (the NC beer box has our attention), as well as large gift crates, personalized wedding boxes, and corporate gifts. The feminine-founded company has garnered press in Durham Magazine, Indy Week, along with the News & Observer.
Southern Favor can be a recently launched Charlotte-based startup that produces 伴手禮 for personal or corporate gift-giving. The boxes are hand-crafted with American hardwood and leather in Charlotte, NC, and 64dexkpky fully customizable through laser engraving at the top, front, and inside lid.
Ok, which means that this one’s not exactly a “box,” but Charlotte-based BrewPublik, a house and office beer delivery service, now offers curated holiday variety packs for craft beer lovers in Charleston, SC. Buyers can choose between dark, light, hoppy, or all local brews and also have them delivered straight to their door. BrewPublik recently expanded to San Francisco and has been featured in Huffington Post, Vice, and BeerAdvocate.