2017 Holiday Gift Guide in Birmingham


Happy Holidays, Birmingham! It’s the best time of the year in the Magic City… shopping and gift-giving time! We have compiled a list of the best local gifts for everyone on your list! Our list not only includes actual gifts, but also amazing “experience” gifts that give your entire family a chance to spend time together having lots of fun at a local place in town. And as an added bonus… all of these companies are a part of our 12 days of Christmas and are giving you a chance to win a gift on our Facebook page from December 1-12. More details on all these fabulous gifts coming soon! And happy shopping, everyone! 

Vulcan Park and Museum Membership

A membership to Vulcan Park and Museum is a great gift idea for a family and offers you and your family the opportunity to make Vulcan a part of your daily life. Benefits include free admission year-round to Vulcan’s Museum and Observation Tower, discounted (and sometimes free) admission to our popular community events and the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing preservation of Birmingham’s favorite landmark. Vulcan is more than just a statue—Vulcan Park and Museum features spectacular views of Birmingham, an interactive history museum that examines Vulcan and Birmingham’s story, a premier venue for private events, and a beautiful public park for visitors and locals to enjoy. While you’re at the park, you can also buy local items in the gift shop, The Anvil, for more people on your shopping list! 

McWane Science Center Membership

McWane Science Center members get the best perks! When you and your family become McWane Science Center members, you become an insider at the science center. Members receive free parking, special pricing on IMAX DOME Theater tickets, discounts in both our Smart Café and the Cool Stuff Store, gift and reciprocal benefits at more than 350 science museums and so much more.

McWane Science Center’s mission is to “change lives through science and wonder.” To accomplish this mission, McWane Science Center combines our unique assets to create unique, hands-on, science-learning experiences that parents and teachers value and kids love.

The Birmingham Zoo Membership

A Birmingham Zoo Membership is the perfect gift for any family. Perks include UNLIMITED visits 363 days a year, FREE “My Member Perks” Coupon Book worth over $500 in savings (both in and around the Zoo), FREE admission to select nights of Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari and so much more! Visit   www.birminghamzoo.com to give the gift of a Birmingham Zoo Membership! Approximately 900 animals of 230 species call the Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, zebras, rhinos and endangered species from six continents.

Hanna Andersson Pajamas

For over 30 years, kids have played and laughed in Hanna Andersson’s clothing. And our absolute favorite Hanna products?  Their pajamas!  If you’re on the hunt for matching family pajamas this holiday season, then be sure and check out Hanna Andersson at the Summit or shop online.  You’ll fall in love with their sweet stripes and fun prints too!

Kempt Professional Organizing

Kempt Professional Organizing is a professional organization company based in Birmingham, Alabama.  Kempt provides personalized service, helping each client clear the clutter and create peaceful spaces, while providing specific organizing solutions that are functional and easily maintained. Services include in-home consultations, hands-on organization, pre-move decluttering, packing & unpacking, new home set-up, and organization skill instruction. Gift certificates are available and make great holiday presents for those who want to get organized in 2018!

Monograms Plus

Monograms Plus is a specialty gift and clothing boutique emphasizing personalization and unique, chic gifts, and apparel for all occasions. They have gifts for baby, child, newlyweds, sorority, hostess gifts, and many other types of special occasions. They carry high-quality products for your gift-giving needs including jewelry, customized stationery and much more!



Need a night out this holiday season? Enter for the chance to win $50 in babysitting credit from our friends at Wyndy, a babysitting app connecting families with local college students! Wyndy makes it ridiculously easy to find, book, and pay reliable college babysitters. Each sitter undergoes a thorough application process and must pass a background check before becoming a Wyndy. Download the Wyndy app to get started today!

Urban Cookhouse

Urban Cookhouse serves contemporary American food in a casual environment with excellent customer service. We are committed to using high quality ingredients, sourcing our produce locally whenever possible, and supporting our local community. We have four locations – Homewood, The Summit, Downtown Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Our Homewood location has some exciting news: we have outgrown our space and are moving down the street in Homewood to 1920 29th Avenue South. Our new space will have its own exclusive parking, a drive-thru pick-up window and more seating! We are hoping to move in to the new space in December. Come and see us!  


AVEDA Institute Birmingham gift cards are the perfect gift for any woman or mother because they are flexible and fit her needs. They can be used toward any stress-relieving service and/or any Aveda natural and organic products ranging from skin to hair to body care. 

The Aveda Institutes are an internationally known, cutting-edge, eco-friendly network of cosmetology and spa institutions dedicated to shaping the future of beauty, wellness, fashion, and art. Come and experience our facials, body polishes, color services.

Barons Baseball

Tickets to a Barons baseball game is a must for any family. Enjoy baseball, delicious food, and fun attractions for kids on a beautiful Birmingham summer night at the new Regions Field downtown. Catch the amazing downtown views of the downtown skyline, UAB, Children’s Hospital, Vulcan and Red Mountain from Regions Field, built in 2013. 

For tickets to Barons games at Regions Field please call 205-988-3200 or order online! For additional inquiries and ordering information please email the Barons at [email protected] or call the Barons Front office to speak with a representative at (205) 988-3200.

Lizard Thicket

Lizard Thicket, established in 1981, prides itself in selling the latest, most fashion-forward styles and accessories at surprisingly affordable prices.  Our stylish clientele can wear our threads with the confidence that their wardrobe is as unique as they are.  We carry a limited quantity of each piece, and with fabulous new merchandise arriving almost daily, our selection is constantly changing.  Whether you are looking for winter accessories, a necklace for your sister, or a festive candle to light your home, Lizard Thicket has the perfect gift for you!

Southern Fried Creative

Southern Fried Creative is an Alabama inspired clothing & apparel company that includes hats, shirts, decals, magnets, and koozies.  There is something for everyone on your list at Southern Fried Creative! Men and women of all ages will love these unique gifts that proudly represent our beautiful state. 

Items for giveaways were given in exchange for a business appearing in this Holiday Guide.
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Born at St. Vincents, Julie has lived in Birmingham nearly all her life, and she looks forward to meeting and connecting moms all over our community. Before having kids and co-founding Birmingham Mom Collective, she worked various jobs as a retail manager, merchandise manager, software support associate, and an HR recruiter. When she's not taking care of her two young children, you can find her (sometimes) working out, singing and fellowshipping at her church, playing golf (horribly), drinking sweet tea, and taking trips with her husband, Nathan. She loves all things coffee, Gilmore Girls, Disney World, Dolly Parton, and peanut m&ms!