You don't have to travel far to find great gifts for everyone on your list. Support Savannah businesses and organizations by shopping local this season!
All about the tickets
The Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St.: This unique spot has offered 200 years of continuous entertainment. First opened in 1818, the Savannah Theatre, located on Chippewa Square, is one of the United States' oldest continually operating theaters. Due to multiple fires, the structure has been both a live performance venue and a movie theater. Since 2002, the theater has hosted regular performances of a variety of shows, primarily music revues. Coming up in February is the musical “Mamma Mia” featuring the music from ABBA. Season passes and individual tickets at savannahtheatre.com.
Stopover Savannah Music Festival, March 7-9: Heading into its ninth year, the festival has hosted such notable up and comers as Grimes, of Montreal, The War On Drugs, Future Islands, St. Lucia, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and hundreds of others before they broke out of the pack. Offering three days of musical discovery, fans can hop from venue to venue, beverage in hand, keeping track of all their favorite new acts. Stopover will showcase 80-plus bands in small to mid-size venues across Savannah’s walkable Historic District. Passes on sale now at savannahstopover.com.
Savannah Music Festival, March 28-April 13: The 30th annual festival features a variety of music from around the world, collaborations with local arts organizations and original programming. This year's headliners include Jeff Tweedy, Pat Metheny and I'm With Her, plus many more acts throughout the three-week festival. And don't miss the annual Festival IPA Release Party featuring Rebirth Brass Band on Feb. 9 at Southbound Brewing Co. Get tickets and a full schedule at savannahmusicfestival.org.
SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Oct. 26-Nov. 2: Hosted by Savannah College of Art and Design, this annual festival is filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. It's the only place in Savannah where all the Hollywood stars gather to walk the red carpet. Find tickets at filmfest.scad.edu and see coverage from this year's fest at dosavannah.com.
Gear for music fans
Vintage band tour T-shirts: New shirts arrive weekly. Find them for $38 at East & Up, 6 E. Liberty St.; eastandupvintage.com.
Icon dangle earrings and rings: These handmade, lightweight earrings are a surefire conversation starter. Find them for $53 (earrings) and $20 (rings) at Custard Boutique, 422 Whitaker St.; custardboutique.com.
All about the jewels
Unique jewelry: The Paris Market is one of the most beautifully curated retail stores in Savannah. Owner and jewelry designer Paula Danyluk gathers vintage objects and jewelry during her travels to France. Stateside, she repurposes and redesigns these baubles. They also offer the unique tradition of “eye miniatures,” believed to have originated in the 1700s, when it became fashionable to wear your lover’s eye as a gesture of a romance. A miniaturist was employed to paint only the eye and preserve anonymity. The Paris Market offers an in-house miniaturist who can recreate the eye of your lover to wear on your lapel. Pieces start at $50 at The Paris Market, 36 W. Broughton St.; theparismarket.com.
Danielle Hughes Rose jewelry: Rose is inspired by architectural elements, mid-century hood ornaments and other modern and organic forms. The clean lines of precious metals are tempered with the use of found beach glass and upcycled elements such as street sweeper bristles and scrap metal. Pieces start at $95 at Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard St.; kobogallery.com.
For your self-care needs
Wildflower Gypsy products: Items include Cocoa Lavender Dry Shampoo, Sunflower Rose Hair Nectar and more. All products are natural and animal-cruelty free. Handmade in small batches and packaged in reusable or recyclable bottles. Prices start at $24 at Wildflower Gypsy Holistic Salon and Botanical Apothecary, 7135 Hodgson Memorial Drive; wildflowergypsy.com.
Anti-aging, dermaplaning, oxygen lift facials: Kathryn Taylor Day is the esthetician and skin expert at Polished Beauty Salon. They offer a pre-party facial with zero downtime. Dermaplaning can remove up to five top layers of dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion. Prices start at $150 at Polished Beauty Lounge, 107 Whitaker St. A; polishedinsavannah.com.
Infusion therapy: Now, this might sound a bit out of a sci-fi novel, but IV infusions are all the rage in the big cities. The Corner Suite in Savannah claims hydrating infusion therapy speeds recovery from the flu, jet lag, hangovers and general exhaustion. They offer an infusion named “After After Party,” a saline and electrolyte infusion that may help speed your New Year's hangover recovery. The process is applied by a registered nurse on site. Costs start at $80 at The Corner Suite, 24 W. Henry St.; thecornersuite.com.
Cozy and warm at home
Salt and Shore Company Splendid Savannah Candle: Each scent is inspired by the coastal charm of the Hostess City. All candles are made with 100 percent natural soy wax and contain no toxins, carcinogens and pollutants. Find them starting at $22 at Cohen’s Retreat Brown Dog Market, 5715 Skidaway Road, or at saltandshorecompany.com.
Four and Fourteen Moon Phase Handmade Wall Hanging: Find them starting at $30 at Forest & Fin, 2423 DeSoto Ave., or online at fourandfourteen.etsy.com.
Daughter Handwovens Tea Towels: These towels use a fine cotton thread warp and a cotton/linen blend thread for weft. Handmade and handwoven item. Find them starting at $45 at Forest & Fin, 2423 DeSoto Ave., or at etsy.com.
Tickle the taste buds
La Terra Natural Oils gift baskets: La Terra offers over 30 varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a variety of gift sets. For example, get two bottles of an infused EVOO and a perfectly aged balsamic vinegar, nestled in a handcrafted cedar gift set made by adults with disabilities. Gift baskets start at $44 at La Terra, 1520 Bull St.; laterranaturaloils.com.