Trip Ideas

Must-have Georgia Souvenirs

Take home these unique mementos from Georgia.

  • Olive Farms

    Pick up Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Gayla's Grits from Georgia Olive Farms in Lakeland - in the store or online.

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Always remember your trip to the Peach State with iconic souvenirs from Georgia. From classic books to home and garden decor, the following items featured in the 2014 Georgia Travel Guide make perfect keepsakes and gifts for faraway friends and family.

  • The Coast

    Homerville Honey Trail Honey: The Clinch County Honey Trail offers eight buzz-worthy places to buy honey and bee products, including flasks of 100 percent proof pure honey from Bruce’s Nut-n-Honey Farm. $12.

    Gogo Ferguson Cuff: Mother-daughter duo Gogo and Hannah Ferguson create jewelry inspired by the dazzling shoreline of their native Cumberland Island. Purchase items like a silver cuff at their shops on Cumberland Island and St. Simons Island. $250.

    Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House Cookbook: Now you can make banana pudding and sweet potato soufflé like Sema Wilkes, famed proprietress of her eponymous Savannah boardinghouse, now the popular Mrs Wilkes' Dining Room. $29.99.

  • Classic South

    Laurel & Hardy Bowler Hat: After touring The Laurel & Hardy Museum of Harlem, Georgia in Oliver Hardy’s birthplace, purchase a replica of the slapstick comedians’ trademark hats. You can wear it to the Oliver Hardy Festival that takes place in October. $5.

    Bobbin Wind Chimes: Crafted from antique cotton mill bobbins collected from the Augusta Canal’s old textile factories (which brought a boom to the city), these wind chimes ring with history. Purchase them at the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area’s Discover Center Gift Shop. $25.

    Miniature Golf Discs: Try the fast-growing sport of disc golf at the PDGA International Disc Golf Center in Appling, which has a training center, practice putting greens and three championship-caliber courses. Take home a few miniature discs to commemorate the occasion. $3.

  • Historic Heartland

    Monastery Bonsai: Abbey Garden Center at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers specializes in the art of bonsai. Purchase yours there, along with special monastery soil and other accessories. Starting at $250.

    Peach Jam: Your day will be peachy when you savor jam made with Lane Southern Orchards peaches harvested in Fort Valley. Pick up a jar at their Roadside Market and Peachtree Café, where you’ll also find cobblers and fried pies. Starting at $3.99.

    The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit: Joel Chandler Harris’ beloved collection of Uncle Remus stories comes to life in the Uncle Remus Museum, located in Harris’ birthplace of Eatonton. Be sure to pick up a copy of his classic tales while you’re there. $9.95.

  • Magnolia Midlands

    Braswell’s Jellies, Jams and Preserves: Statesboro-based Braswell’s Food Company is known for its delicious jams, sauces, dressings and more. Pick up the fig preserve, red pepper jelly and balsamic sweet onion jam. $7 each.

    Vidalia Valley Products: Using its own homegrown Vidalia onions as the basis for most of its products, Vidalia Valley creates delicious gourmet and country-style items like Vidalia Bloomin’ Onion Sauce and Vidalia Onion Creamy Vinaigrette. $4.99 each. See how it's done on the Stanley and Vidalia Valley Farm Tours.

    Southern Soy Candles: Light these candles, and when the wax warms, spoon it like a lotion onto your skin for a heavy dose of moisture. Created in Metter, the candles are available in shops and salons around the region. Starting at $15.

  • Historic High Country

    Rock City Birdhouse: If you’ve seen seven states from Rock City Gardens, let your neighbors know it with the mountaintop attraction’s official birdhouse. It’s a riff on the barns in the area whose roofs share the same message. $19.99.

    Rome Clocktower Wine Stopper: Rome’s famous clocktower stands 104 feet and can be seen nearly everywhere in the city. Take a (much smaller) version of it home when you purchase a replica wine stopper at the Last Stop Gift Shop in the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center, housed in a 1901 train depot with an attached red caboose. $12.95.

    Cherokee Alphabet Poster: New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site is the former capital of the Cherokee nation, where the tragic Trail of Tears began after the signing of the Treaty of New Echota. When you visit this important spot, pick up a poster containing the letters of the Cherokee alphabet. $5.

  • Northeast Georgia Mountains

    Mark of the Potter Pottery: Opened in 1969, Mark of the Potter in Clarkesville is the oldest craft shop in the same location in Georgia. Pick up a locally made item like a toad tepee or coffee mug, and then wander the lovely grounds looking for deer. $24.

    Beer Stein: While in the Alpine-looking town of Helen, what’s more appropriate than buying an authentic German beer stein? Helen’s annual Oktoberfest celebration is the perfect time to put it to good use! While you sip, enjoy German food, music and dancing. $45.

    Cabbage Patch Kid: Handstitched and signed original newborn baby named Everett Alvin is as cute as can be. Adopt him (or one of his adorable friends) at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland. $225.

  • Plantation Trace

    Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill: Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop in Thomasville makes a wide range of Old World-style handcrafted cheeses, including Green Hill, a Camembert-style cheese wheel. Stop in their cheese shop for a sample. $12.99.

    Georgia Olive Farms Olive Oil: Made with Arbequina olives grown in Georgia and California and distributed by Lakeland-based Georgia Olive Farms, this extra-virgin olive oil is a favorite among celebrated Southern chefs (like James Beard Award winner Linton Hopkins) and home cooks alike. Break your dependence on foreign olive oil! $32.

    Georgia Peanuts: Nothing says Georgia like salted, skinless peanuts from the Georgia Peanut Commission in Tifton. The state leads the nation in peanut production; now that’s news worth spreading! $2.35.

  • Presidential Pathways

    Hogansville Coffee Company 1853 Medium Roast: Hogansville’s namesake coffee company sells locally sourced whole bean and ground coffee by the pound in the Blue Train Books store. Choose from light, medium, dark and decaf. $12.95 per pound.

    Whitewater Express Cap: Get your thrills during the longest urban whitewater rafting trip in the world. Whitewater Express, Columbus leads thrill-seekers through the rapids; reward yourself for surviving with an embroidered cap. $14.95.

    Golf Glove and Ball: With two picturesque 18-hole courses, Callaway Gardens is a linksman’s paradise. Commemorate your day with the resort’s signature Titleist glove and Pinnacle-1 golf ball. $17.50 for glove; $2.50 for ball.

  • Atlanta Metro

    Gone With the Wind: Take a guided tour of the turn-of-the-century Margaret Mitchell House where the author wrote her epic Southern novel – then purchase a copy of it from the gift shop. $35.

    Coca-Cola Glass: You’ll enjoy a taste of Atlanta every time you sip a Coke from a classic glass, available at World of Coca-Cola. Sample more than 100 flavors at this attraction’s tasting room. $3.

    Pachyderm Painting: Zoo Atlanta is home to the nation’s largest collection of western lowland gorillas. It’s also home to an artist: The zoo’s very own Kelly the elephant paints one-of-a-kind pieces with her trunk, and she’ll create one for you too. $60.