All-American Gift Guide


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Welcome to Successful Meetings’ guide to pillow gifts for each of the 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. And if you’re feeling especially generous, check out the version of this story on SuccessfulMeetings.com, where we double the number of suggestions. 

ALABAMA
Give the gift of real, southern Alabama BBQ with sauces from Sweet Melissa’s. Choose from Jalapeno Dippin’, Ruby Red, or Barbecue Rub—attendees’ taste buds will thank you. $6 to $8; www.sweetmelissassauces.com.

ALASKA
Socks would normally be a terrible gift, but if you’re meeting in an arctic climate, their value skyrockets. Find a few pairs of wool socks with moose or bears on them and you’re golden. $12.99; www.alaska-gift-shop.com

ARIZONA
Dream catchers originated among various Native American tribes, as talismans against nightmares. Spiderweb-like in shape, they hung above the bed and were meant to “catch” and trap evil elements from children’s dreams. Give attendees their own amulets made by members of a Navajo family, care of Arizona Indian Jewelry. $19.99; www.arizonaindianjewelry.com.
 
ARKANSAS
Not only do the delectable Brent and Sam’s Gourmet Cookies come from Arkansas, they come straight from the state capital, Little Rock. Brent’s father was Governor Dale Bumpers, and it was the chocolate chip cookies of Eliza Ashley, the Governor’s mansion cook, that inspired Brent and Sam to get into the baking business themselves. $34 for a case of six; www.wholesalebulkcookies.com.

CALIFORNIA
What’s a trip to California without a wine country souvenir? Indulge responsibly with an organic wine soap gift set from The Grapeseed Company. The Harvest Crush Syrah and Summer Crisp Chardonnay soaps are infused with white tea and grapeseed, and the set comes with a handmade wooden soap dish. $20; www.thegrapeseedcompany.com.

COLORADO
A vintage-style pillow with a picture-postcard view of the Mile High State will cozy up even the most spartan hotel bed. It’s available with either white or red ball fringe. $45.95; www.coloradogiftcompany.com.

CONNECTICUT
John Garret Thew is an artist, engineer, and inventor who, for nearly 50 years, has been creating hand-made copper weathervanes. His creations have earned him worldwide acclaim as one of the premier weathervane artists. A variety of Thew’s creations are available through The Connecticut Store and vary in price from $685 to $950; www.ctstore.com/thew.htm.

DELAWARE
The Winterthur estate is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands, and its 60-acre garden, designed by Henry Francis du Pont, is among America’s best. In his day, only the upper class had sheep grazing on their grass—give your attendees a taste of the good life with their very own curly-fleeced sheep statue. $119.95; www.winterthurstore.com.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Official documents were once bound with red twill tape that had to be “cut through.” Send each attendee home with an Authentic Government Red Tape Paperweight—the tape in this unique product was once used to seal archival documents, some as old as the Civil War, now held at the National Archives in Washington, DC. $45; www.estore.archives.gov.
 
FLORIDA
Floribbean Flo’s Key Lime Coconut Cookies are sure to give attendees a little tropical pick-me-up. Baked by hand in Flo’s Sarasota shop, the cookies feature real Florida fruit and do not contain preservatives. $14.40 for a dozen; www.floribbean.com.

GEORGIA 
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, published in 1936, is famously set in Atlanta. The 1939 movie was a runaway hit, so give the gift of history and romance with the 70th anniversary edition of the film—this set includes a DVD, 52-page book, soundtrack sampler, and archival correspondence from producer David Selznick. $41.49; www.amazon.com.

HAWAII
The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the small, guitar-like instruments brought to the islands by Portuguese immigrants. The Hawaiian Ukulele Company specializes in handcrafted instruments. Prices for high-end models can reach into the thousands of dollars, so we suggest starting with a student model. $44.95; www.thehawaiianukulelecompany.com.

IDAHO
There are only two places in the world where significant deposits of star garnets are found: India and Idaho. So for a corporate gift that attendees otherwise would literally have to travel to the other side of the world to get, an Idaho star garnet is ideal. Small spheres go for $40; www.minerals-n-more.com.

ILLINOIS
The John Hancock Center in Chicago is world-famous, so it’s only natural that Lego made a replica kit. Built with striking black and white bricks, the assembled model measures 7.5 inches tall by 3.1 inches wide. The kit also includes a booklet with details on the design and history of the landmark building. $19.99; shop.lego.com.

INDIANA
An Indiana Sugar Cream Pie might fall outside of most people’s caloric budgets, but everyone loves a beautiful pie plate. Clay City Pottery is one of the few potteries making traditional stoneware; the way the clay is worked and the kiln is fired has changed very little in the four generations of the company’s history. $22; shop.indianahistory.org.

IOWA
First-time visitors to Iowa will love a jar of decadent, down-home Sweet Art spoon fudge. Available in eight flavors, it can be stirred into coffee, put on croissants, bagels, and cheesecakes, or eaten straight from the jar. $2.95; www.greatiowagifts.com.

KANSAS
A delicately cut sunflower ornament is the perfect reminder of The Sunflower State. The mixed metals make it an attractive addition to any holiday tree or windowpane. $5.95; www.kansassampler.com.

KENTUCKY
No Southern gentleman would dare sip the state’s famed bourbon without having a cigar to complement it. Kentucky Gentleman Cigars is run by families who have been hand-rolling stogies for 150 years. A four-pack in a cedar box goes for $35; www.kentuckygentlemencigars.com.

LOUISIANA 
Louisiana is hot—in more ways than one. Tabasco sauce was created here in 1868, and the company is still headquartered in the Big Easy. A large gift box includes all five Tabasco varieties. $32; www.countrystore.tabasco.com

MAINE
More than 60 lighthouses dot the Maine coastline, from the well-known Nubble Light in York to West Quoddy Head, the easternmost lighthouse in the U.S. Lighthouse Travel Prints by graphic artist Alan Claude are dramatic and bold interpretations of lighthouses and their surrounding environments. Prices range from $27 to $855; www.alanclaude.com.

MARYLAND
Nothing beats a Maryland blue crab, so give your attendees a custom laser-engraved crab mallet. The minimum order is 25 mallets at $4.40 each; www.marylanddelivered.com.

MASSACHUSETTS
Founded in 1901 as one of the American League’s eight charter franchises, the Red Sox’s home field has been Fenway Park since 1912. Give attendees a Boston Red Sox replica adjustable game cap (unless they’re Yankee fans). $17.99; www.shop.mlb.com.

MICHIGAN
Cars aren’t the only product mass-produced in Michigan. Believe it or not, the state is the number one producer of cherries in the U.S. One of the better sources of gourmet cherry-based corporate gifts in the state is Cherry Republic, which sells 174 different cherry products—our pick is the CR Favorites Gift Box, which contains a 1-pound bag of cherry nut mix, an 8-ounce bag of milk-chocolate-covered dried cherries, and a 9-ounce jar of hot cherry salsa. $27.85; www.cherryrepublic.com.

MINNESOTA
Garrison Keillor is one of Minnesota’s most famous—and best-loved—sons. The Garrison Keillor Comedy Gift Pack includes more than 50 stories read by “America’s favorite storyteller.” $37; www.amazon.com.
 
MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi is known as the birthplace of America’s music. In Bill Wyman’s DVD, Blues Odyssey; A Journey to Music’s Heart & Soul, the former Rolling Stone traces the history and legacy of blues in a fascinating documentary. Tying in his own experiences with those of legendary musicians such as John Lee Hooker and B.B. King, Wyman weaves a tale of talent triumphing over hardship and adversity. $25; www.deltabluesmuseum.org.

MISSOURI
It may call France most immediately to mind, but the fleur-de-lis is also the symbol of the city of St. Louis. Local designer Diane Katzman has created wire-pierced fleur-de-lis earrings in gold plate. Let your attendees show off their St. Louis pride! $12.95; www.thepost-dispatchstore.com.

MONTANA
Montana is a microbrewing hub, ranking third in the nation in craft breweries per capita. One of the best is Missoula’s Big Sky Brewing Co. Its brews have great names like Scape Goat, Trout Slayer Ale, and Moose Drool. They taste great and look pretty good on a t-shirt too. The shirts cost $18; www.bigskybrew.com.

NEBRASKA
Baker’s Candies’ Chocolate Meltways are justly famous throughout Nebraska. Founded in 1987 by a former engineer, the company has focused heavily on streamlining production so that they can use only the very best chocolate to make gourmet candies that are also affordable. $6.99; www.runutsco.com.

NEVADA
Luck be a lady: Entice attendees with a deck of playing cards that were actually used at one of Vegas’ top casinos. Las Vegas Gift Shop offers cards from Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Mirage, to name a few. $1.95 each; www.lasvegas-giftshop.com.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Hampshire Pewter of Wolfeboro, NH, is the only manufacturer in North America to still use the centuries-old method of hand casting with a lead-free Queen’s Metal formula. Highly-skilled pewtersmiths make all products on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee—we suggest a cheese spreader for $9.95; www.hampshirepewter.com.

NEW JERSEY
Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore, written by Stan Goldstein and Jean Mikle, is the essential guide to the places Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, and Jon Bon Jovi made famous. It offers a detailed history of the hotspots, along with photos of some of the greatest moments in music at the Jersey Shore. $23; www.njrockmap.com.

NEW MEXICO
Celebrate the art and culture of New Mexico with the Zia collection from Santa Fe Silverworks, featuring handmade pendants and lapel pins. $75 to $149; www.santafesilverworks.com.

NEW YORK
It is said that Thomas Lee first created the Adirondack chair in Westport, NY, in 1903, when he needed outdoor chairs for his summer home. One thing is for sure; these comfy chairs are iconic to New York State. Surprise your attendees by having one sent to their homes. The pine Lakesider chair comes partially assembled and is actually made in the Adirondacks. $97; www.adirondackchairshop.com.
 
NORTH CAROLINA
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, a National Historic Landmark and America’s largest home, with gardens,  a winery, and a luxury inn, is not only a sight to behold, it’s a culinary marvel. Chefs from the estate share recipes and 
illuminate its history in the cookbook Biltmore: Our Estate to Yours. $26.95; www.ncgiftbaskets.com.

NORTH DAKOTA
Cowboy Rope Arts’ one-of-a-kind baskets are made out of lariats and horseshoes. Most of the ropes were actually used, at one time or another, in rodeos in North Dakota. This shallow basket is a practical gift since it can hold anything from a potted plant to car keys. $35; www.rope-art.com.

OHIO
One of the first micro-distilleries in the state, Middle West Spirits opened its doors in July 2010 and began selling OYO (pronounced O-Why-O) vodka, honey vanilla bean vodka, and whiskey. Prices range from $34.95 to $45.25; www.middlewestspirits.com.

OKLAHOMA
What’s more fun than catching giant catfish with your bare hands in the waters of Oklahoma? Watching the pros do it! The tradition of “Okie noodling” has been captured in a fun and fresh documentary film that features handfishing veterans as well as an original musical score by The Flaming Lips. $16; www.reddirtemporium.com.

OREGON
Portland boasts one of the most sophisticated coffee cultures in the U.S. Give attendees a homegrown buzz with a pound of House Blend beans from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, the local favorite. $11.75 for a 12-ounce bag; www.stumptowncoffee.com.

PENNSYLVANIA
The Spa at the Hotel Hershey has developed the unique Cocoa Facial Experience. Leave it to Hershey to combine the rich aromas and ingredients found in its famous chocolate and infuse them into a line of products for the face. The complete cocoa facial regimen that consists of six products   is $196; store.hersheypa.com.

PUERTO RICO
After baseball, dominos is the game of choice in Puerto Rico. A wooden domino set that has been carved by a local artisan truly brings home the culture of the island. $30; www.caribbeantrading.com.

RHODE ISLAND
The Rhode Island Seafood Company has combined its most popular products into one gift set. The package includes one can each of the company’s award-winning clam chowder, lobster bisque, and white clam sauce. $15; www.onlyinrhodeisland.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Melt-in-your-mouth pecan pralines are a Southern staple. The nuts are rolled in sweet cream butter and sugar for a truly lavish treat. $8.95 for a 7-ounce bag; www.ssl.sc.gov.

SOUTH DAKOTA
You don't want to host a cookie-cutter meeting, but don’t deny your attendees adorable South Dakota-shaped cookie cutters. These small tin forms can easily be packed away in a suitcase. $2; www.amazon.com.

TENNESSEE 
Help your attendees shake, rattle, and roll with a greatest hits compilation from Memphis’ Sun Records, where musicians such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis began their recording careers. $12.99; www.store.sunrecords.com.

TEXAS
Some like it hot, and some like it cold. We’ve settled for “medium” with Texas Wild Sweet Hots Jalapeno Dulce jelly. Don’t let the name fool you—this recipe uses mild jalapeno chiles. Each jar is shipped straight from Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country. $48 for six jars; www.texascrazy.com.
 
UTAH
With its sweeping mountains and gaping canyons, Utah is full of history and mystery. The book Out of the Dust: Utah’s Lost Mines and Treasures explores some of the state’s greatest sights and brings to life its rich mining heritage. $14.95; www.amazon.com

VERMONT
One of Vermont’s top attractions, the Simon Pearce flagship location in Quechee, has transformed a historic woolen mill into a must-see destination. Watch glass blowing and pottery making, dine in the artisanal restaurant, and shop for handcrafted tabletop and home decor items. A line of glass photo blocks, one of the company’s newest products, is useful and will be enjoyed by men and women alike. Five sizes: $75-$165; www.simonpearce.com.

VIRGINIA
Send attendees home with a piece of history—a Union Bullet and Booklet set, which includes a .69 caliber Union army bullet circa 1861. $11.95; www.madeinva.com.

WASHINGTON 
“Coffee to go” used to be nothing more than a transaction at a greasy spoon diner. Starbucks made it an experience. And it all started in Washington, so there are few things that evoke the state more than a prepaid Starbucks card. Denominations range from $5 to $500;  www.starbuckscardb2b.com.

WEST VIRGINIA
Even before John Denver sang about those famous “country roads,” the history and culture of West Virginia has been steeped in music. Help attendees discover the spirit of Appalachia with Drive Time: Blue Ridge Parkway, a CD featuring classical American music from composers like Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, and Leroy Anderson. $10; www.amazon.com.

WISCONSIN
Say “Wisconsin products” and most people think of beer and cheese. What they should be thinking is Harley-Davidson. The iconic motorcycle company, founded in 1903, is still headquartered in Milwaukee. Attendees will channel their inner (eco-friendly) outlaws when they fill their 18-ounce, stainless steel Harley-Davidson travel mugs from water coolers on the trade show floor. $20; www.harley-davidson.com.

WYOMING
They’re mighty proud of their western heritage here. And no one personifies that frontier ethos better than John Wayne. The Wyoming Buffalo Company sells lunch boxes with The Duke’s imprint on them—perfect for a to-go lunch on the way to the airport. $16.95; www.wyomingbuffalocompany.com