A Birmingham gift guide for the art lover, including galleries, supplies + classes

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Sometimes you know the artist in your life better than Santa. Photo via Unsplash

Birmingham’s a gem when it comes to art. It’s the perfect spot for the artist on your gift list to flourish. While they’re busy becoming the next Monet, here are some gift ideas including where to get art locally, art supply stores and classes to help them brush up on their skills.

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5 drive-through wowing holiday light displays near Birmingham

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Experience a waterfall of lights at the Galaxy of Lights. Photo via Huntsville Botanical Gardens’ Facebook

Wondering how to ignite that holiday spark within this season? I say, bring on the lights! Here are five spots near Birmingham that are decorated to the nines in holiday lights. The best part—you don’t even have to get out of your car.

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Shop locally + get 20% off at La-Z-Boy’s holiday sale happening now

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Deck the halls with furniture, decor + more from La-Z-Boy’s holiday sale. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Get in the holiday shopping groove and stop by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham now through December 29th to get 20% off their entire showroom. From the classic furniture pieces you love, to brand new items that just hit the floor—this seasonal sale is not one to miss.

We stopped by to see the showroom and find a few favorite pieces with some of the best savings. Keep reading for some shopping inspo as well as updates on precautions in place so you can shop the sale safely.

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Your ultimate guide to what’s open Christmas Eve + Christmas Day in Birmingham

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Photo via Queen’s Park Birmingham’s Facebook

Don’t want to be cooped up at home over the Christmas holidays? Here’s a look at what’s open December 24 and 25 around Birmingham. Just be sure to mask up and social distance if you venture out and about.

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17 gift ideas from Black-owned businesses in Birmingham

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Couldn’t we all use a bit more color in our life? Photo via Exalting in Beauty on Facebook

Want to shop local AND support Black-owned businesses in Birmingham? Here are 17 gift ideas to get you started. From high-end menswear to one-of-a-kind art pieces—there’s a little something for everyone on your list.

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‘Tis the Season! 5 awe-inspiring Christmas light displays in Birmingham

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We took a brand new 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 out to The Preserve in Hoover to see their Christmas decor! Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Queue up the Christmas music and start up the car. Aside from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, there’s nothing more “Christmas” than taking a trip around town to view the jaw-dropping Christmas light displays in The Magic City. We picked out a handful you don’t miss.

For our trip out to The Preserve, we hopped in brand new 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53. Click here to check out the available inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham.

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Local churches bring cheer this year with in-person + virtual musical services

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Masks are required for in-person attendance. Photo via Highlands United Methodist Church’s Facebook

The sights of the holidays are here in Birmingham with glorious lights and decorations, but what about the sounds of the holidays? We’ve done some digging and found a joyous list of local churches offering musical Christmas services this year. Here’s what we found.

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15 soups to keep you souper cozy this winter in Birmingham

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Vegetarian Ramen. KKO Ramen Sushi. Photo via Bham Now

With the weather changing so sudden, it’s hard to keep up. Switching suddenly between hot and cold puts stress on people’s immune system. If you’re trying to stay warm of fighting off a cold, soup is the perfect way to fix both. Here are 15 restaurants around Birmingham offering soup for every taste!

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Knock out your holiday shopping with 15 Birmingham gift boxes

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Just add a card and your gift shopping is done. Photo via Stone Hollow Farmstead

‘Tis the season of giving and here at Bham Now, we are giving you all the ideas you need for holiday gifts. If you aren’t sure what to get a special someone on your list, look no further than these 15 gift box sets in Birmingham. 

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3 festive date nights in Bham, inspired by holiday love songs

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The most wonderful time of the year! Photo via @rosssneddon on Unsplash

The holidays are in full swing here in Birmingham, and we are loving it. If you’re trying to live your best Hallmark Christmas movie life this season, we planned out three merry and bright date nights in Birmingham, all inspired by holiday classics. Mistletoe encouraged, but not required.

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Struggling this season? Check out these grief resources in Bham

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Holidays can bring up a lot of emotions. Photo via @anthonytran on Unsplash

The holiday season can be hard for so many, even in the best of years. In 2020, more people are struggling than ever. If that’s you (or someone you know), keep this in mind: you’re not alone. These Birmingham resources are here to show support—check them out, then share with someone who needs it.

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15 gifts for the book lovers in your life

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Holiday shopping made easy with gift ideas for the book lovers in your life. Photo via Little Professor Bookshop on Facebook

Looking for the perfect gift for the book lovers on your shopping list? Whether you’re buying a novel for the friend who’s always reading or a coffee mug to cozy up with, we reached out to Birmingham bookstores for their recommendations. Here are 15 gift ideas from bookstores and local authors.

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To brie or not to brie—we found the best mac and cheese in Bham

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Photo via Bottega Cafe on Facebook

If you like delicious comfort food and cheesy puns (get it? cheesy?) you have come to the right place, my friend. We asked our audience and our team where we could find the best mac and cheese in Birmingham, and the suggestions came rolling in. Which is no surprise—after all, it’s impastable not to love this classic dish.

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