Preservation Gift Guide

It’s the holiday season and that means it’s time to cross gifts off your list. Have a die-hard preservationist in your family? Or a friend obsessed with historic architecture? Or perhaps you need a small gift for the Macon lover in your office’s Secret Santa pool. Whatever the case, Historic Macon staffers are taking the stress out of your holiday for determining the best gift for that preservation nerd (and we use this term with the most love) on your gift-giving list.


Izola “Preservation” water bottle (available at Travis Jean!)

Want to show your preservation pride everywhere you go? Buy this classic water bottle from Travis Jean in downtown Macon to carry with you. Perfect for water, tea, or something stronger. You may just decide to treat yo’self for your next round of caroling and wassailing.

Subscription to Architectural Digest

Beautiful interiors and incredible architecture. This is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year round with monthly magazines showcasing interiors to die for. Subscribe here for a special holiday offer!

Historic Macon Membership (available at Cottage Christmas on December 10 from 4-7pm!)

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by giving your loved one a membership to Historic Macon? Membership fees support Historic Macon’s of community revitalization by preserving architecture and sharing history. Not only are you supporting a mission that improves our community, the recipient also receives benefits throughout the entire year, including invitations to events, our quarterly newsletter, and special offers for our signature events. Plus, if you purchase a Patron-level membership or above, the new HMF member will be able to attend the Patrons’ Party on Thursday, January 21 at Terminal Station. Holiday gift memberships come with card to present to the lucky recipient.

A one night stay in one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America

Union Station Hotel, Nashville, TN

Union Station Hotel, Nashville, TN

We know your vacations are full of historic walking tours and house museum visits so why not up the ante by staying in a historic hotel? The National Trust’s list of historic hotels includes places to stay in America’s major cities and everywhere in between. Book a night and receive a family membership to the National Trust!

Christmas at Historic Houses by Patricia Hart McMillan & Katherine Kay McMillian

Historic houses are beautiful all-year-round, but at Christmas, they’re almost magical. This book is a great addition to any coffee table during the holiday season. Buy it here!

Custom-made print by Little Mustard Seed

Athens artist Laura Deem creates colorful pieces that capture the unique spirit of historic homes. Perfect gift for a historic homeowner or a first-time homeowner. Custom orders fill up fast, but Athens and Charleston prints are always available. Buy your print here!

Fudge from Rachel’s Trammell House


Sweets Brownies and cookies and fudge…oh my! A portion of all proceeds goes to saving historic buildings, and it’s all made in Georgia. Win. Win. Get your fudge here!


Ghosts of Grandeur by Michael W. Kitchens

We may have used this for the Summer Reading List, but it’s still a classic for any Georgia preservationist, especially since it documents lost buildings. (And, it’s in the Side Porch Gift Shop! Buy it during Cottage Christmas on December 10 between 4 and 7pm.)

DSLR Camera

High quality photographs of historic buildings is a big part of the historic preservation business. A DSLR camera is the ultimate gift for the preservationist in your life.

Telescoping lens for said DSLR camera

And why not deck out that DSLR camera with the appropriate accessories? A telescoping lens will help capture all the details that make historic buildings unique. And it will prevent your preservationist from standing in the middle of the street to take photos.


A tripod is a great tool for taking crystal clear photos, rather than shaky, blurry ones, of the the important buildings in your life.

Louis Stettner: Penn Station, New York

This newly published book portrays photographer Louis Stettner’s collection of 1950’s images of New York’s Penn Station. It’s a great collection to see the station before its demolition, which spurred the modern-day historic preservation movement. Buy it here!


Macon Arts Alliance Gift Card

Prints, jewelry, pottery, and even cards all made by local artists are available at the Gallery. The best part about shopping at the gallery? You’re supporting the arts in Middle Georgia.

Signature baked goods prepared by Historic Macon volunteers

Don’t have time to make cookies or a cake for your neighbors? Let Historic Macon volunteers take the stress out of your holiday and purchase all your baked goods and tasty party treats during Cottage Christmas this Thursday, December 10 from 4-7pm.

Tour of Hay House at Christmas

The Hay House is beautiful throughout the year, but it’s absolutely stunning decorated for Christmas! A holiday tour to this National Landmark is a perfect gift for any preservationist who loves historic interiors at Christmas.