Houses made of baked goods and candy make wonderful gifts, but are less successful as convention halls for Cookie Monster galas. Enjoy cooked dwellings with today’s Groupon: for $11, you get $25 worth of gingerbread, candy, and gifts at The Gingerbread Lady.
For 50 years, sweets artisan Ellen Morris has been handcrafting gingerbread centerpieces, which join her shop’s menagerie of whimsical gift items for all occasions. Never made from kits, candified houses, churches, or lifeguard towers for unemployed Lifesavers ($50–$95) are available alongside customized pieces ($200+). Shoppers can browse a selection of gourmet candies and foods, such as white-chocolate and milk-chocolate puppy and kitten figurines, which settle into living rooms without tearing up sofas ($1.25–$12.95). Collegiate gift items, celebrating teams from Alabama, Auburn, UAB, and more, appeal to recent grads and nostalgic former mascots ($5.95–$69.95). The Gingerbread Lady's confectionery houses have been featured on The Young and the Restless, and state First Lady Patsy Riley invited Ellen to construct an 80-pound cookie replica of the governor's mansion as part of a renovation fundraiser.
3431 Colonnade Pkwy.
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