Whether it’s the home state you miss or an adopted home state you’ve heartily embraced, the abundance of iconic accessories for (INSERT STATE NAME HERE) lovers has provided ample opportunities to fashionably fly your state pride. That’s certainly the case in the kitchen, where you can serve cheese, dry dishes, and cut cookies in state-ly style. Check out our gallery for the best ones on the market now (hint: a lot would make great Valentine gifts).
Sara Bir is Paste’s food editor. You could get her state-shaped gear in the shapes of Ohio, California, New York, Oregon, and West Virginia, and it would all be appropriate.
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Texas Skillet: Bake up a pan of cornbread with lots of nice, crispy edges with American Skillet Company's pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet. Their skillets are cast in Kaukauna WI and come pre-seasoned. Lovers of states that are not TX, WI, IL, NY, or MN: sorry, there's no skillets here for you yet.
$140, American Skillet Company.
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Copper Cookie Cutter: If you're springing for a novelty cookie cutter, why not upgrade to shiny copper? Raymond and Beth Braman sell over 1,000 different handmade and hand-soldered cookie cutter shapes, and lucky for you, they've not neglected a single state. $13.90, Coppergifts.com.
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Bamboo Cheese & Cutting Boards: AHeirloom, a husband-and-wife team who started out by making engraved cutting boards for their wedding, create detailed depictions of every state (and even the oft-ignored District of Columbia).
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Welcome to Wisconsin Sign Pot Holder: Graphic designer Christy Johnson creates renderings of iconic landmarks for cities and states. This Wisconsin potholer is her only potholder offering with an actual state shape on it, but dang is it cute.
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State Dish Towels: Retro-tastic designs by catstudio feature not only every state, but lots of American cities and regions, too. (The Petaluma, CA-based team behind catstudio even make a Sonoma County one. Holla!) Each towel comes in an organdy pouch for nifty gifting. $20, catstudio.
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Drinking Jars: Enjoy refreshment all down-home style with your home state on a set of 4 mason jars. $32.90, Nordstorm.com.
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Wooden Coasters: Let your guests know how you feel about your hometown (as well as where that town is on a state map) with this set of 4 made-to-order coasters. You pick out where the heart goes.
$27, Grace Graffiti.
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Hand-thrown Mugs: With their earth tones and tactile textures, these custom-made stoneware mugs have a lot more personality than the "HOME" mug you found marked down at T.J. Maxx. You can select white, blue, or green glaze.
$34, Jess Hunter Ceramics.
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