Look, Jeff Bezos won’t be inviting you on his mega yacht, ever. But you know with 100% certainty you will be welcome at the next Inman Park Festival, L5P Halloween Festival, or Chomp and Stomp, even if you’re from OTP. Plus, Bezos has more money than he can spend in a lifetime. So this holiday season, put your dollar into rotation in your community and shop the best gifts from Atlanta’s locals with this 2022 Atlanta Gift Guide.
1. Give the gift of booze with the Monks Mead Full Experience Sampler
The holidays make a great occasion to give the gift of mead where it will be appreciated and shared. The Full Experience Mead Sampler Pack now contains five of our most popular meads, three limited edition meads, and two of each 2021 and 2022 Dragon Con meads. It’s perfect for sharing at a holiday party or splitting up into smaller individual gifts. Our online store ships to 42 states and gives you $20 off shipping with this purchase. Plus, you get a personalized note from us with every order. You can also buy from our Virginia Highlands location where you can sample the magic first.
2. Gift iconic ATL apparel from Buckhead Thread Co
The iconic Los Bravos de ATL design from Buckhead Threads blew up after the Braves won the World Series title last year, however, that wasn’t the original meaning of the design. Nick, the owner, told us that he came up with the design 10 years ago and the original meaning was to represent the brave spirit of Atlanta. No matter what the design means to you, it makes a perfect gift for anyone in Atlanta.
Rumor has it the Braves tried to shark this design, poorly, and pass it off as their own. So make sure you buy the original from buckheadthread.com or directly from the Buckhead Thread Co booth at the:
- Alpharetta Fall Wine Festival on Saturday, November 5th
- Acworth Beer Festival on Saturday, November 12th (where you can so conveniently sample Monks Mead too)
- Piedmont Park Holiday Gift Market on Saturday and Sunday, November 26th and 27th
3. A gift is incomplete without a quirky card from Gearhart Design Co
If you only give one gift this holiday season, a card from gearhartdesignco.com is enough. Sarah is currently working hard on the next drop of new items, a big restock of existing items, and a fresh new look for her website. While you can shop now, make sure to come back and check out her holiday open house on November 17th.
4. Give the gift of aesthetically pleasing fun from Kats Fine Art Creations
Gift a game set, but make it pretty. Game sets are great gifts, but Kat’s beautiful resin-poured dominoes and chessboards are even better. You will also find a variety of items from bookmarks to jewelry trays on katsfineartcreations.com and even be able to place a custom order.
5. Give the gift of sunshine for a rainy day with jewelry from LETHOLOGICAL
Claire’s goal as an artist is to allow individuals to stand out and truly express themselves with her accessories. She focuses on creating jewelry so unique that it gives you that magical feeling of “wow, I’ve never seen something like this before” that makes you instantly fall in love. All of her eco-conscious pieces are made to outlast fads and trends with vintage beads, one-of-a-kind charms, and precious metals that won’t tarnish. Choose from a variety of styles made here in Atlanta on Claire’s Etsy shop, with custom orders available through lethological.shop.
6. You can never go wrong with the gift of coffee from Spiller Park
Spiller Park isn’t just a local coffee shop, it’s named after the baseball stadium that used to be located in Ponce de Leon Park, where Whole Foods and Home Depot sit today, and pays tribute to Atlanta’s history. While Starbucks is making record profits, but still raising their prices and busting union efforts, Spiller Park is providing opportunities for their employees with fair wages, paid time off, and 50% employer-covered benefits. This is a solid vote for your hard-earned dollars to come full circle in your community. Buy the coffee freaks in your family and friend circles a gift card at spillerpark.com
7. Shop the Indie Craft Experience Market
If you’re looking for more of a touch, feel, and explore shopping experience, ICE is an award-winning market that is bringing together over 150 of Atlanta’s best artists and vendors for their Holiday Shopping Spectacular on November 12th and 13th at the Georgia Freight Depot. The $5 at the door is worth it. Plus, don’t miss their Holiday Market at Uptown Atlanta, on Saturday, December 3rd.
8. Squeeze in a Georgia Vintage Goods Pop-Up
You can still have a good, stress-free time doing your holiday shopping last minute. Georgia Vintage Goods will hold several of their pop-up markets before the holidays starting this weekend.