by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
You know it's best to give thoughtful gifts, but the prospect of holiday shopping can squash your jolly Yuletide spirit and make you more like the Grinch. What to do? To avoid the stomach-plunging stress of the Christmas and Hanukkah season, we give you our foolproof guide to shopping for holiday gifts in Atlanta. (Photo: Flickr user AForestFrolic)
Updated: November 22, 2010
It is impossible not to find something in this store for the guy in your life. Whether it's a piece of Globe-Trotter luggage for the traveling man, a new pair of wingtips for the guy climbing the business ladder, or accessories such as pocket knives and pocket squares, a gift from this nationally acclaimed haberdashery will impress even the most difficult man on your list.
Located in slick new digs on Peachtree, DrewLewis is the choice for the modern metropolitan man. Jack Spade bags, Penguin shirts and carefully selected brands such as Billy Reid and Rag & Bone makes this the to-go shopping spot for the GQ-channeling man in your life.
The old-school reinvention of the American male finds a home at this shop. If you've got a mustache-sporting, turn-of-the-century-attired, pre-Prohibition cocktails-sipping gent on your list, we suggest a mug-n-brush shaving kit. For the Dad who still likes to go old-school, this is the perfect spot to update that antique dopp kit.
There are plenty of good women's boutiques in Atlanta, but you can't go wrong with Bill Hallman. Hit the Little 5 Points location, Flaunt (Bill's wife runs that store), for a strong selection of bags, shoes, jackets and eyewear. Those looking for hip, handmade jewelry should head a few blocks to the North Highland store, where one of the employees also doubles as a jewelry maker.
If you know a lady who loves to exercise, this is your one-stop-shop for impressive holiday gift-giving. Lululemon's fashion-forward clothing for yoga, running, dancing and most other sweaty pursuits will have your lady friend never going back to Nike, Addidas and the like. The store even offers free yoga classes on Sunday mornings.
The foundation of James Beard-winning Bacchanalia, this gourmet market has everything a foodie-gal wants and dreams about. High-tech kitchen goods? Check. Cheese monger? Check. Awesome wine selection? You get the picture. It's like having access to Bacchanalia's pantry.
For the little ones (as in really little ones), this highly curated shop does upscale but interesting clothes, books, toys and gear. And like everything else in White Provisions, the place is on point. Our favorite part about the shop is the selection of children's books, because while kids grow out of clothes, books can be kept and passed down through the generations.
Youngsters, especially those in the teenage/college years, can be damn hard to buy for. And that's why someone smart created Urban Outfitters. A sort of one-stop hipster-in-training shop for the youth, this place has everything from David Sedaris literature to cool dorm-room furniture to clothing from Ben Sherman. If you don't see something that immediately catches your eye, a gift card will work wonders.
Sometimes the little gifts are the most meaningful ones, and there is no better place for tasteful stocking-stuffers than Paper Source. Polaroid cameras, miniature trunks, pocket calendars, harmonicas, pens, journals and a wonderful selection of holiday cards make this an easy spot to pick up cool items for the youngster in your life.