Like clever elves, we’ve scoped out the city for holiday gifts that won’t land you on the naughty list for spending too much. You’ll find great ideas here, like the perfect seasonal candle, cocktail-friendly ice cube molds, a life-changing lip balm and much more! We’ve even honed in on a few coveted items for those hard-to-shop-for men. So here you go — shopping made easy. No need to thank us, though milk and cookies sound pretty tasty!
bkr water bottles
While these are definitely contemporary-cool as a fashion accessory, bkr glass water bottles are functional, too. Made from environmentally friendly glass, they’re leak proof, dishwasher safe and fit in most cup holders. Meeting our daily water quotient has never looked better! Available at Skin IQ for $28
CindaB cosmetic bag
Local designer Cinda Boomershine continues to produce perfectly sized accessories for her CindaB brand. This extra-large cosmetic case is roomy enough for full-sized bottles, makeup palettes and hair styling tools. Hook the ends of the bag together for easy lifting. $37 at cindab.com
Graf & Lantz Tablet Sleeve from Steve McKenzie
Here’s a gift your guy will love! This felt wool tablet sleeve from German designers Graf & Lantz complements his other leather accessories, while still protecting the cherished iPad. Find them at Steve McKenzie’s for $44.
Kayce Hughes cuff bracelets
An edgy cuff from Kayce Hughes would certainly be a welcome addition under the tree this year. Constructed from metal and wood, they punch up any wardrobe. Prices range from $26 to $36.
LULU DK flash tattoos
These grown-up versions of temporary tattoos sparkle in gold and silver, just like jewelry. Wrap one around your wrist or neck for a holiday fête, and you’ll outshine everyone else. $22 at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics
HollyBeth Organics lip balm
Local organic skincare hero HollyBeth has managed to whip up another winner. Her orange peppermint lip balm keeps lips smooth and hydrated, even in the frostiest of winters. Available at Atlanta Made, $15
ElizabethW lavender essential oil
We gathered up as many of these vintage-inspired bags of elizabethW lavender bath salts as our arms could carry. The scent is soothing and restorative, both of which are true gifts this time of year. Tie on a red ribbon and tuck in friends’ mailboxes. Available at Acquisitions for $17
Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrush
Here’s a stocking stuffer sure to evoke a smile. Packed with power, yet easily packable, Violife’s Slim Sonic toothbrush series highlights some of our favorite travel destinations, like New York and Paris. Available for $15 each at Woo
The Man Can
Presented in a paint can, this assortment of clean-scented soap and skincare products pleases even the manliest of men. The kit includes a tough-textured body mitt, too. $48 from the Plum Island Soap Company
Tocca hand cream gift set
We don’t know a soul who wouldn’t love a pretty mini-hand cream to carry in her purse. Present the entire luxury gift set to a beloved teacher, or hand out the individual tubes to coworkers for Christmas. At Woo for $32
BOOKS & GAMES
“Cooking Light: Mad Delicious” cookbook
Atlanta-based High Road Ice Cream founder Keith Schroeder enlightens home cooks on the science behind nutritious recipes. Playful cartoons and step-by-step explanations make creating food fun. Find it at local bookstore A Cappella for $35.
Vogue Charles James ballgowns puzzle
Here’s a jigsaw puzzle with a fashion bent. Cecil Beaton’s 1948 photograph for Vogue magazine of models in Charles James ballgowns is so beautiful, you’ll be inspired to put the 1,000 pieces together before the stroke of midnight. Available at the Condé Nast store for $19.95
“Tory Burch In Color”
See the world through designer Tory Burch’s eyes in her New York Times bestseller. Each section is organized by color, and features corresponding images of her collections and the people, places and things that inspire her. Personal photographs and stories about her parents add a personal touch. Available at Tory Burch in Phipps Plaza for $50
“Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People” by Hamish Bowles
There’s lots of people watching to be had in the pages of this newly released book, which chronicles the history of one of fashion’s most celebrated events. Through exhibition and magazine shoot photos they inspired, you’ll feel like a true fashion insider. Now, if only we could score an invite to the opening night Party of the Year. $50 at A Cappella Books
For those who’ve been extra good this year, take them a tin of Caja Popcorn. Both sweet and savory taste buds are satisfied by flavors ranging from sea salt caramel to pimento cheese. Snack bags start at $2.50 and tins at $12.99. Might we suggest chocolatey mint for Santa?
Pickled Pink products
Cucumbers, jalapenos and watermelon get the pickled treatment, and the results are uniquely delicious. Plus the Roswell-based Pickled Pink company supports Hunter’s Hotline, a nonprofit organization that serves as a confidential resource for struggling kids. That means you can feel good about your Pickled Pink purchase. Sold at Lucy’s Market for $10 a jar
Oli & Ve oil and vinegar sets
Pronounced Ollie and Vee (how cute is that?), the Atlanta shop carries imported oil and vinegar pairings perfect for gift giving this time of year. Bring along a $20 set for a party host, or distribute the mini-versions to neighbors for just $12. www.oliandve.com
What began as a South Georgia gift shop in 1955 beckoning Florida-bound travelers, Mascot Pecans has grown into a specialty shelled pecan mecca now in demand all over the country. A gift tin of chocolate-covered nuts is already on its merry way to out-of-town family. Visit the store in Glennville, or order online at mascotpecan.com; prices start at $10.95.
Eric Cortina Glass Ornaments from Steve McKenzie
Christmases past come to mind with these collectible glass ornaments from Eric Cortina. Hand-blown and painted in Poland, the heirloom quality ensures they’ll last forever. Santa, $44 from Steve McKenzie’s
Golf club bottle opener
Gifts for the men in our lives stump us every season, so we scooped up several of these golf club openers when we spotted them at Acquistions. We thought they’d make a nice addition to the bar, and the tartan gift pouch was a true winner. $25
Simon Pearce glass bowls
We can think of a million uses for these handmade glass bowls: roasted nuts, peppermints, paper weight, teacher gift. Each one comes in a Simon Pearce gift box, which magnifies its allure. $32 to $45 at Erika Reade
Sphere ice molds
These slow-melting sphere ice cube molds draw out the enjoyment of your cocktails and add drama to a glass. Wrap them up for fellow bar hoppers and throw in a bottle of bourbon for good measure. $11 for a set of two at H & F Bottle Shop
Thymes frasier fir pine needle candle
If we could light one holiday candle this season, this Erika Reade bestseller would be it. Before you know it, the scent of a crisp, fresh-cut forest fills your home, and you’re immediately infused with the spirit. $29
“Just Between Us” Journal for girls and their moms
Here’s a book that immediately opens up the line of communication between mothers and daughters. Dreamed up by Meredith and Sofie Jacobs when Sofie was age 9, the one-of-a-kind journal includes writing prompts to gain both mother and daughter perspectives, along with drawing pages and free space for sharing daily thoughts. Pick one up for $15.95 at the Seed Factory.
re:loom weaving loom
The re:loom program brings craft-making fun to your favorite weaver with this self-contained kit. Packed in a handy T-shirt bag for storage, this plastic reusable 8-by-11-inch loom comes with instructions printed on the back, yarn to set up the weaving, alternate fabric to weave, and a finished mug rug (coffee coaster) as an example. Kits cost $20 and can be ordered from the re:loom foundation website or purchased at one of its many retail partners, such as Atlanta Made and Wild Oats & Billy Goats.