The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!
If you’re traveling to Atlanta this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
For something unique, pay a visit to the beehive. This black-owned boutique, located in the Edgewood Retail District, operates under the motto “Handmade. Modern. Made local.” The store offers a range of products like jewelry and accessories, housewares, and bath and body products. Better yet, it sources all its wares from Atlanta-based designers. And the beehive more than just a place to shop! It’s focused on community-building, opening its doors for crafting nights and parties.
Atlanta History Center Museum Gift Shop
If you want to support a local cultural institution, look no further than the museum shop at the Atlanta History Center. The shop advertises books and gifts for all ages that highlight local history and eclectic crafts produced by local designers. Shopping here is a breeze, too -the center offers free parking in their parking deck, no admission ticket is required to shop, and you can hit up the museum café for lunch afterward!
This family-owned business sources its products from local makers, with a special twist –Eco Denizen is an eco-friendly gift shop that focuses on sustainable products. They also have a huge variety! In addition to typical gift items, you’ll find COVID essentials like masks, puzzles and games for kids, and gourmet truffles. There’s also a selection of Atlanta-themed products for that Peach State lover in your life.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Atlanta. Don’t worry, the Atlanta Airport has you covered! This massive airport has a ton of options, but here are a few of the great shops you’ll find inside:
· Atlanta.Net, located in Terminal A, has a curated selection of Atlanta-themed items representing the city’s entertainment, cultural, sports, and educational institutions.
· If you’re looking for a luxe gift, head to Brighton Collectibles in Terminal A to browse their fine jewelry, handbags, and accessories.
· Nothing beats that new-book smell, so if you’re shopping for a reader, you can find Simply Books in both Terminal A and Terminal B. They have assorted other gifts, too! If you’re flying into Terminal C, you can visit Buckhead Books, which offers a range from classics to bestsellers.
· Support the Atlanta Zoo at Panda Veranda in Terminal B! You’ll find stuffed animals and other fun gifts for kids, and you can take a peek at the zoo’s live panda cam while you’re shopping.