There’s always a couple of people on your holiday shopping list that you put off buying for until the last minute. They’re usually the ones hardest to please. Here’s my advice: take a deep breath, focus, and think outside the box. The last thing you want to do is battle mall traffic and crowds, so why not hit up one of Atlanta’s indie shopping districts? You’ll support local merchants, find something one-of-a-kind, and you might even enjoy yourself!
The Decatur Square
This self-described “mall-ternative” offers a wealth of gift ideas. Items for the kitchen fiend can be found at Cook’s Warehouse, while any bookworm would love something from one of Decatur’s independent bookstores. The Square is shaping up to be a foodie destination, so how about a gift certificate to one of its great restaurants? If you’re truly out of ideas, stop by Heliotrope. Their well rounded selection ranges from “Hipster Bingo” to Jonathan Adler pottery.
Virginia-Highland and Poncey-Highland
Park the car and spend a few hours browsing the goodies available along North Highland Avenue. Pick up some freshly roasted coffee beans at Java Vino or Aurora Coffee. Highland Row Antiques is heaven for vintage-lovers, while Urban Outfitters offers the latest in vintage-inspired new stuff. Chocolate is lifted to an art form at Cacao; I dare you to leave without buying yourself something. Lastly, a gift basket from Bella Cucina is quick, tasteful, and tasty.
Little Five Points
There were fears of L5P losing business after the completion of the nearby big-box Edgewood Retail District, and it’s lost some street cred to East Atlanta Village, but the spot between Inman and Candler Parks continues its reign as Atlanta’s vortex of weird. The off-beat character of L5P is personified by Junkman’s Daughter, which sells everything from incense to corsets, and even adoptable kittens on occasion. Stop in Stefan’s Vintage Clothing for retro shades or a silk scarf. Have a custom t-shirt made at Bang-On; perhaps it could say something ironic! Even if your giftee doesn’t own a record player, they’d surely appreciate a framed vintage album by their all-time favorite band, courtesy of Wax n’ Facts.
I’m out of ideas, so get shopping! The countdown has begun...