Gift Ideas: Atlanta Retailers To The Rescue

Need a gift? Atlanta retailers are here to help.
  • Maybe the female on your gift list would like a necklace and earrings from Kendra Scott.
    Maybe the female on your gift list would like a necklace and earrings from Kendra Scott.
  • Onward Reserve carries the perfect necktie, always a useful gift.
    Onward Reserve carries the perfect necktie, always a useful gift.
  • Get Dad a T-Shirt at at the Braves Clubhouse Store then head to the ballpark for Father's Day.
    Get Dad a T-Shirt at at the Braves Clubhouse Store then head to the ballpark for Father's Day.

Need gifts? Atlanta retailers are here to help with gift suggestions for all the men and all the women on your list. Birthday? Anniversary? Graduation? Just because? Check these ideas. 

Gift ideas for women and girls
Kendra Scott operates retail stores at Shops Around Lenox, Perimeter Mall and Avalon. She launched her now-famous jewelry brand with $500 from a spare bedroom in her home. That was in 2002. Today, her brand is something of a household name. Kendra Scott jewelry is pricey, but that’s because it’s made of 14K gold, diamonds and gemstones. Any female would love a Kendra Scott necklace or pair of earrings. Another idea: Put a favorite photograph in a filigree fame. Or, surprise your special someone with a Kendra Scott candle with its signature fragrance of lily and blonde wood. Choose the fancy version that comes in a tumbler or the more affordable votive.

Actress Reese Witherspoon named her store Draper James after her grandparents, the folks she says taught her everything she knows about gracious Southern living. Walk into her store at Shops Around Lenox and you’ll feel the Southern hospitality immediately when the sales associates greet you with a warm “Hello” and an offer of sweet tea. Consider one of Draper James’s wicker handbags. The Draper James Magnolia Love Circle dress is washable thanks to its cotton/lycra blend and features Draper James’s signature magnolia print. Reese’s Southern heritage shows up in everything from the magnolia print to the doormat that welcomes guests with a big “howdy,” scrawled in script.

The creative mind behind Dixon Rye in Westside Ironworks at 1085 Howell Mill Road is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Among the unique finds at Dixon Rye, an Astier de Villatte X John Derian bird plate might please someone you love. The entire plate collection is beautiful and, in some cases, fun, too.

Nearby at Westside Provisions District, consider a pair of heart pajamas available at Roller Rabbit or a set of round seagrass placemats from Hudson Grace.

Gift ideas for men and boys

Miller Brothers, an upscale shop for men is appropriately located in Buckhead, Atlanta’s home to high-end fashion. Greg Miller picked out three items any man might like. Running from a little pricey to expensive, suggestions include the store’s clever bottle openers, which the man in your life will want to leave out in the open rather than tossing into a drawer; driver head covers featuring an American flag and animal characters; and a choice of sneakers from Peter Millar, Santoni, To Boot New York and Seavees. The store features comfy chairs, flat-screen TVs and a well-stocked bar. Hmm, maybe it’s best to take your guy shopping at Miller Brothers?

Headquartered just a bit north of Atlanta in Buford, Okabashi manufactures made-in-the-USA shoes built for comfort and health. Okabashi’s shoes feature arch and heel support. What kind of shoes are they? We’re talking flip-flops, sandals and clogs. Order online or perhaps find them at select Walgreen’s and Target stores in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves play San Diego at home on Father’s Day. The first 10,000 dads will receive a gate giveaway yet to be announced. Even better, after the game, dads and kids can play 20 minutes of catch right on the field. Need a gift to go with that? Some of the most popular items in the Braves Clubhouse Store (there’s one at CNN Center and one at the ballpark) are a foam tomahawk, a tomahawk cap and, of course, a T-shirt. Ticket purchasers receive $30 added value per ticket to use for concessions or retail at the ballpark.

The distinctive collection at Elk Head Clothing in Ponce City Market is designed by owner Garrett Hilgendorf, who says he blends strands of Scandinavian design with American rugged individualism. Your favorite guy might be very into one of Hilgendorf’s wallets or one of his distinctive duffel bags.

Onward Reserve, with stores in Buckhead and Ponce City Market, crafted its name and dedication to authenticity from a tale about Teddy Roosevelt. And what’s a more authentic gift for a man than a necktie?

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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