Whether you’re a devoted urbanist or a city dweller who simply goes with the flow, there’s a special sense of pride that comes with calling Atlanta home. And there’s no better way to express that than by sharing it with the ones you love.
We’ve forgone the obvious picks—like Hotlanta hot sauce and Lenox Square gift cards—to cull a list of Atlanta-specific or locally made picks that represent what we love most about our city.
$35 | Native Maps
For a citywide perspective—and a gift that strives to celebrate Atlanta as “a place of economic and cultural magnitude”—these screen prints by Native Maps celebrate each ATL enclave with boundary designations and neighborhood names. They’re made of heavy-duty paper, most of which is 100 percent recycled, meant for framing.
Urban scavenger hunts
$15 | Clue Town Books
From the Beltline’s Eastside Trail to Decatur Square, Emory University, and beyond, Clue Town Books provides family-friendly scavenger hunts ready-made for Atlanta’s most walkable areas (and now Athens and Savannah, too). Using landmarks to solve puzzles, hunters embark on city-exploring missions that take between an hour and 90 minutes.
“Intersections of Atlanta” art
$25 prints; $39 book | Barely Maps
Peter Gorman, a full-time map designer based in Hawai‘i, recently completed a work titled “Intersections of Atlanta”—a compendium of 20 borderline-nonsensical intersections across the city, rendered simply on a dark gray backdrop. It’s part of a series Gorman has been working on called Barely Maps, now a book, inspired by an 11,000-mile, solo bicycle trip he completed around the U.S. and Canada. One thing he noticed about Atlanta: the “A” that can be found in many of the city’s most, um, creative intersections, when seen from above. A coincidence?
$29.95 | Homesick
This Georgia candle, with its notes of peach, magnolia, aster, and musk, is made for anyone who longs for the Peach State from afar. An Atlanta version emits dogwood, daffodil, cedarwood, tonic bean, and more, for a scent that’s “everything that is Atlanta except the traffic!”
Homegrown play pad
$58 | Blabla
This whimsical, 100 percent cotton Pear Play Pad Citron from Atlanta-based Blabla Kids is perfect for the new parent in your life. It’s portable, machine-washable, and available in five colors to fit any aesthetic.
Minimalist bud vases
$40 (set of three) | Honeycomb Studio
Standing just three and a half inches, these versatile bud vases fit practically anywhere. The minimal pieces are handmade (no two are the same) with a black base, metallic glaze, and hand-painted gold leaf. Perfect for a holiday sprig, too.
Love from Georgia
$18 (set of eight) | Paper Raven Co.
These hand-illustrated “With Love from Georgia” cards send a sweet sentiment the old-fashioned, meaningful way: by mail. They’re the work of Paper Raven Co., an Atlanta-based stationery and illustration brand, and they’re printed on fully recycled paper.
Wearable “F.I.LA.” declaration
$25.50 | Elk Head
This white organic “ATL” T-shirt is said to make a statement—albeit minimal—about love for place. Made in Norcross, it’s 100 percent cotton and preshrunk, with blind stitching for smoothness.
Too-cool carafe set
$175 | Mudfire
Last but not least, those who’ve been extra nice in 2019 might find themselves the new owners of this Mike Jabbur carafe set, made of pure-white glassy porcelain and sold by Decatur’s Mudfire. It’s just the right vessel for serving a classy (perhaps somewhat adventurous) cocktail or eggnog.