Our list for toys for big boys, feel-good gifts for the ladies and imagination sparkers for kids.
This isn’t just another Gift Guide. We chose gifts for men that are playful but functional. For women, we went for luxurious texture, adding gifts that feel oh-so-good. For the kiddos, forget plastic landfill toys and surprise them with super cool experiences that make them feel like rock stars (literally)!
The adorable Ellenberg family of Buckhead kindly helped out with our shopping, taking the afternoon to browse through the fab Shops at Buckhead Atlanta. Meet Drew, Mary Elizabeth, Jack and Ann Collins.
Happy holidays from our family to yours!
Toys for Big Boys
Claude Walnut Bar
For his favorite bottles (which you can chose and wrap separately). 2-door unit in walnut or white stained ash. Function AND fashion. $2095. Jonathan Adler, Buckhead Atlanta
Sports Car Needlepoint Stool
Encourage your guy to put his feet up, for goodness sake! He can claim this Bond-esque velvet-sided stool with ebony wood legs for his own. $324. Jonathan Adler, Buckhead Atlanta
Eau des Baux Eau de Toilette
In Provence, the knights from “Les Baux” village chose the cypress tree as their symbol of strength and courage. I say its sexy woodsy scent will make any knight better. $58. L’occitane. Buckhead Atlanta
Shinola Runwell Chono
The only chronograph watch that tracks the return of American watchmaking with split second precision. Entirely hand assembled in Detroit, including the Argonite 5021 high-accuracy quartz movement that drives the hours, minutes, date indicator, stopwatch function, and multiple subdials. $750. Torneau, Lenox Mall
Gifts That Feel Good For Women
Maxime Lounge Chair. Sumptuous shearling (or luxe teal velvet) tops this cushy and sculpturally pleasing seat for her special spot. $2250. Jonathan Adler
Alpaca Throw. Nothing says “oh la la” like Alpaca. Hand-loomed baby alpaca throws in this classic pattern, and plenty of others at Jonathan Adler. From $295.
There aren’t enough O’s in smooth to describe these pants. Black or chocolate. Or if you really love her, both. They look as good as they feel, and feel as good as they look. Alice and Olivia. $798
Gifts To Spark The Child’s Imagination
Little Inventors at Museum of Design
Kids can learn the latest science, technology, engineering and math skills while exercising problem solving and creativity, but all they’ll know is that they’re making cool stuff. In workshops on 3D printing, Minecraft, LEGO robotics, littleBits circuitry, Arduino software or other design-related activities you will sneak in plenty of educational tasks that will give them a boost and propel them into the future. Then treat yourself and take the whole family to the museum (across from the High) over break. Workshops around $35. MuseumOfDesign.org
Rock Star Experience
If your little rocker has been practicing piano, drums or guitar every day after school or singing in the shower, perhaps it’s time to give them the chance to make a record. They can join a group, do a solo gig or learn the ropes mixing behind the scenes at a professional recording studio. First hour free. Kids of ALL ages most welcome at The Groove Studio. GrooveStudioMusic.com
Camping? Why not!
Gift a Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites gift card and use it toward the First Time Camper Program. Aimed at families new to the outdoors, this ranger-led program takes the stress out of planning. A park ranger will meet your family at the campsite to help set up, providing you with rental gear including a tent, chairs, stove, sleeping pads, roasting forks, and a lantern. The program is offered at 11 state parks for a two-night stay. GAStateParks.org/Gift-card
And, For A Favorite Couple (even it it’s YOU plus one)
We can’t think of a better present than the gift of luxury, relaxation and high thread count. Check into the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta for a night or two, book a day at the soothing spa, grab a drink and sit in the quiet English Garden nestled among Buckhead’s bustle. We recommend the Oriental Essence Massage (their signature scent is clean and worldly). The concierge will happily scoot you off to dinner in the hotel BMW or stay put for the Georgia-raised lamb and potato-vegetable galette. Egift cards available for that last minute shopper (who, me?). MandarinOriental.com