GIFT GUIDE: Where to shop in Cobb

Well, 2015 is almost over and for those of you who are still on the hunt for that perfect and unique present for your loved one … we’ve got you covered. In the following pages we feature gifts from local Cobb retailers, one-of-a-kind items and something for even the pickiest relative.
Happy Shopping!

Compiled by Stacey L. Evans, Michael J. Pallerino & LaTria Garnigan

Betsy’s Hallmark>>Cozy winter wear and ornaments
Betsy’s Hallmark at Merchant’s Walk
1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta
(770) 565-2332

Hallmark stores are the go-to for ornaments. You can find everything from classic nostalgic Christmas scenes to characters from The Walking Dead in ornament form. (Shown here is a Georgia ornament by local company Glory Haus, $12.95).

The store also has an array of gift options, ranging from items with heartwarming messages such as The Giving Plate, (shown here, $19.99 and available in a variety of styles), to Star Wars tumblers and knickknacks.

Betsy’s, which is locally owned, also carries an assortment of items not found in typical Hallmark stores, such as the popular clothing line Simply Southern, knit boot socks, hats and scarves.

Shown here, Simply Southern long-sleeve T-shirt, $25.99; boot socks in a variety of styles, $9.99 to $18.99; beanie hat, $12.99 and a fur ball pin, this winter’s ‘hot’ item that can be attached to hats, scarves or blouses, $5.99.

Clinique>>Available at Clinique counters and online at

Winter can be brutal on skin. So it is important to start off with a fresh foundation. That can be achieved with Clinique’s Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush with three-step skin care system. The dermatologist-developed system helps develop clean skin. Available at Clinique counters and online at

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush. Suggested retail: $99

Ford Hardware Cutlery>>3372 Canton Rd., Suite 118, Marietta
(770) 428-8837

If you’re a hunter or just love knives, check out the coolest offerings at Ford Hardware Cutlery in Marietta. American made and proud, these cutlery choices are a stocking stuffers best friend.

W. R. Case & Sons Amber Bone Trapper pocket knife.
Suggested Retail: $56.99
This classic American Case Trapper features two stainless blades that are about 4-1/8 inches long (folded/fixed). The handle is jigged amber bone with a nickel silver case oval inlay shield, while the bolsters are nickel silver.

Queen Cutlery Company small stockman pocketknife
Suggested Retail: $69.99
Handcrafted in Pennsylvania since 1922, this Queen Cutlery Small Stockman has a 3-1/4 inch, aged honey amber buffalo horn handles with nickel silver bolsters, brass liners and a stainless steel slip-joint back. The D2 tool steel clip point, sheepsfoot and spey blades have flat grinds and nail nicks for opening.

Kershaw Filter framelock folding knife
Suggested Retail: $29.99
Sporting a black wash finished handle and stainless steel blade, Kershaw’s Filter Frame Lock folding pocket knife offers a streamlined look at a streamlined price point. The sleek 3-1/4-inch blade meets a machined handle design, which gives the Filter a well-worn yet contemporary look and feel. It also features the SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism and deep-carry pocket clip that provides myriad carrying options.

Tormaresca Neprica wines>>Local wine and spirit shops in Cobb County.

Want a good wine for the turkey or ham, but don’t want to break the family budget? Check out these two fine offerings. The Tormaresca Neprica, a gorgeous and velvety red, is ideal for enjoying solo or for a large dinner table.

If you are looking for a lighter option to pair with a diverse group of dishes, don’t forget a quality white wine. Santa Cristina is proud to launch its first-ever Pinot Grigio from the renowned delle Venezie appellation of Italy, perfect for all your fall entertaining needs.
Price: Under $15

Marietta Spy Shop>>562 Wylie Road, Suite 2, Marietta
(770) 694-6926

Bond. James Bond. Come on, you know that’s cool. But not everybody can be James Bond, right? Thanks to the Marietta Spy Shop, you can get your James Bond fix on this holiday season. Here are three gadgets that just might give you the edge you need.

DVBPR6 – Spy recording pen and photo capture
Suggested Retail: $89
This economical and stylishly cool pen writes, records audio, video and even takes pictures. And get this – the hidden camera can record everything you see when you place the pen in your shirt pocket with up to 1280 x 960 resolution video quality. You can even chat with your friends online – simply connect the USB cord to your PC, insert the CD that comes with the device and you hold a video conference.

MiniClockCamCon – Functional clock with hidden camera
Suggested Retail: $79
Remote control operation. Motion detection. Optional alarm with voice notifications.
Light-up screen. This easy to use, beginner friendly mini clock camera not only works as a clock, but you can record eight hours of 1280 x 960 resolution video using either the continuous video recording mode or the motion detection mode which is specially designed to preserve battery life.

CDLRC- Camera Finder
Suggested Retail: $99
To film or not to be filmed? That may be a question you want an answer to. With the wireless detector Camera Finder, you can detect hidden wired and wireless video, thanks to multiple alert modes including audible alarms, LEDs and vibration. The Finder locates bugs on frequencies from 1 MHz to 6500 MHz, and you can adjust the detecting sensitivity.

State Parks pass>>Any denomination

Know someone who loves the outdoors, but already has all the gear they need? You can get them a Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites gift card for use at campsites, cabins, yurts, retail shops, picnic shelters, historic sites, boat rentals and numerous other outdoor activities.

Gift cards come in any denomination starting at $5 and can be re-loaded for continued use. Purchase the gift cards at most Georgia State Park offices, online at or by calling (800) 434-0982.

Cards are valid at several Georgia State Parks, State Historic Sites, and the golf courses under the management of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Gift card revenues go to support the operations and maintenance of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. For information on locations that accept gift cards, please visit

iHome Power Clip>>Available at Walgreens, Sports Authority or

iHome PowerClip Carabiner Power Bank, $29.99 to $49.99
Need a gift for the outdoorsy type who enjoys hiking and camping, or the frequent traveler who is also a technophile? The recipient will be thrilled with this versatile power bank for smart phones and tablets. It easily attaches to backpacks, handbags, duffel bags and carry-on bags, providing quick access when needed. This sleek yet rugged backup battery can be connected to any smart phone to recharge. The PowerClip itself can be recharged from any standard USB port. Available in 2,600mAh, 5,200mAh and 7,800mAh capacities and a variety of colors.

Apartment Therapy>>Available at Barnes and Noble, various locations in Cobb

Apartment Therapy: Complete + Happy Home, $35
“Apartment Therapy: Complete + Happy Home” is not only a beautiful book for the coffee table, it’s also a great resource for both apartment dwellers and homeowners. The book is the fourth title from Apartment Therapy founder and CEO Maxwell Ryan, who has been deemed a “makeover guru” by the New York Times.

This 320-page book is perfect for engaged couples embarking on searching for and decorating a new home, anyone with an interest in interior design or someone who wants to refresh their current space. In addition to gorgeous photos of a variety of styles in each room of a house, the book contains an incredibly useful section titled “maintaining your home.”

In this chapter, Ryan and coauthor Janel Laban share advice and tips for cleaning, DIY repairs and tricks for staying organized.

Mix it Up>>Acworth and online at

Drink mixes are $9 each or 2 for $15 (website only); cork caddies are $30 to $40; wine purse is $20.
Acworth-based Mix it Up products are the perfect gift for the wine lover or happy hostess who loves unique drinks. The drink mixes are simply added to wine (or any other beverage, alcoholic or not) for a delicious new taste. There are 17 flavors available, ranging from sangria to mudslide. Package it with a cute cork holder, custom painted wine glass or this stylish clutch, which has a thermal insulated compartment that will keep a bottle of wine chilled and comes with a stainless steel corkscrew.

Mix it Up also carries collegiate bottle stoppers, personalized flasks and beach sand cup holders and many more accessories.

Mix it Up will also have a booth at the Holiday Barter Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre Nov. 14

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