GIFT GUIDE: Your annual guide to holiday gift giving

Need an idea for a present for the person who has everything? Tired of the same old, same old? We’ve got you covered for unique gift ideas this holiday season!

Compiled by LaTria Garnigan, Mark Wallace Maguire and Michael J. Pallerino
Photography by Kathryn Ingall and Erin Gray Cantrell

Items from Ye Olde Christmas & Candy Shoppe
Details below on prices
113. N. Park Square, NE, Marietta
(770) 627-2326

Owners Bill and Dianna Murphy are in their fifth Christmas season as owners of the Marietta Square shop that features everything from candy to homemade fudge to the most unique ornaments and specialty gifts. Here are just a few items.

Tyler Candle Company Gift Set, $26.50

christmas-shoppe_11rgbShoppers will recognize the top selling candle company that blends soy and paraffin wax and fragrance oils. Each candle is hand-poured. This gift set includes a room spray, small laundry wash and a candle.

Hand painted ceramics from Uzbekistan,
$24-$55 depending on size

The hand-painted ceramic ornaments will be a beautiful and unique addition to yourchristmas-shoppe_6rgb holiday décor. The ornaments feature several different scenes artfully painted on the ceramic and is a great way to add some pop in your holiday gift giving. These are the perfect size for stocking stuffers.

Secret Jewels soaps, $12.25

christmas-shoppe_9rgbAside from having a variety of fragrant smells — like Evergreen, Cinnamon Spice, Spiced Vanilla and Cranberry — the soaps feature a surprise gift inside, worth anywhere from $10-$200. There are also companion candles ($35) in the same fragrances that have surprise gifts inside once the candle is completely burned.

Department 56, $5-$200

For the serious holiday decorators on your gifting list, Department 56 would be a mustchristmas-shoppe_3rgb have. The 40-year old brand features a myriad of holiday scenes and Ye Olde features a fantastic display of them. The pieces are perfect to collect separately to build your own personal holiday village. While the buildings are $60-$200, there are smaller accessories that complement the sets that range from $5-$40.

Collegiate marble ornaments, $18.75-$22

christmas-shoppe_1rgbThe sports fan on your list will appreciate the locally-crafted marble ornaments out of Rome. Many of the local colleges and universities are represented, as well as UGA, Ga. Tech, LSU, Auburn and Alabama.


Atlanta Braves season tickets
Price varies

The Braves’ first season in Cobb gets underway in March 2017 at SunTrust Park. How about getting good old dad some tickets to go see a game? If not dad, how about that father-in-law, friend or your brother? You can get season tickets in a variety of seats throughout the park.

Tree of Life necklace, $14
Three locations in Cobbtree-necklace

Classic, yet with a whimsical touch, this tree of life necklace is a perfect gift for mom from the kids.

DIY classes or Home Custom Design, prices vary
The Bird and the Bee
2968 Atlanta Road, Suite B, Smyrna
(770) 432-5120

the-bird-and-the-bee_2rgbOwner Betsy DiGiorgio is transforming her former home décor mercantile into a unique crafting space. So for the interior design enthusiast or the person who is looking to update their home, you can get them a few classes at The Bird and the Bee or a custom design session. Betsy’s new DIY boutique concept will work to instruct attendees onthe-bird-and-the-bee_1rgb home projects and assist them in customizing furniture. Inherited a chest that you don’t exactly love? A fresh coat of paint and some new hardware can do the trick. Cost of the custom design service will depend on the piece needing a transformation and what you want done.

Zing Anything’s Tea Zinger$29.99 or Le Petit Market or Bed, Bath & Beyond
Locations throughout Cobb

If you’re like me and need some sort of caffeine in the morning then tea or coffee is it. Zing Anything’s Tea Zinger has changed the way I make tea now. With its integrated infuser and grater, the tea making experience has taken on a whole new level. You have the option of grating in ginger and lemon and also infusing fruits like lemon, oranges or whatever you please. It works well with loose leaf tea or bagged tea. The Tea Zinger can hold 22 ounces of tea and keeps drinks hot for four to six hours.

Wraps, price varies
Available at select stores and at

Everybody leaves a good pair of ear buds to listen to your favorite music or podcast. But Wraps offers a whole new dimension to the listening — and just as importantly — function of the experience. These eye-catching headphones — tuned by world-renowned British Audio sound engineers — deliver crystal-clear, high-quality sound. Bonus: When you’re not listening you can wrap them around your wrist and wear it as a stylish bracelet to give your outfit a little something extra. And they’re comfortable! When worn on the wrist, the unique patented slider system keeps the lightweight matte heads, slider and jack plug all connected together for a secure compact fit. The cables are kept in perfect alignment and that’s how they remain tangle-free.

Home Brewing Kit & Equipment
The Craft Beer Factory
2145 Roswell Rd #110, Marietta

Prices for beer kits (including a variety of ales and stouts) and equipment vary depending on your craving.

Before you head down to your local pub for that weekly get together, give this a thought. What if you could make your own craft beer right there in the house? Oh, come on, you know you want to. And get this it’s not that hard, said Richard Heaver, owner of The Craft Beer Factory in Marietta. To get brew your first patch (lingo alert), visit the Craft Beer Factory website, where you will can find items like a brewing bucket, bubbler and siphon hose. All of the other pieces can be found in your kitchen (think large pot, large spoon, thermometer and funnel). “Homebrewing is the perfect gift for your favorite beer lover,” Heaver said.

Cuisinart Mini Deep Fryer$49.99
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Locations throughout Cobbcuisinart

Come on, come on, get your guilty pleasure on. Yep, this mini deep fryer takes up less counter space than a conventional fryer, but cooks up to a ¾ pound of food with only 1 liter of oil.

Give a gift in someone’s name

Sometime’s the best gift is a gift in someone’s honor. You can donate to an endless list of local, state and national charities. For a list to get started of Cobb non-profit organizations, you can visit or

Go see Jay Leno
Price varies

Back by popular demand, acclaimed TV late night show host and comedian Jay Leno, returns to Cobb Energy Centre on Feb. 18, 2017. Leno, whose career and awards span across the decades, is sure to delight the fan on your Christmas list.

Corn Hole Boards Bare
McCorkle Designs
Prices vary
McCorkle Designs (By appointment only)
208 Northridge Drive, Acworth

What’s the best way to settle that score between your favorite Georgia and Georgia Tech fans? Before you answer, think cornhole. McCorkle Design in Acworth can help you customize a corn hole board (and bags) to appease that Bulldog or Yellow Jacket (enter any team here) fan. Or, you could cozy up to the boss with a corn hole board featuring your company logo at the next office get together. Visit the McCorkle website and you can set up an appointment to design your board, or choose from a number of other home entertainment games or furniture.

Shoppe Artisan to offer unique, handmade products

Find a unique gift for everyone at Shoppe Artisan’s second holiday event. Hosted by Market Maker Events at the Cobb Galleria Centre Dec. 9 to 11, the holiday market will feature handmade products that cannot be found at the mall.

“According to multiple national surveys, about 80 percent of holiday shoppers purchase gifts at malls,” said Lori Kisner, Shoppe Artisan founder and president of Market Maker Events. “Skip the department stores this year, and ‘shoppe’ uniquely instead.”

Like a mall, Shoppe Artisan is designed to allow shoppers to complete their holiday shopping under one roof, but the similarities stop there. Instead of the same old stores, the market showcases a curated collection of distinctive items chosen from thousands of independent makers throughout North America.

“We have narrowed it down to the top 120 artists, about a third of which are based in Georgia, including Alpharetta, Marietta, Roswell and Sandy Springs,” said Kisner. “Do not give the same boring gift this year; instead, give something that will be cherished forever.”

During the event, shoppers will find high-quality and innovative products. These include home and garden goods, fashion accessories, beauty and wellness items, gourmet culinary ware and eats, clothing and footwear, children’s products, fine jewelry, office and tech accessories and so much more.

Stand out from the crowd of gift-givers this holiday season. Attend Shoppe Artisan Dec. 9 from noon to 8 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 or Dec. 11.

Advance tickets for adults are available online for $8 or can be purchased for $10 at the door. For tickets and additional information, visit

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