by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
Holiday shopping can quickly turn your jolly Yuletide spirit into a mood that resembles that of the Grinch with a high-anxiety problem. Cool and thoughtful gifts are always the best kind but are rarely discovered during holiday-buying crunch time. And we all know that sinking feeling of ?What the hell am I going to get Bill this year?? To avoid this stomach plunger (and bush-league gift giving), we give you our guide to holiday thoughtfulness.
Updated: December 11, 2009
FOR THE GENT: The staff of Sid Mashburn was in GQ's "Most Well-Dressed Men in America" issue, alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake and Jason Schwartzman. You think they know something about style? Not only can you pick up a piece of luggage, driving gloves or cashmere socks, but they have an autographed stack of our new favorite read: "Rules for My Unborn Son" by Walker Lamond.
FOR THE HARD-TO-BUY-FOR TEENAGE COUSIN: Youngsters, especially those in the teenage/college years, can be damn hard to buy for. And that's why someone smart created Urban Outfitters. A sort of one-stop hipster-in-training shop for the youth, this place has everything from David Sedaris literature to cool dorm-room furniture to clothing lines like Ben Sherman. If you don't see something that immediately catches your eye, a gift card will work in a pinch.
FOR THE KITCHEN GURU: In our stocking, we're hoping for cured Serrano and a few nuggets of Abondance A.O.C., a French Gruyere cheese. But for those more concerned with cooking than gluttonous chowing, Star Provisions is Atlanta's best specialty shop for the "Iron Chef"-obsessed. Francis Francis espresso machines, cool outdoor picnic items and gourmet utensils show it's all about quality specifics.
FOR THE MODERN-DECOR FAN: We love mod-happy stores like CB2, but for bang-on mod gifts we give you Switch Modern--perfect for those who want their homes to resemble LA's famed Standard Hotel. While its furniture can be a bit on the pricey side ($6,000 beds), they have a great selection of interesting accessories, lighting and touches that are affordable. Specifically, the clocks come in cool shapes and sizes and ring in as low as $23.
FOR THE MUSIC SNOB: Music snobs are tough because, typically, they hate everything most people like. While, sure, it's cheaper to go to Best Buy and pick up whatever is on mainstream radio, pay the extra few bucks and hit Criminal Records. Not only will it have tough-to-find items (locals, imports, vinyl) but its helpful staff is made up of seasoned music insiders.
FOR THE VINTAGE LOVER: For those who want their place to look like a "Mad Men" set, we give you City Issue. This massive Inman Park emporium does mid-century, vintage and modern furniture, with an emphasis on the home and office. From 1950s gondola-style sofas to sliding-door credenzas to original pieces from John Lennon's art collection, there's no more interesting selection of choice vintage finds in Atlanta.
FOR THE BEER AND WINE FAN: Why? Because sometimes presents for adults come in alcoholic packages. Our favorite specialty beer and wine emporium is Hop City. This Westside booze paradise not only does 1,000 different types of craft beer, but it offers home-brewing kits for the guy or gal who wants to take their fandom to the next level. Winos aren't left in the dark, with a choice of more than 600 bottles.
FOR GREETING CARDS: It wouldn't be the holidays without a good Happy Holidays card to send. And, for those without families, the picture card is not an option. Thankfully, Paper Source opened this year in the heart of Virginia Highland and boasts not only an outstanding and interesting selection of individual and bulk cards but a unique make-your-own-card option, as well.