Gift Guide

Experience the Holidays

The new way of gifting: A little something to unwrap before a big adventure

EXPERIENTIAL GIFTING is a popular trend. Yet for many, unwrapping something special on the holiday is an important tradition.

So we’ve paired an item from local shops you can give with or without a dreamy experience. Here are seven ideas to inspire your giving this year:

1. Natural delights

Gift: Among the Flowers bath and body works from Found Co. Decatur ($21 and up)

Experience: Planting Workshop at The Victorian Atlanta ($75)

Found Co.’s collection of accessories exudes an elegant yet earthy vibe. Choose a sampler of soaps filled with nourishing herbs and minerals. Or gift a smudge stick, a gorgeous hand-bound bouquet of dried flowers and herbs for a path to new consciousness.

Ponce City Market’s The Victorian Atlanta is a green thumb’s delight. With merchandise like specialty plants and soils, it also offers home and store consultations and planting workshops with cocktails.

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2. Home for the holidays

Gift: Currey & Company Alexander Table Lamp from Trinity Mercantile & Design ($365)

Experience: Home Design Consultation (Usually $95 per hour but only a $250 flat fee for a room as a holiday special – excluding kitchen and bath remodels)

A gorgeous neutral lamp is among many of Trinity Mercantile & Design’s beautiful and inspiring choices for gifting a home accessory. The air of sophistication exuded by the lamp, intermingled with its matte and glossy gold metallic glazes and wood base, works with many styles.

The lamp lights the way to revamping a room with a design consult by Trinity’s team. This ultimate design experience begins with a home visit, where the team discusses wishes and wants. Designers then prepare drawings with goals in mind. Next is a trip to Trinity to collaborate on ideas. Finally, the team manages the installation to ensure everything lands perfectly in its place.

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3. Namaste is the new “Happy Holidays”

Gift: Yoga mat and Explorer Pass from Decatur Yoga ($30 for pass)

Experience: Tulum Yoga Retreat from Book Yoga Retreats (starting at $91)

Wrap wellness and abundance together and tie them with a bow with a mat and class pass. Good for three weeks of unlimited yoga and mat Pilates classes at either of the Decatur Yoga locations.

Our neighbor to the south, Tulum, Mexico, is a hot spot for yoga retreats. Body, mind and spirit can be reconnected in this beach town with its easy access to Mayan ruins and sparkling-clear cenotes.

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4. Get into the holiday spirits

Gift: Personalized label Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon (label from Woodford Reserve, bourbon from ($29.99))

Experience: Whiskey Wednesday at The Pinewood ($5 and up)

In this pairing, the experience is local. Share a thoughtful message or inside joke with your recipient by personalizing a bottle of bourbon. Order the label from Woodford Reserve directly and apply it to the bottle before gifting.

Then meet up for a happy hour of mouth-watering tastes and spirits at The Pinewood. If you land there on Whiskey Wednesday, all whiskey cocktails are half off. Enjoy a classic like Proof Old Fashioned or a small batch flight You’re Killing Me, Smalls. Snack on Crispy Brussel Sprouts, or stay for dinner and order the Beef Short Ribs for the table.

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5. Bedtime stories

Gift: Book Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You from Little Shop of Stories ($17.99)

Experience: All-inclusive pass at Center for Puppetry Arts ($19.50)

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez combine talents to create a heartwarming story about kids with challenges and the powers that come from them. The bright and beautiful illustrations engage children in the thoughtful message of inclusion.

Stories come alive at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts where families can visit the museum or also attend a show and create at a puppet workshop. Winter and spring seasons include favorites such as Stellaluna and Pete the Cat.

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6. Earth Day every day

Gift: Venus Retrospec Bike Mountain High Outfitters ($245)

Experience: Annual pass to National Parks ($80)

True to form with its hip and outdoorsy selection, Mountain High Outfitters brings adventure and style together with its collection of gear and goods. The classic silhouette of the Retrospec bike is hand-built with high-tensile steel to effortlessly move with the rider. Atlanta BeltLine awaits.

The adventure lasts all year with an annual pass to the national parks. Whether it’s the beaches of Georgia’s Cumberland Island Seashore, the alligators at Everglades National Park, or one of the seven wonders of the world at Grand Canyon, the world is your recipient’s oyster.

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7. Smothered in comfort and style

Gift: Vermont Maple Syrup and Silo Pitcher Gift Set at Tro¯v Home ($75)

Experience: A night Half-Mile Farm, a luxury country inn by Old Edwards in Highlands, North Carolina. (rates start at $185 per night)

Brunch brings creature comforts like waffles or pancakes smothered in butter and real maple syrup farmhouse style. This classic farmhouse pottery gift represents the unique pieces you’ll find at Tro¯v.

Then it’s off to escape for a night or ten of smothering in comfort and relaxation at HalfMile Farm. This inn is nestled at the southern plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers luxury comfort and access to nearby hiking, biking, waterfalls, and shopping.

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