Publisher’s Picks Gift Guide

Let Your Presents Make a Presence.

Online shopping gets high marks for convenience, but when you want to wow that special someone and show you really care, turn to local shops for something thoughtful and unique. From sachets to socks, bowls to books and blankets to blouses, there is something for everyone on your list in Decatur. And you won’t have to fight the crowds or worry about ship dates to find it.

Local merchants go to great lengths to find an array of original merchandise, much of which is hand-made, home-grown or originally sourced. We strolled around town to see what’s in store; here are some of our favorites that will leave you feeling it really is better to give than receive:


To Dazzle

Romper dress
Tres Jolie
427 Church Street

We can thank Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, for bringing the romper back into style for children, but your adult loved ones will thank you for bringing a fun, whimsical romper dress under the tree. Tres Jolie has a variety of styles by En Crème, like this blue floral velvet romper dress. It features big, bold flowers of red, rust and pink that simply say “celebrate.” It’s the perfect outfit for a holiday get-together or to brighten the winter days that follow. With this celebratory romper, the holidays don’t have to end!




Handmade necklace and earrings
Squash Blossom Boutique
113 East Court Square

We’re certain a gift of jewelry is a requirement in the holiday rule book. For those on your list with sparkle as their favorite color, hit gold, silver, and crystal at Squash Blossom. We fancied this particularly gorgeous necklace and these earrings at first sight. The pieces are designed and handmade with colorful glass beads, Swarovski crystals, mineral stones and fabrics. These intricate, limited-edition pieces are made by artist Ayala Bar. A variety of designs and colors are available.

Necklace: $160
Earrings: $156




Diamond pendant
Worthmore Jewelers
117 East Court Square

Ooh-la-la. That’s all we could say when we feasted our eyes on this stunning Sevilla chandelier pendant. This gorgeous, oxidized sterling silver and 18k gold pendant features round, brilliant cut diamonds and a pear-shaped, rose cut-through diamond center. Its originality matches its wow factor. You’ve got to see it to believe it!





Colorful scarves
Karma Boutique
145 B Sycamore Street

Just as the holidays aren’t the same without a dazzling piece of jewelry, fanciful scarves are a must. Boutique Karma has an amazing selection, such as this Nusantara Batik scarf that will brighten any outfit, bringing cheer to your dear and to those who are with her (or him) when she wears it.





To Deck the Halls

Ugly Christmas Sweater Candle
Wild Oats & Billy Goats
112 East Ponce de Leon Avenue

For those on your list with a sense of humor to match their sense of smell, Wild Oats and Billy Goats has the perfect gift – the Ugly Christmas Sweater Candle! This 16 ounce candle by UnCommon Scents screams “local” considering it is handcrafted with love and 100 percent Decatur-grown soy. With its fresh clean cotton scent and festive plaid flannel, Ugly Christmas Sweater makes a great gift or conversation piece for a holiday party! If plaid isn’t your loved one’s thing, check out other UnCommon Scents candles at WOBG. They all have delightful smells with names that will make you smile.




City of Decatur Ornaments
Multiple Locations

Don’t forget to buy your loved ones their very own 2017 City of Decatur ornament! The ornaments, designed by local textile artist and designer Lisa Huggins, come in four designs and are available at local Decatur shops, including Wild Oats and Billy Goats, HomeGrown, Little Shop of Stories, Worthmore Jewelers and Trinity Mercantile and Design. Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go into producing next year’s ornament.




Stackable Mug/Soup Bowl Set
Vivid Boutique
308 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite F-1

The weather outside can turn frightful at any time, but your loved ones will be ready with this adorable Snowman Stackable Mug/Soup Bowl Set. Taking a practical approach to gifts, the four mugs are oversized for a great big cup of coffee or hot cocoa or for a hot bowl of soup or chili. When they’re not in use, they stack in a silver rack building an adorable and irresistible snowman. Big bonus – they are also dishwasher safe!






Zodax Illuminaria Porcelain
Room Diffuser
Trinity Mercantile & Design Co.
116 East Trinity Place

Pretty is as pretty smells. This diffuser has such a delicate design that it almost looks like a freshly cut rose. Perfect for any powder room. Available in a variety of sizes.

$52 and up



To Comfort

Maya Mueble Wool Blankets
Found Co. Decatur
335 G West Ponce de Leon Avenue

Your special someone will feel you hug them all year when they wrap up in this cozy blanket. The 100 percent wool blankets are hand-loomed on foot looms in the highlands of Guatemala by indigenous artisans. We found beauty in their simplicity as well as in knowing of the skill that went into making them. These blankets are thick and soft, and perfect for fending off the chill of winter while adding character to your home.



To Connect

Wine glasses
149 Sycamore Street

We couldn’t pass up going into Sq/Ft when we are on the Square, filled as it is with creative clothing and home goods galore. And we were not disappointed! We could have spent a few hours in there, mesmerized as we were by playful socks, ornaments, room fresheners and candles. But what really caught our eye were colorful wine glasses (OK, so maybe they are just water or iced tea glasses…but they are adorable!) Messages are big these days, and we really liked the fact that these messages are actually written in BIG script …big enough for you and your guests to enjoy a laugh together!



“The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine”
Little Shop of Stories
133 East Court Square

The holidays are never complete without a story, and Little Shop of Stories has a long-awaited one for your loved ones — a new book by Mark Twain! Well, sort of. The book is actually based on a recently discovered, and incomplete, outline for a fairy tale by none other than master story teller Twain. Twain told this tale to his daughters at bedtime, and now, thanks to the husband and wife author/illustrator team of Caldecott Medal winners Philip and Erin Stead, the story is complete in the form of “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.” Twain scholars have been awaiting this book for years; kids on your list need only wait a few more weeks!



by Lynne Anderson