By Robyn Spizman Gerson | www.robynspizman.com
With the start of Chanukah only a couple of weeks away, here are some options for the gifted giver to keep in mind.
Eco-gifts — EcoHome Atlanta (www.ecohomeatlanta.com) in the heart of Buckhead is a home furnishings and gift boutique offering sustainable luxury products. Focused on health and environmental products, EcoHome sells organic items for babies, pets, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and personal care. Discover products such as La Bougie candles and eeBoo Good Manners Cards (grandparents will love these). EcoHome is eco-fabulous.
Creative play — Located in Buckhead and Toco Hills, toy matchmaking store Learning Express (learningexpress.com) is filled with a universe of toys, including the latest Boogie Board Scribble n’ Play and Boogie Board Play n’ Trace, perfect for your pint-size Picasso. These erase-in-an-instant, mess-free drawing boards are irresistible and are just the start of the stores’ smart-selected toys for every age.
Chic beauty — Located in trendy Poncey-Highland, Fig & Flower Natural Beauty (www.shopfigandflower.com) is intown’s eco-chic beauty boutique. Feel gorgeous and good because Fig & Flower hand-selects items that are safe and natural. Owner Sara Lamond curates the shelves with beauty essentials such as Facial Serum by HiQ Cosmetics. Product junkies will swoon over the makeup selections, including Vapour Organic Beauty, ILIA and RMS Beauty. You can shop online, but you should visit this welcoming boutique at 636 N. Highland Ave.
Potent potables — Looking for the perfect kosher wine? Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits (www.TowerWineSpirits.com) has you covered. Kosher classics such as Rashi and Barkan make wonderful gifts, along with such unconventional picks as kosher Absolut and Chopin vodkas. Sign up for the Tower Card list for monthly discounts. You can order online and pick your items up in the store. You’ll also love Tower’s curbside service at its locations on Piedmont Road and Buford Highway.
In your cups — The fabulous Tennessee-based online boutique Cup of Arms (www.CupofArms.com) specializes in customized entertaining and hostess gift cups, nonbreakable drinkware, napkins, and guest towels. From koozies to plates, coasters, matches, water bottles, bottle labels and acrylic accessories, you’ll love the chic Signature Collection. Over 200 monogram and name designs, party animals, and collegiate designs await you. Expedited delivery is available.
For the gems on your list — Sara Blaine, a talented jewelry designer of all things beautiful, presents eSBe Designs (www.esbedesigns.com), an on-trend, gorgeous collection of jewelry ideal for every gal on your gift list. Give her that special sparkle she deserves for the happiest Chanukah ever.
Pop lullabies — Founded by Josh Rutt, Baby Blanket Music (www.BabyBlanketMusic.com) offers albums featuring soothing lullaby arrangements from Madonna, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Beatles. The music is designed to aid in the development of babies while pleasing adult taste.
Bringing up baby — Sassy Baby (www.sassybaby.com) is a clever resource featuring smart developmental toys and baby care products that are functional and fabulous. These colorful, creative choices make great gifts for the new kid on the block.
Personalized reading lists — Frecklebox (www.frecklebox.com) has a wonderful selection of personalized gifts for kids, from storybooks to puzzles and placemats. The personalized coloring and activity books are favorites for creative kids and are ideal for rainy days. What makes these skill-building gifts so special is that a child’s name is added to the cover and pages throughout the book. Check out my latest Frecklebox books: “The Hug Book” and “Colorful Counting Book.”
Getting organized — Give the gift that keeps giving. Well-known Atlanta organizer Linda Lincoln Diamond’s company, Captured Clutter (www.capturedclutter.com), presents organizational therapy and keeps you on task, on track and on time. Professional organizer gift certificates, perfect for a busy mom, overwhelmed entrepreneur or downsizing relative, start at $100. Contact Linda at 678-294-7813 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cult of purse-nality — PurseN (pursen.net) offers irresistible cosmetic, jewelry and organizer bags ideal for anyone who travels or wants to get organized in style. Travelers will love the Travel Pillow Organizer for comfort and a place for storage on the go.
Write now — Snail-mail lovers will appreciate Ben the Rooster (www.bentherooster.com/holidays), a barnyard pen pal for kids ages 3 to 8. Ben uses the excitement of receiving mail to encourage his pen pals to practice reading and writing. He sends two postcards each month about his life on the farm. Each postcard arrives with a stamped postcard for sending a reply. The holiday six-month subscription to his postcards includes a 2017 coloring calendar.
Time for attitude — Watch out for the fun, wrappable, slappable watches from Watchitude (www.watchitude.com). Watchitude specializes in funky, fun, slap-on watches with designs such as frosted doughnuts and animal prints. Elevate your arm candy for $22 online or $20 at stores such as Nordstrom at Phipps Plaza. With about 100 quirky designs to choose from, you’ll find the right watch in no-time flat.
Go bananas — Bananagrams (www.bananagrams.com) is one of the friendliest, fastest and easiest games for the entire family to play. The banana pouch is filled with tiled letters for on-the-go competition. See who can assemble words the quickest. Play this game one time and you’re likely to be hooked for life.
Robyn Spizman Gerson is the New York Times best-selling author of “When Words Matter Most.” She is also a communications professional and a media personality who has appeared often on “Atlanta and Company” and NBC’s “Today” show.