The Atlanta Jewish Times Holiday Gift Guide

The Atlanta Jewish Times Holiday Gift Guide

Calling All Gift Givers!

By Robyn Spizman Gerson | Special For The AJT

If you know a great gift to give, sit next to me! Yes, it’s that time of year again, and Chanukah is right around the corner.  If you want to be a memorable gift giver, check out these fabulous gifts from companies I have tasted, tested, even given, because I think you will love them. From incredible edibles to memorable keepsakes, here’s a jump-start for those gift giving woes!

Chocolate Ooh La La’s   

You’ll say Ooh La La when you taste these salty, sweet, decadent hand-made chocolate treats!  Think of them as your “Chocolate Gift Concierge”.  Owner/Creator Debbie Cohan has created this popular chocolate gift company where the chocolates are as delicious as the packaging.  Each box, bag, basket or tin is hand-packaged with their personalized exclusive and complimentary “message confetti” with your custom message tucked inside every gift.  Chocolate Ooh La La’s are yummy holiday gifts, festive party favors for mitzvahs, goody bags and corporate gift-giving is their specialty!  They can add your name, logo, theme and work within any budget. Just provide an address list of your gift recipients and they will ship your gift anywhere in the country for a memorable delicious gift that will be long remembered.

Milo’s Gift Shop

Here’s A Picture Perfect Gift!  Check out this popular online gift-giving universe.  Give your personal non-copyrighted photographs a new life and discover gifts that have a special one-of-a-kind touch. With delightfully chic tabletop gifts, stationery, notepads, luggage tags, calendars and more, Milo Gift Shop makes personalized presents and irresistible accessories that are totally stylish.  Transform your favorite photos into a tumbler, dinner plate or serving platter.  Or create personalized stationery that’s sure to inspire the thank-you note challenged.  Either way, you will love Milo Gift Shop’s outstanding gift selection and gift wonderfully thoughtful presents year round for every occasion. From Chanukah to mitzvahs, your friends, family and gift list will thank you!

Riedy’s Gift Express

This very popular gift company has been perfecting the fine art of Gifting for 37 years.  If you can imagine it – Riedy’s Gift Express can deliver it.  Every order for gift baskets or promotional items comes with personalized service, and creativity of Riedy Gimpelson’s “gifted staff.”  Select from delicious goodies, healthy treats and indulgent sweets, she will take care of your entire gift list with attention to detail and pure pizzazz.  Order early since Riedy has a list of regulars who have utilized her gift services for decades. Riedy’s ships worldwide.

Frecklebox is a fabulous site where you can purchase truly special, one-of-a-kind personalized gifts for kids. Their fun selection of gifts from A to Z presents everything personalized including books, coloring books, puzzles, party favors, stickers, journals, placemats, growth charts and more!  Check out my latest personalized storybook which is arriving just in time for the holidays titled The Hug Book, a personalized story about grandparents sending hugs to a special grandchild. The production of your personalized gifts with a child’s name and yours begins moments after you finish your order and is completed within 48 hours. You select the shipping. All manufacturing is done in the good old USA.

Esbe Designs Gives Back!

esbe Designs featuring the beautiful designs of talented Atlanta designer Sara Blaine is proud to announce their give back gifts as they have aligned with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the largest pediatric systems in the country to create the silky hand-painted Hope and Will Bracelet based on their mascots which represents the hopeful attitude and strong will of their patients, families and staff. The cost of the bracelet is $28 plus tax and comes in 4 different colors.  For every two sold, one is donated to the children, staff and volunteers at Children’s and 10% of all proceeds benefits Children’s.  For more information visit

Personalized Pillows  

Check out Personalized Pillows for a picture perfect pillow that preserves the occasion.  Ask this pillow guru to create a pillow for you.  Keepsake pillows are great ways to commemorate life events – births, bar/bat mitzvahs, milestone birthdays, sweet 16s, weddings, anniversaries and more. Jane Sheinfeld’s The Pieced Palette will take your invitation or announcement (name or whatever) and transform it into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, piece of art. Another great gift for the guest of honor is a WordCloud pillow – provide a list of words and phrases gleaned from friends and family about the guest of honor to The Pieced Palette and they will make a gift that will be cherished by the recipient. Pillows start at $70.

Give A Page Turner!  Revisit The Atlanta Jewish Book Festival!

Kudos to this amazing festival which featured a treasure trove of gifts to top off your gift list.   Gift any of the authors that were featured from Anna Quindlen’s books to Bob Mankoff’s collection of New Yorker Cartoons.  Add New York Time’s Foodie Mark Bittman’s cookbook The How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition) and his latest How to Cook Everything Fast which are monumental staples in every kitchen. Add Daniel Gordis’s Menachem Begin and Life Animated by Ron Suskind along with The Esther G Levine Community Read featuring Martin Goldsmith’s Alex’s Wake and Steven Pressman, 50 Children.

The Cookie Joint®

The Cookie Joint® is a creative cookie company baking up fun specialty cookies since 2010. The artistic co-founders Jill Balick and Susie Schuster got to baking and the concept quickly took off. Cookie Fries—shortbread cookies shaped like crinkle-cut French fries are packaged in classic French fry containers—are their signature offerings.

For A Fitness Fanatic 

Get Fit is the ideal gift for the person on the go.  A compact and portable kid, the FitKit50+ has all the tools for a total body workout. The 250, easy to follow exercises focus on balance, agility, coordination and stability. FitKit50+ can be used at home, in the office, or on the road for convenient fitness anytime, anywhere. Fitness expert, Amie Hoff has helped many of her clients gain confidence and is a go-to-guru for fitness. $34.99

Music To Your Ears

Take note!  Kids of all ages will flip over the timeless classic Dr. Fuddle and The Gold Baton.  Check out this popular children’s book by one of Atlanta’s most beloved piano teacher’s Dr. Warren Woodruff at  Dr. Woodruff’s readers, students and followers are raving about this book that mixes mystery and fantasy in a carefully woven plot. There’s even a major motion picture with special effects never before seen in the United States right on the horizon!  You’ll appreciate this timeless story with a love of classical music embedded in this page-turning tale.

For over 20 years, Fragile has been the place in Atlanta, located in Sandy Springs, for fine china, crystal and distinctive gifts. Fragile has a loyal following and this fabulous store is filled with hundreds of gift ideas for all things home, hospitality, bridal and entertaining.  You’ll love this one-stop shop for beautiful and tasteful gifts for all occasions.

Smart Cookies Will Love This!

Ali’s Cookies, a popular Atlanta cookie company is well known for their delicious cookies, edible cookie gifts and more.  The assortment of flavors is fantastic and this company has cornered the cookie market.  A delicious treat that is perfect for someone sweet! 

Eli Zabar is known for his deluxe holiday gift baskets.  A Gift of Chanukah and his Kosher Basket contain the essentials for a beautiful and delicious family celebration.  Check out his “Gift of Chanukah” basket or the “Kosher Basket” which is filled with his famous kosher breads, smoked salmon, fresh and dried fruit, and more.  Order online or call (toll free) 866-354-3547 M-F – 9am to 5pm EST. Orders are normally shipped within two business days via FedEx.

The Stitch Chick

The Stitch Chick in Sandy Springs continues to make an “initial” impression for gift givers.  This go-to-store is a popular embroidery business that features a wide selection of many different types of gifts, from all things monogrammed and embroidered to framed designs, baby gifts and more.  Order early as you’ll want to beat the rush.

Robyn Spizman Gerson is a New York Times Best Selling Author, Communications Professional and a well-known media personality having appeared often on NBC’s Today Show. Her many gift books including When Words Matter Most and Never Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up (with her son Justin) are available at – For more information visit



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