Shop local this Christmas and holiday season and give Athens gifts as part of a Georgia Made Georgia Grown holiday! Athens is home to a long list of locally-owned and run businesses that offer a variety of unique and locally made items and experiences. Here is a list of some of my favorite Athens shopping finds for holiday gifts for friends and family. While you're in Athens this November and December, be sure to experience these wonderful shops and take home a piece of Athens for the special people in your life!


Gifts for Mom


Andree's Essential SoapsStop by Andree's on South Milledge Ave. and pick up natural made soaps, bubble oil bombs, candles, and lotions. All are made right in the basement of the shop. Andree has a line of products she developed for cancer patients and others who have special needs for skin care and moisturizing without chemical additives.

Urban SanctuaryMoms work hard, so give the gift of relaxation this holiday season. Urban Sanctuary offers a variety of services including massages, nails, facials, waxing, makeup and more. Treat yourself and your mom as part of your visit, and gift her with a certificate to return!


FrontierFrontier is a boutique that offers Fair Trade, local and eco-friendly gifts. They offer everything from jewelry to scarves to home and garden decor. They are located in downtown Athens which makes it convenient when completing other holiday shopping.


State Botanical Garden of Georgia: We are so lucky to have the State Botanical Garden right here in Athens so bring a piece of it home to mom. The gift shop is full of beautiful plants to bring home, a variety of books and branded souvenir items that might make your mom want to come see the State Botanical Garden of Georgia herself. The gift shop offers a great selection of local products, including honey made from beehives kept right on the grounds.


Athens Welcome Center Gift ShopFor an easy one-stop-shop for anything Athens, head to the Athens Welcome Center Gift Shop. They have plenty of local merchandise including t-shirts, jams, jellies, postcards and artworks from local artisans.


Gifts for Dad


Clocked!Clocked! is a great place in downtown Athens that locals swear have the best burgers in town with clever flavor combinations such as the Blackberry Bacon Jam Burger, the Roasted Garlic Cheeseburger and the Bayou Burger. Swing by and pick up a gift card so that you can have your dad join you in Athens for a great meal.


Masada Leather- For those with dads that still like to wear sandals (I know mine does), Masada Leather is the place for you.  Owner Irvin Alhadeff is one of the few craftsmen in America who still creates handmade sandals.  He also crafts great pieces including belts and wallets. Masada Leather has a great selection of outdoor gear as well. Pick up a leather bag and jewelry for yourself while you are there!  [2016 update:  Masada is relocating to Five Points and will reopen in Spring 2017.]


Local Breweries: Athens, GA is lucky enough to be the home to multiple breweries. Bring your dad up to Athens to take a tour of Creature Comforts Brewery, hang out and listen to music on the lawn of Terrapin, do a tasting of all the craft beers at Copper Creek Brewing Company, and try out Athens' newest brewery, the Southern Brewing Company.  All have great swag, so wrap up a tee, a stein, or other gear for under the tree along with an invitation to a pub crawl!


Jittery Joe's: For the most part, my dad is always on the go. There is nothing he loves more than a great cup of coffee in the morning to get his go, go, go day started. For your on the go dad, treat him by grabbing him a gift card to Jittery Joe's so that he has access to the best coffee in town. For those who like to enjoy their coffee at home, bring home a bag of his favorite blend.



Gifts for the Fashionista


CommunityCommunity is a small boutique located on Jackson Street that sells a variety of vintage clothes, shoes and accessories. They are very eco-friendly, but without sacrificing style. For those interested in fashion themselves, Community offers classes that teach sewing and knitting.





Red Dress Boutique: The Red Dress Boutique started in Athens, GA and has grown wildly in popularity as one of the success stories of the hit television show Shark Tank. They have all different types of clothing for year round wear at modest prices and are located on East Washington Street.


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Gifts for the Music Fan


Wuxtry Records-Athens: For those who know the music history of Athens, Wuxtry Records is a perfect place to pick up vintage and recent records. Wuxtry Records is known for its extensive vinyl and used CD collection.


Chick MusicChick Music is located in downtown Athens and is your music destination. They have a variety of different instruments, music books and anything else you need to teach or expand anyone's musical talents.


Concert TicketsThe city of Athens is full of great music venues including the Georgia Theatre, The Foundry, the 40 Watt Club, and Caledonia just to name a few. Show off the diversity of the town with tickets to one (or more!) of the top shows headed to Athens in 2016. 


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Gifts for the Die Hard Dawgs Fan


UGA Bookstore: The UGA Bookstore is great place to find anything and everything you need with the infamous Dawgs logo. They have everything from apparel to stuffed animals to dishes for your dining room table. 


University Spirit: University Spirit is a great place to go if you wants to give a UGA themed gift, but also want it to have a personalized touch. They can embroider most apparel or stick a monogram on pretty much anything.  


More UGA Gear: Grab a great UGA Bulldogs for dads that are alumni and dads that just want to show off their UGA pride. Get them suited up for next season this December with the help of Alumni Hall, Red Zone and The Clubhouse.


Gifts for the Art Fan


UGA Ceramic Student Sale: This is a great place to buy holiday gifts from upcoming artists at a modest price. This will be taking place at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.


​Uptown ArtUptown Art is a premier painting studio that allows adults of all artistic abilities to be able to meet, hangout, drink and paint. 


Good Dirt: Good Dirt is an art studio that has classes for both children and adults so it is a great gift for an art fan of any age.