Holiday shopping can be hard, so we've thought of 5 thoughtful and affordable gift ideas to make your loved ones smile for under $50 this holiday season. 

1. Good Dirt: Pottery Class Gift Certificate 

Good Dirt Pottery
Photo Credits:@gooddirt_athens

Want to get a gift for an artist in your life, but you've drawn a blank? Well, Good Dirt Clay Studio has an option for you: a gift certificate for a pottery class. Pottery classes range from one night "Try Clay" beginner classes to longer beginner courses and classes for seasoned artists. During these classes, you'll have the chance to try out the pottery wheel and hand building as you create your very own design. These certificates are good for one year so you have plenty of time to try it. 

Try Clay class price: $35

2. Active Climbing: Day Pass

Active Climbing Wall Athens GA

For your adventurous companion that yearns for places and items that just can't be wrapped: give a climbing experience. Active Climbing is an indoor rock climbing gym with multiple courses for different skill levels. This adventure is open to climbers of all skill levels.

Price: $16

3. Condor Chocolates: Chocolate Gift Sets 

Condor Chocolates

What do you get for someone that already has everything? Chocolate! Condor Chocolates is a bean-to-bar Ecuadorian chocolate shop and cafe as well as Athens' first specialty chocolate shop owned by the Dale brothers, Nick and Peter. Their online shop offers a selection of sets, from an $18 truffle box to a $40 Sampler set perfect for gifting this holiday season. 

Price: starts at $4

4. Bee Natural: Honeypot Luminary 

A bees wax luminary with pressed flowers from Bee Natural.

Bee Natural's honeypot luminaries add a soft glow and warm honey aroma to any room with their beeswax tealight. Honeypots are handcrafted by local Athens artists and are available with carved designs as well as with pressed flowers. This will make the perfect centerpiece for a holiday party or a dinner for two. 

Price: $24.99

5. Jittery Joe's: Coffee Beans  

Jittery Joe's coffee cans beans

For all your friends who need a morning pick-me-up, a can of fresh ground coffee beans from Jittery Joe's is the perfect gift. Jittery Joe's is  much-loved local roaster with locations all across town. Their online store has a variety of different flavors to choose from or get them some merch from an Athens classic. 

Price: $14.99 - $21.99

For more gift ideas, check out Athens' holiday markets for shopping opportunities this season. 



This post was updated for 2022 by Sarah Fredrickson.