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 

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

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: $18

3. Condor Chocolates: Chocolate Gift Sets 

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 $22 truffle box to a $24 Bar Trio for gifting this holiday season. 

Price: starts at $4

4. ARTini's Gift Certificate


ARTini's Art Lounge's paint and sip classes make for a fantastic and affordable last-minute Christmas gift that combines creativity and social enjoyment. Delight your loved ones with the gift of self-expression, as they create personalized masterpieces guided by skilled instructors. A gift certificate for an ARTini class ensures a thoughtful present that won't break the bank. Give the gift of artistic inspiration with ARTini's paint and sip classes this holiday season.

Price: $25-40

5. Jittery Joe's: Coffee 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: $15.99 - $33.18

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