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 has an option for you: a gift certificate for a pottery class. Pottery classes range from instructor-led "Try Clay" beginner classes to classes for seasoned artists. During these classes, you'll have the chance to try out the pottery wheel and handbuilding as you create your very own design.   

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: $14

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 truffle box perfect for gifting this holiday season. 

Price: starts at $18

4. Bee Natural:Honeypot Luminary 

 

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. 

5. Downtown Athens Gift Certificate

Gift certificates give the freedom to choose and the flexibility to decide when to buy it. The Downtown Athens Business Association is selling gift certificates that are redeemable at all businesses in Downtown Athens. Gift certificates are available online or at the Downtown chamber office. 

Price: $5, $10, $20, $50

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