Editor's Giving Guide

Because Giving Feels So Good

Big Taste, Tiny Can

To create the canned lowball line, Tip Top founders Neal Cohen and Yoni Reisman tapped six-time James Beard Award nominee Miles Macquarrie to develop each recipe. These beautifully branded tiny cans are ready to pour. Negroni, Manhattan and Old Fashioned. All the taste of a just-made classic cocktail. Genius! Find them at your local liquor store. 

Grillmaster’s Dream

“SmokeBloq is the thermometer I always wanted but could never find, so I decided to build it myself,” said Jack Calhoun, of Sandy Springs, who invented SmokeBloq.  The free SmokeBloq app enables users to monitor their cooks anywhere they have their phone. Cool! I mean, HOT! $139.99

Bold Photos, Bold Flavor

Recipes are heavy on flavor and light on fuss. TEX-MEX: Traditions, Innovations and Comfort Foods from Both Sides of the Border. You know Chef Ford Fry from his restaurants The El Felix, St. Cecilia, Superica, King and Duke, The Optimist and JCT Kitchen. ($29.99)

Listen Up

The first thing to note about theses 99 NEO Meze over-the-ear headphones, besides the luxe packaging, is their comfort. I currently own six pairs of headphones and most squeeze my ears so much that I have to be cautious about how long I use them.  The sound quality is unparalleled. The self-adjusting headband and soft and cushioned earpads cradle your head. The stamped manganese spring steel headband delivers even pressure across your head. Get lost in your music for hours.   Parts are fully serviceable. (Reviewed by Molly Collins, music journalist, NYC)

Give One or Two

Erin Gray Morton lives in Buckhead and gives back 10 percent of each purchase to non-profits to honor her mother and late step mother-in-law’s cancer battles. Her designs are so sweet, airy and entirely wearable day after day. The tiny gold crosses that dangle from “chiclet” bracelets remind me I’m blessed. Every day. $24. 

Christmas Morning Jammies

LAKE just opened in Buckhead at the corner of West Paces Ferry and Northside Drive.  LAKE was founded in 2014 in Savannah by longtime friends Anne Read Lattimore and Cassandra Cannon after struggling to find better pajama options while spending time at home as new mothers.  After the first wash, my flannel jammies felt like an old friend. Not too hot, so very soft with adorable contrasting piping and pockets in both the top and bottoms, which suits me fine. I’m short, and I wasn’t swimming in them. Flannel set in grove and port. $128.00.

Scent the Halls

Tocca Fragrance Diffusers in Bergamot-Gardenia, Grapefruit-Cucumber, Italian Blood Orange. Flip the sticks weekly to keep the fragrance fresh. $48. Esthétique by Elaine Sterling. 5840 Roswell Road. Esthé

No More Plastic

“Art is an Adventure That Never Ends” tote by Inga and Evija. Hand-crafted using upcycled fabrics, locally made in Atlanta. Zip closure and features an inside pocket and no two are alike. $60. Buh-bye plastic, you naughty thing. High Museum gift shop.

Locally Crafted Candles

Food blogger Erica Key turned her passion for flavors into a line of candles. EWE Candles are made from soy wax, burning cleaner and producing 90 percent less soot than paraffin. The Frasier Fir is our favorite. Hello Christmas!

Mark Edge Jewelry

Atlanta artist, Mark Edge creates jewelry with reclaimed, recycled and vintage materials Mark’s handmade creations feature simple, yet timeless elements like vintage beads and cameos, semi-precious and fine crystals, coins and lockets; each element is anchored by patterns of mixed metal chains, resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. I like this pendant necklace. There’s a story, and now it’s mine. $174.

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