Those of us who live here know what Atlanta and the surrounding areas have to offer. Why not share these treats and treasures with family and friends this holiday season?
Here are just a few examples of Georgia-themed gift ideas:
1. Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta's Little Bakery That Could
Sonya Jones, a pastry chef and owner of Sweet Auburn Bread Co., includes recipes for breads and desserts from the local restaurant. The book can be found online at Amazon.com, Pelican Publishing Co. and other sites.
2. Tea towels from French Silver
Alexia and Jennifer Schindler's creations are all produced by hand in their workshop in the Atlanta suburbs. Consider a Georgia Peach or Georgia on My Mind flour sack tea towel, although other designs are available.
3. Food of the monks
The monks at Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers have a bakery that produces, among other things, biscotti, fudge and fruitcake. Also check out their Abbot's Table Honey, which is 100 percent local and made from nectar harvested from wildflowers.
4. Gifts for less
Georgia is known for peaches, so why not send someone a sweet Georgia peach gift basket from Georgia Gifts and More? The set includes Georgia peach cookies, peach taffy, peach butter and even a chocolate peach. Is the person you're buying for not in to sweets? Check out these Vidalia onion sauces and dressings.
5. Mind your beeswax
6. The sporting life
From stags to shotguns to trout, Maison de Papier's custom stationery celebrates Georgia's sporting lifestyle. Custom gift tags are also available for a personal finishing touch.
7. Home grown
Pecans say Georgia and Christmas. Pearson Farm speaks to a range of palettes with varieties from salted, to roasted, to chocolate covered. These treats are great for snacking and in holiday recipes.
8. Say cheese
Sweet Grass Dairy, Georgia’s most beloved cheesemaker, offers small batches of grass-based cow cheese, as well as gift boxes.
9. Grill, baby, grill
Inspired by the South and built to last, Heirloomed's waxed canvas grilling apron is ideal for the cook or outdoorsman. The plaid interior cotton lining adds a dash of style.
10. Shining state
For the person on your list who no longer lives in Georgia, give them the state. Minted.com has a foiled map of Georgia suitable for framing.