’Tis the season to give great gifts while sticking to you budget thanks to items like wine, Santa salt (this is a real thing), drinking chocolate and more, which are all under $20. The price tag may be small, but the gifts are big on taste and style (there's one item to wrap your gift in).
Festive seasoning: Play with your food. Beautiful Briny Sea offers Santa Salt, a combination of rosemary and pink peppercorn salt that’s great as a gift for your favorite cook. While the colors are holiday festive, the flavors are good for use year-round on vegetables, potatoes, sprinkled on top of salads or added into marinades for poultry, pork and more. $8.
Available at beautifulbrinysea.com.
Chardonnay: Wine not? Opt for Chardonnay from Viña Errázuriz via Wines of Chile . This one has a citrus profile reminiscent mandarins with some final notes of pineapple and papaya. It is great for oenophiles or casual sippers. And, if you can’t make it to Chile and back in time for Christmas, fret not; bottles can be ordered locally online. $16.99.
Available at wine.com.
Wine bag: Fur real. Present your host with a bottle of wine covered in this soft faux fur wine bag with a leather-like strap for easy carrying. Available in looks reminiscent of chinchilla, Sherpa and caramel ombre. $15.50. Available online as well as several locations in metro Atlanta; visit the website for multi-location listing.
Pottery Barn at The Avenue West Cobb, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta. 678-560-3590. potterybarn.com .
Fruity jams: Spread it. Wrapped and ready to go with a bow, la Madeleine Country French Café jam duet features strawberry rhubarb as well as blackberry confiture fruit spreads. $12.99. A ceramic Bon Appétit bowl with a bottle of tomato basil soup is also available for $19.99. Items can be purchased in store and online.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 6000 N. Terminal Pkwy., Atrium F-7, Atlanta. 404-433-6598, lamadeleine.com.
Drinking chocolate: Palate pleasing. This single origin drinking chocolate from Xocolatl is perfect to mix with milk whether you like it hot or cold. The company, a small small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate maker located in Atlanta, can fulfill orders in store or online.
Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Atlanta. 404-604-9642, xocolatlchocolate.com.