She's a food blogger turned lifestyle expert. And now, Atlanta-based Erica Key, better known for her company Eating with Erica, adds entrepreneur to her title with a line of food-inspired candles. All seven EWE candles are eco-friendly, renewable, sustainable and smell delicious thanks to fragrances such as mimosa and mandarin, golden rose and pineapple cilantro. To instantly give a room a fresh, fruity smell, opt for a room spray like pomegranate cider. $10.50-$36.30. eatingwitherica.com.
Art aficionados will appreciate provocative work with powerful messages by local artist, Dr. Famou Pecou. Contributed by Famou Pecou
Works of art
Famou Pecou, a local artist with domestic and international accolades whose work often addresses historic and contemporary experiences of black people, offers a limited number of prints from his collection, "Real Negus Don't Die." Pecou painted himself in the background; in the foreground are portraits of entertainers like Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur or social justice figures such as Malcolm X, Sandra Bland and Trayvon Martin. The 18-by-24-inch prints also display messages. For instance, Smalls' reads "Baby Baby" while Bland's one indicates "Light Them Up." Each image is an edition of 25 and is numbered and signed by Pecou. Art aficionados and those who want to own exclusive pieces now (as in, before pieces are only available for viewing in museums) will appreciate this present. $175. fahamupecouart.com.
With life so instant via social media, it's nice to have something to hold on to, like paper. Enter Maison de Papier, an Atlanta-based company that produces paper products ranging from disposable place mats to calendars to religious verse cards. One great find is the marriage prayer, which reads, "…. Help us to be reminded daily that our commitment to each other is based on this sacred covenant, not … fleeting feelings or emotions." Prices vary. maisondepapier.com.
Learn how to mix cool cocktails during Shaken and Stirred, a themed class, at Gunshow. Contributed by Andrew Thomas Lee
The award-winning bar team at Gunshow will teach you how to mix cool cocktails during Shaken and Stirred, a themed class. Six classes will be available throughout 2020 including Home Bar 101; Summer: How to use, preserve and drink the best of the season; and Champagne Wishes, Party Punches and Fireside Dreams. Each class includes admittance, cocktails and snacks, a recipe booklet and limited edition branded shaker pint. $75 per class. 924 Garrett St., Atlanta. gunshowatl.com.
Lucy’s Market can inspire relaxation with products such as bath salt and fizz as well as silk sachets. Contributed by Lucy’s Market
A Keep Calm basket from Lucy's Market can inspire relaxation with products such as bath salt and fizz as well as silk sachets. With generous-sized salt and fizz, gift recipients can take a time out to soak during the holiday season and beyond. $100. 56 E. Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-869-9222, lucysmarket.com.
For beehive-based ingredients like beeswax, royal jelly, propolis and honey, shop Savannah Bee Company which offers beauty, lifestyle and food products. The original honey almond beeswax hand cream is great for keeping hands moisturized, especially through the cool temperature holiday season. Other beauty products include lip balm, multiuse salve and hand soap. T-shirts and totes are available as well as flavored honey gift sets and honey straws. 1100 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta. 404-343-1568, savannahbee.com.