When it comes to traveling, keepsakes and gifts are natural add-ons. Even more so this time of the year. Luckily, Atlanta has a bounty of boutiques and markets with lovely handmade, local and vintage wares—just the ticket for anyone looking for a memorable token of their travels or to show their affection.
Here are seven spots with some truly unique finds.
Paris on Ponce
A sprawling space with booths of vintage clothing and wares, furniture, home decor and art, the collection at Paris on Ponce is ever-changing. Go local with magnets and coasters featuring Atlanta neighborhoods and landmarks, Uga the bulldog, Georgia football, The Varsity, Atlanta Braves and more.There’s a stand of bi-fold wallets made from recycled fabric, embellished with saucy statements and cute artwork. Animals lovers will delight in the brightly colored, handmade paintings.The artist can even create a portrait of your pet from a photograph.
This stand at Ponce City Market features handmade, fair trade and ethically sourced home decor, fashion accessories, ceramics and art by artisans from around the world, the country and Atlanta. Candles made by refugees residing in Clarkston sit next to an organic home fragrance line, Frères Branchiaux, created by three enterprising brothers in D.C. to earn an allowance and support the homeless. Terrific assortment of vibrant pieces in distinct styles.
Vintage and local wares converge at The Collective at Krog Street Market. Artist Jennifer Upton transfers photographs to metal, making for some unique wall art—the process used ensures no two pieces are alike—several featuring Atlanta landmarks. Find more local flavor in Thistle & Sprig’s small batch, sustainably grown tea blends; Grits Bits—bite-size cheese snacks made from grits in flavors like pimento and Vidalia onion; plus preserves and pickles. We love the quirky wall art “faces” made from found objects and handmade lamps from Bark & Bird.
Indie Craft Experience
Every first Thursday of the month, ICE hosts a Night Market at the Backyard of Mercedez-Benz Stadium, featuring about 20 local creatives, food and live music. This month, there’s a bonus. On Nov. 23 and 24, Georgia World Congress Center will host ICE’s Holiday Shopping Spectacular, a curated market of 200-plus vendors, including a section dedicated to Georgia products, plus art activities and music.
Stop by for gorgeous jewelry and unmatched artisanal vibes in the airy setting of Young Vibe. It’s where craftsmanship trumps quantity and vibrant and whimsical pieces rule. You’ll find ceramics, artwork, fragrance, soaps, candles and a rotating stock from vendors near and far.
Part costume shop, part novelty store, 100 percent colorful, this Little Five Points fixture has a fun assortment of shoes—disco, floral, funky and vintage stand heel-to-heel—plus kitchen towels, bags, magnets and socks with cheeky sayings. There’s also local art and hard-to-find prints, a mind-boggling selection of music group T-shirts, rave clothing, and pop culture collectibles alongside stuff like scorpion suckers and funky flavored candy you’d find at tourist traps.Anything but run-of-the-mill, this is the place for intriguing finds or gifts for a hip youngster.
Little Otter Skincare
Small in scale yet grand in ideas, this is an all-natural line of lip balm and face oils created by Atlanta residents Chad and Jess Hunt-Ralston who are dedicated to ethical consumerism and doing their part for the environment, including using compostable packaging for their products.Ten percent of their net revenue goes to clean water projects. Plus, the products, sold only online, are handmade in Georgia.