The Savvy Shoppers Guide to Holiday Shopping

The Savvy Shoppers Guide to Holiday Shopping

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here. Those looking to get a jump-start on holiday shopping need look no further than Georgia’s Hospitality Highway.  Whether you’re looking to buy something unique and locally crafted or splurge on something shiny and bright, you are sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list in one of the many shops, malls, boutiques and gift stores along the highway.


The Shops at Buckhead – Photo Credit:

First stop, Buckhead! Buckhead is home to two luxury shopping malls, Lenox Square mall and Phipps Plaza. Inside these two shopping mecca’s you’ll find over 350 shops and endless options from department store favorites to specialty stores.

If malls aren’t your thing, Buckhead is also home to two open-air shopping centers, Shops Around Lenox and Shops at Buckhead. The Shops Around Lenox offers a collection of leading contemporary brand name shops, independent boutiques and fitness studios. Stop in to the Shops Around Lenox to find the perfect gift for your fashion forward friend or the fitness enthusiast in your life. Those in search of a little luxury will love every second of their holiday shopping experience at the Shops at Buckhead. With over 60 designer stores to indulge in, you might just end up buying something for yourself.

Sandy Springs

Susansnaps – Photo Credit: Sandy Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a gift with local flare? Venture into one of the many local shops located in Sandy Springs to meet and learn about the talents of resident culinary artisans, like those at Calyroad Creamery and Susansnaps. The locally-owned stores are full of one-of-a-kind creations and tasty treats guaranteed to impress the food lover on your list.

For something you and your special someone can enjoy together, pick up some tickets to a show at the brand-new Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets range in price and are available to purchase directly from the performing arts center’s website, or from the Box Office at City Springs. Check out a full calendar of events, here.


Oil + Ve – Photo Credit: AJC

Canton Street in Roswell is where shopping meets southern charm. Take a walk down Canton Street and you’ll encounter several boutique clothing stores and art galleries as well as a wide-range of gift shops, a wine market and even a pet boutique – because you can’t forget about Fido!

For the foodie on your list, check out Oli + Ve, Roswell’s very own olive oil tasting room and gift shop. Pop in and let them know you’re looking for a gift and they’ll put together the perfect pairing to create a one-of-a-kind mouth-watering treat.


Alpharetta Outfitters – Photo Credit: Alpharetta Outfitters YouTube

Holiday shopping is almost too easy in Alpharetta. With over 250 stores in five distinct shopping districts, we dare you not to find something perfect for everyone on your list. For the fashionista, visit one of the 60 luxury shops at Avalon or the more than 100 major retailers at North Point Mall.

For the active outdoors-man, stop into Alpharetta Outfitters in Downtown Alpharetta and discover leading names in every outdoor category, from fly-fishing to hiking to backpacking and more. Feel good about your purchase knowing that 100% of all net proceeds go to fund global missions.


The Gibson Co. – Photo Credit: Points North Atlanta

The Collection at Forsyth is an outdoor lifestyle shopping destination in Cumming, Ga. Conveniently located off Hospitality Highway (Exit 13), The Collection at Forsyth features a variety of premier national retailers, restaurants and a movie theater, as well as specialty local stores and eateries. American Threads, Altar’d State, Charming Charlie, Pine + Pigment, and Sugarboo & Co. are just a taste of the many shopping options available at The Collection.

No shopping trip in Cumming is complete without a stop at The Gibson Co. gift shop. Here you’ll find an assortment of stocking stuffers and locally inspired gifts for the interior designer or jewelry lover. While there, be sure to check out their selection of signature candles that are inspired by important people and places in the Gibson family. They smell so good that you might end up buying one for everyone on your list.


North Georgia Premium Outlets – Photo Credit: Dawson County Chamber of Commerce

If you’re looking to get a good deal, head up to Dawsonville and spend the day at the North Georgia Premium Outlets. No need to battle the lines on Black Friday, at the North Georgia Premium Outlets you can take advantage of savings up to 65% any given day of the week. With diverse shops including Armani Outlet, Burberry, The North Face, Kate Spade New York and other favorites to choose a great gift from the North Georgia Premium Outlet is the ideal place to stop by for gifts this holiday season.


Dahlonega Historic Public Square – Photo Credit: Dahlonega Convention & Visitors Bureau

With more than 65 adorable shops in and around the Historic Public Square, Dahlonega is the perfect place to find gifts and goodies for every person on your list.

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for the friend or family member with a sweet tooth? Make your way to Paul Thomas Chocolates commonly referred to as North Georgia’s premier shop for chocolates and holiday gifts.


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