Gifts don’t have to be huge to be meaningful. If you’re struggling to find the perfect little something for the people on your list, consider checking out our favorite stocking stuffer shops. Everyone likes opening presents, and sometimes the small gifts can bring the biggest smiles. These shops will help you let your loved ones know that you are thinking of them without breaking your budget.
Richards Variety Store
2347 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Whatever you’re looking for, you can probably find it at Richards Variety Store. This seemingly endless shop near Piedmont Park has some of the most fun little trinkets you will find in Atlanta. From funny character key fobs to silly mugs, to an interesting book, this store has a million ideas for stocking stuffers or secret Santa presents. It carries a large array of unusual cards as well. This should definitely be your first stop, and it may also be the only one you’ll need.
998 North Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Virginia Highland is always a fun area of town to shop, and Urban Cottage is conveniently located near Paolo’s Gelato, in case you need a little treat break in your shopping day. This store contains a wide array of charming little gifts that are perfect for anyone on your list. There are lots of soaps, linens, cute napkins and other small housewares. There’s also a section of the store devoted to children and babies, if anyone on your list is a new or prospective parent. For your romantic partner, there’s also a lingerie section, and if it’s small enough to fit in a stocking, it’s likely to make for a happy holiday for both of you.
Indie Craft Experience Pop-Up Shop
1390 McLendon Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
ICE, or the Indie Craft Experience, is one of the best places to get small gifts in Atlanta. Several times throughout the year, this group brings together small businesses from all over into one venue. It’s like having Etsy.com under one roof. This event runs from November 15 through December 24 and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays (closed Mondays). This is the best spot to find handmade gifts.
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Handmade at the High
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
If you happen to be checking out the latest exhibit at the High Museum, be sure to stop into its Handmade at the High shop for another shopping experience brought to Atlanta by the Indie Craft Experience. There will be handmade treasures of all different types, including jewelry, gadgets, housewares and clothing, and you can be sure to find some stocking stuffers here. The High Museum’s gift shop is another great place for interesting small gifts, too. Admission to the shop is free, and it will be open December 12 and 13 in the Robinson Atrium at the museum.
Paris on Ponce
716 Ponce De Leon Place N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Paris on Ponce is a great place to start any shopping adventure. It is a giant space containing a maze of booths from smaller vendors, and you never know what you will find around the next corner. There are lots of small gifts, including stationery, jewelry, scarves, ornaments and all sorts of treasures you never knew you needed. There is a wide range of prices as well, making it a great spot for covering a lot of the people on your list.
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