Enter now to win a two-night weekend stay at Hampton Inn Alpharetta/Roswell along with gift cards to Alpharetta restaurants and shops. Contest ends December 31, 2017. Prize package valued at $1,750.


The Ultimate Gift Guide for All the Great Loves of Your Life

November 16, 2017

From the squad to your fam jam, by now you’ve likely at least begun to compose a list (at least mentally!) of the holiday swag you want to give all your favorite folks. As you start thinking through your loved ones (otherwise known as your nice list), you’ve probably noted the vast differences between each. There’s your artsy baby sis, your Queen Bey-wannabe BFF since forever, and the dapper gent who just so happened to steal your heart. This is not a one-store fits all scenario, to be certain, though it is certainly all available at the over 250 shops in Awesome Alpharetta. Here’s our gift guide for great loves of your life:


For the artsy baby sis

For the sibling who’s far more avant garde than Anthropologie, Sis & Moon’s is the go-to for all things inspired. This stunningly chic Milton Ave. boutique is a hub of funky details like kitschy salvaged wood decor and leather goods along with out-of-the-box stocking stuffers ranging from Mistaken Song Lyric stainless-steel tumblers to vintage crystal chandelier necklaces by Donley Designs. For next-level leather bags to hold her art supplies, her journal, and all that camera and film, scoop up a Tannery South Leather Co. tote. And to appeal to her creative side, you’ll find a wealth of head-turning folk art produced by local artists! Give her a cool, new piece to hang on her wall as an apology for all those times you locked her in the pantry!


For the “Queen Bey” BFF

Nobody is as on point with what’s hot in haute couture quite like your best friend since forever. The girl who once boldly embraced hot pink bands as a brace-faced middle schooler has blossomed into a fashionista of Beyonce proportions, and there’s just no slowing her down. To show her that you’re feelin’ her high fashion vibes, hit up Boogaloo’s in Avalon for perpetually updated and on-trend must-haves of the moment. This Atlanta-based boutique even boasts a team of fab stylists working the sales floor to help you work it! From must-have heavenly crushed velvet dresses and camis, luxe faux fur coats paired with rough-and-tumble distressed skinnies, and glittery pieces ideal for lighting up the holiday nights, you’re certain to feed her fashion habit by locking down the very latest for the fleekiest chick you know.


For the nature-lover

Whether it’s a crunchy cousin or your fish-tale tellin’ pops, Alpharetta Outfitters has everything needed from simply exploring the great outdoors to reelin’ in the next whopper. This outdoorsman (or woman!) mainstay on Main Street offers an incredible selection of goods like Alpharetta Outfitters’ brand quarter-zip pullovers to tried-and-true Orvis rods, with practically every variety of tackle and camping gear in between! And to further appeal to your granola-centric do-gooder cousin, be sure to mention that Alpharetta Outdoors is dedicated donating 100% of the net proceeds from purchases directly toward those in need! Nothing says the spirit of the season quite like giving back with these outdoors goods!


For the consummate gentleman

So you’ve nabbed yourself a dapper dude. He’s all mahogany-and-expertly folded pocket squares and, man, does your momma love him. Keep him at his gentlemanly best by hooking him up with a gift certificate to the Boardroom Salon for Men in Avalon. Regardless of his actual net worth, a trip to this sophisticated twist on an old-time barbershop will have him looking and feeling like a million books. Hair, shave, and spa services are available amid elegant dark wood paneling, plush leather chairs, a pool table, chessboard, and a real shot at relaxation. Top all that off with a complimentary beverage and outstanding client service, and your fella’s left with total relaxation and even better hair than he had to begin with—a true treat for the both of you!


There’s still more! Alpharetta has over 250 stores with top designers to top savings, well-known stores to unique boutiques. Find all of the items for each person on your list this year in one of  our five shopping districts. For a full listing of stores, please visit