It’s no secret that Alpharetta is a Southern hotspot for signature shopping and one-of-a-kind experiences. This holiday season explore Alpharetta’s top-notch shopping scene and score top marks with your loved ones. Our impressive list of more than 250 shops across five distinct shopping districts continues to grow with the expansion of charming downtown Alpharetta. With so many shops offering both the hottest retailers and locally owned gems, Alpharetta is more than a shopaholic’s paradise, it is a gift giving oasis providing locals and visitors alike the opportunity to discover the perfect gift for that special someone.
Starting your holiday shopping list can be a challenge but have no fear because we are here to help! Check out our ideas for inspiration of what to get even those hard to shop for family and friends this holiday season.
For the Fashionista
Alpharetta is a Southern shopping paradise, with award-winning boutiques like Honey & Hazel where owners and mother-daughter duo Grace and Julie Gordy are curating the latest trends. For even more of the latest fashion finds, add The Pink Valise Boutique, Southern Local and Magnolia Moon to your shopping list. With seemingly countless local boutiques and flagship stores, Alpharetta is brimming with shops selling all things cozy, comfortable, cute and eye-catching.
For the Foodie
Experiential gifts and all things culinary are on the rise, and this holiday season shoppers can satisfy taste buds by giving the gift of an Alpharetta culinary experience. Four cooking schools, including the only Publix Apron’s Cooking School in the state of Georgia, Salud! Cooking at Whole Foods Avalon, William Sonoma at Avalon and Sur la Table at North Point Mall, bring culinary tourism to life with intriguing classes ranging from basic knife skills to celebrity chef demonstrations. Afterwards, stop by Jekyll Brewing, the first brewery in Alpharetta, to pick up some signature city brews that will charm even the pickiest craft beer aficionados.
For the Health and Fitness Guru
We all have that one health and fitness minded loved one in our lives. Whether you have been stuck in the “couch” phase of the Couch to 5K program or you are hitting the gym right alongside them, this holiday season show your support by giving a gift you know your loved one will use. Alpharetta is home to a number of gyms and studios such as Flywheel Sports and Club Pilates offering gift cards for new and existing members. If your friends and family already have an established routine, check out one of the many shops and outfitters offering the latest and greatest in athletic wear and accessories such as Alpharetta Outfitters, Lululemon, Athleta, REI and more.
For the Homebody
This season, home goods are a must for any stocking stuffer. Home is where the heart is, and for ways to outdo any hostess with the mostest swing by one of Alpharetta’s signature home and gift boutiques such as AshleyMarie where gorgeous gifts give back with every purchase benefiting Georgia’s foster children. For even more home touches and the latest trends, Alpharetta hotspots Sis + Moons and La Bella Maison offer inspired designs and locally made goods including jewelry, wraps, blankets, art, candles and more. Alpharetta also houses some of the biggest names in home décor such as Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, West Elm and more.
But wait, there’s more! These ideas are only the tip of the iceberg. With more than 250 stores, the phrase “shop ‘til you drop” takes on new meaning in Alpharetta. With so many spots to explore, turn your quest for the perfect gift into a holiday weekend adventure by staying in one of Alpharetta’s upscale, yet affordable hotels. No matter how daunting your shopping list is, you are sure to find something special in Alpharetta.
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