By Tara Gary
Well it seems we have made it to December. Congratulations to us! With this year having presented its share of obstacles and situations most of us could have never imagined its finally time to celebrate! The holiday season is especially something to look forward to this year. The lights, the songs, the merriment of the season, and the feeling you get when you have selected the perfect gifts for everyone on your list! What’s that? Ah, I hear skepticism. Well I may not be an elf, but I have assembled a dud proof gift guide to make this last month of 2020 easy for you, well as far as taking care of your gift list is concerned.
Knowing the importance of supporting our local businesses, especially this year, I have “reigned” the help of a few of my favorite locally owned spots. Roswell General, an uncommon goods and outdoor living themed general store opened its doors this year. That’s right, this year. It is absolutely one of my favorite stores (and it’s not because they offer a nice cold local draft beer to you while perusing the shop). That’s just a perk! Roswell General literally has something for everyone on your list, even the men.
Personally, finding gifts men will love can be a difficult task. Not at Roswell General. They have one the largest selections around of Big Green Egg products. As a Platinum Dealer of Big Green Egg, you can be ensured they stock or can easily get anything a griller needs. Unique sauces like The General’s Hot Sauce in the glass grenade container, grilling tools, sunglasses, hats, wallets, manly soaps, and grooming supplies are some of the fun items any man on your list would love to receive.
Look at these new colors and sizes of Yeti products: deep purple, orange, and hunter green are super popular, and the new slim Yetis are perfect for White Claw or thin can drinker on your list.
I love a good logo and Roswell General has a simple logo that looks great on their hats and t-shirts. So much so that initially they had made them for the employees and customers asked if they could purchase them.
A go to for anyone on your list is easy with these products by Brumate. With an extraordinary variety of shapes and sizes these items will keep beverages hot or cold and transport them in style. A bright-colored wine bottle size can keep chardonnay cool and crisp all day and the Margtini is a great addition to any night out with the girls!
I love these whimsical bags by Santa Barbara Designs. And look at how crafty these recipe books are that open to reveal cookie cutters, cheese knives, and other useful serving utensils.
Check out these t-shirts and hats from Merica Clothing Co. I plan on grabbing a few for my college age son. I can’t get past these Roswell Local shirts and hat without wanting one in every color.
There are so many amazing gifts to choose from. You just can’t go wrong. From stocking stuffers, candles to brighten the spirit, holiday décor to deck the halls, gifts for dog lovers, old fashioned candy, and so much more make sure you visit Roswell General.
One more thing. Saturday’s typically from noon-3:00pm the Big Green Egg on the front porch of the store is fired up and there’s always something yummy to sample. Watch and taste why the Big Green Egg has such a huge following. Be sure to enjoy the complimentary featured local draft beer as well!
Roswell General Store
35 Woodstock Road
Roswell, GA 30075
Fiore Boutique is conveniently located in downtown Alpharetta amongst the many shops and restaurants that have recently defined the new and improved downtown Alpharetta. Alpharetta has taken the typical southern downtown domain to a new level of swagger. There is no denying that this city has accepted a higher level of sophistication and ran with it. Equally as impressive are the numerous existing and newly operational restaurants, shops, and bars that have blossomed despite the 2020 epidemic. Alpharetta has many shops I would highly recommend visiting and one of those has an enormous selection of fabulous gifts for the woman, daughter, or distinctively feminine recipient on your list. This is not your typical boutique. Fiore is so much more than that. The clothes are trendy yet sophisticated. Upon first entering the store one might be overwhelmed, in a good way. The selection of clothing is fantastic considering the boutique addresses everything from lounge wear to party and event wear. One might assume such a boutique to be presumptuous. Touché it is however a more than appropriately priced, full of surprises, inviting boutique.
Plaid is everywhere. These masks are the perfect stocking stuffer or “extra lil’ something” to gift. Priced at $4.50 you simply can’t go wrong.
Whether staying home or attending a small get together during the holidays these sequin masks take an outfit up a notch. At $4.50 who could deny this perfect accessory?!
2020 is what it is. It might be recorded as the year of the most worked from home days ever. I can only imagine how high the sales have catapulted in the lounge wear departments. Check out this adorable Ash Rose lounge wear ensemble. Terry cloth top and shorts that scream a cute put together look but secretly reveal ultra-comfort. The initial necklace adds that touch of confidence just enough to hide one might be wearing pj’s. Who knows? The lounge wear set comes in at just under $40 and the initial necklace is an astounding price breaker at $10. That was easy! Right?
White Claws has become the new “Strawberry Hill” wink and nod if your tastebuds have since fully cultivated beyond the 80’s. My 22-year-old daughter has a deep affection for White Claw as do many according to the beverages ever increasing sales. This sweatshirt is a sure winner for the gift recipient who is “devoted” to the refreshing beverage. This adorable $33.00 “Santa Claws” sweatshirt is sure to overwhelmingly please the White Claw devotee.
When budget and thoughtfulness coincide look no further than these Allison + Young initial necklaces. Originally priced at $18.00 reduced to $9.00 they are the perfect “I thought of you in a sensible way” gift.
Appreciating friends and what they bring into your life or table couldn’t be more fitting as this wine lovers doormat. Doormat $19.50
We all have “that friend”, maybe even more than one but you know who deserves this dish towel trophy. At $12 this dishtowel acknowledges the sometimes “inappropriate” yet “I still love you” gift recipient on your list. (Kara, this is headed your way. ;))
Proud to be an Alpharetta local and show it. These Alpharetta Coordinate Soy candles not only make a statement but smell indulgent in the spa kind of way. Another example of a truly great gift at $32.00 each.
I could go on but honestly you should see for yourself the wide range of on trend clothing, jewelry, accessories, and gifts both thoughtful and fun to gleefully please that certain someone on your list.
92 Milton Avenue Suite No. 300
Alpharetta, GA 30009
2020 has led me to view more than my fair share of gameshows. The answer is “wine”. The question is “What is the most common housewarming, holiday, thank you for having us gift”. I’ll admit wine can be intimidating to purchase. Am I spending enough or too little? Will the recipient even know the difference? Fermented in Alpharetta has taken a comfortable and inviting approach to the wine scene. Encouraging exploration, the store has tasted thousands of wines to find the best families and bottles to present its customers. Fermented takes away the confusion, distributing the best wines at every price level. The locally owned store not only provides guidance, should you need it, it also offers tastings, private events, dinners, fundraising opportunities, and bridal selection tastings for the “big day”. From party wine, table wine, date night wine, special occasion wine collector wine, to curated wine packs there is something to keep the appreciative to most finicky recipient delighted. I asked owner Adam Danielson to offer some suggestions for go-to bottles for this holiday season. He was happy to oblige and it was easy to see this is his passion.
- Roger Coulon ‘Heri-Hodie’ Brut Premier Cru | Champagne, France $63 – A great way to celebrate the holidays! This Premier Cru Grower Champagne is an amazing value. Incredible depth and complexity with the perfect balance of richness and bubbles. https://fermentedatl.vinesos.com/Roger-Coulon-Brut
- Forlorn Hope ‘Queen Of The Sierra’ Amber | Calaveras County, California $25 – An amber wine is made by using white grapes (Chardonnay, Muscat, Verdelho, Albarino) and allowing the skins of the grapes to soak in the juice for an extended period of time. The resulting wine can be orange, amber, copper or pink in color and have more depth and complexity than a typical white wine. https://fermentedatl.vinesos.com/Forlorn-Hope-Queen-of-the-Sierra-Amber/
- Division Wine Company ‘Beton’ Red Blend | Willamette Valley, Oregon $29 – This wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Syrah. Kate Norris apprenticed in France’s Loire Valley and her wines are graceful and elegant as a result. Beton refers to the use of cement tanks for ageing. This wine is medium bodied and has a nice tannin structure that frames the dark fruit perfectly. https://fermentedatl.vinesos.com/Division-Beton
- Ampeleia‘Kepos’ Super Tuscan | Tuscany, Italy $33 – Ampeleia was found by a group of friends who wanted to farm biodynamic and make natural wines in Tuscany. The stunning results of their commitment to farming and natural winemaking practice is their Grenache blend Kepos. This wine has rich well balanced fruit and a touch of earth and tannin on the finish. Needs to decant for at least 30 minutes. A stunning red blend from Tuscany. https://fermentedatl.vinesos.com/Ampeleia-Kepos
- Vina SastreTempranillo | Ribera Del Duero, Spain $24 – This Tempranillo is from the Ribera Del Duero region in central Spain. Full bodied with a soft finish, this wine has incredible intensity and balance. Great with steak. https://fermentedatl.vinesos.com/Vina-Sastre
Adam added a Wine Club membership, their curated gift packs, as well as gift cards make wonderful gifts. All are available online for your convenience.
AN OPTION FOR EVERY WINE DRINKER
All wine club subscription levels include:
- 10% Off All in Store Purchases
- Access to wine dinners
- Access to all closeout & allocated items
- Bi-Annual Consultation
*Customers have their choice of White/Red or Both
$49/MONTH 2 Curated Bottles of Wine*
$98/MONTH 2 or 4 Curated Bottles of Wine*
$599/MONTH 6 Curated Bottles of Wine*
Let the experts at Fermented take reign and lead you to the perfect wine and beverages for you and those on your gift list.