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Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2012: Atlanta

Tis’ the season for giving. With the countdown set for December 25, the race is on to find the perfect gift for family and friends!  This year, increase your gift of giving by purchasing “presents benefiting proceeds.”

Our Atlanta Holiday Guide below features some great gifts (and places to buy them) that give back to charity and the local community.
For the Marvelous Mom

St. Jude's Gift Locket

(Photo Credit: St. Jude.org)

St. Jude’s Hospital Mother and Daughter “Cherish Every Moment” locket set

There’s no better gift for a woman than jewelry! Keep the tried old tradition true, while giving back to children’s research.  The Mother and Daughter “Cherish Every Moment” locket set from St. Jude’s Hospital is a great for both mom and daughter. Start an inheritable tradition and make a statement with this two-set silver finish necklace.  You can also create a set, by purchasing the featured Tiffany’s –inspired charm bracelet, $18.

WHERE:
Online, St. Jude’s Gift Shop

PRICE: $40

For the Fashion Female

Blue Clutch from Fab'rik Boutique Atlanta

(Photo Credit: Fab’rik Boutique)

Fab’rik boutique

Every fashionista likes to make a statement! What better statement piece to give than a gift that screams, “purse with purpose”?  Popular franchise, Fab’rik boutique, has some of the hottest and fashionable items for the city’s trendsetter. The boutique’s day-to-night convertible patent leather clutch is a top-seller. What’s great about your splurge at Fab’rik is that money donated to the store will help the Kenya Mission Trip charity—a philanthropy that employees fund raise for in order to travel to yearly.  Also, if you shop between now and December 9, you can get up to 40 percent off special items when you donate to community programs like, Toys for Tots!

WHERE:
Fab’rik Midtown
1114 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Ph. 404-881-8223

OR

Visit their 11 other locations

HOURS: 
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

PRICE: $ 54

For the Artsy Atlantan

SCAD arts and collectibles

(Photo Credit: shopSCAD.com)

Shop The Savannah College of Arts & Design

For artsy ladies of Atlanta, shopSCAD is a great way to gift your family or friend with a picture that speaks a thousand words. Without spending a thousand dollars, one can shop the online gallery of art pieces—submitted by students and local artists who have studied at The Savannah College of Arts & Design. One-of-a-kind pieces like Agate Slice coasters are the perfect selection for ladies-who-lunch, or the stylish homemaker.

All profits from the shopSCAD initiative go back into the arts and design program, local scholarship funds and community art projects.

WHERE: online, shopSCAD.com

OR

SCAD’s Flagship store (on-campus)
340 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31402
Ph. 912-525-5180

HOURS:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

PRICE: $60

For the Social Evangelist

White Wine Aerator, Holiday Gift

(Photo Credit: The Cook’s Warehouse)

The Cook’s Warehouse

Charity and style don’t fall too far from the social tree. When it comes to entertaining, a classic bottle of wine deserves a great accompaniment. Add the Vinturi Wine Aerator to the must-get holiday list for your closest vino enthusiast. The newest gadget is available at The Cook’s Warehouse, a local gourmet kitchen and cooking retail chain. Owner Mary Moore, combines passion with cooking by offering community cooking classes while spending time fundraising for the No Kid Hungry Initiative through local and national cooking contests and charity events.

WHERE:
The Cook’s Warehouse
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R (Flagship store)
Atlanta GA 30324
Ph. 770-565-8005

OR

Visit their other 3 locations

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PRICE: $39.95

For the Feminine Fit

Breezer Bike Short

(Photo Credit: Skirt Sports)

West Stride Breezer Bike Girl skort

Shortly after the holidays, ladies all over will commit to some healthy resolution for the New Year. If one’s on your gift list, then versatile athletic gear isn’t a bad gift idea! Midtown running store West Stride not only carries quality athletic apparel with feminine flair, but also provides athletic fitting for running shoes.  Opt for the Breezer Bike Girl skort in Pink Blush—by Skirt Sports—a sexy-subtle athletic skirt perfect for spin class or cruise biking.

West Stride’s year-round mission is to sponsor local 5Ks, endorse healthy living in Atlanta and facilitate the runner-lifestyle with its affordable gear.

WHERE:  
West Stride Midtown
3517 Northside Pkwy. #11
Atlanta GA, 30327
Ph. 404-467-1010

HOURS:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

PRICE:  $80

Still undecided?

If you’re still not sure what to get a woman of charity and style, your list of ideas doesn’t have to stop here. Here are a few other locally-owned businesses that you can shop with purpose:

5Continents Boutique

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5 Continents Boutique

5 Continents Boutique is a fair-trade cooperative that features international apparel, jewelry and collectible items. Each hand-made item was selected across continents–from Africa to Oceania–where local craftsmen don’t have to the access to progressive environments like the one 5 Continents provides. Owner, Jennifer Saade, is adamant about supporting environmental friendliness and cultural education across continents.

WHERE:
5 Continents
2986 Grandview Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30305
Ph. 404-841-7550

HOURS:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Patty Burns Salon

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Patty Burns Hair Salon

A new do’ is always a good gift going into the New Year. If you opt to gift someone with a little pampering, consider Patty Burns Hair Salon. Whether you choose a gift certificate or one of Patty’s renowned product lines, you’ll be helping Patty’s longtime charity, Camp Sunshine. Every year, the glam squad goes out to camp to pamper attendees, which supports children with life-threatening illnesses.

WHERE:
Patty Burns Hair Salon
2957 Hardman Court
Atlanta, GA 30305
Ph. 404-364-0068

HOURS:
Sunday, Monday & Wednesday: Closed
Tuesday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta

(Photo Credit: Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta)

Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta

If you’re looking for something a little left stage then perhaps a gift of fun activity would suffice for your Atlanta lady. Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta offers great classes for beginners to experienced dancers alike. If she’s just starting out, then gift her with a five-lesson dance package for $30! More dance savvy interests can get coaching and even compete in the club’s local dance competitions.  You’ll get more than a dance lesson from BDCA. The club focuses on giving back to the students and community of Atlanta. They often perform to fund-raise for local organizations such as: John’s Creek Symphony Orchestra, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Childrens’ Healthcare of Atlanta, the Salvation Army and the Alzheimer’s Association.

WHERE:
Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta
887 West Marietta Street, Suite J-105
Atlanta, GA 30318
Ph. 404-897-5556

HOURS:
Check calendar for studio times

Savvy Snoot Midtown

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Savvy Snoot

Though one may not think to gift their loved one with already-used items, vintage idealists will love anything from Savvy Snoot. The local interior design services/furniture consignment store is anything but a “dumpster dive.” Voted “Best Consignment Store in Atlanta,” one can find very snooty brands and vintage collectibles in top condition! Gift anything from sofas and lamps to art and accessories in the Midtown consignment boudoir or check out their inventory of Savvy Snoot Candles online. Savvy Snoot not only gives back to customers by offering free design services–by owner Marty Mason– but have been seen donating time, service and items to local organizations like Habit for Humanity as well as local mission shelters.

WHERE:
Savvy Snoot
1080 Brady Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30318
Ph. 404-355-1399

OR
Visit their Alpharetta and Cobb Locations

HOURS:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

 

Women's workout in Atlanta Fitness Diva

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Atlanta Fitness Diva

Give the gift of inner-diva this holiday. One knows that it’s not about how you look, but how you feel that makes a different. Atlanta Fitness Diva is one-step ahead of you. Offering holiday certificates and free personal fitness training for women, they are the perfect place to seek out if you’re looking to give that lucky lady “a new her” for 2013. The Atlanta fitness center is for women by women, supporting healthy nutrition, weight loss and more. The owner, Pam Molinari, is an evangelist for fun, flirty fitness and endorses many benefits that promote this, including many local walks, breast cancer awareness and much more.

WHERE:
Atlanta Fitness Diva
855 Mount Vernon Hwy NE Ste 200
Atlanta, GA 30328
Ph. 404-531-5000

HOURS:
Call to schedule a session, or view monthly calendar

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