In Georgia's capital, local artisans are having a moment. These gifts showcase the city's rich Southern heritage−but with a cool modern edge.
Long after you depart from Atlanta, you’ll still have Georgia on your mind. From pickled produce to hip T-shirts, here are a few locally made souvenirs you’re sure to find downright peachy.
Mama Bath + Body Neighborhood Soaps
Lather up with these scented soaps honoring Atlanta’s most recognizable neighborhoods, including Inman Park, Virginia-Highland, and Midtown. You’ll notice hints of lavender in the soap for the toney Buckhead neighborhood, and there’s no mistaking the patchouli in the one for earthy Little Five Points. Made by Atlanta-based Mama Bath + Body, they’re available at the company’s retail locations in Krog Street Market and Avondale Estates. $9
Preserving Place Pickled Peaches
At Preserving Place in the Westside Provisions district, Atlanta’s canning queen Martha McMillin teaches classes on the time-honored Southern tradition of preserving local produce. Take home her mother’s specialty: a jar of pickled peaches flavored with vinegar, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. $25
Modern Tribe Atlanta Streetcar T-shirt
From its retail store along the Atlanta Streetcar line, Modern Tribe caters to Atlanta’s large Jewish population with hip Jewish and Judaica gifts. Its commemorative T-shirt depicts Atlanta’s new trolley (bearing the words “Shalom, Y’all”), plus the landmark Auburn Avenue street sign and historic Big Bethel AME Church’s spire. $18.
The Collective Atlanta Landmark Coasters
These vintage-looking coasters showcase some of the Atlanta area’s best-known landmarks, from The Righteous Room to the Big Chicken to Clermont Lounge. Find them at The Collective, a co-op located in a restored bungalow at Krog Street Market. $12
Beautiful Briny Sea Santa Salt
Just in time for Christmas, this specialty Santa Salt adds a playful kick to holiday meals. A combination of rosemary salt and pink peppercorn salt, it’s made with local herbs in Atlanta’s historic Grant Park neighborhood by Beautiful Briny Sea. $8
CACAO Atlanta Chocolate Company Limited-Edition Chocolate
With three Atlanta locations (plus a fourth set to open soon), CACAO Atlanta Chocolate Company is building a bean-to-bar empire in its namesake city. Its gleaming stores offer everything from single-origin chocolate bars to locally made truffles; at the Buckhead location, take home a limited-edition bar encased in a wrapper designed by abstract art studio NG Collective (pictured; call for price).
Allison Entrekin is an executive editor with Southbound Magazine and the Georgia Travel Guide. She covers the Southeastern United States beat for Travel + Leisure. Follow her @aweissentrekin.