AL Gift Guide 4

Our best toys for big boys, luxe gifts for the ladies and inspiring adventures for kids.

This isn’t just another Gift Guide.  We carefully chose a few gifts for men that are playful but functional. For women, we went for gifts that feel oh-so-good. For the kiddos, forget plastic landfill toys and surprise them with super cool experiences that remind them that adventures don’t come in boxes! Shop locally and have a safe and inspired holiday season from everyone at Alpharetta Lifestyle.


One-Hour Golf Lesson at Topgolf
If the traditional golf course seems stuffy or intimidating, but the man in your life still needs to put a little oomph in his swing, a lesson on the links at this Alpharetta entertainment complex is the perfect gift. Microchip technology provides feedback on ever swing while slow-motion videos capture and analyze every moment — all overseen by Topgolf’s pros. ($95)

Private Beer Tastings at The Beer Growler
This local brew gem serves up a wide variety of ales, lagers and such, but who wants to settle for just one? (Or just three?) Schedule a private tasting event for up to 25 best buddies, and enjoy a sipping event hosted by a beer expert who’ll guide the crew through craft brew after brew. Want to make a full day of it? You can even have the event catered — and make sure to grab a bottle of your favorite on the way out. (Price varies.)

High Flying Holiday
Atlanta Pilot Training Discovery Flights are approximately 35 minutes long and will introduce you to the world of flying. Start with a pre-flight briefing, on the ground, before you take off to see what flying an airplane over Atlanta is all about. If you have always wanted to experience the sensation of flying with as little training as possible, then the Atlanta Discovery Flight from Atlanta Pilot Training may fit the bill. From $149


New Do New You
Color, cut or both? Van Michael Salon has been making magic in Atlanta since 1984. The talented and successful brothers, Van and Michael Council are in cahoots with the geniuses behind Aveda and their stylists at the Avalon salon will chose fabulously scented hair and skin care products to make you feel (and look) so very special. Tell them we sent you! Gift cards (hint, hint), precision cuts start at $55, color at $70 and bang trims on the house.

Fur Baby
Ellen Tracy faux fur coat is luxe and warm. Feel the subtle ridges that create a chic chevron pattern down the front and back of this elegant and huggable coat. Don’t be surprised if strangers reach out and pet you randomly. Oh la la. Von Maur Northpoint Mall. $218

Say Spaaaaah
The relaxation experts at Alpharetta’s Mezz Spa place the guest’s needs first, aiming to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize. The New You package is particularly pleasing — the two-hour experience starts with an hour-long facial aimed at brightening your smile, and it’s followed by an AromaBody mud wrap. This is no regular wrap, though, as it’s been infused with espresso for extra aroma and revitalizing energy. A 20-minute sauna session is complimentary. ($225)


Party on Wheels
Racing at Andretti’s no new thing, but booking a birthday party can be a great way to spark an interest in the inner workings of autos — and high-speed racing, naturally. Get one of the staff members at Andretti to give a crash course (er… maybe not crash) on how a motor actually works, and the technique behind taking a sharp curve. The kids will think they’re getting driving tips, but they’ll actually be learning a good bit about physics, too. (Price varies.)

New Isn’t Always Best
Heading to a boutique for a new outfit can be more than just getting some new duds. This cozy shop in Downtown Alpharetta sells gently used and/or designer children’s clothes and accessories. In addition to decking out the kids in fashion-forward new gear, it’s a great way to get the discussion going about smart re-use, not being wasteful and spending wisely.

Camping? Why not!
Gift a Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites gift card and use it toward the First Time Camper Program. Aimed at families new to the outdoors, this ranger-led program takes the stress out of planning. A park ranger will meet your family at the campsite to help set up, providing you with rental gear including a tent, chairs, stove, sleeping pads, roasting forks, and a lantern. The program is offered at 11 state parks for a two-night stay.