2015 Holiday Shopping Guide

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Owls, Arrows and More
Surprise everyone on your gift list!

Make your loved ones feel extra special this holiday season with thoughtful gifts found nowhere else on earth! You can even relieve some holiday stress with a quick hike along the AMP between stops. Take a peek at our full shopping guide below to find out how you can fit a kayak in a stocking, where you can adopt an owl, and how to get monks to take care of your holiday baking.

Panola Mountain State Park

Any nature lovers on your holiday gift list? Surprise them while supporting one of Georgia’s few Metro state parks! You can quickly pick up a Georgia State parking pass so your loved ones can visit any state park for free during the year. But make sure to leave time to stroll through the gift shop where you’ll find a curated collection of outdoor-themed clothing, wildlife books, and decor. Don’t forget to check out the handmade walking sticks for a one-of-a-kind gift that is sure to make any hiker happy.

If you’re having trouble choosing, don’t worry! A Georgia State Parks gift card can easily fit in a stocking but can be used for thrilling outdoor activities. Your loved ones can rent paddleboards, kayaks, bikes, or even a campsite. They can also join a guided mountain hike or learn the basics of archery! Give the gift of the outdoors and make memories that will last a lifetime.

AWARE Wildlife Center

If you’re looking for a truly “owl-riginal” gift, we have the perfect idea. Nestled at the base of Arabia Mountain, the AWARE Wildlife Rehabilitation Center cares for Georgia’s injured and orphaned native wildlife. You can help support this lifesaving work by donating the cost of rehabilitating an injured animal. From songbirds to bobcats, the gift of a life is sure to warm hearts!

You can also surprise someone by symbolically adopting a Wildlife Ambassador. These animals have permanent injuries that prevent them from returning to the wild. Each ambassador helps teach thousands of people each year how to live peacefully with wildlife, so your gift will have a lasting impact! Owls like Windy Sue Whoo and Owlscar the Grouch are available, or you could help the pocket-sized flying squirrel, Stella Luna. Your adoption will cover the yearly cost of housing, feeding, and caring for the veterinary needs of the ambassador.

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Whether you’re looking for a “sweet” gift or party treats during the busy holiday season, the monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit have you covered. Through years of patient practice, they’ve mastered their recipes for rich fudge, soft biscotti, and peach brandy and sherry fruitcake. Every monk-made goody is crafted on site of the finest gourmet ingredients, and many of them are easy to ship.

Once you have your holiday snack fix, you can peruse hundreds of inspirational gifts in the Abbey Store. They have handmade stained glass, thousands of religious books, fair-trade jewelry, and exquisite décor. Anyone with a green thumb will appreciate a gift from the Abbey Garden Center. Some of the highlights include live bonsai, locally made craft items, and garden statuary.