Best Atlanta-Made Gifts for the 2012 Holiday Season

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Best Atlanta-Made Gifts for the 2012 Holiday Season
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Gifts are available from Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Rick Limpert.)

Looking for some holiday gift ideas? Tired of having to buy something for the friend or relative who has everything? Well, you don't have to look any further than your own backyard when it comes to gift ideas this holiday season. There are plenty of items made in and around Atlanta that make great and thoughtful holiday gift items.

Atwell Pecans

Located just outside of Atlanta in Wrens, Georgia, Atwell Pecan Co. has been selling the best nuts in the South since 1935. This business is a family affair, as numerous members of the family work for the company. Health-conscious Americans know the benefits of nuts and what a great snack they are. Not only does Atwell offer tins and baskets of nuts that ship easily and make for great gifts, they also sell chocolate with their nuts embedded in the confections and other Southern favorites like pecan and peanut brittle. They are also affordable -- prices start in the $20 range.

Braswell's

Featured on "TODAY" and in Southern Living Magazine, Georgia-based Braswell's offers everything from salad dressings to salsas to Vidalia onion relish. New this year is a line of healthy carafe salad dressings. They put together great gift baskets that would be a perfect holiday gift. Individual items start as low as $6.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Atlanta's favorite barbecue and wing sauce is now available for you to take home or send off as a gift. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q's sauce is available at select Atlanta-area Kroger grocery stores and by mail order. Fox Bros. is known far and wide as the best "Q" in Atlanta, and this sauce is, in a word, incredible. It's the perfect gift for the barbecue lover in your life and a great gift made right here in Atlanta.

The Birdhouse Chick

Some of the best birdhouses and feeders in the world are handcrafted right here in Metro Atlanta. The Birdhouse Chick makes unique and custom birdhouse for $30 and up. There is a birdhouse or feeder for any budget. Made of vinyl, wood, ceramics, and recycled materials, these birdhouses are durable and create a wildlife-friendly environment right in the backyard. These houses and feeders are meant to be enjoyed, but they are also functional. The gardeners, new home owners, and nature lovers on your list this holiday season will appreciate this gift.

Big Green Egg

Guys love their grills. For the grillmaster in the family, the perfect gift is any of the Big Green Eggs. From right here in Metro Atlanta, this kamado-style slow cooker cooks your meat, veggies, and casseroles evenly and perfectly every time. Green Eggs come in sizes from mini to the XLarge Green Egg. The mini costs $349, and the Big Green Egg retails for about $750. Cook a meal for two or a meal for 22. It's the most popular outdoor cooker in the world and the perfect holiday gift.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer based in Atlanta who mainly covers sports and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.

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