Gift guide: 50 local items for everyone on your list under $100

Gift guide: 50 local items for everyone on your list under $100
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This gift guide is proudly presented by Bank of America. Snag something for everyone on your list with a little help from Bank of America’s spending and budgeting tool.

Looking for local gift ideas? Here’s a list of some of the best choices for everyone on your list, all under $100.

Situational awareness: Supply chain shortages have impacted supply and pricing in Charlotte, so leaving your holiday shopping until last minute is riskier this year.

  • Full Axios story: Now’s the time to start holiday shopping.

Editor’s note: This guide is updated every year. It was most recently refreshed on Oct. 26, 2021.

(1) Gift cards to local restaurants

Restaurants everywhere took a major hit this year. Purchasing gift cards is one way you can support them.

Price: Varies.


[Related Axios Story: The 23 most-anticipated new restaurants and bars in 2021]

(2) Candle from Charlotte Candle Company

Make someone’s space feel extra cozy this holiday season. Choose from scents like Carolina Christmas, Frasier Fir and Cranberry Woods to infuse their home with a little cheer.

Price: Starting at $8. Buy.

Photo courtesy Charlotte Candle Company.

(3) Charlotte-themed mug or tea towel from local artist Evelyn Henson

If you haven’t taken an Instagram picture in front of Evelyn Henson’s Confetti Hearts wall in South End, please turn your Charlottean card in immediately. Gift them some of Henson’s whimsical work with her Charlotte-themed mugs and tea towels.

Price: Mugs are $19.99, tea towels are $24.99. Buy.

Photo courtesy Evelyn Henson

(4) One-of-a-kind face mask from Windy O’Connor

Add a punch of color to your keys-phone-wallet-mask routine with a face mask from artist Windy O’Connor.

Price: $20. Buy.

(5) Cozy blanket from Thread Talk

These blankets are beautiful and luxurious, and 10% of all proceeds are donated to fund critical wish list items at over 2,600 domestic violence shelters nationwide. 

Price: Starting at $60. Buy.

Photo courtesy Thread Talk.

(6) Gift box from Cloister Honey

Perfect for the at-home chef, cheese board fan, or tea drinker. Not sure what to pick? The gift box holds between three and six jars. Select the contents yourself or choose from suggested pairings.

Price: Starting at $20. Buy.

Cloister Honey - CA

Photo courtesy Cloister Honey.

(7) Charlotte-themed puzzle

If you’re home for the holidays, pass the time with a puzzle that reveals Charlotte’s stunning cityscapes. Choose from a Knights stadium, French Quarter or sunset scene.

Price: $15-$25 (sale!). Buy.

photo puzzle

“BoA On Fire,” $40. Photo courtesy Chase Price and Cody Hughes. [Full story: Local photographers start selling 1,000-piece skyline puzzles as revenue drops 75%]

(8) Funky serving board from Cosmic Creativ

Speaking of cheese boards, Cosmic Creativ turns serving boards and trays into works of art. Each hand-poured tray’s design is one-of-a-kind. Go black and blue for hosting Panthers tailgates or get a geode-encrusted board to elevate your next dinner party.

Price: Starting at $28. Buy online or find more options in person at 224 East Blvd.

(9) A bag of coffee from your favorite local shop

Something feels very fancy about an artisanal bag of coffee grounds/beans. Give your friend a bag from your favorite shop or theirs to give the gift that can bring them joy morning after morning.

Price: Varies.


(10) Gift basket from Reid’s Fine Foods

Baskets include a variety of artisanal snacks like cheese straws, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate-covered pecans, peanuts and — my parent’s personal favorite — Five O’Clock Crunch. Tasty.

Holiday baskets will be in stores starting early November.

Price: Varies. Buy.



(11) Perfume sampler from Jules & Vetiver

Buying perfume for someone else is risky. Hedge your bets with this sampler. It features five different sprayers and includes a complimentary full bottle upgrade once your sister, mom, or best friend chooses her favorite.

Price: $94. Buy.

(12) Gourmet popcorn from It’s Poppin!

Choose from over 60 flavors of kettle corn, including their signature fried chicken kettle corn.

Price: Starting at $9+. Buy.

(13) Loose leaf tea set from The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary

For your friend or family member who would gladly choose tea over coffee, get them a tea set. It includes 10 single serve herbal teas, wrapped in floral-scented tissue paper and a serving spoon accent. Fancy and practical.

Price: $30. Buy.


(14) Monstera Propagation Station from Worthy + Badass

For the person who’s seeking to expand their plant army, this truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Select the station only or choose to add a cutting that works for the desired space.

Price: $25-$30. Buy.

(15) Handcrafted bottle of liquor

Whether you’re into gin, vodka, bourbon, or rye whiskey, Doc Porter’s Distillery has you covered in the holiday spirits department. Rum fans will love a bottle from Belmont-based Muddy River distillery. Or go with the 704 Gin from Great Wagon Road Distilling Co..

Price: Varies. Head to your nearest ABC store.

704 gin great wagon road

(16) Queen City-inspired T-shirt from 704 Shop

There should be no question about where someone’s from with this gear from 704 Shop. They’ve got items for men, women, and kids, so buy for everyone on your list.

Price: Starting at $30. Buy

(17) Charlotte reading material

Head to Park Road Books or Paper Skyscraper and scoop up a few books by Charlotte authors for friends, family or coworkers.

  • The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson, now in paperback
  • 52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal
  • 100 Things to Do in Charlotte before you Die by Sarah Crosland
  • Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever by Gavin Edwards
  • Bruce Moffett Cooks: A New England Chef in a New South Kitchen by Bruce Moffett
  • The Vote Collectors by Michael Graff and Nick Ochsner (out Nov. 16)

Price: Varies. Buy.

paper skyscraper books

(18) Leather wallet from Buffalo Jackson Trading Co.

If there’s someone in your life who could use a new wallet (like, maybe your dad), get them a money clip from Buffalo Jackson’s handcrafted, fine leather goods are designed in Matthews. They offer selections for both men and women.

Price: Starting at $37.95. Buy.

(19) All-natural dog treats from Pet Wants

Win their dog over this holiday season with all-natural, locally made dog treats from Pet Wants Charlotte. They’ve got everything from biscuits to buffalo ears.

Price: Starting at $1. Buy.

(20) Hand-drawn cards from Good Postage

Send a holiday card that is definitely display-worthy. Good Postage has all kinds of beautifully hand-drawn paper-goods and stickers. You can shop online or visit their studio located at Camp North End.

Price: $5. Buy.

good postage cards

(21) Retro Charlotte tee from Glory Days Apparel

If someone on your list has serious civic pride, let them rep accordingly with gear from Glory Days Apparel. The ultra-soft tees, hoodies, and jackets for guys and girls are sure to win Christmas this year. 

Price: Starting at about $25. Buy.

glory days apparel

(22) Tub of Queen Charlotte’s Pimento Cheese Royale

Are you really living in the South if you don’t eat pimento cheese? Give it as a gift or bring it to the plethora of parties you have on deck. Queen Charlotte’s got plenty of varieties to choose from, like Her Royal Hotness (made with jalapeños) and Black and Bleu (cracked pepper and blue cheese).

Price: Get a four-pack sampler for $23.96. Buy.

(23) Ingredients to re-create the dishes from their favorite restaurants

You meet them for lunch at, like, three places. If Yafo Kitchen and Midwood Smokehouse are on the shortlist, help them recreate some of their favorite flavors at home. Add Midwood Smokehouse’s spice rub or Yafo Kitchen’s spices to their culinary arsenal.

Price: $7.99+.

Midwood Smokehouse

(24) Artisan gift box from Lily + Grey

Forget a lame fruit basket. Lily + Grey’s gift boxes are ideal for Christmas gift-giving. Each one has a different theme, so you can choose based on the recipient.

Price: Starting at $55. Buy.

Photo courtesy Lily + Grey.

(25) Button-down from OMJ

A simple, but stylish, button-down from Ole Mason Jar (OMJ) is the perfect guy gift. Their local shop was recognized at Garden & Gun‘s Made in the South Awards, so you know they’re legit.

Price: Starting at $60. Buy.

omj face masks coronavirus

OMJ also has super classy face masks.

(26) Cheesecake from Jazzy Cheesecakes

Choose from dozens of flavors, or you can also order brownies, cakes, pies and cobblers.

Price: Starting at $5.99. Buy.

(27) Pack of local Charlotte beer

Beer is king in the Queen City. Pick up a six-pack for the beer connoisseur in your life.

Price: Varies.

Sycamore sexy reindeer

Never forget Sycamore’s NSFW Christmas Cookie labels

(28) Concrete planter from A.Grey Design

For the plant parents in your life. These handmade concrete planters come in several sizes, shapes, and colors. Add-on a plant, too.

Price: Starting at $8. Buy.

a grey design planter

(29) Elf on the Shelf kit from Sweet Spot Studio

If you know some kiddos who are ready to countdown to Christmas, Sweet Spot has a two-week Elf on the Shelf kit that includes everything you need for 2 weeks of elf activities.

Price: $100. Buy.

Sweet Spot Studio

Photo: Brooke Light Photography

(30) Macaron box from Amélie’s

Give the gift of French macarons this holiday season. Amélie’s is offering macaron gift boxes that have an assortment of a dozen of their most popular flavors.

Price: $25. Buy

amelies gift guide

(31) Soy candles that don’t suck from Pretty Honest Candles

Gift the candle-obsessed person in your life a subscription to Pretty Honest Candles. They’ll get a new candle every three months.

Price: Starting at $47.60. Buy.

(32) Cookies from Sweet Girl Cookies

Sweet Girl Cookies are perfect for Santa or the cookie-lover on your list. Cookie samplers are great option because it includes classic flavors like chocolate chip and dark chocolate sea salt, as well as seasonal flavors like peppermint bark (starting in December).

Price: Starting at $16.99. Buy.

sweet girl cookies courtesy

Photo courtesy Sweet Girl Cookies.

(33) Hostess gifts from Society Social

For the person on your list who loves hosting and interior, just about everything in this store is giftable. Go with a chic puzzle ($28), blue and white bowl ($25), or a coffee table book ($16.99+).

Price: Varies. Buy.

society social atherton

(34) SkillPop gift card

For your friend who always wants to try something new, give a SkillPop gift card. With SkillPop Anywhere, the recipient doesn’t even need to be in Charlotte.

Prices: $25+. Buy.

(35) Needlepoint flask from Onward Reserve

From team mascots to cheeky sayings, there’s a design for everyone. We recommend hair of the dog or the Panthers, though.

Price: $65. Buy.

 holiday gift guide onward reserve needlepoint flask

(36) iGrill mini from Blackhawk Hardware

The best gifts are a combination of practical and unexpected. If you’ve got someone on your list who likes to grill, this app-connected thermometer checks both boxes.

Price: $54.99. Buy

holiday gift guide blackhawk hardware igrill

(37) Gold ring from Golden Carrot

Simple and precious, this ring 14k solid gold ring would make the prettiest gift.

Price: $80. Buy.

(38) Charcuterie box from Babe & Butcher

Choose from a variety of individual boxes with an assortment of cheese, fruit, chocolate and meats. (And if you want to go big, get your cheese-loving friend an initial letterbox for $85).

Price: $16-$25. Buy

babe&butcher box

(39) Loom artwork from Twenty Two West

Handwoven and in an array of colors, these little works of art are great for your design-loving friends.

Price: $75. Buy

Twenty Two West Loom Blocks

Courtesy of Twenty Two West

(40) Dishtowel from cutiePETootie

For people who are pet obsessed, you really can’t go wrong with an adorable pet-themed kitchen towel.

Price: $9.50-$14. Buy

(41) Anything from Addison Weeks

Everything on this site is beautiful (my Christmas wishlist has a few of these items on it). For the person on your list who loves style and luxury, go with a brass bottle opener ($60) or small gold hoops ($65).

Price: Varies. Buy.

(42) Beauty products from Tapp Beauty

For the people on my list who like to feel pretty, I’m making a goodie box with Kenra hair products, Jouer lipgloss and some Babe Lash mascara.

Prices: Varies. Many items are under $50. Shop.

(43) Sauna session + a candle from Mood House

I’m sure several people on your list could use a little relaxation. Get them a Mood House gift card for a sauna session ($40) and a candle to keep the good vibes going at home.

Prices: $40/sauna session for non-members. Buy.

Mood House completed interior

(44) Dress socks from Boardroom Socks

The locally owned company has dozens of patterns and styles to choose from for the practical person in your life.

Prices: $15.45+ per pair. Buy.

(45) Gift card for an adventure

For those who love an experience-based gift, go with a Whitewater Center gift card. $100 would cover two rafting passes, but cards start at $25.

Prices: $25+. Buy.

(46) Sheet masks and a ice roller from Toccare

For your wellness-obsessed friend, go with a 6-pack of organic sheet masks ($36) and a facial roller ($34).

Price: $34+. Buy.

(47) Charlotte ornaments and a puzzle from Paper Skyscraper

The gift shop will start rolling out its holiday goods soon. Go with a Charlotte-themed ornament (I like the ones with neighborhood names) and a retro New Yorker puzzle.

Price: Varies. Buy.

paper skyscraper holiday puzzle and ornament

This is the puzzle I got in 2020 (and the Dilworth ornament is hanging right above it).

(48) Swan Beauty gift card

This is what I’m getting my sister in-law. (Hope she’s not reading this.) She’ll be able to use the gift card to purchase a box of skincare and/or makeup that’s specifically chosen for her needs.

Price: $25. Buy.

(49) Queen City Crunch pretzels

The Fab Four box includes one 8-ounce bag of each flavor: The OG, The Dill, The Heat and Cinnamon Sugar.

Price: $30. Buy.

(50) Box of treats from the Batch House

And when you really don’t know what to get someone, a big ol’ box of goodies from Batch House will make anyone on your list smile.

Price: Varies. Buy.

batchmaker batch box

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