Are you looking for gift ideas for your friends, family and loved ones on your Christmas list? There are an array of local businesses and vendors that offer the perfect gifts for your loved ones. I highly encourage you to support local this Christmas. Here is a list of great gift ideas that won’t break the bank or blow your budget. Happy shopping!
A bag of coffee from your favorite local coffee shop. Something feels very fancy about an artisanal bag of coffee grounds or beans. A bag from your favorite shop will sure to bring the recipient some joy in the morning. A few of my favorite shops are: The Hobbyist, Sumaq Coffee Charlotte, Change Please Cafe, Wake Coffee, and Rocky River Coffee in Harrisburg.
Gourmet popcorn from It’s Poppin will surely please the pallet of those who enjoy popcorn as a snack like me! You can choose from over 60 flavors of kettle corn, including their signature fried chicken kettle corn. Prices start at $7.50! Enjoy the poppin!
We cannot forget about the pups! Pet Wants offers all natural dog treats that the fur-babies will surely enjoy. Win their dog over this holiday season with all-natural, locally made dog treats from Pet Wants Charlotte. They have everything from biscuits to buffalo ears. Prices start at $1.29.
Cheesecake from Jazzy Cheesecakes. You can choose from dozens of flavors. You can also order brownies, cakes, pies and cobblers. Prices stat at $8.29.
You cannot go wrong with a charcuterie box from a local catering company. Everyone loves a good charcuterie box. You can choose from a variety of individual boxes with an assortment of cheese, fruit, chocolate and meats. Off the Block has boards starting at $13, including vegan-friendly options. The Culture Shop has boards starting at $18. Babe & Butcher has a build-your-own box starting at $24.95. Mere’s has boards starting at $35. Orrman’s Cheese Shop‘s small boards start at $65.
An assortment of cookies and other sweets from local bakers will make for a good gift for your anyone on your list including Santa Clause. Give the gift of French macarons from Amélie’s (half a dozen for $15.75) this holiday season. A box of treats from The Batch House ($24+) will make anyone on your list smile. Cara’s Cookie Company at the Gibson Mill Market has 10 Christmas cookies for $25. Suarez Bakery has a cupcake box ($22.50), sugar cookies ($23), gingerbread houses ($25) and other holiday treats. Coco and the Director is selling Coco’s Cookie Kits from its Uptown coffee shop December 12th-25th. The $12 cookie kit comes with six cookies (three sugar, three gingerbread), festive icing and sprinkles.
Get a gift from Cloister Honey. Perfect for the at-home chef, cheese board fan or tea drinker. Not sure what to pick? The gift box contains three to six jars. Select the contents yourself or choose from suggested pairings. The gift box is $47.50 while other products prices will vary.
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 with a serving spoon accent. Such a fancy and practical gift. Price of tea set is $30.
Did you know Charlotte is home to several authors? Charlotte reading material makes a great gift for those avid readers on your list. Head to Park Road Books or Paper Skyscraper and scoop up a few books by Charlotte authors for friends, family or coworkers. Here are a few suggestions: 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; and The Vote Collectors by Michael Graff and Nick Ochsner.
Everyone loves a gift card to a restaurant. Support your favorite local joints by promising to return, or by introducing someone new to your favorite meal in town. Some restaurants will be having specials like Beef ‘N Bottle’s gift card deal where you will receive a bonus $30 gift card for every $100 gift card you buy through December 30th and buy $100 in gift cards, get a $15 gift card for free at Angry Ale’s. Some of my local favorites are Vortex Bottle Shop, Three Monkeys Tavern & Grill, and La Unica in Harrisburg.