We get it: Holiday shopping can be stressful. But we wanted to make it a little easier for you. Every day this week, we’ll publish a Charlotte-y gift guide to help you find the perfect present for people on your list.
Finding the perfect gift for your significant other can put a lot of pressure on an already stressful time of year. If you’ve just started dating, you want to make sure that the present you pick doesn’t radiate Stage 5 clinger vibes. For a long time love, you’ve got to find something that’s the perfect blend of sentimental and useful. If you’re stuck on what to get your boo this holiday season, check out some of these items, carefully sorted for you according to your relationship’s length:
For the guy you’re newly dating
When you hear “socks as a holiday present” you probably have flashbacks to your Great Aunt Martha giving you the white tube variety each year, much to your repeated disappointed. Boldfoot socks ($15) are different. He’ll love the eye-catching patterns that let him show off his personality at work and on the weekends.
If he’s got a lot of Charlotte pride, clothing from local brands like Glory Days Apparel or 704 Shop is a good bet. The Cheerwine fanatic will love this tee from 704 Shop ($28). Grab him a shirt from Glory Days and help him rep his alma mater, or simply let him express his unabashed love of day drinking ($32). Because what’s not to love?
For your boyfriend
When his gym bag has begun to reek of eau de locker room, it’s time to upgrade him. This Lululemon bag ($148) keeps his sweaty clothes separate, and features plenty of storage for his phone, sneakers, and anything else he wants to tote with him. It’s also perfect for a weekend getaway.
You know your guy secretly uses your moisturizer during the winter but doesn’t want to admit it, so put an end to the mooching and get him a product that’s made just for him. Buckskin and Mane (prices starting at around $16) is a Charlotte company that’s focused on elevating your dude’s personal grooming game. The products look and feel luxurious, and come in packaging that’s cool enough to leave out on a counter.
For your husband
This Crosley record player ($199.95) is perfect for the music fanatic. Its retro chic vibe enhances the look of your living room. Plus there’s just something more fun about listening to your favorite artists on a record player instead of via your phone’s tiny speaker.
For the girl you’re newly dating
If she’s a wine drinker, she’ll absolutely love a Rewined candle ($28). The glass is made from recycled wine bottles, and all of the delicious scents are wine-themed, so you can snag her a Merlot or a Zinfandel. Grab one at Paper Skyscraper.
There’s a 97 percent chance she has a girl crush on/wants to be Chrissy Teigen, so regardless of her culinary prowess, she’ll love getting Teigen’s “Cravings” cookbook ($17.99). The recipes are actually easier to re-create than you’d expect, even if you don’t have an “I’m a supermodel married to a rockstar” level kitchen at your disposal. Her introductions before each recipe are laugh-out-loud funny.
For your girlfriend
Let her toss the pair of standard ear buds that come with an iPhone in favor of a chic NET-A-Porter replacement ($170). She’ll use them on her commute, on her lunch break and for travel.
A piece of jewelry from Lat & Lo (starting at $49) is beautiful, thoughtful and won’t break the bank, making it an ideal holiday present. The bracelets and necklaces can be personalized to feature the coordinates of a place she carries close to her heart. It could be her hometown, where you met or her favorite city to visit.
For your wife
If you two love having friends over for parties, a fully stocked bar cart ($204.99) is a must. Gift her with one that looks elegant, but also has plenty of space to accommodate everyone’s drink order.
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