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. Today: Gifts that have a unique Charlotte flavor.
Have someone on your list that just loves everything Charlotte, or want to give someone who moved away a taste of home? This gift guide is for you.
Gear from 704 Shop
What better way to show pride for your city than with some Charlotte gear from this home-grown company? My personal favorite is the Charlotte Sunset Tee ($28).
But you also can’t go wrong with the basic Seven OHH Four Tee ($28).
You can get their stuff online, but also at various pop-ups around town and they’ll be at Poptopia inside the Johnston Building (212 S. Tryon St.) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 22. (Details on the website.)
The Charlotte Adventure Map
From the makers of the Great NC Beer Map and Great NC BBQ Map comes this map that’ll make sure you’re never bored in the QC. This newest map from EDIA Maps has 140 points of interest, 99 suggestions of where to eat, drink and shop, and 26 “themed advenutures for all times of day and night.”
Is there a dude on your list who needs to get rid of those ratty old jeans and get a new pair? Grab him a pair of Bulletprufe jeans — the Midnight Blue Denim Adventure Fit goes for $98. He’ll look good and you’ll be supporting a local business: Will Fisher started making the jeans — “Built for Adventure” — right here in Charlotte.
Cool Charlotte decorative maps
Have you ever spent time in The Map Shop on Kings and Morehead? In it you might find the perfect gift for your loved one who’s looking for a unique piece of wall art, or one who loves maps and history — like this map of Charlotte in 1942 ($32.99).
Or maybe this Charlotte Neighborhoods Screen Print Map Art ($30 online — also available at The Map Shop and various stores around town) made by Charlotte artist Evan Plante would look good on a friend’s wall.
I would totally buy one of these for myself, but my neighborhood apparently didn’t make the cut.
If you’d rather shop in person, head over to the Hornets Fan Shop on the Trade Street side of The Cable Box.
If you’re looking for something for fans of the black and blue, you can pull up to the street parking on Mint Street and hop into the Panthers Team Store. There are a ton of jerseys, shirts, helmets and more for anyone who likes to Keep Pounding. And the lines probably won’t be as long as they were this time last year.
No Charlotte living room is complete without a David French print on the wall. You can’t go wrong with a good skyline print, like “Switchyard Sunset” (starting at $25).
Prints and mounted prints available.
I will be at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery today and till 9pm with my Charlotte Art pic.twitter.com/PLJitVMhRl
— david thayer french (@DavidFrenchArt) December 3, 2016
Don’t limit yourself to David French, though. You can get N.C. pottery and other unique gifts at the Mint Museum Gift Shop, or shop artisans of all kinds at various markets around town like VTGCLT Pop in Latta Arcade.
Haven’t you always wanted to own Amelie’s French Bakery and the U.S. National Whitewater Center? You can make it happen with Charlotte-opoly — yes, this is a thing ($24.95 online and I’ve seen it at Paper Skyscraper). Properties include the Firebird Statue, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and that ugly dragon at the BB&T Ballpark.
Now excuse me while I go buy Pinky’s Westside Grill and eat all of the fried pickles.
Photos: EDIA Maps; Docklands Design; Corey Inscoe