Find holiday gifts under $40 at these 20 spots in Charlotte

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The holiday season tends to feel less festive with the financial strain of gift-giving. Whether you bought a flight to visit family or just find yourself tight on funds this year, Charlotte’s local shops offer quality gifts under $40 that will surprise and delight family and friends.

Something festive


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One of my mom’s favorite holiday traditions involves flying to Charlotte and then demanding we go to Peppermint Forest Christmas Shop so she can check items off of her holiday shopping list. Select from hundreds of glittering glass ornaments ranging from $2-$34 to surprise loved ones.

Hot Glass Alley, Charlotte’s first hot-glass-blowing studio, also sells handcrafted glass ornaments. Christmas pickles, candy canes, and peppers are all $24, and some glass jewelry pieces also fall below the $40 price tag.

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Local online retailer Worthy + Badass creates marble polymer clay ornaments in the shape of North Carolina—a must-have for every local tree. Order the $10 pieces on her website, or stop by CLT Find at the 7th Street Public Market to pick one up in person.

Something local


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Deck your friends’ and families’ wardrobes with a bit of Charlotte pride this holiday season. Wrap an iconic CLT hat from CLT Find for $32, or browse their shelves for a Charlotte marble insulated bottle, perfect for keeping holiday drinks warm ($28).

For the carb lover, head to Pasta and Provisions for a tee shirt that says it all: “Eat Pasta, Run Fasta.” (I actually feel like I run “fasta” when I wear this). Short sleeve shirts are $15, long-sleeve are $20, and hooded sweatshirts are $30. While there, pick up dinner—you won’t be disappointed!

Paper Skyscraper proves the ideal destination for all Charlotte-related gifts, and they just stocked shelves with a 1000pc Charlotte Skyline puzzle featuring a design from local artist David French for $19.95.

Something handcrafted


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Local husband and wife team Emily and Travis Bucholtz created The Archives, a virtual storefront for their soy wax candle business that gives back to foster children in need. Gift a holiday scented candle like “Cranberry Spice” or “Deck the Halls” starting at $24 for a 12oz and $32 for a 16 oz.

CLT Boutique founder Britt Misenheimer started her small business out of a renovated vintage camper after realizing she needed a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for her mother after she completed heart transplant surgery. Shop her bestselling $20 hand-stamped bangles with empowering sayings like “Prove ‘Em Wrong” and “I Am Enough” for the girl power gal in your life.

Something boozy


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Skip the traditional bottle of wine and spice up your gift-giving with a taste of local liquor:

Rua from Great Wagon Road Distilling Company: This smooth whiskey ($39.95) is aged for two years in charred American white oak barrels with pure spring water from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Spiced Carolina Rum from Muddy River Distillery: Perfected after two years, this rum ($27.95) is prepared with a unique blend of spices and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla.

Doc Porter’s Gin: This gin ($32.95) is crafted with a 100% North Carolina wheat-to-grass base in partnership with Living Kitchen.

Something sporty


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Panther pride runs deep in the Carolinas, so you can’t go wrong with a football-themed present. The Panther head cropped racerback tank ($34) from Girl Tribe Co. blends comfort with sporty style, and the Stronger Together long-sleeve Panthers tee ($38) from 704 Shop will keep your loved ones warm during Charlotte’s chillier months.

For the individual who’s more excited about the tailgate food and drinks than the actual game, wrap a “Yay Sports!” tank from Glory Days Apparel ($30).

Glory Days apparel will also cover gifts for hockey fans with their Charlotte Checkers collection. Their “Queen City Hockey” and “Don’t Puck with Charlotte” tees (both $30) are made of a super-soft material.

And if you’d like to give the gift of an actual game, Charlotte Checkers tickets start at $18.50!

[RELATED: Show off your Charlotte pride with gear from these 6 local shops]

Something artsy


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Know someone who frequents the same spot in Charlotte? Surprise them with a print from David French portraying their chosen hangout like Pinky’s, Romare Bearden Park, and more. Signed prints start at $25 on his website, but you can also find him at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s holiday market on December 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will bring the Magic of Christmas to Charlotte with their holiday-themed show featuring sounds from popular holiday movies and an appearance from Santa. The performance will run December 14 – 23 at the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $19.

Something tasty


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Gift something sweet with a trio of honey from Cloister Honey, a local company dedicated to preserving the nature of bees and natural honey. Their $20 holiday box includes three 3 oz. jars of cinnamon, cocoa, and pumpkin spice whipped honeys—the perfect touch of seasonal flavor for coffee or desserts.

There’s nothing quite like admiring the decorated tree with a cup of festive coffee. Give the gift of a warm Christmas morning with Holiday Blend coffee from Charlotte Coffee Co. The local business donates 10 percent of their retail sales to end hunger and homelessness. Find it for $12.99 at The People’s Market in Dilworth.



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