This week marks the start of last-minute holiday shopping — and perhaps the end of your patience for lines, crowds and stress about what to get for Aunt Edna. Luckily, Specialty Shops SouthPark has the last-minute Christmas items you need while allowing you to enjoy some time out of the house. From fine clothes to upscale kitchen goods to new clothes, Specialty Shops SouthPark has what you need for stocking stuffers and main gifts.

Here’s how to plan your afternoon at Specialty Shops SouthPark, plus the must-have items you’ll find from their own curated holiday list:


Stop #1: Williams-Sonoma. There’s no end to the high-end kitchen goodies you’ll find here, especially the snowman silicone spatulas. Each one has a drawing of a Frosty-like snowman either finding a candy cane, sliding through the snow or wearing red ear warmers and gloves. Grab one for yourself and a friend to make your wintertime baking more adorable.

Williams-Sonoma. 6401 Morrison Blvd, Suite 14 and 15, Charlotte, NC 28211. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 704-364-8886.


Stop #2: Ivy & Leo. Finding a new look is a snap when you have your pick of colorful wraps, dresses and tops. This specialty women’s boutique offers both casual and dressy looks, whether you need jeans for an ugly sweater Christmas party with friends or a refined holiday dinner with your in-laws at nearby Toscana. Their helpful staff will be sure your outfit hits the right tone.

Ivy & Leo. 6401 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28211. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Monday through Wednesday, and 10:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Friday. Limited holiday hours on Saturday and Sunday. 704-365-3222.


Stop #3: Lunch at Paco’s Tacos & Tequila. You can’t possibly expect to have the energy to get everything on your gift list and skip a holiday lunch. Indulge in the restorative jolt of beef brisket tacos topped with caramelized onions and chipotle BBQ sauce. Guacamole is extra, but you’re worth it. While you’re there, buy a few gift cards for friends who can’t get enough margaritas and Tex-Mex appetizers, which if you have the right friends will be all of them.

Paco’s Tacos & Tequila. 6401 Morrison Blvd #8a, Charlotte, NC 28211. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (704) 716-8226.


Stop #4: Pure Barre. Waddle here after your lunch to buy new sticky socks for the fitness buff who can’t get enough of this pilates/ballet combo. Looking around at the cute tank tops and colorful water bottles might inspire you to sign up for some classes in January, especially since they offer a New Client Special for only $99 for a month. Seems like the perfect way to work off that guacamole and meet your New Year’s resolutions.

Pure Barre. 6401 Morrison Blvd, #7a, Charlotte, NC 28211. Hours may vary. 704-364-2888.

Once you’ve finished all of your shopping, take time to enjoy family and even consider a holiday dinner out at Specialty Shops SouthPark.