The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Let’s Support Small Business

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The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

As longtime advocates of supporting small businesses, we’ve never felt more strongly that solidarity in this time is essential. Our city’s heart and soul is found in the four walls and the shopkeepers, in the handmade goods and locally grown products. It’s in the items lovingly arranged on shelves, and painstakingly crafted from wood, clay, or stone.

When you buy a gift this year or add an item into your home, consider purchasing it from a local, small retailer. The gift in doing so is multilayered: It will help put money back into our city’s economy and support a family who owns a business. Shop online or safely visit the types of spaces that are totally unique, sure to surprise and delight you.

To all the creators, shops and owners, we’re so grateful for all you’ve done this year, and all you will do in the future.

The Shops

47k Marketplace

47k Marketplace is a family-owned shop in downtown Monroe that features furniture, home decor, and gifts from artisans all around the greater Charlotte area. They also offer candle-making classes from time to time, so you can join in on the fun.

Amina Rubinacci

Amina Rubinacci is an Italian clothing designer whose style is recognized as timeless, unpretentious and classically elegant. The collection is known for its finest quality of Italian fabrics including wool, cashmere, cotton and leather. Stop by the locally-owned SouthPark store today.

Amina Rubinacci
Amina Rubinacci Charlotte

Artisan Rug Gallery

Born in Colorado and brought to North Carolina just a few years ago, Artisan Rug Gallery is a destination for hand woven rugs. If you’re looking for a fine artisanal carpet or a statement-making piece, this is where you’ll find it.

B.D. Jeffries

This beloved SouthPark store is a Southern treasure, offering bridal registries, beautiful accessories, custom and antique furniture and one-of-a-kind items from around the world.

Bedside Manor

Located in SouthPark’s Specialty Shops, Bedside Manor has been transforming houses for over 30 years. Shop the three locations for luxury bedding, bath, and home decor inspiration, and make your home a haven.

Blackhawk Hardware & Garden Center

In 1976, Blackhawk Hardware found its home in the historic Park Road Shopping Center. It’s our favorite neighborhood place for everything from traditional hardware to kitchenware to a beautiful, full garden center.

Bonnie + Bud

With boxes for a variety of occasions, Bonnie + Bud provides numerous selections to choose from for anyone on your list. You can even provide Bonnie + Bud with a list of your own personal preferences, likes and dislikes, and what you hope for the box to encapsulate. Each Bonnie + Bud box arrives alongside fresh flowers, succulents, or air plants, alongside a handwritten note from the gift-giver.

Bruce Julian Clothier

Bruce Julian is an upscale men’s clothing store that offers custom and designer shirts, slacks, pants, and suits, alongside Bruce’s own bar in the back that serves up his signature (also for sale) Bloody Mary mix. Shopping doesn’t get much better than that!


ColsenKeane was inspired by founder Scott Hofert’s quest for durable leather bags and accessories for travel, and they’ve made a name for themselves by doing just that. Their studio is located in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, and all of their leather is sourced from American tanneries.

Couture Knots

Couture Knots is filled with high-quality, handmade area rugs. With his appreciation for good design and a natural ability to provide great service, owner Ali Nikrooz is available to help with all your rug shopping needs.

Diamonds Direct

With everything from engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces and watches, with more than 50 designers carried and 3,000 engagement ring mountings in-store, Diamonds Direct is sure to have the perfect product for you.

Donald Haack Diamonds

From engagement rings to fashion jewelry, the selection at Donald Haack Diamonds is for the discerning shopper seeking original pieces or quality-made, classic jewelry to add to their curated collections.

Dove Pottery

Jordan Campbell grew up watching his grandmother make colorful, earthy pottery to sell at local farmer’s markets. When she passed in 2015, he began making and selling similar pieces, reviving a family business that was almost lost. He now works full time making pottery under the same name Selma chose.

Elisabeth Rose 

Inspired by a love for handwritten correspondence, founder Elisabeth Connolly created Elisabeth Rose in 2011, in Davidson, NC. With the help of a 1881 Samson Letterpress that once resided on a U.S. Navy Ship based in Annapolis, Maryland, Elisabeth Rose offers custom event stationery, full service brand experiences, and a stationery retail line.

Enzo Custom

By specializing in custom suits, shirts, and slacks, Enzo and their local team can make every garment specifically for your measurements, all from scratch. They’re able to offer a true custom experience at affordable prices, without sacrificing the quality of materials.

Erin McDermott Jewelry

A mom of three, Erin McDermott understands the busy lifestyle of Charlotte women. With an eye for versatile pieces that can transition from day to night, she created her jewelry company to help others find their go-to pieces for every occasion a day might hold.


Fab’rik embraces uniqueness, encouraging each customer to be their truest, one-of-a-kind self through personal shopping and distinctive styles. By offering limited quantities of their pieces, customers can be sure that they’re purchasing a look that they’ll be the only ones rocking. They have a location in South Charlotte, as well as one at Birkdale in Huntersville.

House of Nomad Shop

Owned by Kelley Lentini and Berkeley Minkhorst of the interior design studio that goes by the same name, HON Shop in Myers Park is a resource for globally inspired, hand-selected home decor.

House of Nomad
House of Nomad owners Berkeley and Kelley

KK Bloom Boutique

Bright colors and sunny designs have made KK Bloom one of the most refreshing options for clothing and accessories in the Charlotte area for a decade. Located in the heart of Myers Park, this shop hand-selects fun pieces that encourage customers to step out of their comfort zone, and into wearing what they love.

Mackenzie Bryant & Co.

Mackenzie Bryant & Co. offers internationally inspired home design pieces handpicked by owners Mackenzie Gibson and Zachariah Bryant. With influences from every corner of the world, you are sure to find a pillow or wall hanging that speaks to the culture of your space.

MoaZen Jewelry

Twin sisters Faith and Hope Rivers founded MoaZen Jewelry to bring their love of art, culture, and community to the Queen City. They handcraft stunning pieces that blend lowcountry influences with luxury style in their Love Culture, Zen Shop, and King collections.

Nadeau Charlotte

Known by their motto of “Furniture with a Soul,” Nadeau offers a refreshing approach to home decor. Their uniquely inspired pieces are handcrafted in India and Indonesia, and are sure to brighten up any room.


Nav is a curated resource for authentic decor and genuine craftwork for your home. Each piece selected by the mother and daughter team behind the brand is imbued in passion and rooted in purpose. Stop by and visit Beth and Griffin, and elevate your space with their help.

Ole Mason Jar

Ole Mason Jar, now located in Charlotte’s South End, offers up quality, custom-made casual clothing for men. They’ll even give you a bourbon to sip while you shop.

Paper Skyscraper

This sweet little local and independent gift shop owned by Sybil and Bill Godwin offers visitors a wide variety of gift items and books to choose from. Browse through for loved ones, or simply as a way to add something small and joy-inducing to your own home.

Revolution Clothiers & Co.

Located in the Dilworth Neighborhood, Revolution Clothiers helps men and women embrace sexy, sophisticated style. No matter what pieces you’re shopping for, Revolution Clothiers is sure to give you the edge you’re looking for.

Selenite Beauty

Selenite, in South End, is a beautiful, bright little shop that carries a remarkable lineup of effective, non-toxic, and natural beauty products, plus an assortment of cosmetics and wellness supplements. Owner Tiffany Mielnik Parrish can help guide your choices for yourself or for your gift buying needs.

Sweet Union Candles

Sweet Union Candles is a sustainable candle business, first started in the summer of 2017 by Shannon Pearman. Each of her scented soy candles is hand poured into a repurposed glass bottle, and the top is adorned with small elements related to the flavor, like lemon zest or coffee beans.

Taylor Richards Conger

Based on the idea that the world offered more innovative styles of dress than those being offered by local haberdasheries, Glen Taylor, Richard Pattison and Lyn Conger have the most stylish SouthPark destination for all your high-end menswear. TRCW next door offers up the same for women.

The AromaCarepy Co.

The AromaCarepy Co. was created in April of 2020, offering natural, handcrafted self-care products to the Charlotte community. Whether you’re looking for a bath soak, essential oils, or salt scrub, The AromaCarepy Co. has something that will help you enjoy a little rest and relaxation.

Theory Design Shop

As part of the Theory Design Studio’s efforts to make your interiors stunning, their boutique features a great selection of home decor, lamps, pillows, art, dinnerware and furniture pieces, as well as a large gift section. They carry many local lines, including The Piper Collection pillows, Evelyn Henson prints and gifts, The Blush Label pillows and Ella B candles.

The Sporting Gent

Marc Williams’ classic men’s apparel shop is complete with field goods and fly gear, so that even the most outdoorsy of gents based in Charlotte, North Carolina can get out there in style.

Sporting Gent

Traditions Interiors

This multi-decade Park Road staple offers furniture and accessories, and four designers staffed who are ready at any moment to help you in your choices of how to perfect your home.

Twine and Twig originals
Twine and Twig originals

Twine and Twig

Twine & Twig handcrafted jewelry reflects natural, organic beauty influenced by Southern roots and extensive worldly travels.

Two Fold Clothing

Two Fold has established itself as a brand primarily focused on environmental and social consciousness. Each piece they create is made from sustainable and biodegradable materials, all packaging is made from recycled material, and collections are released twice a year to encourage conscious shopping.


Founded by two college friends, Vestique was originally a trendy online boutique in 2010. Since then, they’ve grown to establish nine locations across Georgia and the Carolinas. With Dilworth and Blakeney Village locations here in Charlotte, you’ll be sure to find beautiful pieces of clothing and accessories that are both trendy and high-quality.

Windsor Jewelers

Windsor Jewelers has a rich history as North Carolina’s premier independent jewelry store. The showrooms, the coveted products and brands, and the ultimate service experience has made Windsor a standout. For nearly a quarter of a century, Windsor Jewelers has offered every type of precious gemstone and jewelry, whether you’re building an ensemble or continuing a collection. They also offer guests the most professional team and extraordinary personal service.

Nature By Canus

Nature By Canus uses fresh goat’s milk from local goat farmers for Moisturizing Body Milk to help restore the skin’s natural moisture level. This vegan brand is for all skin types, even sensitive.

The Gift Picks

Yummy stuff

Buy a Restaurant Giftcard

Just like all businesses, restaurants need your support this season. A great way to give is to visit your favorite spot for a giftcard purchase of any price point.

Sweet Girl Cookies

The Charlotte-based cookie company ships their delightful cookies anywhere in the US, which can make gifting super easy for anyone who would prefer to ship their gifts instead of delivering in person. Sweet Girl has two seasonal offerings included in their “Best Of” Box plus an assortment of six classic cookies including Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Lemon Blueberry White Chocolate, White Chocolate Cherry, and Oatmeal Raisin, all individually wrapped.

Give a bottle

Une Femme Wines is a new Champagne and sparkling wine brand created by a brother-sister duo. The brand is sold in Charlotte at places like Salud and Stable Hand. The wines are made in partnership with the some of the most powerful women in the wine world, including female winemakers, investors, distributors, designers, and wine retailers. Every bottle sold contributes to the development of women’s careers. They also now benefit TreeSisters, a nonprofit organization created in direct response to climate change and women empowerment.

Levain Bakery Cookies

The beloved NYC Upper West Side bakery now sells frozen cookies at your local Teeter. The same recipe you know and love is now available in a smaller, more everyday-indulgence two ounce sizes. It’s the perfect gift to give that person on your list who already has everything, or to bake up at home for Santa.

Photo credit: Heather Winters

Great Wagon Road

If someone on your wishlist is a fan of Irish whiskey, we’ve got you covered with Great Wagon Road. Grab a bottle from local distillery Great Wagon Road right here in Charlotte, or give a giftcard.

The Wonderful Wine Co.

The stylish wine brand comes from the founders of Winc, an online wine subscription service. The Wonderful Wine Co. specializes in vegan wine made with organic grapes grown without pesticides and using sustainable farming methods. There are four distinct wine varieties available.

JuneShine Kombucha

JuneShine is a deliciously buzzy, healthy canned hard kombucha. They use only organic honey and organic cane sugar in fermentation and then add organic juices and spices to taste. There’s zero junk, and just like traditional kombucha, JuneShine contains probiotics, antioxidants, and vitamins. Give it as a gift to the health lover you know who still likes to have a good time. Their Cran Apple Cinnamon is the perfect holiday flavor.

Pretty little things

Joie de Viv

Joie de Viv offers modern, on-trend sustainable fine jewelry pieces at accessible prices. Made in a Miami studio, they frequently launch new collections and retire their old ones. Check out their holiday shop now for necklaces, rings, and other statement pieces. The Gabriella collection (ring pictured below hand-set on 18 karat gold) are among their most popular this season. Each piece comes beautifully wrapped in the signature Joie de Viv box and includes an IGI Certificate.

Vim + Vigor

Vim + Vigor candles combine 100% natural soy wax with meticulously crafted fragrance combinations before hand pouring all of the candles into unique pure copper and natural wood vessels that you can keep and resuse after the candle is done.

The Polished Jar

Founded in 2018, a stay-at-home mom in Southern California decided she wanted to create a boutique look for her home. That was the birth of The Polished Jar, a company that has brought a new level of personalization to jars and decor. They love creating modern and pretty labels to put on pretty soap bottles.
Follow them on Instagram @thepolishedjar

Cali Vibes Candle Co

Make your house smell good this season with Cali Vibes Candles. Each one is hand poured with the purest all natural soy wax, to ensure the highest quality and performance. Their winter scent, Sweet Tobacco, is rich and creamy, followed by a savory tobacco smoothness for the perfect seasonal warmth.

Mood House

Mood House, opening this December, has you covered for a one-and-done holiday gift for anyone on your list. Pick up a gift card for a 50-minute massage plus gratuity, boxed with a candle of choice (Calm, Clear, Abundant, Awake or Holiday Chill) for $140. You can also buy the candles alone for $34. Visit @thisismoodhouse for details on how to pick the gift up before the holidays.

Fun Little Things Under $100

Plant Lover Gift Box
Where to buy it: Moxie Mercantile
Who it’s for: Your green thumbed friends and family
Cost: Under $100

Kid-Friendly Bow & Arrow Set
Where to buy it: CLT Find
Who it’s for: The energetic young archer in your life
Cost: Under $100

Flannel Sleeved CLT Hoodie
Where to buy it: 704 Shop
Who it’s for: Your street fashionista
Cost: Under $100

Fulton & Roark Solid Cologne
Where to buy it: The sporting gent
Who it’s for: The most dapper gentleman in your life
Cost: Under $100

Mare Phone Wallet
Where to buy it: Moxie Mercantile
Who’s it for: The wife, daughter, or BFF on the go
Cost: Under $100

Paw Prints Mat
Where to buy it: Pura Vida Worldly Art
Who’s it for: Your favorite pet lover or furry friend
Cost: Under $100

Skin by Blair
Where to buy it: Skin by Blair or online
Who it’s for: Your mom, sister, or best girlfriend
Cost: Under $100

Charlotte Florist Delivery
Where to buy it: Midwood Flower Shop
Who it’s for: The in-laws or that special someone
Cost: Under $100

Fun Little Things Over $100

Custom Windy O’Connor Trays
Where to buy it: The Buttercup Charlotte
Who it’s for: The artsy host/hostess with the mostest
Cost: Over $100

Custom Paintings by Charlotte Artists
Where to buy it: Cotswold Marketplace
Who it’s for: The new homeowner or art aficionado
Cost: Over $100

Vintage Coin Necklace
Where to buy it: Laura James Jewelry
Who’s it for: The bold, one of a kind jewelry lover
Cost: Over $100

Decumano S Hat
Where to buy it: Amina Rubinacci
Who’s it for: The chic, sophisticated woman in your life
Cost: Over $100

Dark Oak Messenger Bag
Where to buy it: Buffalo Jackson Trading Co.
Who it’s for: The outdoorsman in your life
Cost: Over $100