• Liz Logan

Want to Keep your Dollar Local this Holiday Season? Try these Local Retailers for your Gift-Giving

Updated: Jan 6




The holiday season tends to bring about a bit of reflection. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s we are faced with a handful of holidays that allow for intentional interaction with family and friends and often the opportunity to shower one another with gifts.


This holiday season, extend your intentionality when choosing gifts for those close to you. Instead of running to the nearest box store to pick up something prepackaged in a hurry, think through some of these local gift ideas. When you make the choice to shop local you are having a positive impact on the environment, local economy and the very people who have chosen to spend their lives growing their dreams and businesses in our county. But be strategic: lots of these spots are only open until 5:00pm, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.


Photo Courtesy Belmont Main Street

Belmont


Happy Dog Café


Looking for a little something for your canine friend or friend with canines? Pick up a chew toy or any variety of accessories (prices vary) or a gift card to get your pup groomed (prices vary).


26 North Main Street, Suite 1, Monday-Friday 7am-6:30pm; Saturday 8am-4pm


Jolie Boutique


With arrivals coming in regularly, Jolie Boutique is an excellent spot for the fashionista in your life. You’ll find a great variety of clothing and accessories.


33 North Main Street, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm


Surprise Me


Surprise Me Belmont will do exactly what its name claims. Stop in for gifts for a variety of folks in your life, from kids to adults.


104 North Main Street, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-4pm


Cherryville


Carpenter’s Gifts and Jewelry


Located in downtown Cherryville, Carpenter’s Gifts and Jewelry has gifts perfect for those looking to be eco-friendlier with reusable drinkware, like Swig cups and insulators. Here you’ll also find a variety of acrylic jewelry of varying styles and designs.


123 East Main Street, Tuesday and Saturday 10am-3pm; Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm


Victoria-Cole Gifts & Collectibles


On the main stretch by Carpenter’s Gifts and Jewelry, Victoria-Cole Gifts & Collectibles has a wide variety of printed shirts, jewelry, handmade coffee mugs and more. Make a day of it by shopping small, local and creatively.


122 East Main Street, Tuesday-Friday 10am-5:30pm; Saturday 10am-5pm


Cramerton


The Teacher Box


If you know a teacher or homeschool parent, then you know they are almost always happy to receive classroom supplies. Be it a novelty or necessity, The Teacher Box has you covered. Their inventory covers a wide array of age groups, beginning with infants and toddlers. Tools for special needs teachers and students are also available. You can even consider gifting

some of the classroom items to children on your list.


225B Market Street, Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm; Saturday 10am-2pm


Gastonia


Bangles & Bags


Recently releasing their winter line, Bangles & Bags has everything from pajama sets and earrings to oven mitts and candles. Whether you’ve got something specific in mind or not, Bangles & Bags can help you get the ball rolling on your holiday shopping.


1108 Union Road, Suites A-B, Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm; Saturday 10am-4pm


Grape & Barley


Got a wine or beer lover in your life? Grape & Barley’s specialty curated shop has an excellent and expansive selection of wine and beer for your special occasions or to give as gifts. A knowledgeable staff member can help you find the perfect libation for your holiday needs.


1933 Hoffman Road #4, Monday-Thursday 12pm-9pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-4pm


Hive Design Stationery & Gifts

Photo Courtesy Hive Design Stationery & Gifts

A beautiful space for home goods or even a wedding registry, Hive Design’s creative artist community specializes in stationary and specialty monogrammed items. You’ll find Gaston County and North Carolina-specific gifts here and maybe even something for yourself.


127 West Main Street, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-2pm


Woo’s Too Boutique


Self-described Southern Style, Woo’s Too has customers covered in Simply Southern, Southern Couture and more. For the southerner on your list (or a transplant trying to fit the bill), Woo’s Too is the perfect gear shop for all things south.


2515 East Ozark Street, Monday 10am-2pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-7pm


Kings Mountain


Patriot Jack’s Outfitters


Photo Courtesy Patriot Jack's Outfitters

Located just as you enter Kings Mountain, Patriot Jack’s Outfitters is a great spot to find outdoor gear. Stop in to shop YETI, Patagonia, Kavu and more, then head next door to Big Red’s for a cup of coffee.


832 East Kings Street, Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm


Lowell


Sew Much Fun


Located just outside the Franklin Shopping Center, Sew Much Fun boasts a store full of fabric, patterns, ribbon and more for the crafter in your life. Don’t know what to get? Try a gift certificate for one of their classes, like Learning to Sew or Machine Quilting.


831 South Church Street, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm


Mt. Holly


The Summit Beer Shop


Photo Courtesy The Summit Beer Shop

Another great spot for your beer-loving buds, The Summit Beer Shop is a fantastic spot for beer shopping and with 24 beers on tap you can grab a brew and peruse. Grab a bartender to help decide what to buy or get a gift certificate for a night out.


122 South Main Street, Monday – Thursday 12pm-10pm; Friday- Saturday 12pm-12am;

Sunday 1pm-9pm


The Vintage Nest Home & Gift Shop


Reclaimed handbags, hand poured candles, and hand painted furniture are among the items found at Mount Holly’s The Vintage Nest. Made by hand, many of these items are one of a kind, giving your gift a unique flair.


119 South Main Street, Tuesday – Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm

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