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Shop Main Street — Downtown Gaston retailers have got you covered for Christmas

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.

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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. Grab a cup of coffee before, a beer after, your favorite local lunch and make a day of shopping Gaston County.

Annalise Boutique

Annalise Boutique - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

206 E. Main Street, Cherryville

Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Stylish and cozy clothing, gifts, and accessories are all packed into this charming downtown Cherryville shop.

Back of the Moon

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105 E. First St., Lowell

Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This locally owned boutique features clothing and accessories for women of all ages. Their unique, stylish inventory will offer something for anyone on your holiday list.

Bangles & Bags

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1108 Union Rd., Suites A-B, Gastonia

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

Carpenter’s Gifts and Jewelry

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123 E. Main St., Cherryville

Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. ; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

Catalyst Mercantile

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117 N. Main St., Mt Holly

Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Catalyst Mercantile brings together a community of local makers who are eager to share their handmade creations with you, including Christmas decor. Pop into their downtown shop or join them at the festive Mount Holly & the Makers Christmas Pop Up Market Family Night December 4th - 6th.

A Classy Closet

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119 N. Main St., Lowell

Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Looking for something trendy and fun? A Classy Closet is the boutique for you. They over clothing, jewelry and other accessories in their downtown Lowell location.

Create in Us

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104 S. Main St. Mt Holly

Hours vary by week, Pop-ups

In addition to offering adult and children classes,this local art studio boasts a collection of beautiful handmade items perfect as housewarming gifts or teachers in your life. Stop by their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 4, or check their hours before coming by.

First Street Home

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106 E. First St., Lowell

Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find beautiful home furnishings and gifts at this Lowell shop. From jewelry to art to home accessories to Christmas decor, this is a great place to find something for the person who has everything else.

Grape & Barley

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1933 Hoffman Rd. #4, Gastonia

Monday-Thursday 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

Heritage Mill Antique and Designer Mall

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1820 Spencer Mountain Rd., Gastonia

Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Whether you are in search of handmade Christmas decorations to spruce up your home or charming trinkets to gifts, the Heritage Mill’s collection of antique furniture, decor, jewelry,and vintage clothing is sure to please.

Hive Design Stationery & Gifts

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127 W. Main St., Gastonia

By appointment, please email:

A beautiful space for home goods, Christmas decor 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.

Jolie Boutique

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33 N. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.

Kelly's K-9 Kitchen

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118 N. Main St., Lowell

Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Wednesday & Friday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Don't forget your furry friends this holiday season. Drop by Kelly's K-9 kitchen for treats, clothing and accessories for the dogs and cats on your list.

Meraki Flowershop

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35 N. Main Street, Belmont

Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

With its motto “gift good vibes,” Meraki Flowership offers one-of-a-kind fresh flower arrangements (Christmas included) along with houseplants, terrariums, gemstones, and self-care products to soothe the mind and soul.

Mona’s Boutique & Gifts

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115 Main Street, McAdenville

Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Located at the heart of downtown McAdenville, Mona’s Boutique & Gifts holds many sentimental and charming treasures like Christmas Town U.S.A. designer sweatshirts, jewelry, ornaments and home decor.

Mount Hollywood Vintage

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126 S. Main Street, Mount Holly

Tuesday - Friday, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Discover some new classic, vintage finds and snazzy styles ranging from western cowboy outfits to vintage sports jerseys at this downtown Mount Holly clothing store.

Patriot Jack’s Outfitters

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832 E. Kings St., Kings Mountain

Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. ; Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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.

Retro Toys and Collectibles

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400 E. Main Street A., Cherryville

Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Need a unique gift for the kid in your life? Discover the vintage Pokémon cards, action figures, and other collectables at this fun downtown Cherryville shop.

Sew Much Fun

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831 S. Church St., Lowell

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.

Sleepy Poet Antique Mall

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111 W. Main Ave., Gastonia

Monday - Thursday, 11a.m. -6 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

The classic antique mall is an ideal staycation stop that transports you to times past. Enjoy finding the perfect treasure for your vintage and retro-loving friend here (as well as some lovely Christmas items).

The Summit Beer Shop

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122 S. Main St., Mt. Holly

Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday- Saturday 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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.

Surprise Me

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140 N. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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, like scented candles, journals and more.

Victoria-Cole Gifts & Collectibles

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122 E. Main St., Cherryville

Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.

The Vintage Nest Home & Gift Shop

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119 S. Main St., Mt. Holly

Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Reclaimed handbags, hand-poured candles, Christmas decor and hand-painted furniture and even sourdough strarter 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.

Winterpast Flowers

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116 N. Main St., Lowell

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Give the gift of fresh flowers to someone you love. Winterpast offers online and phone ordering for beautiful arrangements that are sure to impress.

Woo's Too Boutique

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2515 E. Ozark St., Gastonia

Monday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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.

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