Mara Brooks, Editor

Whatever your budget, you can find unique and beautiful gifts for loved ones of all ages without ever leaving the neighborhood. From Christmas ornaments to comfy sweaters and robes, seasonal candles and even Nutcracker bath bombs, shopping in Charlotte is an uncommonly delightful experience—and supporting local business owners is great for the (holiday) spirit!


a little something
Shelburne Bay Plaza
2989 Shelburne Road, Shelburne
If you’re in need of stocking stuffers, fun party gifts or a nice warm sweater for mom, a little something has you covered. Owner Deidre Senior’s Shelburne Road boutique is equal parts elegance and whimsy, and shoppers can easily spend an hour or two taking in all the “little something”s this shop has to offer.
Visit a little something in person or shop online.

Delightful holiday gifts abound at a little something on Shelburne Road. Pictured is a cozy Hat and Mittens set ($46.99), Festive Frosty Mints ($4.99), Silver Braided Picture Frame (from $36), Holiday Pebbles ($8.99), and other holiday-themed items.


65 Falls Road, Shelburne
Mysa is the boutique to visit when you’re shopping for someone special. From candles to clothing to jewelry and accessories, this small but exquisite store is a study in understated luxury and casual elegance. The apparel can be pricey, but the quality is top notch, with gorgeous cashmere and wool sweaters and slacks in winter-perfect neutral shades and striking minimalist jewelry. Visit Mysa online.

Mysa offers a brilliant selection of gift items including scented candles (from $30), Makana Diffuser ($40), soaps, room sprays, lotions, and bubble baths. (Prices vary).


The Horsford Nursery
2111 Greenbush Road, Charlotte
The Horsford Nursery is the state’s oldest plant nursery and has sat on the same 40-acre Charlotte plot since 1893. Driving onto the garden grounds, I quickly become intoxicated by heavenly winter sights and smells: decorative wreaths, burning wood crackling in an outdoor fire pit and row upon row of fragrant, impossibly lush Christmas trees.

While Horsford’s might be a local jewel, each holiday season the nursery’s signature wreaths are shipped to loyal customers all over the country. The nursery’s many holiday offerings can be found online.

From full, lush Christmas trees, the nursery’s signature wreaths and bows for the entryway, Pointsettas for the table, holiday cuttings for the mantel, and colorful ornaments for the tree, Horsford Nursery offers one stop shopping for home holiday decor.


The Gilded Elephant
3488 Ethan Allen Highway, Charlotte
The Gilded Elephant owner Jen Novak knows a thing or two about delighting the visual senses. An interior designer by trade, Novak opened The Gilded Elephant last April to bring quality home décor to her clients and customers. For the holiday season, Novak has filled her shop with “a unique selection of Christmas ornaments and some really fabulously scented candles,” she said.

Visit The Gilded Elephant online.

Items for your holiday shopping list