The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year — or they can be the most stressful time of the year when you have a long list of people to plan and buy for. While the season isn’t all about the presents, we know how fun it is to find the perfect gift for someone you love, so we put together a list of 50 fantastic gifts that are ALL under $50 and ALL from local Charlotte stores!
The Corkcicle canteen is perfect for anyone who likes having a cold drink at all times — and who doesn’t want that? We love all the different colors available. Get one at Swoozie’s Charlotte for $32.95.
We didn’t even know the Corkcicle koozie existed until we stumbled upon them at Paper Twist — and we’re glad that they do! If you’ve got a secret santa or gift exchange coming up, this would work for men or women and they’re only $20.
Bar carts are all the rage these days, but they can be pretty darn expensive. Instead opt for this nifty gold cocktail carrier as an affordable gift. We found them at K-La Boutique for $28.
We’d like to personally thank whoever invented champagne infused gummy bears! Who wouldn’t want to receive such a cool gift? You get to feel like an adult and kid all at the same time. Woo Skincare and Cosmetics carries them for $20 a box or $8.50 a cube.
Between the hilarious vintage pictures and snarky sayings, these MikWright coasters are sure to get some laughs from recipients. Plus, they’re a Charlotte company that uses real family pictures, so you never know who you might see. You can find them at Green with Envy for $3.50 each or four for $6.
Dress up a plain bottle of wine with one of these festive canvas wine bags from K-La Boutique and spread some holiday cheer. It’s impossible not to get excited when something says “popping bottles!” Grab one for $26.
Polymer clay wine glasses
Upgrade your friend’s wine glasses from boring to chic with these colorful glasses by Daria Petch. Every color in the design uses a different piece of polymer clay canes and no two are ever exactly alike! You can find them for $36 at 32 Flavors Boutique.
Jingle wine glasses
Are you starting to sense a theme here? We know there’s a lot of wine to drink over the holidays and we think everyone should do it in style. How cute are these jingle juice glasses? We think all the elves on your list will get a kick out of them. You can buy a set for $27.95 at Green with Envy.
We’ve all got that one friend who is really competitive and loves playing games. They’ll really appreciate this Wine Wars trivia game that’ll test their knowledge of vino. It’ll be even more fun after a glass or two. Find it for $22.95 at K-La Boutique.
Macaroon ornament set
Add some color and sparkle to your besties’ Christmas tree this year with this adorable macaroon ornament set from Paper Twist for $30!
Bourbon and scotch drinkers will thank you for these custom Charlotte area code high-ball glasses. They’ll look perfect on any bar cart or serving tray. Blacklion carries them for $8.95 a piece.
Cheers-ing will be a lot more fun with these gold confetti tumblers on hand! They’re perfect to have out for Christmas and New Year’s Eve — or even year-round if you ask us! Pick up a pair for your favorite hostess or girlfriend at The Cheeky Bean for $28.
Your favorite coffee drinker will love this home mug that represents North Carolina. They’ll be able to get their daily caffeine fix and represent their favorite state! Plus you can’t beat the price of $9 at Moxie Mercantile.
Most mornings are hectic and usually mean coffee on the go for most people. This “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That” Ashley Brooke Designs travel mug is sure to quickly become a favorite for $22 at The Cheeky Bean.
Carry-on cocktail kit
No one should ever leave home without the important things — like libations! And none of your friends will have to if you give them a Carry-On Cocktail Kit this Christmas. We chose the Bloody Mary kit, because it’s never too early for one. Paper Skyscraper carries them for $24.95.
These socks are a great gag gift for any Carolina Panthers fan. We love all the guys, but suggest finding the person’s favorite player so they’ll appreciate them even more. Green with Envy carries them for $20.95 a pair.
Help your favorite girl boss keep track of all her meetings and engagements with this black and gold journal. It’s small enough to easily stash in her purse, car or desk for last minute notes. Leola and Simone Boutique has them for $17.99.
Be Powerful: Find Your Strength at Any Age
One of Charlotte’s favorite fitness gurus — Liz Hilliard of Hilliard Studio Method — just released her first book — Be Powerful: Find Your Strength at Any Age. It’s an encouraging read that will help inspire anyone to feel their absolute best. Purchase one for $19.99 here.
The Forest Feast Gatherings
Foodies will love The Forest Feast Gatherings book from B.D. Jeffries. It features 100 simple vegetarian dishes that are sure to suit anyone’s dietary restrictions. Just looking at all the wonderful recipes makes us hungry! Pick one up for $36.
Tequila Mockingbird cocktail book
Whoever came up with this book is pure genius, and we’re sure that To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee would approve of it’s hilarious play on words. Plus, who couldn’t stand to learn a few new cocktail recipes — especially around the holidays?! Grab one at Paper Skyscraper for $15.
Soirée: Entertaining with Style
If you know an inspiring event planner or someone who just likes to throw parties, you’ll want to get her Danielle Rollins’ book Soirée: Entertaining with Style, where the Southern entertaining expert gives readers inside tips on how to throw the best parties. B.D. Jeffries carries them for $50.
Cupcakes and Cashmere
Lifestyle blogger Emily Schuman is so popular she almost has a cult following. Now she’s written a book for her millions of followers that covers everything from her home decor to her wardrobe to how she entertains. Cupcakes and Cashmere is a wonderful gift idea for anyone who’s into fashion, interior design or blogging. K-La Boutique carries the book for $19.95.
The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Adult coloring books are a big trend this year, and we totally get it — it’s a great way to get out some creativity and de-stress. We think The Mindfulness Coloring Book makes a great stocking stuffer. Purchase for $9.95 at Paper Skyscraper.
Little words bracelets
These little bracelets can have a big impact with encouraging messages like wish, pray, achieve and trust. Purchase a few to pass on the sentiment to the special women in your life. Find them at Leola and Simone Boutique for $24.
Give the gift of sparkle with a beautiful pair of JaxKelly stud earrings from 32 Flavors Boutique. They come in all sorts of different stones and agate geodes, so you’ll have plenty of options to find the perfect pair to gift this season for $28.
North Carolina earrings
We might be biased, but we can’t think of a gift more perfect for a Carolina girl than these silver earrings in the shape of North Carolina! They are adorable and versatile and only $34 at Moxie Mercantile.
If you’re looking for a really unique gift, these stamped necklaces have to be one of the most unique items we’ve found in a long time. They aren’t your average necklaces — they’re adorned with popular TV characters like the Golden Girls and famous musicians including Bob Marley. We had fun just looking through all of them and think you will too. Find them at 32 Flavors Boutique for $36 each.
These beaded tassel bracelets are the bees knees! We love the variety of soft colors — especially the sea foam green. They’re hand-crafted by local jewelry artist Zoe Rives and can be found for $48 at Moxie Mercantile.
These studs were so shiny they caught our eye and then the $10 price tag really got our attention. They’re classic, versatile and will look stunning on anyone. You can find them at Shop BOEM.
This “eat well, travel often” jewelry dish is a great way to remind friends to explore and keeps small pieces of jewelry safely in one place. The white and gold details are delicate enough to work with just about any decor. K-La Boutique sells them for $22.
For the fashionista in your life, this embellished gold cuff will update any outfit! The small crystals surrounding the black onyx stone make a big impact that will definitely draw attention. It’s $44 at Shop BOEM.
There’s nothing that reminds us more of winter than the smell of simmering cider! This cider candle is double the fun — once it’s been burned you’re left with a moscow mule cup. They’re $35 at Cotswold Marketplace.
Hanger is a real thing — this sign says so! We’ve all been there before, but we’ve also all got that one friend that’s almost always hangry and could really use this funny reminder. The print is $18 by itself or $45 framed at Green with Envy.
These cute little dishes could hold just about anything — rings, keys, change, soap — you name it, it’ll probably hold it. Plus, we really love the upbeat inspirational quotes that are sure to brighten anyone’s day. They’re $12.95 each at 32 Flavors Boutique.
This natural wood wine rack is a stylish and handy way to display a small wine collection. It’s neutral color will go with any kitchen decor, and it works as a gift for a man or woman. Find one for $45 at Nadeau Charlotte.
We love these Antica Farmacista reed diffusers — the bottles are simple and elegant, and the scents are absolutely divine. We suggest the lavender and lime blossom — it’s extremely refreshing and will perk up just about any room. Find them at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics for $18.
A map of the Queen City’s neighborhoods would be a great addition to any Charlotte home. From the historic wards to the ever expanding South End, they’re all there! Green With Envy sells them for $30.
Organic grow kit
We all have a foodie friend who loves using the freshest ingredients — well, you can’t get any fresher than growing them yourself. This little organic grow kit lets you grow fresh herbs no matter where you are. The kit includes a pack of seeds and the organic soil for them to grow in the bag. Herbs include thyme, mint, dill and several more. Kits are $15.95 at Green with Envy.
Sometimes you just need a really simple gift to show your appreciation over the holidays — and these gourmet toffees are a great way to do that. With flavors like milk chocolate pecan and dark chocolate almond sea salt, you just can’t go wrong. Get a box or two at Paper Twist for $25.
Sugarfina cocktail candies
These tasty Sugarfina dirty martini olives and maple bourbon caramels are a great way to upgrade your favorite cocktails! Buy one or two for stocking stuffers. They’re $18 a cube at Paper Twist.
Help keep your family and friends warm and stylish this winter with this cozy buffalo check scarf. It pairs easily with any black or white top. We found this one at LUXE Angel Boutique for $30.
Every woman can use a versatile gold clutch that can fit all of our many accessories like wallets, phones, lipsticks — and whatever else we think we might need for a night out on the town. Our favorite clutch is at Pink Hanger for $48.
For a more subdued clutch for friends who prefer classic over trendy, consider gifting this neutral clutch from The Cheeky Bean. It’s not only stylish with its textured details, but it’s also affordable at $42.
Bobbi Brown make-up
Your friends will look flawless after using this Bobbi Brown Party-to-Go make-up compact from Woo Skincare and Cosmetics. They’ll get a lipstick, two beautiful eye shadows, a blush and a liner for $42! (The compact is the perfect size to fit in a purse for on-the-go touch-ups.)
Peppermint lip scrub
Cold weather can be harsh on skin, especially our lips, so pamper your favorite lady with peppermint lip scrub! The Cheeky Bean carries them for $24.
Hilliard Studio Method total body sculpt DVD
For the fitness junkie in your life, check out Hilliard Studio Method’s Total Body Sculpt DVD. It’s an hour-long workout that focuses on the entire body and guarantees incredible results like chiseled arms, a flatter stomach and lean legs! You can order one here for $49.99.
This product has been named the “holy grail” of skincare experts and beauty editors all over the world. It’s everything your skin needs rolled into one product. Purchase this travel size bottle of Biologique’s P50 lotion for $27 at Toska European Spa as a gift for friends, and they’ll be forever grateful.
Little Barn recovery mask
Help keep your friends’ skin glowing with Little Barn Apothecary’s Recovery Mask. It’s designed to brighten, detox and clear skin. We could all probably use that skincare after lots of holiday celebrations. The LaLa Girl Make Up and Beauty Lounge carries the recovery mask for $24.
St. Tropez tanner
You may not be able to give friends a round-trip tropical vacation, but you can give them a year-round tan with this St. Tropez tanning mousse from Hilliard Studio Method. It’s a fan favorite because it provides a streak-free, natural looking tan and dries quickly! Pick one up for $42.
We’re always on the hunt for cute beauty bags to give to friends, and this one made us laugh out loud! It’s perfect for on-the-go and can be easily thrown into a carry-on bag or weekender to keep track of beauty products or jewelry. Find it for $15.95 at Paper Skyscraper.
Happy holidays, and happy shopping!!
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