Queen City Gift Guide: Where to Shop in Charlotte
Find out where to go to get the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
by Cassie Townsend Nov 30, 2018
LOVERS OF ALL THINGS LOCAL
Moxie Mercantile aims to bring a sophisticated blend of home and personal accessories to the Queen City. Products are based in elements of nature with a focus on touch of hand. Product lines range from table top to purses, jewelry to bath linens.
Welcome CLT (Charlotte Visitor Info Center Uptown)
The Visitor Info Center Uptown (WelcomeCLT) is where your journey to discovering Charlotte begins. In addition to being the go-to resource for visitors and locals looking for things to do, see, eat and explore in the Queen City, WelcomeCLT offers carefully curated retail options and gifts from local Charlotte-area vendors.
This quaint shop is located inside Overstreet Mall, a bit off the beaten path. The Beehive is packed with local products, like Trapp fragrances, Cloister Honey products and David French paintings. Here, you’ll also find stunning jewelry, shoes and handbags, and housewares.
Green with Envy
We guarantee you’ll be Green with Envy if you don’t check out this Plaza Midwood staple for yourself. From clothing to jewelry, games to pampering items, gardening tools to sweet things for baby, you won’t have a problem finding even the most obscure items on your list at Green with Envy. And the shop’s support of local artists warrants a nod.
Ruby's Gifts features one-of-a-kind, handmade items by all-local Charlotte artisans. Art, jewelry, home goods, pottery, clothing, accessories & much more - all crafted in and around the Queen City.
This local favorite lifestyle brand has officially made the transition from online-only to brick-and-mortar store in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood. 704 Shop designs blend fresh looks and classic imagery with modern graphics for a contemporary look.
Tucked away inside 7th Street Public Market, CLT find offers shoppers a curated collection of accessories, apparel, beauty and grooming, jewelry and lifestyle products from 40 local makers, artists and creatives in the Charlotte region.
The Map Shop
The Map Shop is home to more than 7,000 maps in stock, plus globes, nautical charts, street maps, city sightseeing guides, atlases, hiking maps and educational tools. Get familiar with the city or country (or any trail or body of water, for that matter) you’re interested in traversing.
Paper Skyscraper is packed with gifts and goodies full of local flair, like unique coffee table books, games and toys, handbags and jewelry, glassware and funky home decor, stationary and gift wrap, and much more.
The Sporting Gent
Men’s high fashion isn’t for every guy; that’s why The Sporting Gent, located in historic Myers Park, is a perfect fit for kings of casual wear, whether their adventures take them outdoors or to a fancy dinner party. The shop’s cache includes classic Southern brands like Southern Marsh, Drake, Costa, Atlantic Drift and more.
The Pink Hanger
Inside this chic boutique you’ll find pink walls as the canvas for a well-edited collection of dresses, tops, denim, jewelry and accessories to fit your every need. From carting the kids around town to date night, parties, showers, and more, The Pink Hanger has gifts covered for the fashionista in your life.
Tabor is a men’s shop housed in a Myers Park bungalow, where hard-to-find designer lines fill the shelves.
Ivy & Leo
Named after the owners’ two beloved rescue dogs, Ivy & Leo offers cute, chic and trendy clothes for a fraction of the cost. Since 2009, the shop has expanded to seven stores in the Carolinas.
Clair de Lune
Clair de Lune is a Parisian chic boutique located in the heart of South End Charlotte North Carolina just blocks from Uptown designed to provide a wardrobe for mothers and daughters to shop and share together.
Vestique is a women's fashion boutique carrying trendy clothing, accessories and jewelry.
Capitol is a luxury clothing boutique in Charlotte, North Carolina that features designs from Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci, along with high-end jewelry and accessories by Marie-Helene de Taillac, Irene Neuwirth and The Gem Palace.
With its tie dye wallpaper, ocean prints, and palm leaves, you can’t help but be sucked into the super chill Boem vibe. Featuring women’s clothing and accessories.
Taylor Richards & Conger
For more than 25 years Taylor Richards & Cogner has offered an upscale shopping experience for men with lines from top designers including Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and Donna Karan, Canali and Brunello Cucinelli.
Revolution Clothiers & Co.
At Revolution Clothiers & Co. you can shop the latest collections from Ted Baker, Raleigh Denim, Chaser and Gypsy while perusing through wares from local jewelry designers and artists.
Revolve is an upscale boutique with the gents in mind. This shop showcases shirts, sport coats and slacks from favorites, including Brooks Brothers, Hugo Boss and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Charlotte Hornets Fan Shop
Take pride in your team all season long by gifting a Charlotte Hornets jersey (or grabbing one for yourself) from the Charlotte Hornets Fan Shop. Stocked with t-shirts, hats, socks and other team merchandise for men, women and kids.
Carolina Panthers Team Store
The one-stop shop for all of your Carolina Panthers merchandise needs with something for everybody from newborns to adults. Free parking is available in front of the Carolina Panthers Team Store on Mint Street.
Charlotte Checkers Team Store
Get your gear on and cheer on Charlotte’s American Hockey League team. Purchase hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and jerseys online or swing by the Checkers headquarters in the EpiCentre to visit the Charlotte Checkers Team Store in person.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Stop in to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop to find gifts for racing fans of all ages. And for the ultimate fans, gift a NASCAR Hall of Fame annual membership. Members receive special members-only gifts, invitations to exclusive members-only events, a subscription to a members-only quarterly publication and advance access and select discounts to community events at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Charlotte Knights Official Store
The Official Store of the Charlotte Knights, the AAA Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Find an extensive selection of licensed Knights jerseys, apparel, collectibles and accessories.
Described as a “golfer’s paradise,” TopGolf is a national entertainment venue that provides golf games for all ages and skill levels. Your friends and family don’t need to be pros to have a good time with 102 climate-controlled bays, a full menu and TVs tuned in to top sporting events as far as the eye can see.
Bead Me by Linda Minor
Bead Me by Linda Minor houses a selection of handcrafted gemstone metal jewelry. Owner and designer Linda Minor designed a necklace that was presented to former First Lady, Michelle Obama by Mayor Anthony Foxx on behalf of Charlotte.
Laura James Jewelry
Laura James collected heirloom jewelry as a young girl, which sparked her interest in the history of vintage pieces. Hence, the incorporation of antique metal and stones in most of her trinkets at Laura James Jewelry. Whether she’s converting an old timepiece into a modern accessory or designing cutting-edge earrings, James’ creations are one of kind and can be found in her shop at Cotswold Marketplace.
Sisters Christine White and Anne Todd translated their passion for creative design by cultivating Charlotte jewelry mainstay Beads, Inc. Within the walls of the colorful Myers Park studio, shoppers can either purchase already finished pieces or try their hand at crafting a custom wonder, stringing anything from Swarovski crystals to semi-precious stones, sterling silver, Czech glass beads and beyond.
Handpicked is a local crowd favorite, and with multiple locations in the city, we can see why. From trendy baubles to hip handbags and clutches, to household accoutrements and stylish scarves, the selection of special accessories feels “handpicked” for every personality. Need to add an extra element of personal thought? Handpicked provides monogramming services for most of its offerings.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
An annual pass to the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers 365 days of access to the active, outdoor lifestyle. With 30 outdoor experiences available, share the joy of spending the next year paddling class II-IV whitewater, traversing the treetops, floating the Catawba, riding singletrack, or climbing the world’s only deep water solo climbing complex.
Give the gift of unlimited visits to Carowinds and Carolina Harbor every public operating day, including SCarowinds and WinterFest, plus free parking.
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Founded in 1972, Great Outdoor Provision Co. is a specialty outdoor retailer based in North Carolina that’s committed to providing a personal retail experience for all shoppers. They encourage you to come in, compare and contact, touch and feel and interact with staff who know and go outdoors.
Bare Foot Archery
Have a wanna-be Robin Hood or Katniss in your life? Surprise them with archery lessons or a visit to the range to hone their skills at Bare Foot Archery.
Axe Club of America
Formally LumberJaxe, Axe Club of America is the Southeast’s first axe throwing company. Coaches are on hand to guide play and ensure safe practices. Guests bring their sense of adventure, an open mind and closed-toe shoes and Axe Club of America provides the rest.
Timed Out Escape
While some escape rooms seem to be dark and almost similar to haunted houses, Timed Out Escape is aimed at featuring truly fun and challenging puzzles with an exciting story line. Get a gift certificate for the recipient to decide if they want to take on the Precinct or West room.
Inner Peaks Climbing Center
Inner Peaks Climbing Center offers two state-of-the-art facilities in Crown Point and South Gift a pass so guests can harness up and climb on their own time or sign up for a class to elevate their skills.
THRIFT STORE TREASURE HUNTERS
The Rat’s Nest
Not quite what the name The Rat's Nest may suggest, this NoDa storefront is the epitome of cool, funky finds, including leather jackets, vintage ringer tees and an assortment of cowboy boots that call adventurous shoppers.
Pop over to Park Road, where J.T. Posh, the self-proclaimed “savviest consignment shop” features brands that include J.Crew, Tory Burch and Lilly Pulitzer.
National chain Buffalo Exchange offers trendy, recycled fashions. Located in Plaza Midwood, this second-hand shop sells in-season threads that range from current treads to designer, leather and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Housed inside a remodeled Victorian home off Central Avenue, the quippy storefront of the FROCK Shop features art, accessories and clothing finds that are equally memorable and chic.
Those in need of essential wardrobe pieces, like a DVF wrap dress or Louis Vuitton carryall, look no further than Sweet Repeats, tucked away behind 300 East.
In addition to its reputation as a go-to for stylish housewares in Charlotte, Abode doubles as an interior design firm, where items from European flea markets as well as markets from all over the U.S. fill owner Mary Tobias Miller’s space. You’ll find an eclectic array of furniture, lighting, original artwork, linens and accessories.
Hickory Furniture Mart
The Hickory Furniture Mart houses nearly 100 galleries, stores and outlets and features approximately 1,000 premier furniture lines in a mix of factory outlets, custom showrooms and private galleries on four levels.
Sleepy Poet Antique Mall
If vintage furniture and homewares is more your gifting stlye, spend an afternoon perusing the aisles of Sleepy Poet Antique Mall at your leisure.
TUFT (Today’s Unique Furniture Trends) is the manifestation of owner Danielle McKim’s out of the box approach to design. Expect lots of vintage pieces with pops of colors and patterns.
South End Exchange
South End Exchange's inventory includes everything from antiques and designer home furnishings and accessories to china, crystal, lighting and rugs.
High Cotton Home Company
High Cotton Home Company boasts a big furniture showroom showcasing Vanguard Furniture lines, fabulous lighting, custom to-the-inch rugs, decorative accessories and original artwork from local artists. You’ll find transitional and contemporary furniture pieces in-store and enjoy access to ordering furniture of almost every style and price point.
A multi-merchant venue representing over 60 merchants and artists, Slate Interiors is a destination shop for exceptional one-of-a-kind finds. Open to the public and design professionals alike, the selection of home furnishings, accessories, lighting, and original art changes daily.
Formerly known as The Purple Picket, Cowbridge Furniture is the go to place for high quality furniture and home decor that exudes character, style and panache.
Nadeau – Furniture with a Soul
While Nadeau wasn’t founded in Charlotte, each of its stores stocks its shelves with unique handmade pieces by artisans around the globe so no two shops are the same.
LaDonna Antiques and Interiors
Located in furniture-savvy South End, La Donna Antiques and Interiors brings in items from around the globe, spanning France to Italy and Scandinavia. Unlike other store owners who travel across the Atlantic in search of special pieces, owner LaDonna Harris relies on domestic vendors to find unique items while keeping her own furniture taste in mind.
Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium
Learn about natural history through exhibits on wildlife and habitats, gaze up at the stars in a planetarium, and explore outdoors on trails, a wildlife garden and even a Stone Age heritage site with a Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium membership.
Discovery Place Charlotte
Discovery Place Charlotte has not one, but four different museums for guests and members to explore: Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature, Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville and Discovery Place Kids – Rockingham.
Toys & Co.
Toys & Co. is a family owned and operated specialty toy store providing a great selection of toys, dolls and stuffed animals with a fun and friendly hands-on environment.
Shower Me With Love
A baby and children’s boutique specializing in kids furniture and décor. Shower Me With Love products are designed for longevity – everyday heirlooms that can be passed on to future generations.
The Milky Way
The Milky Way is a store dedicated to meeting the needs of new families all in one convenient location. Stocked with gifts for new parents and babies, books, apparel, swaddles, nursing needs, formula and more.
Sky High Sports Charlotte
An indoor fun center for kids of all ages awaits when you make a trip to Sky High Sports. Take on a high ropes course, challenge your friends to a game of laser tag, get in on a game of trampoline dodgeball or practice your free throw shots all under one roof. And if you're looking for a full body workout that's high-flying fun, get a gift certificate to Sky High's signature fitness program, AIRobics.
SkyZone Trampoline Park
The traditional gym may have some new competition. As the self-proclaimed inventors of “fun fitness,” the world’s first indoor trampoline park is redefining the way your family can stay active. Sky Zone has something for everyone, including an open jump, a foam pit, a SkySlam court, ultimate dodgeball and skyrobics classes for the parents.
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
Get up close and personal with more than 5,000 sea creatures at SEA LIFE Aquarium in Concord Mills mall. The attraction brings you face-to-face with sharks, jellyfish, octopus, seahorses, starfish and more, and teaches visitors about what we can all do to protect our oceans.
MALLS FOR ALL
Charlotte’s oldest shopping mall is also one of the region’s largest. Anchored by Nordstrom, Belk, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, stores at SouthPark Mall range from high-end luxury, like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co., to American Girl and Crate & Barrel. During the holidays, reserve your FastPass & skip the line to see Santa to streamline your shopping experience.
Just 10 miles north of Uptown, Northlake Mall is a popular destination for those who value style and a big selection. The 150 retailers include H&M, Michael Kors, White House | Black Market, Banana Republic and Apple. A 14-screen AMC Northlake 14 movie theater and a variety of restaurants make it easy to spend several blissful hours here.
Carolina Place Mall
This 1.2 million-square-foot mall is located right outside of Charlotte in Pineville, North Carolina, and is anchored by Sears, Belk, JCPenney, Barnes & Noble and Dillard's. Carolina Place Mall is also home to many unique stores, including American Diva, Francesca's, Garage and Build-A-Bear Workshop. This diverse mix of classic stores that everyone loves and off-the-beaten-path stores waiting to be explored creates the ultimate shopping experience.
The mix of traditional retailers and outlet stores makes Concord Mills equal parts tourist attraction and super mall. It’s nearly 1.4 million square feet of retail therapy conveniently located off I-85, just a mile from Charlotte Motor Speedway. In addition to getting their retail fix, visitors can also take in unique entertainment options, including SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium or The Speedpark at Concord Mills, which offers go-karts, mini golf, monster truck rides and more.
Charlotte Premium Outlets
With more than 100 outlet stores, Charlotte Premium Outlets has something for everyone. Retailers include Steve Madden, Coach Outlet, Nike Factory Outlet, Janie and Jack, Cole Haan and more. There are also a variety of restaurants and snack shops that allow you to refuel and get back to shopping.
We’d be remiss if we left this Scandinavian staple off the list. Not technically a mall, but IKEA is big enough to seem like one. Packed with home furnishings, but also unexpected stocking stuffers and gift ideas for the whole family. You may get lost in their kids toy rooms, decorative art section or kitchen collections, but there will always be a helpful associate in blue ready to help you find your way to the check out line.