Who needs a shelved elf when you can have a flying fairy? For more than 10 years, Mark Roberts has been designing fantastic fairies that adorn Christmas trees or simply add magic to a room. Inspired by special stories that his mother told him when he was a young lad, Roberts' Santas, elves, angels and more have been making their way into homes to become treasured keepsake collections that can be built upon each year. Prices start at $45.
Matthews Holiday Haus , 159 North Trade St. , Matthews, 704-849-7098
Folk art calendars
New Year? No fear. With local artist Kristen Feighery's Perpetual Calendar, you'll never need to buy another visual date keeper. Each handmade calendar is 24-by-12 inches and features a print of one of Feighery's modern folk art paintings. The unique, magnetic piece comes with two magnets attached to a resin flower, a hand-stamped disc or a handmade clay heart, allowing you to mark the month and day on the calendar. Calendars cost $90 each.
Sanctuary of Davidson , 108 S. Main St ., Davidson, 704-892-0044,
Need to feed company? Or is it a holiday hangover that ails you? MJ's Donuts in Pineville has just the cure. This hidden gem is family-owned and operated and has been baking up smiles with their delicious homemade doughnuts for almost 13 years. Holiday versions are available, as are Panthers-inspired treats. Don't miss the apple fritters, enormous cinnamon rolls or doughnut holes. Regular doughnuts start at 80 cents each.
MJ's Donuts , 325 South Polk St. ,
Pineville , 704-889-5427