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Forget about Mother’s Day? 11 places to get that perfect last-minute gift

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Sunday is Mother’s Day. What, you forgot? It snuck up on me, too. That’s OK, though. There are plenty of places around Charlotte where you can grab a great, unique gift for the woman who brought you into this world.

I surveyed some coworkers to get their suggestions, in addition to some of my favorites. Here’s what we came up with.

Paper Skyscraper

This Dilworth shop is one of my go-to, last-minute shops and it was suggested by most of the people I asked. Great Charlotte gifts, cards, books, decorations and more.

330 East Boulevard, Charlotte

Uptown museum gift shops

The second-most common recommendation was for the Mint Museum Uptown gift shop, where you can find books, pottery, glassware, jewelry and more.

Also consider the gift shops of other uptown museums: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and Levine Museum of the New South.


As one of my colleagues wrote: “Women love anything from there.” You can get jewelry, monogrammed gifts, bags clothes and more.

Multiple locations: Blakeney, Arboretum, Dilworth and Huntersville.

7th Street Public Market Mother’s Day Sip & Shop

The pop-up shop runs 3-8 p.m. Friday at the uptown market, with vendors like: 704 Shop, CharLit Candles, eb jewelry studio, CLT Boutique, Pink Diasy Co. and more. (There will also be free sparkling wine for 50 people at 5 p.m. and 50 more at 6 p.m.)

224 E. 7th St., Charlotte.

Berhan’s Gifts & Jewelry

Didn’t know about this little shop in Latta Arcade until someone recommended it to me. Jewelry, purses and small clothing items.

320 S. Tryon St., Suite 104, Charlotte.

The Bag Lady

Books, candles, jewelry, incense, art, clothing cards and more. And with good mission: “To celebrate, nurture and affirm all regardless of age, size, sex, shape, color, astrological sign, political preference or economic status.”

1710 Kenilworth Ave. Suite 200, Charlotte.

Wooden Stone Gallery

If you live or work up by Lake Norman, you can hit this Davidson gallery for some hand-crafted art.

445 S. Main St., Suite 200, Davidson. 

The Cubbyhole

A good option for those who live and work down in Ballantyne. A little shop with a ton of unique gifts.

15235 John J. Delaney Dr., Charlotte.

The Mole Hole of Charlotte

Another option for those more on the south side of Charlotte. “Lots of knick-knacks that moms would love,” the recommender said, “like Oprah’s favorite things, unique jewelry, etc.

7741 Colony Road Suite A3, Charlotte.

The Peach Stand

For something a little different,  head to Fort Mill and get some Carolina-produced products like sauces, jellies, pies and breads. The person who recommended this bought some strawberry bread there this week for a gift.

1325 Highway 160 West, Fort Mill (not far off I-77).

Rite Aid, CVS or Harris Teeter

Before you start laughing, this is actually a pretty good one-stop shop if you’re desperate. These usually have gift card centers that offer gift cards for all kinds of different stores, restaurants and brands. Grab one and a Mother’s Day card — and maybe some flowers — and you’re done. Easy, right?

Various locations. 

Thanks to all of the people who helped me with this list: Roland Wilkerson, Heather Mims, Katie Peralta, Kathleen Purvis, Maria David, Eric Edwards, Caroline Portillo, Karen Garloch, Ann Allen, Mark Price, Adam Bell, Dee Dee Strickland, Jane Pope, Cristina Bolling, Risa McGrew, Bruce Henderson and Ely Portillo.

Photo: Davie Hinshaw/Charlotte Observer