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Shopping news: Here's help for holiday gift ideas

Scout and Molly's

Be a standout this season in one of the holiday dresses and tunic tops available at Scout and Molly's. This boutique carries dress styles by designers such as Rebecca Taylor, Greylin and Nell - all at a variety of price points.

Be sure to try on one of the one-shoulder style dresses. Scout and Molly's received a new shipment of Tolani scarves, a popular gift item. The boutique offers jewelry by local artists. Bring in a newtoy for the Toys for Tots Foundation and receive 15 percent off through Dec. 10.

Scout and Molly's, 3920 Sharon Road, Suite B150, 704-817-7009;

Learning Express

Learning Express at Stonecrest has fun toys and games for learning. Chemistry sets, microscopes, rock tumbling machines and crystal growing kits are just a few of the novel gift ideas.

Learning Express also carries arts and crafts projects, LEGO sets, jewelry for kids and unique toys for outdoor play. Ugly Doll collectors: Be sure to get a Nandy Bear. The store offers free personalization on items such as lap desks, toy cases and totes.

When grandparents shop, they receive a 10 percent discount on all full-priced items. Learning Express also offers teachers 10 percent off all classroom items with a valid teaching ID.

Learning Express at Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7918-F Rea Road, 704-544-1885;

Jewelry Artists

Jewelry Artists of Charlotte in Ballantyne Village is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a Founder's Day Celebration on Dec. 11. Enjoy food and drinks and celebrate with the local artists from 6 to 9 p.m.

Ladies fill out a wish list during Women's Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 15. Nibble on sandwiches and dessertwhile you decide. Then send your partner in for "Gift Wrapped and Done" from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 22. Spend $150 at any of these events and receive 15 percent off.

Jewelry Artists of Charlotte, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 120, 704-369-5280.