8 CLT-local gifting ideas

If you’re shooting to impress someone with a holiday gift, personal is best. We all know that, right? But local and personal? You’ve got a home run on your hands. Several upcoming events (and an Observer listing) offer something to swing at:

• Gallery crawls are Dec. 5, including a once-a-year event at the South End one: The Dilworth Artisan Station, just off South Boulevard on Kingston (at 118 E. Kingston Ave.) lets visitors stroll through dozens of small and more sizable galleries, sip wine and eat tidbits during the main crawl hours, 6-9 p.m. In both South End and NoDa, there’s a range of things to pick up, from both galleries and shops that stay open later than usual on these first-Fridays-of-the-month. You can buy then or, even better, take your target giftee(s), see what they touch or stop in front of or comment on, sneakily jot it down on your phone or a business card, and call later to procure. If the South End crawl isn’t in your regular routine, and you’re afraid it’s too obvious a gift-giving ploy, claim that you’re just going to check out the food trucks. (Then: Check out the food trucks!) Check

for South End info; NoDa info:


• Check out the annual Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, with local vendors selling gifts, crafts and baked goods in the brewery’s Biergarten. (Yes, you can also get beer, food and Gluhwein, mulled red wine, while you shop.) 4-9 p.m. Dec. 5 and 2-10 p.m. Dec. 6; 4150 Yancey Road.

• The Atherton Market’s Holiday Market will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6, with music, Santa and retailers, along with foodstuffs, crafts and more.

. (The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market has a craft barn as well:


• To buy local for a cause, try the Urban Ministry Center’s Holiday Hoopla Art Exhibit & Sale. That’s 5-7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Center, 945 N. College St.;

(go to News and Events).

• The All-Arts Market with area artists comes to the Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. in NoDa, 6-11 p.m. Dec. 11-12. This ranges broadly, from skin care and jewelry to clothing and more. Info:


• Ballantyne Village hosts a holiday open house, and 3H (“Homemade, Handmade and Homegrown”) there will have vendors and creations (jewelry, candles, art, etc.), Dec. 13.


• You can also search for locally made clothes, jewelry, furniture and more at


• You could also keep it local by donating in your giftee’s name to one of the places in The Observer’s Giving Guide, at


CLT_Style has also begun a series on local designers who create all sorts of goods; check for two we’ve covered so far: Shop Melvin and Catherine Cole Studio.

Helen Schwab