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Shop on a budget with these Southern Christmas Show merchants


Organizers of Charlotte’s annual Southern Christmas Show want shoppers on a budget to know they can buy gifts for under $20 at the event, which will run Nov. 11-22 at The Park Expo and Conference Center.

The show includes more than 400 merchants. Admission is $12 at the door; advance tickets cost less. See details at

Southern Christmas Show organizers compiled this “short list” of finds ranging from $3 to $20, which included these descriptions and accompanying images:

Cheese Straws: Bursting with a super cheesy flavor, Kim's Cheese Straws are a uniquely southern experience. Made by hand, these crispy snacks are perfect to have out during the holidays, and make a great party gift They come in four flavors: Original Cheddar, Parmesan, Tomato Basil, and Hot Habanera.

Cookie Cutters: What's better than a warm cookie? That's a warm cookie in a fun shape. Aaron's Cookie Cutters & More has over 800 different cookie cutter shapes, and over 100 different sprinkles.

Red Clay Shirts: Nothing says you’re proud of your state like a shirt dyed in authentic North Carolina red clay. Authentic NC Red Dirt Shirts makes 100 percent cotton items, including t-shirts and caps, with that distinctive reddish-brown color that we all know and love.

Alma Mater Memories: Pen and Ink prints drawings by local artist Michael James depict regional colleges, universities and local scenes.

Pop-up Holiday Greetings: These beautiful hand-cut holiday greeting cards from Dimensional Greetings spring to life as the card is opened.

Sleigh Bells Ring: The Bellmeister creates jingling leather door hangers and other bell décor.

Go Fish: Go Fish creates hand painted functional art for kids. These include wall art, treasure boxes, desk caddies and necklace holders.

Happy Quilts: Designer/quilter Kelly Rose hand-makes beautiful quilts designed to be passed from one generation to another. She also has fun and affordable baby bibs and zippered pouches that are great for gifting.

For the Devoted Fan: What do you get the sports fan who's also a devoted Christian? How about a book full of devotionals based on his favorite team. Extra Point Publishers had 38 teams to choose from.

Special Serving: Want to dress up that hors d'oeuvres platter? Beautiful bowls, spoons and other decorative items from Wireworx may be the answer.

Personally Framed: Giftworks Plus customizes handmade alderwood frames and mattes with the name or inscription of your choice.