It’s hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. This year has flown by, but it is always a joy to slow down and spend time with our loved ones so bring on the merriment! To help spread the cheer this holiday season, our team has pulled together some of our favorite neighborhood businesses where you can shop for all of the people in your life. This way you can feel good about supporting our local community and try to avoid some of the pesky supply chain and shipping issues we are all experiencing this year!


Gift Ideas for the Music Lover

Have a music lover in your life? You are in luck. These neighborhood businesses will rock their world. A musical instrument or favorite record is always sure to surprise and delight, but we also love the idea of purchasing tickets to an upcoming show. Experiences make a great gift that you can share and we are thrilled that so many venues that have been dark for over a year are back.


Midwood Guitar Studio

1517 Central Ave. in Plaza Midwood


Lunchbox Records

825 Central Ave. in Plaza Midwood


The Evening Muse

3227 North Davidson St. in NoDa


Snug Harbor

1228 Gordon St. in Plaza Midwood




Gift Ideas for the Fashionista

Save those Christmas sweaters for another day and check out the unique men’s and women’s fashion offerings we have right here in the neighborhood. Don’t know someone’s clothing or shoe size? Don’t stress! Sunglasses, jewelry, and other fashion accessories are also a crowd-pleaser at the holidays.


Betty by Moxie Mercantile 

1219 Thomas Ave. in Plaza Midwood


Johnny Fly

519 East 36th St. in NoDa


Boris & Natasha 

2910 The Plaza in Plaza Midwood


Social Status 

1519 Central Ave. in Plaza Midwood



1512 Central Ave. in Plaza Midwood




Gift Ideas for the Foodie

The holidays are synonymous with sweet treats for a reason — they are delicious! So if you are looking for something to bring to a holiday party or simply wrap up to put under the tree, you can’t go wrong with these local shops. They offer everything from custom cakes to candied nuts and everything in between.


Villani’s Bakery

901 Pecan Ave. in Chantilly


The Culture Shop

1425 Kennon St. in Belmont


Sunflour Baking Company

2001 East 7th St. in Elizabeth


Rhino Market & Deli

2320 North Davidson St. in NoDa




Gift Ideas for the Homebody

As real estate agents, we know more than anyone how important your home is. Your house should be your sanctuary so why not make it even more special by giving your loved ones a gift from their home. From a seasonal floral arrangement and scented candle to custom pillows and vintage treasures, these local shops can help anyone live beautifully.


Slate Interiors

1401 Central Ave. in Plaza Midwood


Chancery Custom

413 Enterprise Dr. in NoDa


East 8th Vintage

1950 East 8th St. in Elizabeth



910 Pecan Ave. in Chantilly




Gift Ideas for the Beverage Connoisseur

Whether it is a good bottle of wine, the latest craft beer, or perfectly roasted coffee beans, these local spots have the perfect present to satisfy someone’s beverage desires from early morning to late night.


The Bohemian

1319 Pecan Ave. in Plaza Midwood


The Hop Shop

818 Lamar Ave. in Elizabeth


The Giddy Goat

1217 The Plaza in Plaza Midwood


Burial Beer

1216 Thomas Ave. in Plaza Midwood




Gift Ideas for the Person Who Has Everything

Let’s be honest, we all have people on our list that are hard to shop for because they seem to have it all. Thankfully, these specialty shops are home to one-of-kind, hand-crafted, and unique gifts that are sure to bring a sparkle to someone’s eye. You are sure to win best gift-giver this holiday season!


Moxie Mercantile

2008 Commonwealth Ave. in Plaza Midwood


Colson Keane

1707 East 7th St. in Elizabeth


Charlotte Collective 

1222 Central Ave. in Plaza Midwood


Sanctuary Imports

822 Lamar Ave. in Plaza Midwood


Archer Paper Goods

1115 North Brevard St. in Optimist Hall


Now that you are full of good gift ideas, tell us what tops your wish list this year? Leave a comment below… we will put in a good word with Santa for you!