Holiday shopping in Western North Carolina is at once the best experience and the worst. On the one hand, we have everything you could possibly want right here! From local produce and world-class cuisine to handmade art and amenities, the perfect holiday gift is literally right around the corner.
But how can you possibly choose just one thing to purchase for your special someone? With so much abundance, it can be difficult to narrow down your gift options to the perfect locally made item.
Not sure where to start? As experts in the region, our Beverly-Hanks associates are well versed in the best shopping spots around. We asked them: Where are the best places to buy locally made gifts in WNC?
I love Southern Highlands Craft Guild on Tunnel Road in Asheville. It has a great variety of folk art and crafts at good prices. I love sending gifts to friends and clients in other states—nothing sweeter than a surprise that is “made in WNC”!
I like gift baskets full of locally made gourmet treats from Gift Baskets by Melissa!
I recommend the Wrinkled Egg in Flat Rock. They have a broad range of very creative and artistic gifts, many of which are locally made. Just being there is an experience in and of itself.
There is no shortage of local gift sources in Asheville. I love sharing an assortment of my personal favorites with clients, especially those who have relocated from out of town. It’s a way to sweeten their transition to Asheville, provides an easy snack when moving boxes may occupy the kitchen, and all while simultaneously supporting the vendors. I like to include several craft brews, Three Graces Dairy goat cheese, Roots and Branches crackers, and Lusty Monk mustards. To this basket, I would add my other two favorites, Poppy popcorn and tea from the Asheville Tea Company.
Photo Deanna Pittard
My favorite local gift to give is a bottle of wine from our favorite local winery, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. As the saying goes, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…. But if the white runs out, then I’ll drink the red.”
I just left Brown’s Pottery, where they have their own kilns and have been making pottery here in Asheville for 11 or 12 generations—approximately 250 years. Local family, great pottery pieces made in their kilns on site, and great pricing. It’s been a Christmas tradition in my home for many years.
My two go-to places for local holiday gifts are 12 Bones Smokehouse and the Biltmore Estate Winery. 12 Bones offers gift baskets filled with their award-winning barbecue sauces and rubs, along with their branded t-shirts, hats, and koozies. Biltmore wines are handcrafted here in Asheville and offer Limited Release and Reserve varieties. Their sommelier also says that some of their wines have been served at White House dinners for past administrations.
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My favorite gift destination is Lexington Glassworks! It’s not only an artists’ working studio, it’s also a gallery that features functional glassware and a wide variety of art glass—there’s even an in-studio bar! Their work is tremendously unique, offering the most colorful array of one-of-a-kind light fixtures, artifacts, glassware, and many other wonderful hand-blown items. It’s a special spot I like to visit when I want to purchase an impressive housewarming gift for clients who have just purchased their new home!
The WNC Farmers Market is a wonderful place to find local goods for holiday gifts! You will be amazed at all the vendors from this area offering their produce, crafts, clothing, and treats for the sweet tooth. Fresh local honey, salad dressings, fudge, and jams make a scrumptious gift basket. You can also find a great deal on your Christmas tree and holiday decorations. I fully believe in supporting our local farmers!!
If you have babies or young kids you can’t miss stopping in at The Littlest Birds in West Asheville. They have a unique variety of toys, clothes, shoes, and baby carriers—many of which are locally made with organic materials. They also have a consignment section for bargain shoppers and even space for the kiddos to play with the used toys while you browse!
When folks come to visit, we love taking them to visit the galleries in the River Arts District. Our two favorites to shop in are Akira Satake Ceramics with his combination of nature and Asian-inspired pieces, and Jonas Gerard with all his fantastic use of color. Both artists are located on Lyman Street.
Photo Akira Satake Ceramics
A wonderful place to find unique, fun gifts from local artists at every price point is A Walk in the Woods on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville.
My favorite place to find local treasures is New Morning Gallery in Biltmore Village! They have such a wide variety of gifts so it makes it easy to find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list. They even have cider, warm treats, and carolers around the holidays! You can’t ask for a better shopping experience.
The best gifts are locally made! I enjoy shopping for gifts at the Kress Emporium in downtown Asheville. A favorite of mine are the olive oil soaps—there are so many scents to try and everyone loves to receive them! It is a perfect way to share a little of Asheville with friends and family!