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 Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks agents are well versed in the best shopping spots around. We asked them: Where are the best places to buy locally made gifts in WNC?
My two favorites are New Morning Gallery in Biltmore Village and Woolworth Walk in downtown Asheville. Both always have wonderful selections of local art and jewelry in just about every price range!
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 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.
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.
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 & 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.
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.
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.
For your friends and family members who enjoy beer and wine, I like to shop at Wolfbrew Bottle Shop, which offers specialty craft beers, gifts, and accessories. Broad Street Wines is also perfect for the wine connoisseur in your life, with a good selection of specialty wines. Gravy has something for everyone—art, jewelry, antiques, toys, you name it! It’s perfect for finding someone a unique local gift for the holidays and it benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County.
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.
Live Near Your Favorite Shopping Spots for Locally Made Gifts!
Among the many ways we Live Abundantly in WNC is by supporting some of the best small businesses and craftspeople in the Southeast! Find a home near one of the great places to find local gifts mentioned in this post, and celebrate every holiday with your favorite things.
- 12 Bones Smokehouse, Akira Satake Ceramics, Asheville Tea Company, Biltmore Estate Winery, Jonas Gerard Fine Art, Lexington Glassworks, Lusty Monk Mustard, New Morning Gallery, Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, Roots & Branches Specialty Foods, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, WNC Farmers Market – Search for homes in Asheville.
- A Walk in the Woods, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards – Search for homes in Hendersonville.
- B.B. Barns, Brown’s Pottery – Search for homes in Arden.
- Broad Street Wines, Gravy, Wolfbrew Bottle Shop – Search for homes in Brevard.
- The Littlest Birds – Search for homes in West Asheville.
- Three Graces Dairy – Search for homes in Marshall.