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Unique, Locally Crafted Holiday Gifts Abound in Asheville

Asheville Local Gifts

Holiday shopping’s in full swing, and Asheville offers an amazing range of locally made gift ideas to please just about everyone on your list, from foodies to art aficionados to fashion-forward friends and family. Below, a small sampling of the many Western N.C.-crafted wares sure to wow.

Local Asheville Cookbooks

For a gift with some local flavor – quite literally – look no further than the array of cookbooks offered by the area’s popular eateries. Featuring signature dishes to replicate at home, these cookbooks cover a range of cuisines: Among them, “12 Bones Smokehouse: A Mountain BBQ Cookbook,” “Biscuit Head: New Southern Biscuits, Breakfasts, and Brunch” , Sunny Point Café’s “Breakfast and Beyond: Comfort Food From Dawn to Dark”, and “Curate: Authentic Spanish Food From an American Kitchen”.

An Asheville Art Form

Asheville Local GiftsCapture the creative spirit of the region with a piece crafted by one of myriad artisans who live and work in Western N.C. From paintings and pottery to jewelry and apparel, there’s no shortage of gift ideas that perfectly encapsulate Asheville. Places to peruse local art include the Kress Emporium, the Woolworth Walk, the Folk Arts Center, the Westside Artist Co-op, and of course the River Arts District.

Think Outside the (Gift) Box

Asheville offers a number of gift ideas for that hard-to-impress friend. If you’re looking for a standout surprise this holiday, you won’t be disappointed: think Firecracker Hot Honey at Asheville Bee Charmer, a custom-made bamboo/organic cotton nightgown from On the Inside Lingerie, or Chocolate Sip! Dark Chocolate at French Broad Chocolates.

Asheville Local GiftsFor the budding folk musician on your list, a handcrafted stringed Woodrow Rambler, with a mandolin-like tone, makes the perfect first instrument (complete with an instructional songbook). Funny, cheeky handmade t-shirts for adults and kids – think standout stocking stuffers – are aplenty at Moonlight Makers. Custom-made leather sandals (along with belts and other leather goods) created to perfectly suit the recipient can be had at Paul Taylor Sandals.

A Local Asheville Gift for Liquid Lovers

Locally brewed beer is plentiful in Asheville, and most breweries have limited-edition holiday beers perfectly packaged for gift-giving. For a unique holiday party gift, bestow a pack of locally crafted Holiday Kombucha from Buchi. Or consider a growler of Appalachian Ginger beer from Ginger’s Revenge. For cider lovers, Noble Cider’s Friar Fig complements the season with flavors hinting of the holidays.

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Clothing Boutiques Outfit Asheville in Unique Options

Asheville Clothes Boutique

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Small, locally owned clothing boutiques abound in Asheville, making it easy to find unique, quality outfits and accessories not typically offered in big-box stores and malls. Stroll the streets of downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village, and you’ll find plenty of boutiques to choose from; the trend is also stretching into other corners of the city. Following are just a few to choose from:

Frock – This women’s clothing boutique on Battery Park Avenue in downtown features contemporary and classic designer styles, plus handbags and jewelry. The boutique carries a range of brands, including Hobo, Michael Stars and Hanky Panky. https://www.befrocked.com

Boutique Clothes Stores AshevilleVirtue – This unique boutique on N. Lexington Avenue in downtown carries boho-chic fashions, plus vintage-inspired accessories and housewares. https://www.shopvirtue.com

Old North – A hip boutique on downtown’s Walnut Street, Old North showcases modern and classic men’s and women’s clothing from U.S., European and Japanese makers, created with a focus on timeless appeal. https://oldnorthclothing.com

Minx – Minx, on N. Lexington Avenue in downtown, has been in business since 2002, offering contemporary fashions, personal care products and unique gifts. Brands on hand include Frye, Kensie and Free People. https://minxboutique.wordpress.com/about/

Scout – This boutique in Biltmore Village offers a finely curated assortment of stylish women’s apparel and accessories that fit a broad range of sizes, styles and budgets. https://www.scoutavl.com

Union His & Her – This down-to-earth shop carries everyday clothing and accessories for men and women.Located in downtown’s historic Miles Building, Union’s ever-evolving inventory changes weekly, offering such brands as BB Dakota, Joe’s Jeans, Ben Sherman and 7 Diamonds. https://www.unionasheville.com

Asheville NC Clothing StoresHip Replacements – This downtown mainstay has been around since 1995, and showcases men's and women's apparel from independent designers, plus vintage and handmade goods. https://hipreplacementsclothing.com

Royal Peasantry – This unique shop on N. Lexington Avenue offers a wide range of one-of-a-kind clothes and leather accessories to fit every shape. Royal Peasantry prides itself on transforming discarded pieces of high-quality upholstery, fur and leather scraps into bags, holsters, and detailing on clothing. http://www.royalpeasantry.com

Sugar Britches – This shop, located at The Foundation in the River Arts District, specializes in up-cycled and hand-crafted whimsical finery from the most inspired fabric artists in town. Sugar Britches offers stand-apart pieces for sale, in addition to providing maker space for artists, plus classes and unique private party possibilities like “Hats On” parties for making hats and headpieces, and “Tie One On” parties for men. https://www.sugarbritches.style

Elementality – This women's clothing shop with a New Age vibe stocks eclectic casualwear, handmade jewelry and gifts. Elementality is located on Tunnel Road in East Asheville. https://myelementality.com

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