Local Stores for Holiday Gifts

Written by Ellen Gurley

Take a break from that dreaded mall traffic. While you’re out and about looking for your hostess gifts or holiday presents, there are a few local stores that have something for everyone in your life. Photography by Ellen Gurley


Paper Skyscraper literally has something for everyone and is the best smelling shop in town. This Dilworth mainstay has local art for sell and tons of things for your sister, your father or your dog. Hop on in there - they’ll be friendly.
330 East Blvd., 28203 - 704.333.7130

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Pura Vida is located right in the heart of the NoDa neighbourhood. What began as a shoppe for Mexican and worldly wares has quickly become a go-to for special gifts for the seriously spiritual or the fun frock person in your life. See the owner, Teresa Hernandez, illustrated on our cover.
3202-A N. Davidson St., 28205 - 704.335.8587

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Common Market is a deli that sells beer and wine but they’re also known for their quirky gifts and old fashioned candies. This place has something that’s bound to break the ice with the in-laws or fill a young person’s stockings to the gill. There are two locations to better serve you (in Plaza-Midwood and Southend). Pssst … it’s okay to get yourself something, too.
2007 Commonwealth Ave., 28205 - 704.332.7782

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