The holidays are upon us and most of us are on the search for the perfect gift for that perfect someone. But it can be a daunting task. Don’t fret! Asheville thrives on locally made artisan goods and unique experiences by creative entrepreneurs. We’re here to make your holiday shopping local and easy with one-of-a-kind Asheville gift ideas, sure to make anyone happy. From gift cards to pottery, local cheeses and tours here is our list of top local gifts.
Can you believe we have a Nordic Bathhouse in Asheville? We all have that sweet person in our life who deserves a break, who needs a day to disconnect, unwind, and treat themselves. Then, surprise them with a Sauna House gift card! Not only does Sauna House offer amazing warming experiences, upgrade their gift with their very own cozy robe and bath products which will allow them to sink even more into letting go and relaxing.
Do you have a DIY guru on your list? AR Workshop offers workshops to create custom signs, cozy blankets, pillows and more! Gift them a gift card or book a class to enjoy together!
Hazel Twenty Boutique
Shopping for a trendy fashionista? Look no further than Hazel Twenty. Here you can find unique clothing and accessories. Lexi and her team will be more than happy to help you pick out the perfect gift. Maise Twenty is right downstairs for the younger ones on your list, offering children’s clothes.
C & Co. Natural Handcrafted Skincare
C & Co. Handcrafted Skincare is a non toxic skincare line using plant-based raw organic ingredients. They offer products for face, body and baby! Gift an expectant mom some baby products this holiday season!
Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm carries grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork and poultry products, all available fresh and frozen at the store. They also offer butchery classes and gift cards. The perfect gift for a meat lover! Be sure to dish up the HNG Farm Holiday Meats, Sides, Breads and Desserts this holiday season. Also, Catering and To-Go is available.
Here’s what you can look for online and at the farm store:
Fit 4 Mom
Shopping for a mom this year? Get her a gift that will truly keep on giving. A 10 punch pass to Fit 4 Mom Asheville will give her access to a fitness group made of moms in all stages will not only help her merge wellness and motherhood together but build a tight community that can support her in a multitude of ways. From pregnancy, through postpartum and beyond, their fitness and wellness programs help make moms strong in body, mind, and spirit!
Asheville Food Tours
Asheville Food Tours is a great way for locals, visitors and everyone in between to experience the best of the best in the Asheville food scene. With a max capacity for each tour, foodies are guaranteed to have a personal, intimate and straight-up delicious time! Be sure to check out what each of the six different tours has to offer.
The Chop Shop Butchery
Do you have a meat lover on your list this year? Is your favorite chef always on the hunt for local, responsibly sourced unique cuts of meat? Or perhaps you have an emerging foodie on your hands that could use some butchering basics. Look no further than The Chop Shop Butchery!
Round Mountain Creamery
With plenty of grit and a whole lot of love, Round Mountain Creamery is North Carolina’s first Grade “A” Goat Dairy and produces a wide variety of soft and aged goat cheeses perfect for the foodie on your list this year!
Yellowbranch Pottery and Farmstead
At Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, you can taste the true roots of our Appalachia. A gift of cheese and pottery will make the perfect duo for the entertainer in your family. Make your favorite hosts holiday with high quality handcrafted cheese and a piece of homemade functional pottery.
The Runner’s Box
Asheville is full of incredible athletes from mountain bikers to hikers, runners, and rock climbers. Gift them the Runner Box filled with products they’ll love! It’s a great way to say congratulations, good luck, or just because. Let’s be honest, who really needs a reason to get more gear?
The Runner Box
When you order a RunnerBox subscription, a box loaded with products and accessories geared towards runners will ship straight to your doorstep every other month. Each delivery you receive will be different but equally obsessed over, so that it contains just the right nutrition and gear to get you out the door and en-route to crushing your goals. $25/box
The Rider Box
When you order a RiderBox subscription, a box loaded with products and accessories geared towards cyclists will ship straight to your doorstep every other month. Each box we send will be different but equally obsessed over so that it contains just the right nutrition and gear to get you out the door and stealing KOM’s. $25/box
Plēb Urban Winery
Who doesn’t love wine? Pleb Urban Winery stands apart from others with their incredible connection to local farmers and their harvest. Their focus begins with farmers who need support, not just financially but also with enthusiasm for a local product and with knowledge and education that can be used to produce the best quality agriculture product with the least amount of harm to the land.
The Rhu Bakery
The Rhu Bakery is a cafe, bakery and pantry that celebrates local foods and producers. Serving breakfast and lunch, The Rhu is the perfect place to grab a cup coffee, have breakfast or lunch, or shop!
Franny’s Farmacy Shop is committed to supporting the health and wellness of our customers and community. Their products are based on years of experience and knowledge, yielding a product that you can trust for you and your loved ones’ well-being.
If you have any questions for Franny concerning her products or CBD oil in general, it’s easy to send her a message here!
Two Asheville locations
Charleston, SC (coming soon)
Another amazing locally made food is Münki Foods! Perfect for the hiker, runner or outdoorsy person in your life, Münki Foods is a healthy addition to a gift basket or stocking above the fireplace. Find these trail mixes in your local grocer or online!
Nest Boutique & DIY Studio
A friendship founded Nest Boutique & DIY Studio! At this mama run store, you can grab this season’s favorite style for your favorite ladies while also signing up for classes like how to make holiday decor and decorating Christmas cookies, all while celebrating friendship!
Cooperative Coffee Roasters
Ashevillians have coffee running through their veins and there is no shortage of incredible roasters. Yet, these beans are different. Cooperative Coffee Roasters works to connect people to delicious and sustainable coffees by acting responsibly in a healthy supply chain.
Duncan & York Modern Market
Duncan & York is a unique gift market offering a wide selection of gifts for everyone. Their supply includes candles and home fragrances, jewelry, bath and body supplies, books, mugs, notebooks and prints, gifts for kids, manly finds, delicious treats, shirts and knitwear, wall art, office wares, and so much more. You can find them on Lexington Ave in downtown Asheville or next to Whole Foods across from the Asheville Mall.
Explore massive amounts of locally created clay artwork at Odyssey Studios in the Rivers Arts District! Start off by grabbing a cup of joe at Ultra Coffeebar then hit the pavement for that unique gift for the art lover in your life.
Not only is the Grove Arcade the most festive shopping spot in Asheville but there is no shortage of amazing locally crafted gifts everything from natural skincare, a gift card for Wake Foot Sanctuary, or hand-crafted jewelry.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Bring a box of homemade truffles for Asheville Chocolate to your holiday gatherings or better yet, gift a gift card and encourage the recipient to bring you along so you can indulge in some decadent gelato, an affogato or even a warm hot chocolate this winter.
Asheville Bee Charmer
Asheville Bee Charmer is Asheville’s one-stop-shop for all things honey and bees! Now with two downtown locations, the wide variety of products made with honey, you’ll also find fun, bee-inspired gifts. Pick up a unique gift for the honey bee in your life!
The Kress Emporium
Located in one of downtown Asheville’s most beloved art deco buildings, The Kress Emporium is always a fun shopping experience. Christmas ornaments, painted masterpieces, and wind chimes are just a few items to discover in this charming store!
Woolworth Walk is worth the walk! Not sure what to gift that special someone? A stroll through this emporium is nearly guaranteed to spark your mind and creativity.
Be the life of the party this holiday season when you bring beers that would push the boundaries of style, and utilize inspiration from local flavor and ingredient! Archetype Brewing even has a mindful brew made just for the holidays!
Wine & Design Paint and Sip Studio
Giving the gift of new memories is quite trendy these days. At Wine & Design, you can gift a paint night for a couple, girls night out or parent-child date! Check out all their different creations and either grab a gift card or book a class for the creative ones on your list.
How many of you know about Daidala Cider in the River Arts District? Located in the Cotton Mill Studios, Daidala is quickly becoming a local’s favorite for sipping cider. While you’re there, check out the art studio to pick up a few extra gifts.
If you have ordered a chai latte in Asheville, there is a good chance it was Appalachai! This locally made organic chai concentrate will bring this coffee shop favorite right into your kitchen. Dairy free? No worries! This concentrate invites you to add your milk of choice, iced or hot.
Asheville Goods Gift Box
Rustic Grape Wine Bar
Raise your hand if you have friends who love wine? Rustic Grape Wine Bar is the perfect wine nook in downtown Asheville where Melissa and her team will assist you in assembling that delicious, local gift basket. Then, upgrade it with a gift card! Save the date for Sunday, December 15th for their local sip and shop pop-up with local crafters bringing their A-game.
Fit 4 Baby
Do you have a mama to be or a want to be mama you are shopping for this year?
FIT4BABY® is a 6-week program designed for moms trying to conceive, pregnant or recently postpartum. Give the gift of community, health and fitness!
Asheville Salt Cave
Gift that special someone a basket of salt enriched products, along with a gift certificate for a unique experience at Asheville Salt Cave.
Bask in the moonlight of Asheville’s flirtiest T-shirt company. There is something for EVERYONE at Moonlight Makers! Guaranteed to make that person giggle and smile.
Bow chica-bow-bow is right! Get your sexy on with a delicately selected gift from the sensual experts at VaVaVoom! The classiest adult store in all of Asheville.
Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours
Even the locals love this tour! A gift card for Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours is not just an Asheville history lesson but is a delicious way to explore the rooftops of downtown Asheville and it’s sweetest cocktail spots.
Asheville Wellness Tours
Asheville Wellness Tours are the expert experience curators! Take it from us, whether you’re a local or a soon-to-be visitor of Asheville, Wellness Tours will have you swooning for days and days.
Laughter is the best medicine! Lazoom comedy tours will have you in stitches and keep you entertained the whole ride. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who needs to laugh….and that’s everyone! Check out 5 Asheville Tours Locals Love to get the skinny on fun tours in Asheville.
Serenity + Scott
Seremtiy + Scott is hand crafted skincare line found in the heart of the historic Grove Arcade. Grab some locally made products to spoil that gorgeous woman in your life or surprise your best friend with something locally unique.
Horse and Hero
Who’s that screenprint junkie on your list? Horse and Hero has a wide selection of locally crafted art and design all boxed up in the cutest little shop.
Fox and Beaux
Who wouldn’t love hand-crafted, locally designed jewelry from Fox & Beaux Boutique and Jewelry Design shop? Conveniently located across from Malaprops Bookstore. Grab them a journal then some earrings! How sweet is that? Wink, wink.
The Gourmet Chip Company
No one will ever be salty about being given a bag of golden, fried potatoes from The Gourmet Chip Company. Add it to your gift baskets or just by themselves, these chips are an old-time favorite of any Asheville local.
Patton Avenue Pet Company
Asheville is a dog lovin town! Don’t forget to grab that special toy or treat for that pooch in your life. Patton Avenue Pet Co. has everything you will need to spoil your feline, canine, or bunny. With three locations throughout the Asheville area, there’s no excuse to not drop in and grab that bone, treat, or catnip!
The Doublenest Hammock is the perfect gift for the outdoor couple who want more room to snuggle. These parachute hammocks are must haves for camping, music festivals or the backyard. You can find Eno Hammocks at General Mast Store, Diamond Brand Outdoors, and Frugal Backpacker in Asheville.
Local Beer Tour Tickets
Ok, ya’ll! Curve Studios is a no brainer. Especially for your pet loving, coffee drinking friends.
Lusty Monk Mustard
Handcrafted mustard in small batches, with all-natural ingredients, is what Lusty Monk Mustard is all about! You can find these mustards at Ingles, Earth Fare and many other independent shops in Asheville. A perfect stocking stuffer or add them to a gift basket!
Postre brings an all-natural approach to caramels. With a minimal number of high-quality, organic ingredients, and NO preservatives, their caramels are purely divine! Their flavors include chocolate, sourwood honey, and sea salt. They also make sea salt caramel sauce, a sweet gift for anyone! Find Postre Caramels at The Chop Shop Butchery.
Jun, a sparkling probiotic green tea made from raw honey. There, we’ve said enough. Shanti Elixir is the rising star of Asheville’s non-alcoholic, elixirs healthy for the mind, body, and spirit. Who’s your health and wellness friend?
The Dog Door Behaviour Center & Outfitters
Spoil your friend, the dog owner, with a gift card for The Dog Door! For all those canine services and treat needs, The Dog Door is the perfect gift for someone and their best friend.
Hit the ground hiking in Asheville top locally made shoes, Astral Shoes. Nothing makes you want to hike the Blue Ridge Mountains more than a fresh pair of trail kicks. Astral shoes are quickly making their way to the top of the outdoor gear scene so go ahead and snag a pair at your local outdoor store!