Shop Local: 20 Gifts Under $20

Holiday decor from Rustic Root
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Shopping local doesn’t have to break the bank!  Here’s a list of great gifts you can buy right here in Mint Hill for under $20.

    1. For the person on your list with a sweet tooth, grab a hot cocoa bundle from Daphne’s Bakery.  Bundles starting at $12.95 feature mugs, homemade hot cocoa mix, marshmallows and candy canes.
    2. Your Local Game Store offers a wide selection of games for players of all ages for under $20.  For just $11.99, you can grab Love Letters, a competitive game for ages 12+.  A great game of risk, deductions and luck that’s simple to learn and fun to play with friends, Love Letters challenges players to get their letter to the princess while deflecting rival’s letters.  For younger players, try Dungeon Mayhem, a competitive game for ages 8+.  In this chaotic, free-for-all card game, four classic adventurers do battle with one another to be the last one standing.  Dungeon Mayhem will only cost you $14.99.

      Photography by Tacora Creates
      Photography by Tacora Creates
    3. Give the gift of adventure!  Pair a $13.99 basic pass to Urban Air with a pair of jump socks for $2.99.  
    4. School pictures weren’t what you were hoping for this year?  Or maybe you’re looking for something more festive to frame for the family?  Tacora Creates offers a $20 one-pose package that allows you to take a single photo without committing to a full studio session.
    5. Give the cook in your family the night off with a gift card to Wayback Burgers.  A $20 gift card will easily buy dinner for two including burgers, sides, and drinks.
    6. Don’t forget about the four-legged friends in your life!  Woof n’ Hoof offers plenty of treats and toys for your dog, cat or other small animal friends for under $20.

      Succulents from Mint Hill Flower Market
      Succulents from Mint Hill Flower Market
    7. For the beer lover in your life, pair a $6 64-oz glass growler from Pour 64 with a gift card, and allow the recipient to take their pick from any of Pour 64’s 40 rotating taps!
    8. For your friends with a green thumb – or even those who struggle to keep plants alive! – succulents and terrarium gardens are low maintenance and unique.  Mint Hill Flower Market has a selection available for under $20.
    9. Need a hostess gift?  The Gift Workshop has a great selection of pillows, table runners, wine glasses, wine bags and charms that are great to bring to your next party.  Stop next door at Goodness Gracious Gifts and Interiors for $6 holiday dish towels 6 paired with an adorable $9 set of gnome salt and pepper shakers.
    10. For the person on your list who loves to be pampered, Finchberry soaps, bath bombs and lotions from The Gift Workshop are all less than $20.  Wicked Weed Bath bombs from Carolina Hemp Company are just $13.
    11. For the coffee lover in your life, hit up newly renamed Mint Hill Coffee & Social House.  A 14-oz bag of roasted coffee, a pair of cute coffee-themed socks, or a pack of chocolate covered espresso beans are all less than $20. 

      Chocolate-covered espresso beans from Mint Hill Coffee & Social House
      Chocolate-covered espresso beans from Mint Hill Coffee & Social House
    12. Looking to package up some holiday cheer?  Rustic Root offers a large variety of unique Christmas ornaments – antique, vintage and new – for less than $5 each.  They also offer 12” pre-lit and decorated Christmas trees for $15 each and other Christmas signs and decor for under $20.
    13. Give the gift of a wine tasting right in downtown Mint Hill with a gift card for Vintner’s Hill’s wine station, a self-serve wine machine that offers various size pours.  Selections change monthly.
    14. For the tea aficionado in your life, pair a $15 CBD-infused tea from Carolina Hemp Company with a $2.99 honey stick.

      CBD-infused teas from Carolina Hemp Company
      CBD-infused teas from Carolina Hemp Company
    15. Assemble a tasty, CBD-infused treat for the chocolate lover in your life!  Carolina Hemp Company has several choices under $20 like Queen City Chocolate Bits ($12.99) Patsy’s CBD Treats (Milk Chocolate Minis are only $2.50), and Patsy’s CBD popcorn ($13).
    16. Grab an adorable mug with space for a cookie or a pack of festive mudpie coasters at Goodness Gracious Gifts and Interiors ($12 each).
    17. Looking for elderberry syrup?  Rustic Root sells half pints for $8.50 and pints for $17.
    18. For the adventurous foodie in your life, try one of Carolina Hemp Company’s unique CBD-infused condiments, like Hemp Hottie Sauce ($8.50), Natalie’s Red Raspberry Hemp Hearts Jammin’ Jam ($11.99) or Hemp Peanut Butter ($11.99).
    19. Support local artists by shopping at The Sunflower Club Cafe.  Essential oil necklaces and bracelets, hand-painted earrings, keychains, body scrubs, lotion candles, journals, coasters, coffee mugs, magnets: most of their gifts are under $20 and all come from local artists.
    20. Give the gift of unique, handmade art.  Mint Hill Arts offers prints, one-of-a-kind artisan-made jewelry, and handmade journals all for under $20!
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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: