Shop Local: Best last-minute holiday gifts for under $20

It’s December 18.  T minus one week until Christmas morning.  The Mint Hill Christmas Pop-Up Shop has come and gone.  Mint Hill Historical Society’s Gift Shop is closed down for the year.  Amazon can’t guarantee your order will make it by Christmas if you order after midnight tonight.  The thought of facing crowds of shoppers has you wanting to hole up at home until the new year. How will you finish your Christmas shopping?

Never fear: you don’t have to brave the mall or even the drive through the roundabout to find great holiday gifts.  There are plenty of great gifting options up for grabs right here in downtown Mint Hill, and the best part is, most of the items listed her will cost you less than $20!

For the game player in your life, check out what’s available at Your Local Game Store.  With dozens of games in stock under $20, it’s a great place to pick up the perfect gift for a game-lover of any age.  The “Dungeons and Dragons Start Set” – billed as “one of the best cooperative games ever made” – is great for a group of four to six players ages 10+.  See if you can read the minds of your friends and family with “The Mind,” a fast, simple and hilarious game for players ages 8+. For a quick game perfect for a larger group, try “Resistance,” a mission to find the corporate traitors that have infiltrated your group of resistance fighters.  For younger players (ages 6+) try King Domino, a competition to build the most powerful and grand kingdom and become the greatest ruler of the realm!

With a wide variety of merchandise, you can find something for everyone at Goodness Gracious Gifts and Interiors.  A big seller this year has been their kitchen boa, a functional and fashionable necessity for anyone who enjoys entertaining for only $22.  Pair a $10 1818 Farms Shea Creme with a $7 1818 Farms soap for a luxurious self-care gift for under $20. Goodness Gracious is also a Tervis retailer with a variety of smaller tumblers available for under $20.

Kitchen Boas make a great gift for the hostess in your life.

Everyone knows you can make something special at The Gift Workshop, but if you’re running low on time, there’s also a gift shop where you can buy many unique and even customizable items.  Turn the bottle of wine you’re bringing to your Christmas party into a unique gift with a gnome wine bag and wine charm – the pair will run you just shy of $13.  A $4.99 flat bottle opener made to fit in a wallet is a great stocking stuffer for the beer lover in your life. For a more personal touch, attach photos to a $12.99 holiday photo garland.  The Gift Workshop also has great options for teachers – they even keep wish lists and registries for local teachers so they don’t receive duplicates!  

Wine charms are a great stocking stuffer or way to dress up a gifted bottle of wine at only $2.99.
These flat beer openers made to fit in your wallet are a great stocking stuffer for a beer lover at only $4.99.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind item, check out Pottery 51.  Best known as a cooperative arts studio that provides affordable space for potters and clay artists, the workspace also hosts a small gallery that promotes the artists’ works.  Large and intricate pottery can be pricey, but many of Pottery 51’s artists have smaller items for sale as well. Items like mugs, spoon rests and herb labels are available for as low as $5 – $10!

These hanging herb tags are a unique and affordable gift at only $5 each.


For the pet lover – or even the pet! – in your life, check out Barks, Bones and Biscuits.  More than just a groomer, Barks, Bones and Biscuits sells a wide variety of products for pet owners and their furry companions.  For pets, check out their adorable and inexpensive gourmet cookies; for their human companions, perhaps a pillow with an artistic depiction of their furry friend available for only $18.95.  Woof ‘n Hoof also has a selection of gourmet treats and fun toys of all sorts for your four-legged friends.

Artistic depictions of all different breeds grade these pillows available for only $18.95.

For the person in your life who needs to relax after the stress of the holidays, Get Me Some Green has amazing bath and body products with and without CBD ranging from soaps and bath bombs to lotions and body butters.  They also carry several lines of CBD-infused gourmet coffees and teas. While “Green Room” services like PEMF, Migun Therapy and the Infrared Sauna are a little pricier, a $20 gift certificate would cover services like anti-wrinkle treatments or ear coning.

Still not sure what to buy?  Don’t forget about gift cards!  Restaurants, tap rooms, wine bars, yoga studios, nail salons, massage studios, bakeries, gift shops – with so many great places to eat, drink, shop and pamper yourself, you can take care of all your last-minute gift needs without even leaving Mint Hill!