2020 gift guide: Choose local this holiday season


This holiday season, if you are shopping, please consider choosing from a range of local-to-NoDa options. Our local businesses could use the extra support.

The majority of NoDa businesses, from restaurants to breweries, can offer you a gift card. Many make it super easy to purchase and send electronically to your friends and family via their online stores.

Places like Salud Beer Shop or Local Loaf can curate a local basket of goodies for you. Both offer online ordering. (Oh, and if you have not tried the pizza at Salud, you’re missing out!)

Music lovers? Pull together a virtual watch party around something The Evening Muse or The Neighborhood Theatre is streaming, and make a donation in the name of your giftee.

Does your loved one love the Y? Make a tax deductible donation in their name to the Johnston Y at ymcacharlotte.org or support the emergency staff relief fund.

Go the traditional route and shop retail. NoDa’s retailers along North Davidson, like Bartique, Ruby’s Gifts, and Pura Vida Worldly Art, offer unique options that are not going to be found at traditional mall stores or online retailers.

Mary from Ruby’s shared they have three new visual artists’ work in the store, “since a lot of us are staring at our walls a little more these days!” Check out a colorful modern, an impressionistic, and a mini-abstract landscape painters.

Need to ship? Pura Vida Worldly Art carries items from more than 40 countries across five continents, and provides a traditional in-store shopping experience along with online ordering and curbside pickup. And – drum roll, please — they will ship. Owner Teresa shared that she has customers from a mile away because they are limiting their exposure outside their homes. Pura Vida’s focus is ethically made, fair trade, handmade products. You can find gifts for the kitchen, home office, garden, and for kids and adults. They also carry Hanukkah and Kwanzaa items, as well as Christmas ornaments from around the world. This season, they are featuring commemorative 2020 ornaments:

  • Santa Claus bringing toilet paper
  • Sanitizing elf bringing sanitizer spray and wipes
  • Flying angel reminding you to wash your hands

No matter how you are celebrating this year, Happy Holidays NoDa.