Celebrating the winter season in Boone goes hand in hand with the holiday shopping tradition. Picture downtown streets adorned with glistening snowflakes and vibrant window displays, setting the scene for festive memories you'll cherish for years to come.
Boone takes pride in its local makers and independent retailers, offering many opportunities to champion local businesses during this special time of year whether you're shopping in-store during your visit or perusing for a piece of Boone online. We've been taking notes all year for great gifts, and here we have it: our meticulously crafted Holiday Gift Guide for 2023! It highlights stunning art pieces, practical locally-made products, and unforgettable experiences—all intimately connected to the charm of Boone and its surrounding areas.
After a walk through the Original Mast General Store next door, step into Rivercross Market for a wide variety of works made by local and national artists. Handcrafted gifts aren't just for the adults on Santa's list! Check out their selection of fun and functional kid's items.
Sunrise Grill Hot Sauce
A great stocking stuffer for a spice enthusiast, these hot sauces come straight from the kitchen of a family-run breakfast and lunch locale. If you've been to Boone, chances are you've heard of Sunrise Grill, a favorite for residents and travelers alike. Choose from Peach Vidalia, Jalapeño, or Fire Roasted Habanero and transport a loved one to that time you indulged in the best eggs benedict in the state.
Escobar's Rustic Craft
There's no way to replicate the special character that comes from a handworked piece of wood. From wine racks to cutting boards and charcuterie platters, this Latin-owned business is worth checking out during Boone's weekly Winter Market.
This artist cooperative has been showcasing the work of local artisans in downtown Boone for almost half a century now and is the oldest art collective in Boone. Browse shelves filled with truly outstanding and unique heritage crafts (i.e. pottery, paintings, stained glass, and wearable art) made by the same friendly folks who run the store.
Santa might need a pick-me-up on Christmas morning and what better way to ring in the festivities than with a delicious cup of perfectly roasted coffee? Hatchet Coffee can be found at several of Boone's favorite restaurants and for good reason. Pick up beans in various quantities and don't miss out on some stellar merch while you're at it! Shop here.
Tarpestry Water-Repellant Blanket
Support two Boone-based businesses with your purchase of a beautifully designed tarp-meets-tapestry, perfect for outdoor adventures of all kinds. Outdoor gear manufacturer Tsuga has been producing the colorful and durable varieties of Tarpestry blankets since 2017, after the company relocated from the Colorado High Country to the Caroline High Country. Shop here.
A wonderful gift for coworkers or those who seem to have it all, this Boone-based, all-natural candle company offers deliciously scented candles in beautifully designed holders. Owner and candle creator Lucy Strickland is committed to making non-toxic, carcinogen-free candles with scents inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not into open flames? Check out the wax melts! Shop here.
Grandfather Mountain Bridge Club Pass
Did you know that Grandfather Mountain is home to a world of unique biodiversity, much of which is not found anywhere else on Earth? With a Bridge Club membership, a special someone can enjoy year-round access to the entire nature park, including the Mile High Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats, and the recently-refreshed Wilson Center for Nature Discovery. Not to mention, some fabulous discounts and select special event access. Shop here.
F.A.R.M. Café Cookbook
As North Carolina's oldest pay-what-you-can dining concept, F.A.R.M. Café's cookbook deserves a spot in every Boone-lover's kitchen. One of the beloved founders of this community-focused restaurant and non-profit, Renee Boughman (pictured), composed the cookbook from delicious, healthy recipes used in the café. Shop here.
P.S. Even if you don't have a foodie in the family, you can still support their mission to "Feed All Regardless of Means" by purchasing a meal token or offering a donation.
Ellison Handmade Goods
If you're looking for beautifully crafted and timeless leather pieces or ceramics, Ellison should be your first stop. A true, artistic power couple is responsible for this aesthetically pleasing shop on King Street (new in 2023!), full of vintage, handmade, and practical wares. Luckily, you can find Cole's leather goods and Hannah's inspiring pottery online as well. Shop here.
Shipley Farms Beef Package
For 150 years, the Shipley family has been farming beef in Vilas – a small community just outside of Boone. In fact, W.E. Shipley pioneered Hereford farming in North Carolina, bringing the first registered stock to the state from Virginia in 1897. Grab quality, pasture-raised, dry-aged steaks for the meat lover in your life and support a small Southern Appalachian family farm at the same time. Shop here.
180 Float Spa Certificate
There may not be a better present under the tree than the gift of relaxation and healing. With a gift certificate to 180 Float Spa, the receiver can enjoy a sensory deprivation float, a massage, or an infrared sauna experience. Right now, you can sweeten the deal even further with a 60-minute float and a 40-minute session in the full spectrum infrared sauna. Shop here.
'Tis the season for giving, and what better way to spread joy than with gifts that capture the spirit of Boone? Whether you're shopping in the heart of downtown during your winter getaway or cozied up by the fireplace with your laptop, there's a perfect Boone-inspired gift for everyone on your list!