Last Updated on May 10, 2023
After a few years of seeing friends less frequently than we’d prefer (or not at all!), many people are excited to fill every day in their social calendar with meetups, coffee dates, and dinner parties. But remember your manners and what Mama taught you: Never arrive to a party empty handed.
If you’re searching for the perfect gift for a friend you haven’t seen in a while, we know just where to look. Here are seven fun places to go gift shopping in Hendersonville, NC —one for each day of your social week!
Start with fresh flowers from a local farm
Nothing says “thank you”, “I love you”, “thinking of you”, or even “happy wine night” as succinctly and effectively as a bouquet of fresh flowers. In Henderson County, the terrain and climate couldn’t be better for raising dozens of varieties of native and non-native species. Local farms work hard to supply fresh, high quality, specialty cut flowers (as well as fruits, veggies, and other farm produce) throughout the region. And there are plenty of places to find them. You can go directly to the source: the farm itself. Or find them at local farmers markets, including the Henderson County Tailgate Market. Easiest of all, subscribe to a flower CSA, and know that you’re supporting a farm all season and receiving beautiful flowers and fresh produce in return.
Read more: 4 Flourishing Flower Farms in Henderson County
Inspire your favorite bookworm with a book
Bookstores often serve as the spine of the community, offering structure from which possibilities grow in every direction. And local independent bookstores often offer space for community congregation and education, as well. Consider supporting your local bookstores—and local authors!—by giving the gift of imagination. The bookworm in your life will love receiving a book written by one of the region’s many outstanding authors, including Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier or long-time Flat Rock resident Carl Sandburg. Or choose a book about the rich history and architecture of Hendersonville. Take a look, it’s in a book…
Discover something new at Willow Road Market
Are you shopping for someone with unique and eclectic tastes? Willow Road Market celebrates the beautiful and unique at their gift shop in the big mint green building just a half mile from downtown. The eclectic shop invites you to explore their collection of clothing, jewelry, paper lanterns, postcards, scarves, and children’s items. Looking for more vintage items? Don’t miss their vintage china, glassware, linens, and quilts. Each piece is individually chosen for its uniqueness and priced so that you leave with a smile on your face.
Create a moment at The Book & Bee
Over the last few years, we’ve learned that the most valuable gifts are the moments we get to share with each other. Give your special someone a date out at The Book & Bee Cafe & Tea. This adorable tea shop off NC-191 near the Historic Johnson Farm is the perfect spot for a fun and fancy brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, or a special event. Enjoy a pot of tea or cream tea and enjoy a very proper dining experience. As a fun twist, all their menu items are named after famous authors and books. Remember to make your plans at least 24 hours in advance; afternoon tea is by reservation only.
Unearth a treasure at a local antiques store
Mountain folk tend to hold onto what they have and use it as long as possible. That’s a huge boon for antiques collectors gift shopping near Hendersonville, NC. There are at least a dozen local antiques stores and markets in town. And there are dozens more in the surrounding area. These stores are great places to find quality furniture and home decor, and if you enjoy the hunt, it’s easy to discover topnotch treasures from the past. Grab a vintage coffee table as a gift for your friend, and take home a new floor lamp for yourself! The possibilities are endless.
Support local artists with art from a local gallery
For many of our mountain communities, the arts have led the way in the revitalization of town centers and downtown spaces. That’s certainly been true in Hendersonville. The town is home to an ever-growing list of art galleries, a sign of the rich and varied art scene it supports. Many local galleries exclusively showcase local artists. Others also feature regional artists and American craftspeople. And a few specialize in singular artists. Whatever kind of gift you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at a local gallery. And the best part is that you get to spend a whole day looking at beautiful art while in search for the perfect piece!
Don’t forget about Fido!
Everyone deserves a gift every now and then, and that includes your favorite family pets. Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique on Main Street in Hendersonville takes the whole-pet approach to loving your furry friend with their knowledgeable staff and an assortment of pet products. Their store is stocked with quality toys, premier pet foods, durable leashes, adorable accessories, and more. You’ll also find the area’s best selection of dog backpacks, life jackets, and other adventure gear for four-legged mountain fun. Items are all natural, with no fillers, and there are many hypo-allergenic options for dogs and cats with special nutritional requirements. While you’re there, ask about training and behavior tips and tricks. They have all the answer you need.
Make every day a gift in Hendersonville, NC!
Distinguished by an almost perfect climate, beautiful surroundings, great shopping, tasty eateries, and recreational variety, Hendersonville, NC is known as the City of Four Seasons. The town’s many tranquil neighborhoods and housing developments all surround a sturdy core. It’s a place where you can be as active or idle as you wish. No wonder Hendersonville has attracted hundreds of residents looking for a gilded life topped with ample recreation and a friendly atmosphere.
Does that sound like the perfect lifestyle for you? Find your dream home in Hendersonville now!