What to get for the millennial that wants everything and nothing?
Ceramic coffee mugs by Evelyn Henson
Henson’s work is the kind of brightly colored, hand-painted work that you’ve been seeing all over your own (or your girlfriend’s) Instagram feed. Designs include whimsical prints (like this ‘Coffee Before Talkie‘ option, $22), maps (check out the Charlotte version, $22) and customizable dog and cat mugs ($39).
Henson is a jack of all trades, and her work includes original art, prints, customizable travel prints, cards and iPhone cases. Shop the full collection here, and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Charlotte-branded t-shirts from 704 Shop
Launched in 2015 by former UNC Charlotte students Scott Wooten, Jerri Shephard and Christopher Moxley, the brand aims to put the pride the city has in itself right on its sleeve.
The unisex t-shirts offer clever designs that incorporate brands grown in the region, like the Enjoy Charlotte option pictured above ($36), plus a take on the Cheerwine logo ($30). Shop the entire collection, which also includes designs like a CLT Love sweatshirt ($65), Seven OHH Four ($30) and Chicken & Gasoline ($30), here.
Hand-cut paper maps by Karen O’Leary of Studio KMO
O’Leary has sold close to 8,000 maps in just 8 years and was close to sold out 5 days before her stretch at the Southern Christmas Show ended.
Choose from a collection of Charlotte neighborhood maps ($125) or request a custom map of an address or city ($150-1,300). Maps are titled, numbered, signed and shipped flat worldwide, and frames made specifically for the maps are also available.
Maps and posters by Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright of EDIA Maps
EDIA stands for ‘every day is an adventure,’ and Fisher and Bright want to make sure you never run out them, even if you don’t leave the city.
They’re the brains behind that famous “The Great Carolina Fried Chicken Map” and have since launched a BBQ Map, Beer Map and Charlotte Adventure Map at shockingly affordable prices (they’re each $9.99, shop them here). I can attest to the maps’ fun take on the city – I own the Charlotte Adventure Map and Fried Chicken Map and gave the Beer Map to my dad as a Christmas gift last year. If nothing else, they’re great to frame and hang up.
The two have also made the maps into posters, though you’ll pay a little more ($29.99) for them.