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Amber Lynch is City Editor for Charlotte and Charleston. She is passionate about family, fashion, food, wine, books and giving. She is a published poet and author of the children’s book, Where Did Grandlee Go. The unexpected loss of her father brought an appreciation for the mere moments in life. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina cultivating a fondness for southern style and Lowcountry cuisine. Her father founded a restaurant business that is still family run. While the beaches and beauty of the Carolina coast kept her captivated she yearned to explore beyond the comforts of home. Amber found herself in New York City working for Tiffany & Co. in Community Affairs and later as the Publicity Director for Rizzoli Publications. She met her husband in NYC. Longing for southern roots they relocated to Charlotte, NC. She has settled into the southern paced yet culturally enriched city. Since then she has worked as a public relations consultant and more recently as Director of Business Development for W by Worth. Raising three young sons keeps her busy, but grounded. She has adopted Charlotte as her home and is avidly involved in the community through church, schools and charities.

Charitable and Stylish Holiday Gifts 2014: Charlotte, NC

The holiday countdown is coming to a close. Finalize your gift list with these stylish and charitable gift ideas in and around Charlotte. Last minute ideas from delicious cookies to stylish jewelry to a romantic getaway.

Photo credit: Mignonne Gavigan

Photo credit: Mignonne Gavigan

The most unique and stylish trend in fashion of the moment is a hybrid scarf necklace. Designer Mignonne Gavigan grew up in Charlotte and gravitated toward the bustle of the fashion business studying design in Paris and settling in New York City. The beaded silk scarf necklaces enhance even the most collected closets. Gavigan recently launched the Tanzania Collection benefiting The Foundation for Tomorrow (TFFT), promoting the power of education supporting the orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania. Three styles are available for pre-sale (retail price $475) with twenty percent of proceeds reaching TFFT. Styles sold locally at the Poole Shop.

For ladies and little ones, colors for a cause by Chavez for Charity feature bracelets benefiting a variety of causes. The red howlite “Joy” bracelet supports V-day, an anti-violence organization (retail price $10). Twenty-five percent of proceeds are given back to the charity of choice. Available in Charlotte at the Children’s Theater of Charlotte.

Photo credit: Chavez for Charity

Photo credit: Chavez for Charity

Little girls long to be as stylish as their mothers. For girls designed by girls, Luly necklaces by Belle and Whitaker available at Candy Girl in Charlotte, make the perfect gift. Eight year old friends, Lulu and Lilly create beautiful jewelry to wear and to layer (retail price $34.95).  The girls donate a portion of their sales to help children in need through various local charities like most recently Cookies for Kids Cancer.

Photo credit: BelleandWhitaker.com

Photo credit: BelleandWhitaker.com

Photo credit: Helen's Kitchen

Photo credit: Helen’s Kitchen

Cookies make the ideal teacher, neighbor, or hostess gift at the holidays. Helen’s Kitchen  offers a twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie with a hint of sea salt available in gift ready bags wrapped and bowed (retail price $10 per bag minimum of three). Helen Burns began her business by donating cookies to charities like Pat’s Place, child advocacy center, and continues to support local causes through her baking best.

 

Photo credit: Bridgewater Candles

Photo credit: Bridgewater Candles

Bridgewater Inspirations for Life Tall Jar Candles illuminate the holidays by donating a part of their purchases to Rice Bowls feeding an orphan for a day. Holiday versions include Blessed, Peace, Joy, Hope, Dream, Grace and Jingle (retail price $22). Available at L&M Monogramming in Charlotte.

Custom gifts are always special, but even more so when they support a good cause. Aspi Art by Robert Dawson of Charlotte is cool and creative. Each piece is painstakingly penned by the artist. Dawson’s Aspi Art brings awareness to Asperger’s Syndrome, a pervasive development disorder on the Autism spectrum, and supports the Autism Society of America. To order your original artwork contact Dawson directly at rldawson1@gmail.com, basic works range in price from $90-175.

Photo credit: Pryor Rayburn

Photo credit: Pryor Rayburn

Photo credit: JLC Wearhouse

Photo credit: JLC Wearhouse

The Junior League of Charlotte Wearhouse is a consignment shop benefiting community programs through the Junior League of Charlotte. Gently used, new and overstock items are donated from designer clothing to housewares. All holiday housewares are twenty percent off during the season. Stock up and stocking and hostess gifts (retail range $3-9).

Help loved ones start the day off right with coffee from Hope Farm Coffee.   Decaf and regular coffee beans (retail price $10) available at the Good News shop at Christ Church in Charlotte.  Every purchase at the Good News shop goes back into supporting the community.

The hustle and bustle can be exhausting. Plan a stay-cation at The Duke Mansion located in the heart of Charlotte.  This luxurious inn is a historic landmark where southern charm meets modern luxury. Support the community in style (rooms range from $199 to $239 a night). All proceeds from the inn and it’s meeting rooms go to preserve and protect the property.

Photo credit: DukeMansion.com

Photo credit: DukeMansion.com

Photo credit: Biltmore.com

Photo credit: Biltmore.com

Looking for a day trip during the holiday break, treat the family to a visit to the Biltmore Estate.  The halls are decked, the trees are trimmed and the extravagance of a life once lived in splendor at the estate is enticing. The village boasts shops brimming with holiday wares and there are endless activities (tickets from $59-84 for adults) all supporting estate preservation.

Last minute shoppers can find a gift that gives back to share with those on their list. During this time of year finding ways to support charitable giving is a heartfelt reflection of the holiday spirit. Share the joy of giving with gifts from simple to extravagant.

 

 

 

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