December 16, 2010

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays from Town Square

We've all been there–stressing over whether or not our shopping list is going to match up with our bank accounts. But stress shouldn't be on the list of things to do during this holiday season. Instead, we should all be looking forward to a few days away from the office and spending time with loved ones. Fortunately for Asheville shoppers, Biltmore Park Town Square retailers have plenty of stocking stuffers and gift ideas that won't break your bank. In fact, you might even enjoy discovering the perfect find to fit underneath the tree.

Start your search at REI to find gifts for the outdoor adventure fanatic. Stuff their well-worn (from all that hiking) stockings with the REI Thermo-O-Compass for $9.50, which will keep them thinking about safety during their explorations, and add a Nalgene bottle, for under $10, to keep them hydrated and eco-friendly.

Next, head to Talloni, where you'll find sophisticated treats to add to the fashion-forward stockings that belong to the women in your life. Give her earrings made by Asheville local Karen Odgers, or help her accessorize her look with an elegant headband, both starting around $20. Or, if you are feeling lost and don't know what the perfect gift is, ask her to make a Customer Wish List. Talloni will keep a record of what she likes, so that when you start shopping, there'll be no room for error.

For the parents, grandparents, and friends of those whose stockings have yet to grow into their full size, shop at Bon BΓ©bΓ©, where you'll find the latest trends for babies and children. Hair bows are just $5, and Juicy Couture and Oopsie Daisy jewelry are sure to please. You can help the parents stay organized and prepared, too, with Mustela skin care products, starting around $10, and even Binkie holders for $12.

For the gift recipient whose stocking is chic and modern, explore women's fashion boutique Moda. There you'll find bold and colorful Foxie Moxie earrings for under $20 and locally made soaps for under $10. The store even features ceramic olive oil decanters made by a Biltmore Park resident. Of course, Moda's clothing selection is great, too, and they are more than happy to help you find what you are looking for.

Dwellings, a recently-opened home furnishings store, has gifts that will brighten up your living space and fit in a stocking, too. Consider an Archipelago candle in the Tuscany scent, or add a small but beautiful accent to your home with the gift of a pewter box, which is perfect for storing earrings or other small treasures. Both are under $30.

Continue down Town Square Boulevard and browse the selection at cooperative Echo Gallery. There you'll find plenty of unique, affordable handmade art perfect for those one-of-a-kind stockings. Buy a ceramic bowl for around $20, and the proceeds will go towards MANNA Food Bank, or help someone start their art collection with a 6×6 photograph ($75) or mixed media painting ($150). Their note cards featuring the work of the Echo artists are also a popular pick year-round.

Finally, finish off your tour of the Town Square stores at Barnes & Noble, where you'll discover gifts to share with the whole family, including Apples to Apples, Keep it Green Notebooks, and even puzzles–all for under $20.

But don't forget that these stores and Sparrow Spa, Sensibilities, Regal, and the Town Square restaurants will be happy to help you with your gift card needs. Happy shopping and happy holidays from Biltmore Park Town Square!