November 29, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Local gifts for the hostess with the mostest!


We know how crazy busy this time of year is for you, so we’ve got a super fun giveaway (and gift list!) that will help you check off a few boxes on your holiday list. We teamed up with some of our Smarty local favorites to help you with the perfect gifts for your hosts, hostesses, neighbors, friends, & family. Show them love by selecting these charming gifts from our local friends. Keep on reading – one of each item will be given away to some extremely lucky CSP readers. Merry, merry!

Ella B Candles: Hostess with the Mostess Candle & Cloister Whipped Cinnamon Honey

Ella B Hostess with Mostess

Our go-to gift every holiday season is an Ella B candle. Partially because we are HUGE fans of local founder, Julie Tassy. And partially because they are just PERFECT and packaged in a precious box with a bow.

Show up with the Hostess with the Mostess candle and Cloister Whipped Cinnamon Honey and you’ll be sure to be invited back. A delightful blend of tarragon, basil and patchouli – this is the perfect kitchen candle.

One lucky Smarty wins this fab gift set, valued at $35!

You can always purchase Ella B candles in our favorite stores all across Charlotte. Visit to find your closest retailer.

The Buttercup: Champagne Bears & Cocktail Napkins

Buttercup Hostess Gift

Nothing says “thanks for the invite” better than this “Cheers y’all” cocktail set! Give your hostess these precious Southern napkins paired with yummy champagne gummy bears. Hide these from the kids, grown-ups only!

Our lucky Smarty will win this hostess set, valued at $18.50! Happy partying!

Recently rebranded and now 2nd generation Charlotte family-owned, the Buttercup is a Charlotte icon tucked right in the heart of Myers Park. Their quaint yellow brick building has been a Charlotte icon for over 40 years. The Buttercup is hands down the best spot to shop for gifts this holiday season – from candles, to jewelry, to art, and stationery, now offering in-house monogramming – you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday list, especially your hostess!


You can find the Buttercup at:
343 Providence Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina

Cannizzaro Sauces


Looking for a different kind of hostess gift? You can’t go wrong with a beautiful gift basket from Cannizzaro Sauces. Locally made pasta sauces, pasta, bamboo spoons & local olive oil, all in an adorable holiday basket. What more can you ask for?

One lucky Smarty wins the small holiday gift basket is valued at $36.

Other sizes and styles are available (their 3-pack is a big seller). Once you’ve tasted the sauces by Cannizzaro, there is no going back. You’ll be in love. All sauces & gift baskets are available for purchase in their online store or by phone – 704-968-2734 – or by email –

They deliver within Charlotte area or can be picked up in Dilworth at Bonterra.

Providence Gift Company


Personalized wine glasses from Providence Gift Company are a great, personal touch. One lucky Smarty wins a prize pack including two personalized wine cups wrapped and tied up with the Providence Gift Company’s signature bow. ($25 value).

Providence Gift Company began with a passion for personalized, fun, and meaningful gifts. They strive to provide the highest quality products AND service to their customers at a fair price. Personalized wine cups are their #1 seller AND the perfect hostess gift for any party or occasion. (Our favorites are the NC state logo!)

Facebook: The Providence Gift CompanyLOGO
Instagram: providencegiftco

Ogre Sauce


Locally made Ogre Sauce is an awesome gift for the friend who loves to grill.

Who doesn’t love something that makes cooking tastier? Ogre Sauce is an all-purpose BBQ sauce created in Charlotte, North Carolina. We call it “all-purpose” because it is great on everything – not just traditional barbecue. You can slather it on ribs, wings, salmon, pizza, chicken, burgers, tofu, oysters, pretzels, steak, pineapple, grilled veggies, tunafish, eggs and more. Give it your neighbor, your hubby, your in-laws. Everyone will thank you. It’s that good.

One lucky CSP winner will receive three 16 oz bottles of Ogre Sauce valued at $10/each, total value $30.

Instagram: @ogresauceOgrelogo
Facebook: OgreSauce
Twitter: @ogresauce

Well Written Gifts


Cheese, please? Yes! Your cheese presentation will look even better on this beautiful personalized charcuterie board. This is such a thoughtful gift…perfect for anyone!

Well Written Gifts is one of our favorite new finds! They create personalized gifts for all of life’s celebrations. Their custom engraved wood cutting boards, charcuterie and cheese boards are both beautiful and functional, with a design side that displays strikingly yet a plain back side that is made to be your favorite cutting surface.

One lucky Smarty wins a customized, engraved wood cutting board ($55 value).

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Facebook – @wellwrittengifts
Instagram – @wellwrittengifts
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Sunfour Baking Company

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Sunfour Baking Company is one of our FAVE places for a sweet treat, a coffee or lunch date with a friend, or a delicious cake for a party. If you bring a Sunflour treat to your next holiday party, you WILL be deemed favorite guest – we promise.

One lucky Smarty wins the Sunflour six inch spiced carrot cake (or any other variety of 6 inch cake) ($35 value).

Sunflour specializes in cakes for all occasions and will create custom designs. We’ve tried many of these and they are the best in town! And, get this, Sunflour just opened its fourth location in the heart of Ballantyne. The new location is in the Ballantyne Quad shopping center near Duckworth’s.

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from scratch. small batch. local.

2001 East 7th Street, Suite H
Charlotte, NC 28204
Tel: 704-900-5268

220 East Boulevard, Suite 100
Charlotte NC 28203
Tel: 704-332-5222

5040 Highway 49 South
Harrisburg, NC 28075
Tel: 980-258-8000

14021 Conlan Circle, B-9
Charlotte, NC 28277
Tel: 980-237-8881


Paper Twist


If you’re ever at a loss for what to give, check out Paper Twist, They have SO MANY cute thing – we promise you’ll find the perfect gift. This year, we’re crushing on Charlotte Coaster Designs, a set of letter pressed coasters, made from recycled, extra-thick stock – they’re perfect for anyone who loves the Queen City or their neighborhood. They come in four Charlotte designs.

One lucky Smarty wins a set of CLT letterpressed coasters (value $32).

Paper Twist offers the best brands in stationery, invitations and gifts. If you need to design custom invitations or get a birthday gift for a dear friend, Paper Twist is ready to help. They are a pen-and-paper-girl’s best friend.

Paper Twist
2902 Selwyn Ave, Ste A
Charlotte, North Carolina
Call (704) 366-3100
Facebook: @papertwist
Instagram: @paper_twist

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen


Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen is a husband and wife team in Charlotte that runs award-winning hands-on cooking classes and makes handcrafted, healthy, and locally sourced condiments to help you cook great food at home. Each product represents the style of food Chef Alyssa loves to create: healthy, light, fresh and all-natural. The spreads make GREAT hostess gifts.

One lucky Smarty wins the Smoked Chili and Rosemary Mustard & Champagne-Tomato Jam ($18 value).

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen:ca_kitchen_logo
2104 South Blvd
Inside Atherton Market
Charlotte NC, 28203
Instagram: @chefalyssaclt
Twitter @chefalyssaclt
Facebook: Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Smarty Hostess Giveaway

Entering our Smarty Hostess Giveaway is easy! Simply do the following:

1. Subscribe to our newsletter.
2. Follow CSP on facebook and instagram (and psst! take a minute to follow the above awesome, local Smarty favorites)
3. In the comments below, tell us where your favorite light display is in the QC.

That’s it! A winner for each item will be picked at random. Giveaway closes on December 6th at midnight. Winners announced on December 7. Happy Holidays!

48 Responses

  1. Diana LIGLER says:

    I love to drive through Ardrey and Ardrey Crest neighborhoods in Ballantyne!

  2. Deyna says:

    It’s hard to beat McAdenville for the best light display!

  3. Chrissie Rogan says:

    Hillside in Myers Park. They have a great display of Holiday Xmas decor!

  4. I LOVE Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s light display! Worth the drive.

  5. Julie Todd says:

    McAdenville is a family tradition that goes back to when I was a kid growing up in Charlotte.

  6. Jessica King says:

    We love driving through McAdenville!

  7. Caris Malone says:

    I love driving by through Plaza Midwood!

  8. Samantha Schmerge says:

    Our family loves the lights at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens….such a sweet family outing to walk through the gardens:)

  9. We love Hillside avenue &.Daniel Stowe is beautiful too…

  10. Jen Plym Jen Plym says:

    I just overheard someone talking about a house with over 50,000 lights – where is that???

  11. Shannon says:

    We love Hillside such a beautiful display

  12. Ashleigh Bryan says:

    We love to go to the botanical gardens each year to see the trains, lights and Santa of course! Such a beautiful job and great family outing!

  13. Kristyn Martin says:

    We love Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden!

  14. Brooke says:

    Hillside!! I just love to hear about all the food they get for the local food banks.

  15. Erin mcmorris says:

    Family tradition has become driving along Hillside, my kids get so excited!

  16. Jennife says:

    Daniel Stowe ❤️❤️

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  18. Ashley Dunham says:

    The houses in Sherwood Forest! Near our house, so the kids request multiple visits!

  19. Nicky Nestor says:

    There’s a house in Kingsmead we love to drive by!

  20. Margaret says:

    We also love the lights on Hillside. My girls like to put the sunroof back to look up at the lights

  21. Tami Silverstein says:

    Love driving through Plaza midwiod

  22. Sara M says:

    walking through McAdenville

  23. Heather Hipsley says:

    Our favorite place to see Christmas lights is at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. 🎄

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  26. Casey says:

    Hillside is my favorite and Sherwood Forest is amazing!

  27. Diane M says:

    We like to walk up & down Hillside to see all the Christmas Balls in the trees! Such a fun tradition!

  28. Jackie Sherrill says:

    The houses in Sherwood Forest! This is always a hit and see Santa on the weekends while you drive by!

  29. wendy t. says:

    We like driving through Sherwood Forest and Plaza mid wood!

  30. Angie says:

    My favorite is the house off of Colony Rd near the Stonecroft neighborhood that has all the lights and Santa out front on the weekends giving out Candy Canes, And all the money that people donate goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with is especially near and dear to my heart right now!!

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  33. Wendy Hershey Wendy Hershey says:

    My kids love McAdenville

  34. CC Schott says:

    Two years ago there was an AMAZING one in Providence CC. We couldn’t find it last year but hope it’s back this time!

  35. Ashley Hunsucker says:

    Our favorite lights in the QC are our own! : ) My husband spends weeks setting up and getting everything just right. We love them!

  36. Hillary Ryland says:

    We ❤️ Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden!!!

  37. Pam Burton says:

    We love driving through Davidson and admiring their beautiful Christmas lights!

  38. Sara Mayse says:

    Walking through McAdenville all bundled up.

  39. Alison Fey says:

    We always drive through the street off Colony past Montibello. You can’t miss all the lights!

  40. Laura says:

    I love Christmas Town USA! McAdenville

  41. Peggy says:

    McAlpine Farm Rd in my neighborhood!

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  44. Laurie Dettinger says:

    Our family really enjoys going to the Racetrack in Concord and driving on the track. Just go early, because it gets very busy!

  45. The Christmas lights in front of the Coca-Cola building on Morrison Blvd are a beautiful display and reminder of our Advent Season.

  46. Our tradition is traveling to McAdenville Lights!

  47. Nan Howard says:

    I like walking around our own neighborhood to enjoy the lights.

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