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The Top 5 Asheville Made Gifts for the Holiday - Your Ultimate Guide! 

november 13, 2023


With gifts, it’s often the thought that counts. Rather than gifting another impersonal gift card or hitting the stores last minute and picking up whatever’s left, you can shop early and locally to impress recipients and support small.

No matter where you live now, this list of Asheville made gifts ships coast-to-coast, and can arrive in time for the holidays. So, browse, bookmark, and share with your friends who love to gift thoughtfully, too. Keep reading for our top 5 made in Asheville holiday gifts for 2023!

In Blue Handmade Leather Mushrooms Crossbody Bag

Mushrooms are definitely having their moment amongst fashion trends, and this is the perfect classic piece to mix the best of both worlds! The In Blue Handmade original mini satchel is the perfect small leather crossbody bag that’s versatile in use and well-suited for all ages. Get even more custom with your gift by choosing the color of the bag or strap and even a variety of hand drawn designs.

French Broad Chocolates Chocolate Bar Set

Have a gift recipient who’s committed to satisfying their sweet tooth? Gift them locally Asheville made chocolates from none other than French Broad Chocolates (who’s been featured in none other than Martha Stewart’s magazine, the queen of gifts and sweets herself!). Sweet tooth or not, anyone will love indulging in the handcrafted chocolate, especially their chocolate bar sets that offer something for everyone’s taste.

In Blue Handmade Waxed Canvas Tote Bag 

Perfect for college students, busy moms, or professionals constantly carrying around extra totes and purses wherever they go. Meet the In Blue Handmade Waxed Canvas tote bag. Standing at 12 inches tall, 14 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, this gift is roomy enough for all of your belongings and chic enough to match any outfit. Choose the color and strap option of your choice to even further customize the bag that’ll last your friends or family a lifetime and will have them thank you forever.

East Fork’s The Candle in Tender Earth

Another Asheville made gift we love for this holiday season is East Fork’s “The Candle” in Tender Earth. Especially for those who have moved away from the Tarheel state and want to have a scent to cure their homesickness. The tender earth scent is robust, with hints of petrichor, loam, anemone bulbs, blossoms, and tobacco flowers for a wet, fresh, mossy, and luscious aroma. In a fashionable vessel made with regional clay, nothing screams home is where the heart is like this classic Asheville gift.

In Blue Handmade Personalized Leather Flask

For your Bourbon-loving, party-hopping, and fun-having friends and family (or even colleagues!), this In Blue Handmade handcrafted and personalized leather flask is it. Add your name or date to personalize or commemorate your anniversary or relationship, or choose from a variety of designs to suit your gift recipient’s style. It’s the perfect addition to a gift basket filled with their favorite liquors to make giving that much more special this holiday.

Made in Asheville: Gifting Thoughtfully this Holiday

The holiday season is a time to show people how much you care for them. That being, your gift recipients and the small businesses that support your local communities! By shopping small, and locally made Asheville gifts, you can not only give thoughtful and quality gifts to your friends and family but also support those from your hometown.

Browse these favorite local Asheville gifts, or visit In Blue Handmade for even more handcrafted, ethically and locally made, and woman-owned leather goods. Even better? With every purchase, you’ll help donate 50 meals to folks in need through In Blue’s partnership with Feeding America. Now that’s some feel-good purchasing to warm your heart this holiday!

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About In Blue Handmade

We are group of friends who handcraft leather and waxed canvas goods in Asheville, NC. We started in 2008 in Southern Illinois and moved to Asheville in 2011. Since then, the team has changed from one person (founder Mary Lynn Schroeder) to a team of nine Asheville residents and five amazing loud dogs.

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