Spoil Him: Charlotte's Gift Guide for Guys

From bourbon candles to Charlotte Hornets gear, we've rounded up Queen City-sourced gifts perfect for the guy in your life.

When asked who his heart belongs to, we all know what your man will say...Charlotte! All jokes aside, we hope you use this list of 12 Queen City-sourced items to find a gift your guy (and you) will love.

Charlotte Candle Company
Charlotte Candle Company partnered with Doc Porter's Distillery to create craft spirit candles. (Courtesy Charlotte Candle Company)

Doc Porter's Candles

Charlotte Candle Company

Recycled from Doc Porter's tasting room bottles, these 17 oz. candles are based on vodka, gin, rye and bourbon from the local distillery. Created by Charlotte Candle Company, they're made of soy wax and burn more than 65 hours—a perfect addition to his bar cart. Find scents such as Bourbon: Oakmoss + Amber; Gin: Lavender Cucumber Sage; Vodka: Cotton Tree; and Rye: Blackberry Sage, for sale on its website

Waxed Canvas & Leather Cooler

BD Jeffries

"Cram it into the saddlebag or strap it to the back of your ATV" challenges BD Jeffries, describing its durable Waxed Canvas & Leather Cooler. Leak-proof, this cooler is sure to hold up to whatever you and your man have planned for the day. Tailgating outside Bank of America Stadium? Picnicking in Freedom Park? Heading out for a day on Lake Norman? His beverage of choice is sure to stay cool. 

Charlotte Neighborhood Map
Created by Docklands Design, this print is a great addition to any Charlotte-lover's wall. (Courtesy Dockland Designs)

CLT Neighborhood Map

Map Shop  

Based on Charlotte planning and historical maps, he will hang this print proudly, whether on his living room or office wall. Created by Docklands Design and sold by Map Shop, the 12" x 18" print is available in a wide range of colors.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery bottle opener
Show off your shared love for Charlotte's oldest brewery with this keychain bottle opener. (Courtesy Olde Mecklenburg Brewery)

Keychain Bottle Opener

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

He'll never forget his keys again, once they're sporting a bottle opener from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. The stylish copper-plated bottle opener from the local, award-winning brewery sports "Charlotte Born & Brewed" on one side and OMB's logo on the other. At just $3, you'll want to pick one up for yourself. 

Deluxe Desert Dry Polo

Hornets Fan Shop

Toss that grimy jersey (not in the trash, just to the back of the closet—it's a good luck charm), and help him cheer on the Hornets in style. When wearing this short sleeve, striped, jersey-style polo from Antigua, he will stay sweat-free, even during the most intense moments of the game.

The Man Can is a humorous, and hygienic, gift. (Courtesy Plum Island Soap Co./Magnolia Emporium)

The Man Can

Magnolia Emporium 

It can be hard to formulate (and keep up with) a good skincare routine. Let Plum Island Soap Co. do the work for him, with The Man Can. Containing "one bar of manly soap, one extremely spicy shaving gel, one very masculine bay rum oil, one really scratchy body mitt and one jar of fisherman's hand butter," this paint can has everything he needs, all wrapped up in one humorous package. 

The Dude Diet
The Dude Diet, by Serena Wolf is a "clean(ish)" cookbook for people who like to eat dirty. (Courtesy The Sporting Gent)

The Dude Diet Cookbook

The Sporting Gent

Created by Serena Wolf, this cookbook has rave reviews on Amazon. Readers will find "125 outrageously delicious, yet deceptively healthy recipes for dudes (and the people who love them)." Stop by The Sporting Gent and pick one up for the dude in your life who is a whiz in the kitchen (or not, the book claims to be 100% idiotproof); then reap the rewards in the form of Cheeseburger Quinoa Bake. 

BillyKirk Briefcase
This BillyKirk briefcase is a stylish addition to anyone's work wardrobe. (Courtesy Tabor)

Schoolboy Briefcase


"Inspired by the school satchels and medic cases of WWII Europe," this BillyKirk briefcase from Tabor is timeless. It boasts custom cast hardware, a minimal exterior and organizational dividers, sure to have his work buddies asking where they can pick one up. 

Custom Jeans

Bruce Julian Clothier

If he's having trouble finding the perfect fit, help him design his dream jeans at Bruce Julian Clothier. The local men's store allows customers to choose their denim, pockets, stitching, button fly or zipper and metal hardware, which are then made to measure into "the best fitting jeans [he's] ever owned." 

These next few items can't be wrapped—they're experiences he'll remember for a lifetime.

Gentleman's Journey Spa Treatment

The Spa at Ballantyne

Pamper him with an appointment at The Spa at Ballantyne. Send him off on the Gentleman's Journey (while you get a treatment down the hall—we don't judge). He'll receive a 50-minute Arnica Sports Massage, which alleviates tension, and a 50-minute Deeply Gentle Nail Therapy Pedicure. Oh, and a specialty Maker's Mark Manhattan to top it all off. 

Fly Fishing Guided Trip
An angler holds up his catch on an all-inclusive guided fly fishing trip. (Courtesy Ryan Wilson/Madison River Fly Fishing Outfitters)

All-Inclusive Guided Fly Fishing Trip

Madison River Fly Fishing Outfitters

Located just outside of Charlotte, in Cornelius, North Carolina, Madison River Fly Fishing Outfitters caters trips to every experience level. Bond (or compete for the biggest catch) on a guided tour, which includes meals, equipment, transportation and lodging for overnight adventures—whether you're staying near Charlotte or journeying to the Bahamas. If his cast is a little rusty, enroll him in lessons. 

Golf Haven Package

The Golf Club at Ballantyne

This package is a hole in one for golf-loving couples. Hosted by The Golf Club at Ballantyne, a public, PGA course with a 4.5 rating by Golf Digest, it includes two rounds of golf per room, per night; and breakfast for two in the Gallery Restaurant, up to $70 per night.