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Find the perfect gifts for your friends and family with these Southport shops.

The Christmas season is here, and it's time to find those special holiday gifts for your family and friends. Our real estate agents know that Southport is a wonderful place to call home, and it's also filled with an abundance of great gift shops for holiday shopping. We want to recommend some of our favorite shops where you'll find a variety of special Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.

  • Coastal Cottage Shop
    If you're looking for a gift with coastal flair, head over to the Coastal Cottage Shop, where you'll find an assortment of lovely gifts that are everything coastal. This shop is filled with unique gifts, including upcycled furniture that's painted and upholstered, home decor items like china, linens, kitchen items, lamps, and household accessories. You'll also find an assortment of good coffee table books, custom jewelry items, artwork by local artists, and special holiday-themed gifts to celebrate the season.
  • Mad River Studio
    If you're currently living in Southport or looking for Southport homes for sale with coastal views, be sure to make Mad River Studio your first stop. This store specializes in home design for coastal living. When you walk into the store, you'll be greeted by furniture and accessory items that reflect a comfortable coastal cottage interior. You can browse the showroom for floor items or request an in-home design for someone special on your Christmas list. Before you leave, be sure to say hello to Sailor and Fish, the two adorable shop dogs who just love getting treats.
  • Magnolia's of Southport
    Magnolia's of Southport is a family-owned business that specializes in home decor and garden items, ladies' apparel, handbags, and accessories, custom jewelry from local artists, delightful greeting cards, and a variety of gifts. Magnolia's is a small comfortable shop that offers a personalized touch with lovely owners who will help you find the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. Magnolia's is open year-round, so plan a holiday visit this season to find a special Christmas gift for the lady of the house.
  • Olde Southport Village Shops
    If you want to explore some unique shops with a charming atmosphere, don't miss a visit to the Olde Southport Village Shops. You can spend a relaxing afternoon browsing through a row of quaint little houses that contain everything from home décor, antiques and collectibles, artwork and hand-made pottery, hand-made jams and jellies, food and beverages, and Christmas candies and cookies. During the holiday season, you can even enjoy a Christmas festival with music, Santa, and some special holiday goodies.
  • Southport Wine Rack
    For that person on your list who has everything, plan a shopping trip to the Southport Wine Rack located in the heart of historic downtown Southport, just across the street from the Southport Water Tower. This is a quaint shop that offers a big selection of wines from around the world, as well as tasty craft and imported beers. For a special holiday gift, take a friend to a free wine-tasting event or gift them a membership to the Wine Club, which offers invitations to "Members Only" events and special discounts on bottles of wine. The Wine Rack is the perfect place for a unique holiday experience and world-class Christmas spirits.

If you're thinking about a move to Southport, contact us to explore available properties with coastal views and great amenities. Let us help you find the home of your dreams this holiday season.


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Holiday decorations and treats are that much more special when you can make them yourself. Here are some to you can make in your home this year.

The holiday season is here, and it's time to celebrate with your family and friends. One fun way to ring in the season is with a few hours of holiday crafting.

Not only do you get to explore your creative side, but the end result is often a tasty treat or charming decoration perfect for gifting or enjoying in your home.

Our real estate agents know that you can have a memorable holiday crafting session from the comfort of your home. Check out some of the best holiday crafts that you can make at home.

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Most of us haven't hosted a party in a while. Here are some mistakes you want to be sure to avoid this holiday season.

With holiday parties, dinners, and gatherings rapidly approaching, it's time to think about your hosting plans. Our real estate agents recommend a little preparation to ensure your get-together is a fun, memorable event. Here are some holiday hosting mistakes to avoid. 

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2020 Reflection - The View from Here

It's been a challenging year with no exceptions for all of us at Margaret Rudd & Associates.  

When I wrote my last article, "2020 Vision – the Outlook," Hurricane Isaias was headed up the coast.  The hurricane is long gone, but we are still pushing sand back onto the beach.  And by now, everyone thought we would be over with COVID, but we are not.  However, we did have some bright moments in 2020, and I would like to tell you about one of them.

Nine years ago, one of our owners, Margaret Rudd Bishop, rode a bicycle into the banquet room for her installation ceremony as President of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.  That began our involvement in Bucks 4 Bikes.  

We teamed up with Brunswick Family Assistance, a nonprofit 501(c), and its devoted team of volunteers to distribute holiday bicycles, scooters, wagons, and helmets to the needy children of our county.  Through our efforts that first year, we were able to give 60 bicycles to Brunswick County children at Christmas time.  Every year we have grown the program.  This year we raised over $60,000, our largest fundraising total to date.

The challenging part this year came when we were unable to buy the bicycles from Walmart due to restrictions on imports.  In addition, the warehouse space that was donated to us in the past was unavailable.  However, these problems did not stop our efforts.  One of our team members sent a letter to the President of Walmart explaining our problem, and we promptly heard from Walmart and from the Huffy Corp. headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, lining up 780 bicycles, 100 wagons, 5 scooters, and 50 tricycles for this year's distribution. We found a warehouse, which was generously donated, for setup. Additionally, three Walmart stores in Shallotte, Southport, and Leland kindly pitched in to assemble the bicycles.  Eventually 935 beautiful, new, kid-powered vehicles were distributed.

So many people opened their hearts in 2020.  The Brunswick County Association of Realtors' 2020 Holiday Giving fundraiser and Bucks 4 Bikes program raised $59,252, which is nearly $15,000 more than 2019.  The Margaret Rudd management team personally donated an additional $800 to be added to the $59,252 to achieve our goal of $60,000.  

Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO said, "This year's Holiday Giving fundraiser surpassed all expectations, 2020 has been a whirlwind, and there is no better way to end the year than by putting smiles on the faces of Brunswick County children.  It's safe to say that COVID-19 has not hampered our members' desire to give back to the community in which they work, and we are grateful to everyone who supported this effort."

In the coming years, we plan to expand our efforts into the Toys for Tots program and local food banks.  The need is there and it's clear that many of our colleagues, friends, and neighbors are happy to help.  My personal thanks go out to our team members, the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) and a number of our local communities, who made donations and volunteered their time.  The need is there...challenging yes, but impossible, no!



Holiday Decorating Brunswick CountyThe holiday season is upon us and one thing is for sure - this year is going to be a little bit different. With so many of us spending a lot of time indoors, there really couldn't be a better time to step up your holiday decorating game. After all, if you're going to spend so much time in your home, you might as well make it look good. Additionally, great holiday decor can serve as a much-needed mood booster at a time when many of us need it the most.

We were so inspired after seeing the holiday decorations at these Southport homes for sale that we decided to pull together some recommendations for how you can make your home a bit more festive this year:

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Winter is in the air. It's true that we don't see much in the way of snow down here on the North Carolina coast, but that doesn't lessen our holiday cheer one bit. Our real estate agents are always excited to help support local businesses here in Brunswick County. And with the holidays on the horizon, we thought we'd share some of our favorite local shops to find gifts for someone special on your list!

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Holiday Crafts

Did you and your family, like our real estate agents, use the stay-at-home time to perfect your DIY skills? That practice will pay off with a beautifully decorated home when you and the kids have fun with these easy and clever holiday craft projects. Stock up on the craft supplies and have fun with the whole family making these holiday crafts! 

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A Harvest of Thanks




Holiday Events Southport

The holidays are right around the corner. With so many events on Southport's nice list, you may wonder how you can fill your holiday with as much cheer as possible. Our real estate agents recommend taking time this holiday season to attend these favorite events in Southport!

  • Downtown Southport Tree Lighting Ceremony — 105 E. West St., Southport, NC 28461 | Nov 29
    What better way than to kick off the season by gathering downtown with your family, friends, and neighbors for a tree lighting ceremony? Join the mayor and Southport's residents in Franklin Square Park as they flip the switch and light up the big holiday tree. Cookies and hot cocoa will be provided as cheerful music plays. This great family-friendly event will help you get to know your future Southport neighbors.

  • Winterfest State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest — 223 E. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461 | Dec 11
    Holidays and cookies go together like — well, milk and cookies! Fill your stomach with sugary treats at the State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest at the Southport Community Building. Bake a batch from your family recipe or come down and taste the delicious treats from talented Southport bakers. This annual contest is a scrumptious way to meet others in the community and maybe pick up a few baking tips along the way.

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Easter Brunch-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® know how important the Easter holiday is to so many of our clients. Southport families adorn their homes with colorful decorations and cherish the moments spent watching their young ones find their Easter baskets. If you're considering browsing our Southport homes for sale, we invite you to get to know the area on a Sunday morning by visiting one of these amazing Southport eateries for brunch.

  1. Locals Family Diner - 832 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    What are your family's Easter traditions? Church service, egg painting or basket hunting? Locals Family Diner invites you to create more memories with your kids with a delicious brunch at one of Southport's favorite restaurants. Try their delicious Eggs Benedict or a classic dish order of biscuits and gravy. With special menu options for children and seniors, Locals Family Diner is the perfect place for Easter breakfast with the entire family.

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Brunswick County Christmas Shopping Spots
The holiday season is brimming with joy and excitement, and along with the merriment comes the hustle and bustle of seasonal shopping. Make your shopping endeavors a bit brighter this year by visiting some of Brunswick County's shops and boutiques. With gifts for practically everyone on your list (don't forget yourself!), these shops are our absolute favorites for holiday decor and more.

  • The Christmas House - 104 W Moore St., Southport, NC 
    After you've looked at homes for sale in Southport, be sure to visit The Christmas House and discover a magical shopping adventure full of all things Christmas. Find a fantastic selection of decorative Christmas items including wreaths, garland, and ornaments, as well as a huge assortment of rustic and whimsical gift ideas. The Christmas House has fun and engaging toys for the little ones on your list, and you won't want to miss their great variety of old-fashioned candy to satisfy the sweet tooth and bring back memories of yesteryears.

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Holiday Home Security
The holidays are here and while you can't stop Jack Frost from nipping at your toes, you can stop thieves from putting a chill on your holiday spirit. As you prepare to celebrate the holidays with your friends and family, some simple additions to your shopping list will go a long way towards securing your home.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following smart security measures for your North Carolina home. Each of these home security features are efficient and effective at outsmarting the burglars who may be lurking on the other side of the door.     

  1. Smart Locks
    Smart locks make it easy for you to lock/unlock the door even when you can't reach for your key. Simply enter the code and the door opens then press a button to lock it behind you. The locks can also be set to open/lock automatically based on the proximity of your phone to the door. 

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Brunswick Buy a Home Holidays
You probably have a lot of activities on your to-do list this holiday season. Holiday parties, nights out, community events, and shopping are all great ways to spend your time. But during all the festivities and hustle and bustle, don't forget about that one big item on your wish list…a new home! Many buyers just don't think about shopping during the holidays but it really can be a good idea. Our REALTORS® share why.

  1. There's less competition.
    If you've shopped in the spring or summer and had offers repeatedly turned down or gotten stuck in bidding wars, shopping when there's less competition will greatly increase your chances of getting into a home.

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New Homeowner Gift Ideas
Do you have friends or family members that are spending their very first Christmas in a new home? If so, you're probably looking for just the right gift to celebrate this landmark in their lives. So what is the right sort of gift for such an occasion? The options range from practical and functional items to decorative or personalized ones that can help them make their new house a home. Our REALTORS® can offer a few tips, having lots of firsthand experience with first-time homeowners. Here is our list of top holiday gifts for the new homeowner.

  • Kitchen Items
    If the new homeowner in your life likes to cook or entertain, practical and attractive items for their new kitchen can be very welcome gifts. If they are coffee lovers, an espresso maker or French press can be a great gift, especially when paired with a set of unique or personalized mugs. If they enjoy baking, a quality stand mixer will likely be appreciated, as might a good marble pastry board/rolling pin set. If they are first-time homeowners, kitchen basics, like toasters, a slow cooker, cutting boards, cooking utensils, or a set of kitchen towels and potholders may be good gift ideas. Other possibilities for the kitchen include cheese boards, stylish serving bowls, wine glasses or cocktail shakers, all items that will come in handy for new homeowners during the holiday season.

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Brunswick County Local Holiday Celebrations
No snow? No problem! For some, it might be hard to imagine Christmas without snowflakes and Jack Frost, but Brunswick County locals still celebrate the holidays in style with their holiday traditions. Check out these great holiday events and festivities on the North Carolina coast this season, and be sure to ask our REALTORS® for more information about life in Brunswick County!

  • Super Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach
    The Christmas season kicks off the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Ocean Isle Beach. Super Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach is a full day packed with holiday happenings, starting with a Christmas parade followed by a tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa himself. Head to Sharky's Waterfront Restaurant for a big party at the end of the day to wrap up the festivities, and be sure to check out these Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale while you're in the neighborhood!

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Home Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating
With holiday decorations along city streets and in every store, it's hard to put your Christmas spirit on hold. Even if you've been looking at Southport homes for sale and you're hoping for a year-end move, you'll still want to decorate your current home. While you're enhancing your surroundings to match your festive mood, it's important to keep safety in mind.

Our REALTORS® understand that the Christmas decorations you've collected over the years bring thoughts of holidays past. It's easy to get lost in memories and lose track of safety. That's why we offer these timely reminders for decorating your home safely during the holidays.

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Ocean Isle Beach Family-Friendly Events
Christmas comes to the seaside just like everywhere else, and the sleepy coastal community of Ocean Isle Beach, NC offers some of the best holiday festivities around--snow or no snow! This year, the Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting are sure to get the season started in style.

Ocean Isle Beach Family-Friendly Holiday Festivities 

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Staging Tips Sell Home Holidays
When you're selling your home, staging is critical. A potential buyer must be able to envision your current home as their future home. This can be especially challenging during the holidays.

You should feel free to decorate. After all, it's your home until you sell it. But before you plug in your dancing Santa, consider your decorations with an open mind and a critical eye. Share your holiday spirit but don't send potential buyers running by overdoing your holiday decorating.  

Our REALTORS® understand it's difficult to strike a balance that showcases your home's best qualities while sharing your holiday style. We want to help you through the process with these 6 staging tips for selling your home during the holidays.

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