Holiday shopping doesn’t have to mean throngs of crowds clambering for bargains and deals. Of course you know this: You live in Asheville. You’re schooled in keeping it local. You know what it means to have a calm, friendly experience while finding the perfect something for the someones in your life. You know why it’s better to go independent and find handmade things. We’ll spare you the retelling and instead offer you some exemplary gift ideas for this year’s season. Don’t forget to check our calendar, too, for a list of holiday markets and happenings, charities in need, performance events and more.