Stumped on where to find the perfect gift to give those on your nice list? Triangle shops, markets and artisans are here to make it easy for you to find one-of-a-kind items to delight everyone this season, even if you wait until the last minute to do your shopping.
Share something sweet with friends and family this season with a box of handcrafted bonbons from Videri Chocolate Factory. Stock up on some of their seasonal goodies like hot chocolate mix and whiskey bourbon truffles for gifting as well, or keep them for yourself.
Find it: Videri Chocolate Factory is in downtown Raleigh's warehouse district.
Counter Culture released the perfect gift to keep you warm this season. Their limited edition seasonal blend, Iridescent, is a subtle blend that carries sweet notes of dark chocolate and berry. A portion of each sale will go towards organizations in the areas where Counter Culture sources its beans.
Find it: You can buy Counter Culture beans at several local coffee shops, including Jubala, Raleigh Provisions or at their Durham HQ on Mallard St.
With flavors like Almond Cocoa and Chai Spice, these butters are anything but basic. Spread Big Spoon Roasters’ love of peanut butter to friends and family this season a jar of one of their scratch-made nut butters made in Durham.
Find it: NOFO @ the Pig and Raleigh Provisions.
Taste buds are transported back to the days of prohibition with Pinetop Distillery’s moonshine. Locally sourced and crafted onsite in Raleigh, each batch follows a classic recipe and modern distillation methods.
Find it: Check your local ABC store!
Gift a culinary experience for one of Whisk’s many cooking classes. During these classes, participants will cook up a meal from scratch with renowned local chefs. This gift is perfect for someone who loves to experiment in the kitchen and wants to enhance their kitchen skills and expand their culinary knowledge.
Find it: Whisk is located in Cary, and you can buy class gift certificates on their website.
The place that celebrates all things North Carolina has the perfect gift baskets for everyone this holiday season. Browse the store to find your favorite snacks, beverages and self care items made in the Triangle, or have them do the work for you by purchasing a themed gift basket.
Find it: Head to Raleigh Provisions to choose one of their grab-and-go baskets of favorites, or custom fill one of your own!
Give the gift of healthy flavors with one or all five of Neomega’s infused olive oils. Neomega’s mission is to provide consumers with a clean, environmentally responsible product.
Find it: Raleigh Provisions, Weaver Street Markets, Harmony Farms, Morgan Street Food Hall and more.
Bring hand-crafted cocktail bitters from Crude to your holiday celebrations. Crude Bitters are made with an all natural selection of ingredients and are labeled by hand. Grab a bottle for a stocking stuffer or white elephant gift, or get a gift set for that cocktail loving friend.
Find it: The Bittery Cocktail Supply Shop and Soda Fountain, NoFo @ The Pig, Raleigh Wine Shop, The Wine Feed and more
Since 2013, Durham Distillery has been setting the bar for local Triangle spirits, crafting world-class gins and liqueurs that put the New South on the map. This year, they set another record by launching NC's first cocktails in a can, with a totally quaffable gin & tonic or vodka soda.
Find it: You can buy a limited-number of bottle of their liquor after taking a tour at Durham Distillery or check your local ABC for their products!
Can't bring your family to your favorite Raleigh restaurants? Why not bring a little of that restaurant to them?! Empire Eats has bottled up signature sauces and spices from its restaurants, including olive oil from Sitti, tomato sauce from Gravy and BBQ sauces and rubs from The Pit.
Find it: Deco or Empire Eats restaurants.
RUNAWAY makes it easy for you to give the gift of locally made swag to the Durham enthusiast on your list. Choose from their colorful selection of clothing, accessories and even prints. This holiday season will be RUNAWAY's last before closing down to move onto other projects in January, so stock up!
Find it: RUNAWAY's flagship store in downtown Durham or online
Who wouldn’t be excited to receive one of Munjo Munjo’s signature smiling acorn shirts this Christmas? If you can’t get enough of the little guy, go get the matching pin and mug.
Find it: Munjo Munjo’s online store or in person at The Green Monkey, Imurj or The Mothership.
If you've got spunk and you like your clothes and accessories a little funky, you're sure to find some treasures at Edge of Urge. This year, they introduced this series of NC-pride t-shirts to help raise money for Hurricane Florence relief.
Find it: In store or online at Edge of Urge
Support a local mother-daughter team and the environment by gifting a unique piece of jewelry from Zass Designs. Choose from a collection of BrewCuffs, colorful beer can cuffs and earrings made from recycled vinyls.
Find it: Deco, Edge of Urge, Gather and more
Looking for another way to show off your southern pride? These quirky shirts from local printing company House of Swank. From spouting classic phrases like "Y'all means all" or "Bless your heart" to the great BBQ debate pictured above, this line is a great way to get some south on your shirts.
Fint it: Deco or House of Swank's website.
Lo & Behold's incredible line of skincare is not only handmade in small batches right in Durham, but all the botanicals, flowers and other natural ingredients used in the products are sourced right from North Carolina! Great gift options include the face set (which has calendula & mint cleansing grains, neroli & chamomile facial serum and honeysuckle & aloe vera toner), one of their totally-treat-yourself face masks or a luxurious bath soak. They even have a men's line!
Find it at: Lo & Behold's website, Raleigh Provisions, Edge of Urge, Imurj and more
The Noble Woodsman’s workshop has the perfect handmade provisions for the outdoorsman or nature enthusiast in your life. Surround your Christmas tree with cutting boards, candles, forged kitchen tools, axes and more, each meticulously crafted by the Woodsman himself.
Find it at: NOFO @ The Pig, Trophy Super Shop (November 25), Sip-N-Shop (December 9) and Downtown Cary Food & Flea (December 10).
Because it wouldn't be a Raleigh #shoplocal guide without mentioning Deco. Browse through shelves packed with goods from over 75 Triangle artisans and makers at DECO. With tons of different types of goods throughout the store it’ll be easy to check everyone off your list this year.
What millennial doesn't have a Harry Potter lover in their life? Lucky for you, plenty of local, bookish artists have created magical wares inspired by the series to sprinkle around your home, including candles by Paper & Stars, prints by Bookish Birds and even a cute owl wand is by Leluna Star.
Find it: Read With Me's store on E Hargett St.
These sleek postcards are perfect stocking stuffers for any Raleigh lover in your life. Made by local creatives exclusively for Port of Raleigh, they show off the gorgeous view from Dix, favorite Raleigh eats, local flags and more.
Find it: Port of Raleigh
If you or someone on your list is looking to learn something new, look to SkillPop. The startup hosts in-person, interactive classes in a range of topics from calligraphy to photography to pasta making! Best of all? You can gift a class to your favorite maker!
Find it: On Skillpop's website.
"Badass soap for badass people." Stuff everyone's stocking with Raleigh Beer Soap. Find their soap in several Triangle locations or order one of their dozens of bars online.
Find it at: State of Beer, Edge of Urge, Raleigh Provisions and Trophy Brewing on Maywood.