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20 Locally-Made Gifts You'll Only Find in the Triangle
By Kirsten Barber
Thursday, Nov 23 2017

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.

FOOD & DRINK
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Fill a Box of Bonbons

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.

Sip Coffee & Snack on Confections at Videri
$   .  Videri Chocolate Factory   .  Raleigh
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Add Some Flavor with Neomega Olive Oils

Give the gift of healthy flavors with one or all five of Neomega’s infused olive oils. A new face in the shop local scene, Neomega’s mission is to provide consumers with a clean, environmentally responsible product.
Find it at: Raleigh Provisions

Shop Oak City Local at Raleigh Provisions
$$   .  Raleigh Provisions   .  Raleigh
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Spread Good Cheer With a Limited Edition Winter Blend

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.

You can find Counter Culture beans at several local coffee shops, including Jubala, or head to their Durham HQ on Mallard St.

Grab Coffee & More at Jubala II
$   .  Jubala Coffee   .  Raleigh
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Get Nutty with Big Spoon Roasters’ Nut Butter

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 at: NOFO @ the Pig and Raleigh Provisions.

Stock Your Bar Cart & Bath with NOFO's Sweet Gifts
$   .  NOFO @ the Pig   .  Raleigh
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Savor Moonshine From Pinetop Distillery

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.

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Sip NC Spirits at Pinetop Distillery
$   .  Pinetop Distillery   .  Raleigh
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Enhance Your Culinary Skills at Whisk

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.

Take a Class That'll Craft Your Culinary Skills
$$$   .  Whisk   .  Cary
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OTHER FUN STUFF
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Shop Durham Wears at RUNAWAY

Runaway Clothing 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.

Shop Durham Wears at RUNAWAY
$$   .  RUNAWAY   .  Durham
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Fill a Gift Basket at Raleigh Provisions

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.

Shop Oak City Local at Raleigh Provisions
$$   .  Raleigh Provisions   .  Raleigh
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Mosey Through Edge of Urge

Shop jewelry, apparel, makeup, decor, housewares and more under one roof at Edge of Urge. Enjoy leisurely perusing displays of local goods in one of the area’s chillest environments.

Score Funky Fashions at Edge of Urge
$   .  Edge of Urge   .  Raleigh
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Get an NC Necklace at Moon & Lola

With stores in Raleigh and Apex, at Moon & Lola you're bound to find the perfect piece to gift this season. Looking to get an item personalized? Be sure to get your order in by early December to ensure you have it wrapped and ready by Christmas morning.

PS. Moon & Lola has made Oprah's list in past years!

Get an NC Necklace at Moon & Lola
$   .  Moon and Lola   .  Apex
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Rep the City of Oaks with Acorn Tees

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. Shop Munjo Munjo’s online store or in person at The Green Monkey.

Find a Lil' Bit of Everything at The Green Monkey
$   .  The Green Monkey   .  Raleigh
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HOME
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Grab Rustic Goods From The Noble Woodsman

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).

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(CHECK LATER) Stroll & Shop The Downtown Cary Food & Flea
Free   .  Ashworth Village   .  Cary
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Wash Away Holiday Stress With Beer Soap

"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.

Stock Up at State of Beer
$   .  State of Beer   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences
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Delight Plant Lovers with Hard to Kill Succulents

No need to be nervous about the survival of your plant gift this year. Tierra Sol Studios has you covered with cacti you can gift already planted in hand mixed soils and displayed in hand formed ceramics and terrariums.

Find it at: Sola Pop-up Market (November 25), Cary Locally Made Market (December 3), Durham Patchwork Holiday Market (December 10).

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Get in the Spirit at the Patchwork Holiday Market
$   .  Durham Armory   .  Durham
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Bring Home Some Handmade Pottery

Known for her cat dishes, leaf bowls and intricate patterns, Lauren Sumner offers items that will bring a unique flair to your home. Lauren is selling state themed and personalized ornaments for the holidays. Order yours before they’re gone.

Find it at: Sola Coffee Pop Up (November 25), Cary Locally Made Market (December 3) and Durham Patchwork Market (December 10).

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Shop the Locally Made Market at The Mayton Inn
Free   .  The Mayton Inn   .  Cary
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Munch on Candy That’s Good for Your Teeth

Durham-made and dentist approved, Tom and Jenny’s caramels pack the sticky sweet flavors you love into bite-size caramels that are only 20 calories each (not that we're counting) and help reduce cavity causing bacteria.
Find it at: DECO Raleigh.

Get Your Raleigh on at DECO Raleigh
$   .  Deco Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Cherish a Hand Lettered Gift

Ornaments, coffee mugs, koozies, Maghon of All She Wrote Notes has countless items ready to personalize with her signature calligraphy for your family and friends.

Find it at: The Carolina Inn Holiday Market (December 9).

Bonus: Reserve a seat in one of Maghon’s calligraphy and hand lettering classes that she teaches as an accompanying gift.

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Get Festive at the Carolina Inn Holiday Market
Free   .  The Carolina Inn   .  Chapel Hill
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Snag All Your Gifts at DECO Raleigh

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.

Get Your Raleigh on at DECO Raleigh
$   .  Deco Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Craft Holiday Cocktails with Crude Bitters

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.
If you're unsure about bitters, hit the Grand Opening of their new space, The Bittery, for tastings and sales.

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Shop The Bittery Holiday Pop-Up Grand Opening
Free   .  NC Spirits with Crude bitters pairings   .  Raleigh
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Buy Up-Cycled Jewelry from Zass Designs

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 the collection at Deco, Edge of Urge or make an appointment to visit Zass HQ in The Carter Building on Glenwood Ave.

Get Your Raleigh on at DECO Raleigh
$   .  Deco Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Kirsten Barber is a Raleigh native who studied English at North Carolina State University. She enjoys learning about new trends in the Triangle area and meeting new people in the process. Kirsten believes in the power of a good story, and loves entertaining an audience through the written word. In her free time you can find her exploring the outdoors with her husband, honing her photography skills, trying a new Pinterest recipe or reading.