Mother's Day is right around the corner! If you're scrambling for the perfect gift idea (and we all know your mom deserves the best), we partnered with Chana Lynn of @Raleighwhatsup to bring you a roundup of the best local places to scoop up last minute gifts.
Port of Raleigh is like the perfect museum store. It’s got a big city feel in a small cozy space. Here you will find beautifully designed modern, clean and functional items for your contemporary home. Pick up useful items with great design aspects such as a clock for your wall, a trash can for your office or a beautiful teapot with matching cups. This is perfect stop to find clean, modern design options for everyday items. Bonus, the owners are knowledgeable and friendly!
This fantastic shop in Cameron Village is next to Moon & Lola. The Local Squirrel features hand-crafted, locally made items from Raleigh and around the state. The Local Squirrel focuses mainly on home accessories and gift items, but also features an assortment of jewelry and paintings as well. I especially love the raw cotton handmade wreaths made right here by an NC native. The Local Squirrel also features rotating local artist paintings that are stunning and make the perfect accent to any dining or living room.
This fun vintage furniture store is tucked away on (the up and coming side of) N. West Street. Charlotte, the owner, is super passionate about vintage collections and hosts an eclectic mix of items from light fixtures, rugs and home accessories, plus an extensive vintage furniture collection. My favorite thing about UCC is the tallest collection of National Geographic magazines I’ve ever seen!
There’s also a fabulous event and creative space for budding artists. She hosts pop-up dinners and other fun affairs like throwback movie nights. Stop by, pick up something unique and catch the cool vibe happening at Union Camp Collective.
Tucked away on the bottom floor of the HUE apartment building, this shop has classic mid-century pieces that will give your living space an added pop. Beyond featuring furniture and accessories, they also carry several unique items made by local artisans such as stunning textiles and light fixtures. Not everything in their collection is in the showroom, so be sure to browse through the iPad on the front desk to see the rest of the collection they have stored in the warehouse. You do not want to miss out on that perfect modernist dream table or chair you’ve been searching for!
Deco is your go-to spot for all things Raleigh. The shop is an active supporter of Raleigh’s downtown community and a great place to find something handcrafted and symbolic of our city. If you have out-of-town guests visiting, Deco is the place to take them find the perfect Raleigh souvenir!
Great art prints and pillows can help bring a little Raleigh flavor into any home! I personally love local artist Autumn Cobeland’s painting of the Triangle Greenway System and she (and Deco) give a percentage of the sales back to the TGS and City of Raleigh Parks & Rec. Shop local Raleigh!
Some of the nicest people you will meet, this gem of a place hosts unique items unlike anything else you will find in Raleigh. The owners have curated a worldly collection of one-of-a-kind pieces from around NC and the globe. The carefully selected collection is mostly vintage and antique items that have proven to stand the test of time. Every single item in Holder Goods is for sale and the collection is always changing. Be on the look out for the fabulous offering of great coffee table books! Local artists also rotate through, featuring works on display and for sale. Look out for scheduled events or exhibitions by local artists during First Friday. Be sure to stop by next door neighbor Boulted Bread for a delicious afternoon snack.
Wander up the stairs at NOFO at the Pig and you'll find yourself in a home accessories haven. Wine drinker or bath taker? You'll be in awe of all the goodies there are to choose from.
If your mom is an avid runner or spends her free time at the gym, nothing says "I love you" like quality workout gear. Runologie is locally owned and stocks a curated selection of quality running shoes, clothing and equipment.
If you are a wanderer or free spirit and love bohemian style, you'll feel at home at Gypsy Jule. As soon as you enter the store, you feel a relaxed almost hippy-like rustic vibe with a wide variety of items for the home as well as clothing and jewelry collections.
I especially love the cowhide rugs that are painted to look like zebra skins—they make the perfect accent rug for under a coffee table. The owner also stocks some fabulous vintage trunks and chairs and I am dying to get a longhorn skull to hang on my own wall!"
This Raleigh store located in the heart of Five Points is an extension of their interior design services. With an ever-changing mix of vintage furniture and other made in America gifts, they have plenty of upcycled, unique and eclectic gifts and accessories for mom!
Brewery Bhavana is more than just a beautiful beer, it's also a flower shop and book store. Find a thoughtful read for mom and grab her a bouquet while you're at it.
Who wouldn't want artisan chocolates as a gift? Go wild picking out confections from the case or let one of the expert staff members do it for you. If your mom has a sweet tooth, she'll be pleased either way!
The Handmade Market is rounding up dozens of local artists and vendors for an indoor and outdoor Saturday market! Find jewelry, home goods, stationery, bath products and more!
Zartiques and Raleigh Makers Market are teaming up for Summer Shop, a seasonal pop up featuring a mix of mid-century design, boho decor and unique maker goods. Come party for the Grand Opening!