WRAL 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Our experts on parenting, frugal living and the best that the Triangle has to offer have scoured their sources and shopped the stores (and the internet) for the best suggestions for your holiday giving. No matter the age or interest, you'll find gift ideas here.

Our experts on parenting, frugal living and the best that the Triangle has to offer have scoured their sources and shopped the stores (and the internet) for the best suggestions for your holiday giving.

Shop local: WRAL's Made by Mom gift guide

This holiday season, make it a goal to shop small. Shopping local does more than support small business owners and entrepreneurs in the community; it's a great way to find personalized, creative gifts for everyone on your list -- especially that loved one who is hard to shop for.

Over the years, WRAL Family has profiled dozens of women and mompreneurs who started their own businesses and online shops. Even a few dads made this list! Find a list of locally-made items here, sorted by gift type:

Jewelry and gifts

Food and drink

Wellness and body

Black-owned businesses

Children and babies

Our favorite gift shops

There are so many gift shops in the Triangle that sell locally-made gifts and goods. Here are some of our favorites.
Curate Raleigh (15 W. Hargett St., Raleigh) - This gift shop sells fun, unique products from local artists. There is also a location inside Crabtree Valley Mall beside Cheesecake Factory.
DECO Raleigh (207 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh) - This shop is a must for great stocking stuffers and unique gifts. There are a ton of North Carolina products in addition to cards, clothing and toys.
Parker and Otis (324 Blackwell St. Bay 4, Durham) - Another great dining and shopping spot! This Durham restaurant and market features gigantic deli sandwiches and a great mix of local goods, food and gift inspiration.
NOFO (2014 Fairview Road, Raleigh) - Dine downstairs and head upstairs to buy some great North Carolina-made products including pepper jelly, barbecue sauce, jewelry, clothing and more.
Gathering Gallery (111 E. Hargett St. #100, Raleigh) - This eclectic gift shop employs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities while selling locally-made products and gifts.
Gather Goods Co. (417 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary) - Craft classes, flower shop, local gifts, foods, toys and more.
Liberation Station Bookstore (208 Fayetteville St.) - Raleigh's first and only Black-owned children's bookstore.
Harvest Moon Trading Company (3901 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest) - This shop is a hidden gem across from a general store and MB's Tasty Pastries stand (where you can order a pie for the holidays). You can find a lot of great local gifts, including food and jewelry.
Father and Son Antiques (302 S. West St., Raleigh) - You will find everything from furniture to vintage clothing and just about everything else at this downtown Raleigh shop.
Sweet Tea and Cornbread (4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh) - This shop, located inside Crabtree Valley Mall, only offers North Carolina-made products. It is a great place to find everything from food to jewelry and even soap.
Mindful Merchant (2425 Kildaire Farm Road) - Sustainable gift shop in Cary selling earth-friendly home and body products plus gifts and toys.
Zen Succulent (208 S Wilmington St., Raleigh, and 123 Market St., Durham) - You might not have a green thumb but this place will help you get in touch with your inner gardener! We love the variety of plants!
Little Details (2670 Timber Drive, Garner) - This boutique has great size-inclusive women's clothing and a lot of fun gift ideas, including home decor, children's clothing and food and beverage items.
Edge of Urge (215 E. Franklin St., Raleigh) - We love their celeb candles and everything else at this store. Head inside to find everything from greeting cards featuring RuPaul and Uncle Jesse to stylish clothing and accessories.
Leaf (112 N. Church St., Clayton) - This woman-owned houseplant shop in downtown Clayton is a one-stop shop for plants and plant accessories.

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