By Kathy Hanrahan, WRAL lifestyle editor
RALEIGH, N.C. — Oprah isn't the only person with a favorite things list. Out and About loves to shop local, so we compiled a list of the our favorite gifts this holiday season. We focused on only North Carolina-made products.
For the Foodies
Tonya's Cookies - Speaking of Oprah, she selected this fantastic cookie brand as one of her favorite gifts this year! We have been fans of these cookies for years. The crispy pecan cookies, which come also come in white chocolate, chocolate and peppermint chocolate are delicious and light!
Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters - This Durham-based company serves up delicious nut butters! While the jars will cost you more than the average container of JIF, they are so worth it!
Topsail Steamer - Give the gift of local seafood with one of these "Bay Buckets" filled with seafood, meats, corn, potatoes and homemade seasonings. You can order the buckets online for delivery or for pickup at one of their two North Carolina locations - Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Island. The buckets just need to be steamed at home before serving. I tried one recently and it was really easy to do. Just read the instructions. Layer your potatoes, seafood, corn, sausage, etc. in the pot, with layers of seasoning in between (seasoning provided!) and then steam on your stovetop. Prices ranges from $60 - $220.
Chapel Hill Toffee - This handmade dark chocolate and pecan toffee is a holiday favorite and perfect for a stocking stuffer.
Moravian Cookies - Salem Baking Company has a great selection of these classic cookies. We like the chocolate flavor.
Food Maps - The Great N.C. BBQ Map, The Great Carolina Fried Chicken Map and the N.C. Beer Map are great stocking stuffers to help prepare for that summer road trip. You can find them at DECO in downtown Raleigh and at Sweet Tea and Cornbread at Crabtree Valley Mall.
Spirits from a local distillery - Young Hearts Distilling in downtown Raleigh not only has a great heated patio, but they also sell their gin and vodka on-site. Grab some shareable plates and enjoy some cocktails if you are going to swing by there! Other great distilleries to check out: Durham Distillery, Olde Raleigh Distillery, TOPO Distillery, Lonerider Distillery and Pinetop.
Little Waves Coffee - Get some local coffee beans from this Durham coffee shop. They have some great blends and there are options to pick-up in store and ship it.
Chad's Carolina Corn - Made in North Carolina, this gourmet popcorn is one of our favorites. We are a fan of the Buffalo Wing flavor.
Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn - With flavors including Honey BBQ and Southern Pecan Pie, there are flavor options for just about everyone on your list.
La Farm Bakery's Buche De Noel and Artisan Snowman Bread - This Cary bakery has a ton of great holiday selections, but we are big fans of Buche De Noel, a traditional French holiday dessert made with a tender Genoise cake, filled with a light mousse and covered with a decadent Belgian butter cream. We also love the Artisan Bread shaped like a snowman!
Ginny O's Cheese Straws - Made in Raleigh, these straws are delicious and also caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who featured them in her magazine.
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