Pottery, apparel, a candlelit dinner for two by Chef Lisa Brooks, and a Blue Ridge bike crawl: Mean it when you say ‘shop local’ and buy these North Carolina-made holiday gifts.
Ever find yourself stumped on what to present as a gift to friends and family during the holidays? You want to be imaginative and give something original, a present that fits a person’s personality and style. A little inspiration is all you need.
Cardinal & Pine searched the state for experience gifts, handmade products and unique presents for the art-loving, crafty, food-crazed, locavores (eat local foods), hodophiles (travel lovers) and all the drinkers (beer, spirits, tea and wine) on your list. And we didn’t stop there…you can find something for the alien fans in your life.
Scroll through these 13 North Carolina-specific gift ideas…and there’s no harm in trying them out on yourself first.
Apparel, Recover Brands
Giving a hoodie, t-shirt or workout gear made from repurposed plastic waste will make you feel good about decreasing your carbon footprint. And surprisingly, the clothing is durable and comfy in a variety of colors, textures and styles.
Shop: 1518 Bryant St., Charlotte and online
Candlelit Dinner for Two, Heart & Soul
Splurge on someone special with a chef-prepared meal by Chef Lisa Brooks, a “Chopped” finalist. Chef Lisa coordinates a multi-course candlelight dinner for two in the home or choose another option to fit your budget. Chef Lisa’s signature dishes include crab bisque, lobster beignets, low-country shrimp and grits and Southern marinated filet mignon.
Shop: Online gift card
eBike Brewery Crawl, Asheville Adventure Company
Combine biking and beer drinking on a four-hour roundtrip ride, covering eight to 12 miles on a Vida eBike by Giant. Send loved ones around Asheville, exploring the craft beer scene.
Shop: E-Bike Brewery Crawl
Face Jug, Crystal King Pottery
Opening up a face jug on Christmas morning will certainly turn heads. Both of Crystal King’s parents are potters, recently retired. She’s followed her father, Terry King’s tradition of making face jugs. He was featured in 2003 on “Antiques Roadshow.” Catch Crystal opening her kiln in December for a special treat.
Shop: 2475 NC Hwy. 705, Seagrove and online
Holiday Tea, Main Street Books
The Pauline Tea Bar Apothecary specialty teas are displayed in a downtown Davidson bookshop. While there, pick up a book by local authors for the readers on your list. North Carolina-based writer Todd Calgi Gallicano writes the Sam London Adventure series from the Files of the Department of Mythical Wildlife, books for middle-grade to young adult readers.
Shop: 126 South Main Street, Davidson
Lexington Barbecue Smokehouse Sauce, Lexington Barbecue
You’ve given your mom the apron, the smoker and the tongs. This extra push – a bottle of smokehouse sauce from an iconic barbecue joint – may finally get you the meal you really want for the holidays.
Shop: 100 Smokehouse Lane, Lexington and by phone, (336) 249-9814
Lip Treatment Set, Anne’s Apothecary
Anne Suinner-Lawoyin, Raleigh native and former nurse, makes clean skincare products with cold-pressed herb-infused oils, clays, and other natural ingredients for clean and budget friendly skincare.
Opal Flowers Mug, Liz Kelly Pottery
Liz Kelly, a Raleigh native, makes functional home goods including mugs, ornaments and planters. Add locally roasted coffee beans to the mug or pot a native plant in the ceramic planter and you’ve got something special to give for Hanukkah.
Shop: 1201 W Lenoir St, Raleigh (schedule a studio visit here) and purchase at one of these retailers
Snug as a Mug in a Hug, Coastal Purl, LLC
Perfect for people itching for a new knitting project: Designer Barbara Sanders sells a ‘sweater for your mug’ pattern, yarn and two matching buttons in a gift bag. If you play your cards right, you might be the recipient of the final product.
Shop: 106 A Capital Trace, Elizabeth City and online
Southern Star Paragon, Southern Distilling Company
Impress your host with this ‘wheated straight bourbon whiskey.’ New to the market, it was recently recognized at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition for Best In Class (Best Single Barrel Bourbon Up to 10 Years) and Best Overall Bourbon.
Shop: 211 Jennings Road, Statesville and at ABC stores across North Carolina
Stemless Wine Glasses, Page Pottery
Husband-and-wife team JR and Kirsten Page create a variety of pottery in their mountainside studio in Burnsville. Get creative with a Yadkin Valley Winter Wine and Beer Passport (see below) attached with ribbon to a Page Pottery wine glass.
Shop: 138 Dandelion Lane, Burnsville and online
Siblings Dion Galloway and Davita Galloway have designed a new capsule clothing collection including crewnecks and hoodies featuring alien designs – perfect for your Secret Santa sci-fi fan.
Shop: Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave. and duppandswat.com
Yadkin Valley Winter Wine & Beer Passport, Yadkin Valley
Introduce family and friends to NC wine country with a wine and beer passport. Each passport provides tastings for one or two people at 13 wineries, four breweries and one distillery from Nov. 25 through March 26, 2023. Passport holders also receive discounts on dining and lodging.
Shop: Yadkin Valley Winter Wine & Beer Passport and at the 13 participating wineries