2023 Raleigh Holiday Local Gift Guide

For the Home Chef Jewelry Lover Bookworm  Well Dressed Four Legged Kids Craft Beer Lover

Something local for everyone on your list!

The 2023 Raleigh Holiday Local Gift Guide is here! Find local gifts for everyone on your list and support Raleigh businesses this holiday season! We are making it easy for you to gift LOCAL this year. In addition to the ideas below, we encourage you to use the local business directory to find new and favorite local businesses.

Keep an eye on our social feeds where we will be sharing more great local gift ideas. You can follow along with the hashtag #SLRGiftGuide and view some of this year’s local must-haves in our Facebook album!

Stocking Stuffers & Gift Shops

Holiday Activities

The Painted Pearl – Wreath Making Workshop

Join Kendall and me for our 4th annual Wreath Making Workshop! This annual tradition is the perfect way to get you in the holiday spirit! Spots are limited and almost full!

From our specialty berry bar to hot apple cider, we’ll provide all the supplies needed for you to make a beautiful, fresh evergreen wreath that will last well into the New Year.

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Animal Lover and Four Legged Friends

  • Who doesn’t love a Dog themed yearly calendar? Five Freedoms Photography has officially released their 2024 Triangle Dog of the Year Calendar! This year’s calendar benefits dogs at the non-profit benefits Perfectly Imperfect Pups. Check it out!
  • How about a gift that saves local pets and helps people too? SPCA of Wake County has created fun, sponsorship packages for programs in most need of funding. Every gift makes a difference!
  • Barkleigh’s Cafe and Rescue sells dog bow ties and bandanas in order to help raise funds for dogs in need in North Carolina. 
  • Looking for Unique Doggie jewelry? Find beautiful handmade options at Be Like Missy.
  • Chester & Pearl offers Simple Joys for Cats and Cat Lovers. From Cat toys to cute stickers 5% of all sales go to animal rescues in NC.
  • Brewskihund sells dog treats made from craft beer grain, as well as dog accessories, flight boards, and handmade dog tags.
  • Not quite sure what you want? Visit a Local Pet Store like Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique or Unleashed: The Dog and Cat Store
  • Ruff Stuff Treats are made using craft grains from local breweries, farm-fresh eggs and veggies, and the care and attention to detail that only real, live people can provide.
  • Celebrate the holidays by coloring adorable cartoon dog- and cat-themed illustrations! Binky and Bell have a new coloring book called YAPPY HOWLIDAYS! For more information click here!


  • Quail Ridge Books offers mystery boxes for any age. Being independently owned gives them a variety of choices as well as a long list of charities they support through purchases.
  • Dog-Eared Books is a women-owned and operated small business that works to provide inexpensive quality books for people of all ages. 
  • Reader’s Corner – This niche corner store collects used and rare books, vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, and comic books for an unbeatable price.
  • Read with Me is a children’s book and art store near downtown Raleigh.
  • Christian Freed– If you are a fan of military and science fiction reads, check out Christian’s work. After 20 years in the US Army, he has turned to writing. He is offering .99 cent stories as well as 5 free stories with subscription to his newsletter!

Coffee & Tea Drinker

  • Bad Cat Coffee Co. is located at Morgan Street Food Hall, serving the most delicious iced coffee, espresso, and lattes from locally roasted beans plus handcrafted crepes, and bagels! Buy a bag of beans for a friend today!
  • Gabi’s Grounds are Private Label Blends Created Exclusively for Gabi’s Grounds by Larry’s Coffee, in Raleigh, NC. Available online and in local stores.
  • Peak City Coffee‘s bourbon-aged coffee, “All American,” is back for a limited release and available by the bag or packaged in a bottle! You can also order sampler gift packs and purchase coffee subscriptions online at peakcitycoffee.com.
  • Tin Roof Teas have one of the largest collections of premium tea consistently fresh and available. Check out the Christmas Sampler!

Craft Beer Lover, Home Bartender, & Wine Connoisseur

  • Visit Downtown Raleigh’s first distillery & restaurant, Young Hearts Distilling!  This Holiday Season they are offering a $75 Mix Kit. Here’s what’s included: A bottle of a Young Hearts Spirit (Rum, Gin, or Vodka), a gift set of Remedy Bitters, two Young Hearts rocks glasses, Young Hearts cocktail shaker, and a Young Hearts jigger. Only available in store at the Downtown Raleigh location!
  • Enjoy a Tour/Tasting at Raleigh Rum Company on Saturdays at 2 pm! When you buy a bottle of Raleigh Rum, you can rest assured it was handmade right in the heart of North Carolina. 
  • Looking to host a holiday party but you don’t have enough barware or place settings? Party Reflections has everything from plates to furniture. Check it out.
  • Oak City Amaretto is your go to local Amaretto. Check them out.
  • Buy a case from a local brewery! Check out what’s close by here!
  • Taylor’s Wine Shop has the perfect Mixed Sampler Case for the holiday season! They also have premade gift baskets! The deluxe basket comes with two high end wines, larry’s Coffee, Fara Wyn’s Chocolate, Mr. Pleasants honey bear honey, Chapel Hill Toffee, Norm’s Farms Elderberry Jam, Virginia Diner peanuts, and more! 
  • Wine makes a great gift, especially when the inlaws are in town. Find your local Wine and Gift Shop Here
  • Tickets to Brewgaloo, NC’s largest craft beer festival, are the perfect present for any local craft beer lover.

Fitness Fanatic


  • Buy gift cards to your favorite local restaurants or one you want to try!
  • Yellow Garden Bake Shop has show stopping cookies this year. The pre-order will be open until December 10th.
  • The Cupcake Shoppe is offering your seasonal favorites! Order online or swing by to pick up their mouth watering treats!
  • Send someone the most epic meat and cheese box from Donovan’s Dish to Door. Or send the gift of delicious with a Dish to Door gift card. Skip the hassle and order by December 20th for a delicious Christmas Dinner.
  • Stressed about all the things you need to do to prepare the perfect Christmas Day for your family and friends?! Don’t be! Preorder your holiday meal at Smith’s Smokehouse and Smoothies before December 17th! More information
  • Freshly Baked by Meg is offering DIY Sugar Cookie Kits
  • Enjoy Neighborhood Food, Dinner & Drinks with Triangle Food Tours walking Tour
  • Harmony Farms is a great hub for local foods and products. They carry over 70 brands like Chapel Hill Toffee, Celeste Essentials’ Soaps, Mg12 Dead Sea Bath Salts and Magnesium Balms and more!
  • Benny T’s Vesta is a unique gift for your heat loving friend! The first dry hot sauce that brings the flavor, aroma, and mind-altering heat of fresh chiles! Use the promo code HOHOHOT to receive 20% off. 

Home Chef

Jewelry Lover


  • Kids EveryWear is the consignment to check out for the gift-giving season. From clothing and books to outside play equipment, they have it all!
  • Visit a local toy store! Marbles Kids Play Store has extra holiday play hours and a toy store as well!
  • Art by SRG is selling beautiful, hand painted dreidels for anyone to play with! 
  • Mama Bear’s Baby Beads sells baby-proof jewelry and toys that are safe for teething and curious children.
  • For children’s apparel check out Bolts & Blooms or The Evelyn Company
  • Celebrate the holidays by coloring adorable cartoon dog- and cat-themed illustrations! Binky and Bell have a new coloring book called YAPPY HOWLIDAYS! For more information click here!


  • Buy your bestie a day at the spa! Click here for local spas!
  • Adara Spa is offering a $20 promotional card with every $100 gift card purchase! 
  • Adapt Chiropractic’s $20 gift of health is the perfect package! Give the gift of chiropractic care this year.
  • Shop salon products at Pinup Studio or grab a gift certificate to treat your loved one to a hair or lash makeover.
  • Polished Nail Bar offers gift certificates for their nail bar, micro-blading, waxing, and more!
  • For more Skin Care and Hair Removal like Sweet Pea Waxing and Azura Spa, click here!

Well Dressed

  • For Men’s Apparel Check out Hempsmith Clothing or other businesses listed here
  • No matter your destination, we guarantee you the best-in-class gear for that adventure of a lifetime. Check out Great Outdoor Provision Co. for your adventure-lover gifts! Last minute gifts now 1 regular price item 20% off!
  • Looking for a Boho Americana vibe? Visit Glam Soldier! 
  • For big-name brands like Gucci, Prada, and more, Dress. is the place to be. They are also offering free shipping all December long!
  • MODE Consignment offers beautiful secondhand clothing for an unbeatable price!
  • Couture and Naturals has all of your apparel, pampering, and jewelry needs for the holidays! Take 20% off orders of $25 or more. 
  • Looking for the perfect crossbody? Galatea Boutique has the best crossbody slings for just $39! 
  • Find more boutiques and clothing stores here!