With Christmas just days away, the shopping spree is on all around us. Do you know exactly what’s on Santa’s list for all of your loved ones? Or, do you still have no clue what to get them and where to shop?
No matter the situation, we’re here to share some friendly and sustainable advice this Christmas: shop local and support your community! There’s an abundance of small, independent businesses in Raleigh selling unique items for the perfect Christmas gift—from handmade products to artisan treasures and even gift cards for amazing services.
Make this Christmas even more impactful by giving a little back to your community. Here are a few of our favorite local retailers in Raleigh to check out as you do your Christmas shopping (and throughout the year, as well).
1. Modern Terrariums & Lush Greenery from The ZEN Succulent
Address: 208 South Wilmington Street
Margaret and Megan, founders of The ZEN Succulent, decided to bring the beauty and uniqueness of handmade terraria to you. Each terrarium is created by hand using an organic design with natural and preserved plants. Their philosophy is to follow nature, so the process is one of embracing chance. If you’re looking for a gift for a lover of nature, tranquility, or meditation, then a ZEN Succulent terrarium is the way to go.
2. Accessories, Jewelry & Clothing from Edge of Urge
Address: 215-110 E. Franklin Street
In 2002, Jessi Williams decided to open up a place inspired by adventure. Edge of Urge is where risk-takers and free spirits find items of their liking. With authentic designs made by local, independent designers, every item in the store carries within it an appreciation for experience. As the website explains, this is the place where you’re going to proclaim, “This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for!”—be it clothing, accessories, or gifts.
3. Gourmet Food & Gift Baskets from Raleigh Provisions
Address: 107 E. Davie Street
For your foodie friend, this place has amazing gift baskets, featuring food from small, local vendors and growers. Their craft captures the admiration they have for simple, quality ingredients and unique, personal gifts. In addition to all of the delicious treats and goodies, you can also find all-natural soaps, lotions, and honey. Make sure to stop by and ask the staff about the local food scene, as well.
4. Fashion & Home Items from The Flourish Market
Address: 307 W. Martin Street
The story of this tiny shop started with a do-good fashion truck, which Em Sexton used to help people garner their purchasing power for good. Now a cozy and chic boutique, The Flourish Market works with brands that provide fair wages for artisans and makers. Here, you’ll find inspiring gifts and amazing products, and you can rest assured that your money goes to the people who deserve it.
5. Unique Décor from DECO Raleigh
Address: 207 S. Salisbury Street
Partnering with more than 75 local artisans and makers, DECO Raleigh offers distinctive décor inspired by the community. Besides working for the community through the support it gives local artists, DECO Raleigh also contributes to the well-being of the people by organizing holiday events and supporting local charities and start-ups. Stop by to see art that is genuine and lovely—perfect for an inspired and personal Christmas gift.
6. Natural Care from Murphy’s Naturals and Santa’s Naturals
Address: 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road
Founded by Philip Freeman, Murphy’s Naturals is a company set on doing good for others. Its mission is “to celebrate nature and inspire good through quality natural products,” and the staff commit to it in all they do. For instance, you can get mosquito repellants made with natural oils and eco-friendly products. They also launched a brand of all-natural Christmas candles with various scents, using naturally extracted essential oils. Follow the fragrance up to Santa’s Naturals and find your signature scent. While they don’t have a storefront in Raleigh, only their corporate office and warehouses are here, you can still shop their products at Nofo in Five Points or at Indie Goods.
7. Handcrafted Jewelry from Juniper Bay Metals
Address: 22 Glenwood Avenue, Studio #6
Truly one of a kind, every piece of jewelry in this store is made with care and respect for the craft. Staci, who designs and makes every piece by hand, desires to create heirloom-quality jewelry—simple and beautiful—for those who want to show their own creativity through these adornments. If you’re looking for a unique design for a loved one, make sure to stop by Juniper Bay Metals and talk to Staci about what you have in mind.
8. French Bistro Gift Cards from Jolie
Address: 620 N. Person Street
For the lovers of fine cuisine and all things French, Jolie is the perfect place to have a candle-lit, chef-quality dinner. Le Rooftop—its heated outdoor garden for the holiday season—is the perfect place from which to admire the beauty of Raleigh. Alternatively, if you’re not sure what to get for the food-lover on your list, pick up a gift card from Jolie and present them with this lovely experience.
9. Natural Products for Mom, Baby & Home from Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique (online only)
Run by a team of moms from Raleigh, this online-only store offers the best resources for mothers looking for natural products. If you have new parents to buy for, this shop may be the perfect resource, as the staff understands what it’s like to want the very best for your child. If you’re not sure what to choose, you can also purchase a gift card and allow your recipient to select the perfect natural baby product.
10. Mediterranean Menus, Pastries & Cakes from Fresh Levant Bistro
Address: 8450 Honeycutt Road, Suite 106
With a true passion for food and built around an amazing life story, Anita Khalek brought the delicious Mediterranean cuisine to Raleigh in her Fresh Levant Bistro. For her, this bistro is a place where the food and the guests are treated the same—with respect, dignity, and honor. The philosophy of the restaurant is that everyone can find the right food for them here, even those with allergies or dietary restrictions. If you’re looking for a catering service or for some freshly baked goodies, contact Anita or stop by Fresh Levant.
Spread the Christmas spirit and shop local! Simply go for a stroll and you’re sure to find a cute little boutique on a street close to you. If we missed any of your favorite local retailers, just drop us a line at email@example.com and we’ll check them out.