Giving in a North State of Mind

This holiday season I hope you find a place for North Carolina on your table and all wrapped up.

Lauren Rose—
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There are so many choices when shopping for friends and family during the holidays. The decision to shop close to home supports your neighbors and is worth the effort. There are a multitude of talented artists and artisans making and creating across our beautiful state.This holiday season I hope you find a place for North Carolina — on your table and all wrapped up.
To: himN.C. Barbecue Traditions Print from EDIA Maps, make sure he knows you understand his deep and abiding love for pork with a framed barbecue print from Charlotte’s Edia$9.99 print (framing varies)Nags Head Hammocks, he’ll know you know he needs a rest if you treat him to a hammock from this company with stores located in Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, and Duck.nagsheadhammocks.comstarting at $159 for the signature rope hammocksCarolina Packhouse Flag, celebrate N.C. agricultural heritage with a North Carolina map made from tobacco sticks from this Middlesex company.carolinapackhouse.comstarting at $69.99Quacky Calls, help him get his hunt on with a handcrafted duck or turkey call from this Greenville artisan.quackycalls.comstarting at $40Carolina Shuckers Oyster Knife, these hand forged oyster knives and pigtails from these Hillsborough and Morehead City makers will make him the king of the roast or pig-pickin.carolinashuckers.comstarting at $25To: herVIETRI Christmas China, this Hillsborough company has a wide variety of china to choose from but their Christmas pieces are always a lovely addition to any holiday tablevietri.comstarting at $10 (for napkins)Tryon International Equestrian Center, this Mill Spring venue hosts several holiday events and is a N.C. must-see — book a Lake Lure getaway and take in all they have to have offer in Polk$ variesZass Designs Rock Your City Necklace, this Raleigh mother daughter design team is putting the pretty in reduce, reuse, recycle — show her you know she loves her home with this piece from their$45R.Riveter Handbag, a handbag company based in Southern Pines specializes in canvas and leather bags made by military spouses from recycled military materialsrriveter.comstarting at $120Surf School, prove you understand she has an adventurous side and book a week at Tony Silvagni Surf Camp in Carolina Beach … you can go$325 for Carolina Beach Surf CampTo: themDewey’s Moravian Sugar Cake, a North Carolina holiday staple from Winston-Salem, go ahead and stock up now because they freeze well and all you have to do is tie a bow around them and$6.99/eachFrench Broad Chocolates, this Asheville sweet treat company now offers a gift subscription making for the perfect one for them, one for you$110 for a three month subscriptionCovington Sweet Potato Vodka, that’s right N.C.’s number one tuber has gone tipsy — making for a lovely homegrown cocktail from this Snow Hill spirit maker. Pro-tip: pair it with a bottle of Raleigh’s Hail Mary Bloody Mary mix and a travel size of Winston-Salem’s own Texas Pete for holiday Bloody Mary making and you have your go-to

$29 for a 750 ml bottle of Covington vodkaSunburst Trout Farm, add to their table tapas with some Waynesville Rainbow Trout Caviar.sunbursttrout.comstarting at $52.49Coinhole, leave it to college students to come up with a new way to play quarters —invented by N.C. State students from Lattimore, think of it as a way to get the kids to step away from that bottle flipping.coinhole.comstarting at $15To: the babies & fur babiesMindful Supply, help them show off their homegrown love with a onesie from this Greensboro$15Moon and Lola, an engraved ornament from this Raleigh rising star jewelry designer in the silhouette of their dog (multiple breeds available) or their child — is something they will enjoy for years to$20 per ornamentAll Natural Soap and Moisturizer from Lo & Behold, this Durham company specializes in all natural soaps and moisturizers and both make for a thoughtful gift for mom and baby.loandbeholdnaturals.comstarting at $6.50T is for Tar Heel: A North Carolina Alphabet by Carol Crane, reading is fundamental and this North Carolina author makes reading about home fun and or a bookstore near you$16 for the hardbackNorth Carolina Wood Toys, based in Raleigh this carpenter specializes in handcrafted wooden toys — a gift that is sure to become an heirloom.ncwoodtoys.comstarting at $15.99 unassembled