The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping.
If you’re traveling to Raleigh this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
Gingham & Posh
Who doesn’t love a thoughtfully put together gift basket? Gingham & Posh has been dedicated to creating stylish gift baskets with beautiful handmade bows since 2006. And, many of the treats they keep on hand to fill the baskets are locally made! You can choose from a huge variety of styles and themes, such as “Holiday Feast” or “A Taste of North Carolina.” The shop currently has slightly shortened hours due to COVID-19, but offers local delivery.
Neuse General Store
If you’re looking for one-stop shopping, then you’d better head to Neuse General Store. This multi-vendor shop has over 3,000 square feet of goods on display! The store seamlessly melds the typically old-school, rural feel of a general store with its urban location and hip offerings. You can browse all sorts of decorative pieces for the home, jewelry, stationary, and more! Many of the pieces provided by the vendors are also vintage or one-of-a-kind.
Holiday shopping is made all the more special when you can pair it with a hot chocolate or a peppermint latte to sip as you shop. You can do that at Lucky Tree, a treehouse inspired coffee shop owned by a pair of twin sisters! But Lucky Tree Café and Makers’ Market is so much more than just a coffee shop. Inside, the shop displays artwork and handmade items from more than 50 local artists. And even if you somehow didn’t find a cute gift amongst that selection, you could always make someone’s day by stuffing their stocking with a bag of coffee beans and some delicious pastries.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Raleigh. Don’t worry, Raleigh-Durham Airport has you covered! This massive airport has a ton of options, but here are a few of the great shops you’ll find inside:
· Corsa Collections, in Terminal 2, has luggage, travel accessories, and jewelry.
· Ink by Hudson expands on the typical airport Hudson travel mart with its assortment of eclectic books, toys, and gifts.
· At Trip Advisor, in Terminal 2, you can get fun gifts for people who love to travel.
· 5th and Sunset, in Terminal 2, has sunglasses and watches for every taste -and budget.· Vintage Vines, in Terminal 2, carries relaxed yet elegant fashions for both women and men