Gifts of Style

December 4, 2013 

Whether the people on your shopping list already appreciate good style or could use a little help in that department, we’ve rounded up some unique gifts that will leave everyone looking a little snazzier in the new year.

Once again, we’re spotlighting local designers, artisans and merchants, so these gifts will not only be cool, they will be admired for their distinctiveness. Brooke Cain


Get your freaker on! On your bottle, that is. These dressy drink-holders are designed in Wilmington, manufactured in North Carolina and sold at numerous local boutiques. Lots of cool designs here. Plus they’re insulating, and best of all, one size fits any bottle.

$9.95-$12.95, at or in downtown Raleigh at Feelgoodz Treehouse, DECO Raleigh and KungFu; in Durham at Morgan Imports and Market Street Coffee House; in Chapel Hill at Light Years; in Carrboro at Cameron’s. More local retailers listed on Freaker website.

N.C. BBQ shirt

“This is OUR state,” said the pig. Whatever your barbecue allegiance (can’t we just admit it’s all good?), we think this clever tee from House of Swank is the best way to show it.

$21.95, at houseofswankclothing or DECO Raleigh; Great Outdoor Provision Company (all locations); The Green Monkey in Raleigh; This and That Gallery in Carrboro.

High Cotton ties

We adore their ties, but High Cotton offers more: cummerbunds, pocket squares and shirts for men and boys, plus preppy headbands for women and girls. We’re partial to this Macintosh cummerbund and tie combo. It puts us in a holiday mood.

$115, at or High Cotton, 19 W. Hargett St., Raleigh.

TrendFemme acorn necklace

Eco-friendly Raleigh designer Elena Bondar loves using felted wool to create her handcrafted jewelry and accessories, and we love this ode to the Oak City: a gold-dusted, felted acorn necklace – with a real acorn cap!

$30, at or Also in Raleigh at Design Box, Revolver Consignment Boutique and DECO Raleigh (which also carries felted acorn ornaments).

Hook Line and Stinkers for babies

This knitted mascot apparel for babies is just too cute – especially these baby wolf booties. (You just have to get the Mascot Butt Diaper Cover with a wolf tail to go with it!) There’s plenty for the Carolina and Duke babies, too.

$20-30, at

440 Gentleman Supply

Raleigh accessories designer Derek Keller specializes in quality handmade leather accessories for men: suspenders, document holders, phone and tablet sleeves and much more. This Minimalist Wallet would be perfect for the discerning gentleman on your list.

$58, at or in downtown Raleigh at Anvil and Lumina Clothing; in Durham at Dear Hearts; in Cary at Gather.

Mill & Bird

Any of the gorgeous handmade leather bags in Durham-based Krissy Anderson’s tote line would be a Christmas morning home run, but we’re coveting the Racing Kate, available in a variety of color combinations.

$395, at or in Raleigh at Vermillion; in Chapel Hill at LIGHT Art + Design; in Durham at vert & vogue.

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