Whether the people on your shopping list already appreciate good style or could use a little help in that department, weve rounded up some unique gifts that will leave everyone looking a little snazzier in the new year.
Once again, were 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 theyre insulating, and best of all, one size fits any bottle.
$9.95-$12.95, at freakerusa.com 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 Camerons. More local retailers listed on Freaker website.
N.C. BBQ shirt
This is OUR state, said the pig. Whatever your barbecue allegiance (cant we just admit its 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. Were partial to this Macintosh cummerbund and tie combo. It puts us in a holiday mood.
$115, at highcottonties.com 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!
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!) Theres plenty for the Carolina and Duke babies, too.
$20-30, at etsy.com/shop/HookLineandStinkers.
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 440gentlemansupply.com 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 Andersons tote line would be a Christmas morning home run, but were coveting the Racing Kate, available in a variety of color combinations.
$395, at millandbird.com or in Raleigh at Vermillion; in Chapel Hill at LIGHT Art + Design; in Durham at vert & vogue.