Good Gifting: North Carolina’s Sustainable Gift Guide

Good Gifting: North Carolina’s Sustainable Gift Guide

To me, Dec. 1 marks the official start of the best time of the year – the Christmas season! One of my favorite parts of this season is picking out gifts for all my loved ones. My gift-giving goal this year is to keep sustainability and locality in mind when buying gifts. Above all, there is nothing better than a gift that does good for the environment and the community. And so, I curated a gift guide full of the pieces (both big and small) that you’ll feel good about both buying and giving.

Gifts $25 and Under

Detox Your Body Stimulating Body Brush – Hidden Forest Naturals, Carrboro

Located at 200 N. Greensboro St. in Carrboro, Hidden Forest Naturals is both a beauty and wellness store, as well as an all-natural nail salon. Its carefully curated selection of products focuses on sustainability and overall well-being. This natural wood body brush exfoliates, detoxes and stimulates the lymphatic system. Or, it could do those things for your lymphatic system if you buy it.

Wicked Warmers in Berry Branch – The Flourish Market, Raleigh

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Located at 307 W. Martin Street in Raleigh, The Flourish Market works to partner with brands that provide dignified jobs and fair wages to artisans and makers in vulnerable communities. But more granularly, its reusable, microwavable hand warmers have a design of 100% cotton and flaxseed. When you purchase these hand warmers, 5% of the profits go to InterAct, an organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in Wake County.  

Villa Real Mexican Hot Chocolate in Vanilla – The Flourish Market, Raleigh


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Hand-crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico, this hot chocolate is made from cocoa butter, sugar, almond, and other nuts and spices. The pack includes five discs to create five wonderfully chocolate-y cups. All you do is drop the disk into warm milk and mix it all together. And did we mention that this treat is also available at the Flourish market?

Gifts $50 and Under

The Munio Candle in Cinnamon – Hidden Forest Naturals, Carrboro

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This soy wax candle not only smells wonderful, but it looks beautiful too! Hand-poured and decorated with cinnamon sticks, this candle creates a tunnel when it’s burned to illuminate the holiday spices.

$50 Surprise Box – Epilogue Books, Chocolate and Brews, Chapel Hill

Located at 109 E. Franklin Street, Epilogue is one of my very favorite coffee spots in Chapel Hill. As a book lover, I had to include a bookish gift in this gift guide. And so, the surprise box from Epilogue contains $50 worth of products that support local businesses. It could include books (obviously), coffee from Carrboro Coffee Roasters, pottery from Pink Moon Ceramics, and much, much more. What a great way to support local businesses and gift a loved one a unique experience.

Not-Quite-Right Mug in Amaro – East Fork Pottery, Asheville

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Located at 15 W. Walnut Street in Asheville, East Fork designs, manufactures and sells beautiful, thoughtful ceramic dishware. This Not-Quite-Right Mug is very unique. It’s part of what East Fork calls their “Seconds” collection, meaning that it’s, simply, not quite right. It may look a little wonky and off-center, or it may have minor imperfections. This branding choice smartly celebrates and gives life to each and every product.

Gifts $100 and Over

Clyde Classic Gloves in Black – Vert & Vogue, Durham

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Located at 353 W Main Street in Durham, Vert & Vogue is a high-end retailer that focuses on mindfully-made designs from independent designers in the U.S. and Europe. These classic black gloves are absolutely luxurious. Crafted with a lambskin exterior and a cashmere lining, this is a gift that your loved one will treasure forever.

Ceramic French Press – Ware, Asheville

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Located at 51 College Street in Asheville, Ware is an independent retailer offering sustainable home and lifestyle essentials. Its beautiful products are well-made and safe for both state residents and the environment. This ceramic French press is certified SGS food safe and crafted to last a lifetime. Basically, it’ll not only produce full-bodied, aromatic coffee, but it’ll also look beautiful on your kitchen counter.

A Biltmore Experience – Asheville

I couldn’t make a sustainable gift guide without including some sort of experience. I truly believe the best gifts you can give others are experiences that’ll create cherished memories. The Biltmore Estate is the luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt. Located at 225 Winery Road in Asheville, the manor and its grounds are unbelievably well preserved and filled with original furnishings and art. The Biltmore Estate at Christmas time is absolutely magical – a must-see experience.

How will you use our gift guide this year?

I hope that this list inspires you to celebrate all the incredible craftsmanship right here in North Carolina. Rather than mindlessly shopping, give a sustainable gift this holiday season. You’ll feel good about giving it, and your recipient will feel good about having it.

Happy Holidays!

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