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It’s December! Which means we are smack-dab in the midst of the Holiday season. We hope you were able to start some of your holiday shopping between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday! Today we are so excited to share with your our curated 2016 NC Holiday Gift Guide. It’s full of some of our favorite local NC gifts made by so many small businesses we work with and love! We hope you choose to shop local this holiday season!
So without further ado, our 2016 North Carolina Holiday Gift Guide
Gifts for the Beauty Lover
If you can appreciate handcrafted bath and beauty products then “The Southern Belle’s Garden” is a shop you won’t want to miss!
The Southern Belle’s Garden is a small business based out of Northeastern North Carolina featuring handcrafted herbal salves, bath and beauty products, with the occasional wax melts and candles. Many of the herbs used in the products are grown in the owner’s backyard with love and care. The beeswax used in the salves is from a local beekeeper.
The Lavender and Calendula Hand Salve is filled with nourishing oils such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and a favorite, kukui nut oil. The added bonus of lavender, lemongrass, and cedarwood essential oils creates a relaxing sensation as you apply this salve to your hands. It is perfect for year-round usage, but especially on those cold Winter days.
Lavender and Calendula Hand Salve
Long day at work? Relax in a bathtub with a heavenly blend of coconut milk powder, Epsom salt, pink Himalayan sea salt, lavender, and rose petals. The scents of coconut, lavender, and rose in our Coconut Milk and Salt Soak will surround you and transport you to a place away from the stress of your daily life.
Coconut Milk and Salt Scrub
Purchase the Coconut Milk and Salt Scrub Here
Give the lady in your life who loves beauty products a gift that’s not only luxe and indulgent but also made with safe and ethical ingredients.
Beautycounter’s products offer safer ingredients and better beauty. Beautycounter’s banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through their “Never List”—all while ensuring their products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.
Prep your mistletoe-ready pout! The new limited edition Rose Lip Conditioner not only gives lips a pretty hint of pink, but also has a subtly sweet taste and scent. It comes paired with delicious, fresh Peppermint Lip Conditioner to help you get in the holiday spirit. Avocado oil and Shea Butter are loaded with vitamins to boost hydration, while Meadowfoam seed oil acts as a natural barrier to lock in moisture. Hydrate chapped lips or wear under your favorite lipstick for an even finish. Plus, it comes beautifully wrapped in their limited edition red gift box!
Created without harsh ingredients that can be overly drying to skin, these little ‘lumps’ of coal are pretty much the best gift you can give your skin this season. Charcoal absorbs impurities and purifies congestion without drying out skin. Use these staples as part of your beauty routine for smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin in less than 15 minutes. This gift-able duo comes in special holiday sizing and is packaged inside a limited edition red box.
Perfect Gifts for the Southern Belle in Your Life
Know a Southern girl who loves monograms? Then Moon and Lola is going to be a fave on her list.
Every good southern belle must have monograms and a little something pink! Moon & Lola has the perfect gifts! Go ahead and browse their shop. You know you want to.
Get yours here
Oh and every Southern Belle needs a graphic tee and flowy skirt, too!
Sarah and Jessie specializes in feminine clothing that make women feel pretty and confident. That is a gift in and of itself. All their items are hand-curated by a modern southern belle – of course.
For the Person in Your Life who Loves Organization
Know an organized lady? Or one that is working on becoming more organized? What about one that just loves office products? These pretty planners are perfect!
The Simply Yours Day Planner is here to help you make sense of what you need to do, and to remind you how to get there. It’s designed to enhance your life by helping you prioritize, organize, accomplish your goals, and durable enough to withstand a full years use…. not to mention the stylish cover designs and customizable first page. Yes, please!
Purchase your Simply Yours Day Planner here
Start the New Year off right by focusing on what matters most. This gift is perfect for anyone who wants to work toward their goals.
If you love all things Lara Casey then you’ll love Cultivate What Matter‘s Powersheets. They’re truly the perfect gift for anyone interested in focusing on the things that matter most in their lives. These 2017 Powersheets are all about intentional goal setting. Talk about heading into the New Year on the right foot! They come in 6 months sets or 1 year sets. Plus it doesn’t hurt that they come in a variety of fun colors, and have coordinating stickers and fun pens to use with them this year.
Purchase your Powersheets here!
Gifts for the Manly Man in Your Life
Know a man who’s proud of his beard? He’s going to love Native Beard Co.
Native Beard Co is veteran owned and operated by Jason Loveland. Jason started Native Beard Co to provide bearded dudes with some unique swag that represents their Native Beards! The slogan “Born Here/Grown Here” describes every man’s individual beard that is Native to them and has its own style! Jason lives in Morehead City, NC with his wife Lyndsay and their two boys, Sawyer and Thatcher (their beards will come!). They hope you enjoy Native Beards unique products and embrace the bearded life.
Purchase the Logo Hoodie here
Purchase the Branded Leather Cuff here
Here Are a Few Perfect Gifts for Parents
Are you a parent or know a parent? Sure you do. This is the perfect gift for anyone who has children!
Our Chief Blogger in Charge confesses “I don’t know what makes me crazier, wondering how my kids are so completely different from me or all the ways they’re exactly like me – right down to how I used to drive my parent’s nuts!” But parent’s take heart, there’s a book to help you get through the rough times and appreciate your child’s unique personality.
“Delight In Your Child’s Design: Second Edition (2016)” Ebook. You love your child, but do you sometimes feel frustrated, worn-out, or just plain overwhelmed? Even as a “good” parent, you may become discouraged if you don’t understand why your child behaves as he or she does. Add other complicating factors, such as a busy schedule or a child’s learning difficulties, and you may feel disconnected. But don’t give up. You can nurture a richer, more satisfying parent/child relationship. Laurie Winslow Sargent will help you identify and appreciate your child’s unique, God-given temperament and abilities. Her tips on relating to your child—no matter how much alike or different from you he or she is—will increase your confidence. And Laurie offers many practical suggestions that will inspire you to show affection and appreciation in ways most meaningful to you and your child.
Delight In Your Child’s Design Ebook
You can purchase “Delight in Your Child’s Design” here. Can be read on Kindle, or PC/Android/Apple devices using Kindle software.
Speaking of parents… Do you know a parent who could use a night out on the town? Maybe that parent is you!
Nancy’s Nannies offers hourly babysitters and full-time Nannies to families between Morehead City and Wilmington NC. Sitters and Nannies are pre-screened and reference checked and come to your home or beach location. Nancy’s Nannies has been in business for 25 years and is a member of the International Nanny Association.
Don’t Neglect the Entrepreneur in Your life
In need of graphic design services? What about customized hand-lettered designs? We have the perfect place!
Mission Art and Design offers graphic design and hand lettering of wall art, invitations, cards, signs, fliers, etc. Select from their gallery, or inquire about customization. Most of their designs are available in digital format, although printed versions may be available for shipping. Fun!
Celebrate the NC Lover
We’re sure you know a North Carolina lover!
A gift subscription to Our State Magazine is a perfect gift! A print magazine that celebrates everything NC from travel to food, to NC culture. It’ll be delivered monthly to your recipient.
Order your Our State gift subscription today!
Doesn’t every North Carolinian need a state ornament on their tree?
You’ve got to check out Lauralee Gifts and these handmade pottery ornaments are made in Raleigh, NC. by Lauren Sumner Pottery. We love these unglazed ivory-colored state cutouts with colored glazed “heart” or “home” on them. What a sweet addition to any Christmas Tree.
Gifts for the Health Conscious
Know someone who could use the gift of good health? Then The Vital Plan is a must. It’s life-changing and our Chief Blogger in Charge swears by it and she was fortunate enough to have Dr. Rawls as her primary care physician.
The Vital Plan Book by Dr. Bill Rawls. Called an essential lifestyle manual for protecting your most vital asset – your health.
Know someone who loves tea and also loves Christmas?
This tea-themed advent calendar from David’s Tea is perfect!
Ready for the most anticipated gift of the year? This magical tea-filled advent calendar delivers a delicious new surprise every day. Behind each door hides a single serving of tea. No peeking! The surprise is worth it.