Conscious Gift Giving Guide from My NC Homes
Gift giving and the holidays will be taking on a different tone this year, as we have had a year no one will soon forget. In the Triangle Area, we are fortunate to have strong industry and our small businesses were not as badly impacted as other metropolitan areas, however, we find this year, more than ever, to be important to support small businesses. The craftspeople, artisans, and small business owners make the Triangle Area an incredible place to live, work, retire, and raise a family. Here are some gifts from local businesses and some that are sustainable for everyone in your life. My NC Homes wishes all our friends clients, a wonderful Holiday Season!
For Experience Lovers
Museum Membership Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
A gift that gives all year round is a Household membership to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. These memberships start at $70 and events, socially distanced, happen throughout the year. This makes an excellent gift that keeps giving.
Something Fair Trade for Everyone
Bull City Fair Trade
Bull City Fair Trade is the only non profit fair trade store and its merchandise comes from local artisans and artisans from over 70 developing countries.Whether you are looking for a new Christmas Tree ornament for a client or you are in the market for a Bull City Woven Bull Mascot, Bull City Fair Trade offers something for everyone. Shop online and pick up curbside! http://www.bullcityfairtrade.
For Your A Sweet Tooth
In 2020 many of us have taken up culinary pursuits, ordinarily unpursued, but the art of toffee making is still best left to experts and it accompanies hot holiday drinks beautifully. Durham Toffee offers the best artisanal toffees, barks, and brittles, all locally made. These make an excellent and affordable gift, with a bag under $15. https://durhamtoffee.com/
For the Culinary Enthusiast
Burlap & Barrel Exotic Spices
Exotic and Equitably sourced spices are truly for the cook who has tried everything. Burlap and Barrel Spices were featured in the 2020 New York Times Guide to GIfts and they are the type of culinary gifts one imagines the wise men bringing. www.burlapandbarrel.com
For the Tea Lover&
Specialty Coffees and Teas are available for gifts from Jeddah’s Originals in Downtown Durham. The Cult of PersonaliTea is real and there are aficionados amongst almost all social circles. Teas are ethically sourced and available for purchase online, https://www.jeddahstearoom.
For the Gardener or a Stocking Stuffer
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds are rare heritage seeds that help plant diversity. Whether you are against genetically modified food sources, or you are simply interested in rare seed types, such as huckleberries, cowpeas, or rare varieties of basil, https://www.rareseeds.com/ is a fantastic resource to purchase from.
Cozy Creature Comforts for All
Serotonin Stitches is an independent women-owned arts and crafts business that sells creative and kitsch cross stitch. From ornaments to quilts, this is a really creative gift idea for those looking for something meaningful. https://shopdurhamnc.com/
For a little Curb Appeal Anywhere
Tierra Sol Studios
Terrarium building is a another passtime many took up during stay at home orders, and they are great for curb appeal and adding cheer to any room. If you found that your terrariums missed the creative mark, it is ok. Tierra Sol Studios are local Durham Designers that truly have this art down. Prices are very affordable starting at $25. https://tierrasolstudio.com/
For the Scent Fanatic
Nose Candy Candles
Nose Candy Candles are local Durham 100% soy candle producers with custom blend fragrances. All fragrances are made of essential oils and are small batch. www.nosecandycandles.com
We hope these small gifts make it to homes of loved ones, clients, and those who could use holiday cheer. Happy Holidays from My NC Homes.