You’ve made your list and checked it twice, but are you still looking for that one perfect gift? Whether shopping for the foodie, the fashionista, or the friend who has everything, we’ve rounded up some ideas to elevate your holiday gift-giving game. We asked local designers to share what’s on their shopping list this year, and they did not disappoint. From friends to family, partners to coworkers, we’ve got picks to wow the person with even the most discriminating taste. May your holiday shopping be merry and bright.

“Melt their heart with a delicious culinary feast served on a beautiful locally handcrafted charcuterie board. Choose your favorite snack from Femme Fromage and pair it with a one-of-a-kind charcuterie board from Duvall & Co.”

—Rebecca Driggs Rebecca Driggs Interiors


Charcuterie Board / $129 /

The Grand Fromage Party Board / $250 /




“A luxurious wool pillow makes the perfect gift and it will last a lifetime. This beautiful pillow by Auskin is perfect for the holidays.”

—Brittany Cooper Rathell Designs

Auskin Tibetan Sheepskin Pillow / $100 /



“When giving a gift, I’m thoughtful and intentional. I want it to reflect something personal to the recipient, to have meaning—a gift that sparks joy yet is unique and unexpected.”

—Kristin Tharpe PARKER | THARPE

Beech Wood & Mother of Pearl Trinket Box / $25 /

“This year, I’m feeling the urge to give gifts for cocooning. This neck pillow really stays warm, smells amazing, and looks like a fur pillow. It’s the perfect wintertime snuggle-up!”

—Heather Garrett Heather Garrett Design

Sonoma Lavender Spa Neck Pillow / $55 /

If you are still looking for that something special, we’ve got more stylish gift ideas, and they can all be purchased from area businesses. What’s more in the spirit of giving than shopping local?

He will appreciate that this apron is durable and functional. He’ll love that it looks great and is handcrafted in downtown Raleigh. Tri-Pocket Apron / $135 /

This sumptuous book takes a look at the resort island of Capri over the years. Perfect for the person on your list with a case of wanderlust. Capri Dolce Vita / $95 /

She will adore this acrylic statement cuff by Lizzie Fortunato that will add pop to any outfit. Lizzie Fortunato Arc Cuff / $230 /


FOR THE HOSTESS Help the hostess set the mood for winter gatherings with this candle featuring a blend of white pine, fir balsam, and birchwood. NEST Birchwood Pine Candle / $68 /

Handmade in Burlington, this organically curved platter is perfect for holiday meals. 18” Oval Platter / $105 /

We’ve all learned that face masks need not be dull, and these block-printed beauties will help your student stay stylish while staying safe. Block-Print Embroidered Face Masks / $38 /

Help your colleague stay organized with this beautiful watercolor calendar and brass easel by local artist Inslee Fariss. 2021 Botanical Calendar + Easel / $68 / 

This stack of three books is perfect for the friend who loves to style shelves with a hint of luxury. E Lawrence H Book Stack / $95 /