The holiday season is upon us, and that means that it's time to hit the shopping circuit once again. For some, there's nothing better: it's just an excuse to spend more time browsing the shelves! For others, it's another item on a to-do list that needs to be checked off. But whatever your feelings on shopping, Durham has what you need.
Check out this guide to holiday shopping in Durham, based on your shopping style.
If you're one to spend all day (or even a couple days) going store to store and searching for the perfect thing, there are a few Durham districts that shouldn't be missed.
The Brightleaf District, centered around the historic Brightleaf Square, is lined with shops. You'll find boutiques like Vert + Vogue and Jack –for Him, Her, and Home; local book and record stores; and the one-of-a-kind Morgan Imports, a large home furnishings and gifts store that's been open since 1969.
Nearby in the Ninth Street District you will find even more unique shops in a walkable setting. There are fashionable boutiques like Boho on 9th, Cozy, and Jo's Boutique on Broad. There's beloved local bookstore the Regulator, and there's the Duke apparel mainstay The Duck Shop. You won't be short on options in this area.
Both districts are also stocked with restaurants in addition to shops, so you won't have to go out of your way to refuel after a few hours of browsing.
Browse all specialty boutiques to find even more stores.
If you're the kind of shopper that likes to find everything in one spot, Durham has two major shopping malls where you can do just that. A trip to either will give you more than enough options to find something special for everybody on your list.
In Southeast Durham, The Streets at Southpoint provides a chance to shop some of the nation's leading stores. The Apple Store, Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, and more are all represented in the indoor-outdoor mall.
Northgate Mall is a shopping center just north of Downtown Durham. It features a Macy's and a Sears, as well as stores selling jewelry, clothing, shoes, hats, video games, music, and more.
If you're blessed with a large family and a lot of friends, the holiday shopping bill can start to add up. Or maybe you just want to make sure you get the most for your money. Whatever the case, the vintage, thrift, and consignment shops in Durham offer a great shopping option.
The Rockwood and South Square District is a great place to start if you're a bargain hunter. This commercial highway is lined with stores offering clothing, furniture, home goods, and gifts that are looking for a new home.
If you care only about finding the perfect gift, no matter how long it takes or how much it costs, Durham's local artisans provide a terrific option.
The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market will take place on November 21 and 22, highlighting the goods of dozens of different Durham artists, from jewelry and accessories to fine art to home goods. As you shop, you can also enjoy live music and food trucks.
On Saturdays, the Durham Farmers' Market also features a crafts market, providing another great chance to find unique goods that your loved ones wouldn't be able to find anywhere else.
You can also browse all unique gift and jewelry stores to find local retailers.
Did you know that Durham is home to a number of different companies making their merchandise right here in the Bull City? From Big Spoon Roasters, crafting gourmet nut butters, to Runaway Clothing, producing fashionable street wear, to Brood Soda, brewing unusual flavors of soda, to dozens of others, these companies provide something uniquely Durham. Check out durhamstuff.com to find a list of Durham-made goods.
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