Wondering what to get Aunt Hilda or Cousin Benny for the holidays this year? Don't waste time scratching your head! There are dozens of products made in Durham that are sure to delight friends and family. Here are just a few ideas for gifts from local Durham businesses and artisans. Find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift or collect several items for a Durham-themed gift basket.
Everyone knows and loves a foodie - someone whose tastes tend toward the gourmet. Here are some items that the foodie in your life is sure to love.
Durham-based Big Spoon Roasters' nut butters get rave reviews from publications like Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Simple and wholesome ingredients highlight the flavors of roasted nuts with honey and sea salt. This season, your friends and family can discover flavors like chai spice, almond cocoa, or peanut cashew.
For Durham-roasted coffee, pick up some beans from nationally-distributed Counter Culture Coffee, or from local coffee shop Bean Traders. Another Durham company making waves with its unique drink is Mati Energy. It's an energy drink made from fruit juices and the leaves of the highly-caffeinated guayusa plant. These items are perfect for parents who may need a little extra caffeine to wake up early with their kids on Christmas morning!
If your friends and family enjoy cooking their own meals, there are several great options. Durham Chef Sara Foster will be coming out with a new cookbook for the holiday season. Foster's Market Favorites will be available November 16. Brood Soda is a local brand of sodas that features flavors like Sour, Smoky, Spicy, and more. For sauces and marinades, try NumNum Sauce, a trio of signature sauces from Bull City Burger and Brewery, or Bull City Bar-B-Que Sauces.
Fashion trendsetters love to find unique items to expresses their individual style. A hand-crafted leather bag from Durham's Mill & Bird is sure to be a hit gift. Designed by Durham artist Krissy Anderson, the simple and classic designs are a timeless addition to any wardrobe.
Durham's local boutiques like Magpie, Vert & Vogue, Smitten, and Jo's Boutique often sell handmade jewelry from local artists. Additionally, Burt's Bees is a well-known brand that is headquartered in Durham. Its popular natural skincare and beauty products can be found at retail stores across the country.
Durham's distilled beverages are a unique addition to any gift basket. Krupnikas, a Lithuanian honey-spiced liqueur from the Brothers Vilgalys, has been described as the holidays in a glass. Durham was the first place in the United States where krupnikas was legally distilled, making this beverage available to the public.
Other enjoyable offerings include Mystic Bourbon liqueur from Barrister and Brewer and an apple pie liqueur from Pebble Brook Spirits. Durham Distillery sells chocolate, coffee, and mocha liqueurs, in addition to a collection of gins. For mixers, try White Whale's concoctions, which combine exotic juices and fresh herbs to create mixers like the Tiny Tim, a blend made for the holidays.
Pets are often thought of as important members of the family, especially dogs. Treat man's best friend with dog biscuits made by locally-owned pet shops Oliver's Collar or The Other End of the Leash. For unique and sustainable dog treats, get treats made with barley recycled from the beer brewing process from Barley Labs or Bull City Burger and Brewery.
Durham's craft beer scene is a great place to look for unique beers. Fullsteam Brewery has caught the nation's attention with its "plow to pint" philosophy and for its use of Southern and foraged ingredients. The Carver Sweet Potato and the First Frost, made with persimmon, are great introductions to their beer and are sure to please many palates.
Other Durham breweries, including Ponysaurus Brewing Co. and Bull City Burger and Brewery, also sell craft beers. Bottles, cans and growlers can be found and filled at Sam's Quik Shop in Durham. Sam's is well-known among craft beer fans for its extensive selection.
Artists understand the value of supporting other artists. That's why a piece of handmade pottery from Claymakers is a great way to support Durham's arts community and gift a one-of-a-kind piece of art. They have both usable art for the home like mugs, plates, and vases, and other pieces that are meant for display.
To discover more Durham products, check out Durham shops with local gift sections like Parker & Otis, The Makery, and Foster's Market, or look at Durham Stuff for more information. There are so many Durham artists and artisans, it is impossible to list them all. Discover them for yourself at the Arts Market, the Durham Farmers' Market, or the Durham Craft Market.