Giving Back and Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year when thoughts of joy and peace become crowded out by the busyness of celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. Shopping for gifts and scouring the internet for the deepest discount on Cyber Monday takes priority in our lives. Of course, it’s done with good intentions because we are buying gifts for others, and we want our kids to experience the magic of Christmas.

This year I want to step back from the busyness and bustle. I want to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and giving gifts that have meaning. My Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 is mix of non profits and local businesses.


Designed For Joy: Artisans create beautifully handcrafted jewelry and home decor while learning trade skills and earning a living wage. Artists are those those living at high risk for sex and labor trafficking and/or food and housing insecurities. Designed for Joy is located in Raleigh.

Designed for Joy feather earrings. Gifts that support a living wage.


Turkeys For The Triangle: A raffle ticket with the potential to win a 1-year lease of 2018 Lexus sedan makes a perfect token appreciation to insert into a Christmas card. It makes people feel good when they know that 100% of your purchase went to feed people in the Triangle during the Holidays. The HPW Foundation coordinates Turkeys for the Triangle, and is located in Raleigh.

win a 1 year lease on a Lexus or a $500 gift card by helping feed 20,000 people in the Triangle.


Avenue des Chocolats: For the sweet tooth on your list, Avenue des Chocolats are handcrafted and preservative free bon bon chocolates. Creamy and delicious with each bite these chocolates are elegantly packaged. You might want to get a box for yourself (yes, they are that good). Avenue des Chocolats is a locally owned business in Raleigh.

chocolate preservative free bon bons handcrafted in Raleigh.


5 Lounge & Discotorium: Bring date night back with a membership to Raleigh’s newest bar in Glenwood South. 5 Lounge is reminiscent of a prohibition-area speakeasy that prides itself on local craft beers, local vodka and a curated wine list. Enjoy good drinks, conversation and music all while supporting a local charity or non profit. 5% of net proceeds and half of membership fees will be donated to a local charity each month.

5 Lounge and Discotorium retro bar with local craft beer and vodka

Museum of Life & Science Never hear your kids say, “I’m Bored,” again. A membership to the Museum of Life & Science in Durham will keep them entertained and learning all year long. Your kids will love the outdoor tree house village, dinosaur trail, a butterfly house and live animals. Indoor exhibits will keep them occupied on a rainy day. Membership benefits include discounts on camps, special events and more.

museum of life and science in durham, nc


Pass The Gravy Share your NC and Southern pride with a t-shirt that is entirely made in North Carolina. Created with Carolina Cotton and manufactured in Burlington, NC, t-shirts support our local economy plus 10% of net profits support Smart Start, for the education and care of preschool children in North Carolina.

100% NC made t-shirts. Pass the Gravy gives back to children.


Gregory Vineyards Spread a little cheer with a Mason Jar of Red Apple Shine, a fortified sweet white Muscadine wine with a little spice. Pairs well with hot apple cider and cold evenings. Gregory Vineyards is located in Angier, NC and offers visitors wine tastings, a steak and seafood restaurant, and tours of the vineyards.

Gregory Vineyards Red Apple Shine, wine and restaurant in Angier, NC.



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