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Downtown Dame Holiday Gift Shop Guide (top eight picks)

This time of year you see a lot of holiday GIFT guides, but not a lot of GIFT SHOP guides. The Downtown Dame Holiday Gift Shop Guide highlights the best 8 boutiques in downtown Raleigh for holiday shopping for everyone on your list.

The hard-to-buy-for guy who digs hilarious art. The friend who moved away but will always have a soft-spot for Raleigh and North Carolina. The dad who appreciates a good joke and good chocolate. The mom with a growing and impressive locally handmade collection. The kid with every-digital-thing who really just wants a vintage star wars lunch pail to show off.

P.S. Each designer showcased in the images is linked in the blurb.

Epona & Oak

located in City Market

Gifts For Her and Him

Shop curator, Leeann Hynes gathers amazing local artists’ wares here: jewelry, pottery, clothing, art, cards, and more! Plus, who doesn’t need a massage? Cheryl Hynes offers bodywork and Monica Shelton facials available. Call or visit the store for gift cards and packages.

Moon & Lola

located on Wilmington Street, near the corner of Hargett Street

Gifts For Her


Jewelry! If you want preppy-pop or anything monogrammed, like this lovely gold and pearled ring, this is your store.


located on Wilmington Street, near the corner of Hargett Street

Gifts For Her, Him, and the Kids


feelgoodz is Toms for flip-flops. Artisans from around the world are provided fair wages to make these comfortable, sustainable (rubber) shoes. I’m loving these indoor slippers!


located on Wilmington Street at the corner of Hargett Street

Gifts For Her and Him


Vinyl bags of all shapes and sizes from weekend overnighters to handbags to wallets are made in Raleigh by . local designer Holly Aiken. She even uses the scraps! to build coasters, coffee cup wraps, and more. Her new messenger bike bags has me jones’n!

Deco Raleigh

located on Hargett Street at the corner of Salisbury Street

For Him, Her, and the Kids

Wacky, funky, hunky, local, and so much more… home decor, clothing, jewelry, art, paper goods… games, baby toys, and onsies… the list goes on while your list gets check off! Store owner, Pam Blondin, is always happy to help if you need someone to bounce ideas to.

Father & Son

located on Hargett Street, between Salisbury Street and Dawson Avenue

For Him and Her


Downstairs: fantastic retro-furniture, other home decor items, and in-house Southern Swank’s picks / Upstairs: vintage clothing and shoes / Up-upstairs: lots and lots of vinyl (records), plus artist studios and their art.


located in the Warehouse District, on Martin Street, near the old Joe’s restaurant

For Her and Him


Art. Art! And more art! Paul Friedrich is one of my favorites. Plus, jewelry, freakers, papergoods, and more.


located on Person Street, across from PieBird

For Her and Him

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Metalworks! Jewelry and many other crafts (from paper goods to handbags) by local artisans. Custom work by store owner and metalsmith, Becky Wofford by request.

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