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'Tis the Season to Shop LOCAL

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Local Holiday Gifts Under $25

From handcrafted nut butter to t-shirts as smooth as butter, you 'butter' believe Durham has it all. The Durham retail shopping scene offers a fascinating array of unique finds, locally-made items, and world-recognized brands.

Discover Durham connected with Katelyn Belch, owner of Best of the Bull, to bring you her carefully curated list of incredible Durham finds for the holiday season. She helps showcase a unique selection of local items under $25 available both online or in stores.

1. Shop Durham Card $15

Give the gift of local love all year long! The Shop Durham card gets you freebies, discounts, and deals at over 260 local businesses around Durham like Cocoa Cinnamon, Monuts, Parizade, Joe Van Gogh, and more. We love the 2021 card design by local artist Kiara Sanders. Be sure to tag her on Instagram @smalldarkandbright once you receive yours!

(pssst you can get discounts on all the items listed in this post with a Shop Durham card.)

2. Durham the String Bull from Bull City Fair Trade $10

Did you know that Bull City Fair Trade is Durham’s only nonprofit fair trade store? Not only do they carry beautiful goods, but they work with artisans from over 70 different developing countries, giving them access to the U.S. market to sell their handmade crafts.

You can find jewelry, pottery, home goods, and everything between at their shop off of Ninth St. Make sure to pick up their mascot Durham the String Bull...how cute is he?!

3. Durham Toffee from The Durham Toffee Co. $12.49

The Durham Toffee Co. is stirring up sweet gifts this holiday season. We’re drooling just thinking about their Durham toffee made with real ingredients. Order some online for only $12.49 a bag!

4. Hometown Apparel T-Shirt $26

Hometown Apparel, a woman-owned business, designs apparel and lifestyle goods for Durhamites ages 0-100+. From decals to apparel, their pieces are meant to bring joy to the Durham community.

Starting at $26, their quality t-shirts are a closet staple if you live in the Bull City.

5. Serotonin Stitches Cross Stitch Kit $15

Enjoy beautiful cross stitch kits from Serotonin Stitches, a woman-owned arts and crafts business that creates original cross stitch patterns and kits right here in Durham.

6. Honeygirl Meadery Currant Mead $18.99

Honeygirl Meadery started with three meads on their lineup, and now they have grown to over 20 meads that rotate seasonally!⁠

Made with wildflower honey and red & black currants, their currant mead is semi-sweet with a bold, tart, and tannic berry flavor. It's a perfect gift for the red wine drinkers in your life...or for yourself.

7. Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butter $11.95

Big Spoon Roasters makes handcrafted nut butters right here in Durham. You can get a jar for $11.95 or grab a complete gift set with jelly for $25.

8. Little Homestead Farm Soap $6-$26

Need a useful gift that your friends and family will actually appreciate?

The soap from Little Homestead Farm smells amazing, and it's made with natural, readable, safe ingredients. A bar of soap only costs $6, or you can get a whole Bull City gift box for $26.

9. Tierra Sol Studio Succulent & Planter $25

Tierra Sol Studio is full of gorgeous plants and handmade planters. They test and grow their own hardy plants, design and make hand-formed ceramics that benefit plants, and hand-mix soils for each plant type — all for plant killers who are plant lovers.

Visit their site to see their itty bitty cacti and succulents available for under $25.

10. Orchid Beaded Jewelry $8-$28

Amanda DelVecchia, owner of Orchid Beaded Jewelry, creates handmade beaded jewelry with high-quality stone, crystal, glass, and metal right here in Durham. If you're looking for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift, you really can't go wrong with any of her designs.

11. Nose Candy Candles $14.99

Based in Durham, NC, Nose Candy Candles handcrafts 100% soy wax candles with custom blended fragrances.

They custom create their own fragrances from a blend of essential oils and high-quality synthetic fragrances–think fancy perfume houses –so that each candle you receive is unlike any other on the market.

12. Tea Tin from Jeddah’s Tea $10

With the mantra "Tea to the People for the People," Jeddah’s Tea serves premium teas, coffee, and pastries from across the globe–to people.

Looking for a delicious and drinkable gift? Jeddah's Original Tea Tins are available online for just $10 with flavors including Cairo Camomile, Daallo - Spiced Black Tea (Somali Chai), Lavender Rooibos, and more.

13. Amy May Pop Art Durham Print $15.96

Amy May Arcos is a talented local artist who creates colorful pop art and turns it into fun and affordable gifts for the home.

Her shop is full of print art, coasters, and t-shirts in her signature style with characters from your favorite movies, places, and memes. Check out her popular Durham print on sale for $15.96!

14. Becca Fowler Designs Magnet $6

Becca Fowler makes Durham-themed stickers, magnets, totes, tees, and prints. Each piece is unique and has a meaningful story. Check out her Durham bull flag magnet for only $6.

15. The Durham Box Tote Bag $15

Do you enjoy repping the best city where ever you go? The Durham tote, made of lightweight canvas, is perfect for everyday use. Fill it with local products and turn it into a tote-ally cute gift bag this holiday season!

16. Papermill Creative Tea Towel $18

Bring a piece of Bull City to the heart of your home—the kitchen—for the holidays!

The Papermill Creative cotton tea towel showcases all things Durham with the NC cityscape, the Lucky Strike water tower, several Durham bulls, the Durham Hotel, the Carolina Theater, Kress Building, and many other landmarks.