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One-of-a-Kind North Carolina Themed Gifts

As you're looking for those last-minute gift ideas, take a look at the pages of Our State magazine. You just might find what you're looking for. Here are some locally-inspired ideas from our 2014 issues.

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10 Our State Long Reads for the Holidays

As you swap old stories and make new ones this holiday season, we present to you a few of our own. Long-form favorites from the year, they’re perfect for the ride home or for that leftover-induced stint on the couch.


Readers’ Choice: The Best of Our State 2014

In 2014, we hope that the covers, stories, photo essays, videos, and recipes we shared celebrated the people and places of North Carolina and made you think just a little differently about the state we call home. As the year comes to a close, take a look back at all of the great Our State issues from the past year and vote for your favorites.

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Quintessential Tar Heel Christmas Experiences

’Tis the season of many things — eggnog, bright lights, “Silent Night” — and fitting it all into a single month requires some list-making. So, from Our State to you (in no particular order): the signature components of Christmastime in Carolina.


Quiz: Which holiday decoration are you?

With every holiday decoration comes a backstory and a personality. Take this quiz to discover which holiday decoration is as goofy, thoughtful, or dependable as you are.

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Calypso Chicken Salad Recipe

Sweet potatoes get an island twist in the first place recipe from this fall’s “Local Flavor Recipe Contest: Sweet Potatoes” sponsored by Lowes Foods.
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This Weekend in North Carolina: December 19-21

Your weekend guide to events happening across the state
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Active Winter Getaways in North Carolina

Sure, it’s cold out there, but with North Carolina’s year-round natural beauty, there’s no need to hole up at home. Get moving with one of our picks of activity-based winter getaways.
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Digital Archive Scavenger Hunt

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Digital Archive Scavenger Hunt

Try your hand at Our State‘s digital archive scavenger hunt for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Our State Store.
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Tiny Living: Tiny Homes in North Carolina

North Carolinians find freedom in the smallest homes.
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Hatteras Fig and Whiskey Cake

Enjoy your figs at the dessert table this holiday season with a slice of this decadent cake.
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History Unwrapped: The Our State Back Catalog

This month, we are thrilled to announce the opening of the State Library of North Carolina’s latest digital collection: the entire back catalog of this magazine — just in time for Christmas.
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Out and About: December 2014

Your guide to events happening across the state this December
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100 Years of Hugging: Winey Bears Country Store

Whether torn to shreds by a jealous pet, or simply loved to pieces after years of cuddling, stuffed animals find intensive care in an Oak Island toy surgeon’s hands.
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