A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

  Franklin-Christoph Playing Card Case Franklin-Christoph Find unique fine accessories from a Raleigh-based company, including this leather playing card case. Solidly constructed with durable napa black leather, this case fits

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  Franklin-Christoph Playing Card Case Franklin-Christoph Find unique fine accessories from a Raleigh-based company, including this leather playing card case. Solidly constructed with durable napa black leather, this case fits

Our State Gift Guide 2023


Franklin-Christoph Playing Card Case

Find unique fine accessories from a Raleigh-based company, including this leather playing card case. Solidly constructed with durable napa black leather, this case fits any standard playing card deck and will bring style to every game night.

Best of North Carolina Gift Pack

Wilkerson Moravian Bakery
This gift pack from the century-old Wilkerson Moravian Bakery captures the taste of the holidays from your childhood and the flavor of magical memories yet to come. It includes Sugar & Spice Moravian Cookies, two Sugar Cakes, and two Carolina Cheese Straws. Taste goodness. Spread love.

Pewter Snowflakes

House of Morgan Pewter
Bring a bit of winter magic home with these beautiful pewter snowflake ornaments. Their sparkling details create a winter wonderland within any room. Shop all seven unique snowflake designs from House of Morgan Pewter.

Hubs Gift Duo

Hubbard Peanut Company
This pairing of our signature Hubs Salted Peanuts with our wildly popular Choco Covered creates the perfect combination for peanut lovers. Featured in a festive gift box, these 20-oz. tins are a merger of two of our finest products.

NCSU 3 Pack Gift Set

Shelton Vineyards
Go Pack! We’ve created three wines that truly exemplify the Wolfpack spirit. Get this gift package for the Wolfpack fan in your life. They’re sure to love it!

HomePro Shaved Ice Machine

Mary Mack’s
’Tis the season for sweet treats and gift giving! Make delicious icy treats and drinks in minutes with the HomePro Shaved Ice Machine and a syrup selection of 50-plus flavors — a must-have gift to create memories all year.

Classic Cotton Candy Machine

Mary Mack’s
Make the perfect holiday sweets and treats! This classic cotton candy machine is a must-have gift to create nostalgic treats all year long. Pair with your favorite floss sugar flavors and enjoy the sweetness.

Love Ornament

American Ornaments
Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with one of more than 300 ornaments hand-designed and hand-painted in Kannapolis by Teresa Thibault. Each ornament comes in a windowed gift box and can be personalized with names and dates.
$24 (plus $2 for personalizing)americanornaments.com

Broadway Tickets

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College
The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington presents the latest season of the PNC “Broadway and the Beach” series. With seven great Broadway hits, there’s a gift for everyone on your list.
Starting at $32wilsoncentertickets.com

Wilders Wagyu Subscription Boxes

Surprise your loved one with the Wilders Wagyu Subscription Box. Wilders’ 100 percent full-blood Wagyu beef is locally raised in eastern North Carolina. A rich source of omega-3s, Wagyu is renowned for its incredible marbling and flavor, and is sure to impress.
Starting at $100wilders.com

Large Battleship Silhouette

This steel silhouette of the Battleship North Carolina measures 18½ x 3 inches and is ½ inch thick. Each piece comes from the hull of the battleship, will vary slightly, and comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Small “NC” State Silhouette

For anyone who calls North Carolina home: This steel silhouette measures 7 x 3 inches, is ½ inch thick, and has “NC” cut in the center to always remind you of your state. It comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Guppy Folder Knife with Battleship Teak

This knife is perfectly crafted from Magnacut with steel lock inserts and titanium hardware. It features original Battleship North Carolina teak deck as an inlay. The blade measures 3½ inches long and is 7¼ inches in overall length.

Small Combo

Aunt Ruby’s Peanuts
One of our more popular gift combinations, the Small Combo includes a 20-oz. tin of Aunt Ruby’s Chocolate Covered Clusters and a 20-oz. tin of Country Style Peanuts.

Wilmington Grill Deluxe Gas Grill

Wilmington Grill
Our flagship stainless steel grill is designed for years of grilling pleasure. The highly durable Deluxe comes with 10” heavy-duty rubber wheels, two large side shelves, a front shelf, and a warming rack, and features our seven-sided cooking chamber design.

Core Sound Crab Pot Trees

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum
Crab Pot Trees are more than a holiday decoration — they’re a year-round symbol of Core Sound’s rich commercial fishing heritage, skilled craftsmanship, and, above all, a deep sense of community pride for the people of Down East Carteret County.
Starting at $59.99shopcoresound.com

Farmhouse Breakfast Holiday Gift Box

Summerfield Farms
Start your day with joy with our Farmhouse Breakfast Gift Box! Savor aromatic coffee, rich syrup, and dreamy pancakes. Make each morning a celebration of flavors, scents, and festive spirit.

Birkenstock Boston in Taupe Suede

The Shoe Market
Our most sought-after clog, the Boston lends a fashion-forward edge to any style. Velvety suede gives the laid-back look a classic, every-season appeal. Featuring an additional foam layer for cushioning, the soft footbed provides extra comfort plus go-all-day support.
$158Sold in-store only

“Mountain Laurel” Earrings

These earrings are handcrafted in 18-karat recycled yellow gold by goldsmith Patrick King, whose design is inspired by Durham’s Eno River State Park.
$1,150 — jewelsmith.com

Nons Pinching Salts Gift Set with Bowl

Nons Salts
Gift family and friends with small-batch cooking and finishing salts made with fresh herbs, garlic, and peppers. Customized gift sets available with hand-crafted salt cellar on our website. Shipping is free.


Brown Dog Hosiery
Brown Dog socks are proudly made in Haw River, NC. The incorporation of North Carolina symbols allows us to pay homage to our great state. The small, white flowers of the dogwood are beautifully knit within our quality dress socks.

Raleigh, NC Flag

Brown Dog Hosiery
Manufactured right down the road from our state capital, the navy Raleigh sock shows off the beautiful red, white, and blue of our North Carolina state flag. Brown Dog socks make perfect stocking stuffers!

Biltmore® Annual Pass

Give yourself the gift of Biltmore for $299 plus tax, just in time to celebrate the start of the new year. Enjoy unlimited visits for the next 12 months, plus exclusive benefits like discounts on shopping, dining, and overnight stays.

This story was published on Nov 28, 2023

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