Gift Guide: Our Editors’ picks for the 2023 holiday season

See what Editors Allie and Cat are shopping this year.

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Here’s what your local news team wants to unwrap this year.

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Happy December. We thought we’d ring in the most festive month of the year appropriately — with holiday gift guides featuring our editors’ top present picks.

Scroll to shop, get inspired, and maybe even snag a locally made gift or two, courtesy of Allie’s and Cat’s exquisite taste.

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Baguette Dough Bowl Candle, $44.95 | “I love a good candle, and this one is such a showstopper. Plus, choose from a variety of delicious scents.”

North Carolina State Map, $18 | “This design is so fun and such a great way to share your NC pride.”

The Wrightsville Sarong, $145 | “Imagine hitting the road to your favorite NC beach with a full coverage sarong to lounge all day in.”

Raleigh Watercolor Map, $18+ | “I adore this colorful print with an accurate map of the City of Oaks.”

Carolina Hurricanes Alternate Logo Hat, $29.99 | “This logo is the best Hurricanes design, and every Raleighite needs to rep their Canes pride.”

“Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner” by Ashley Christensen, $21.46 | “Throw down in the kitchen like a real Raleighite with this Ashley Christensen cookbook.”

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Adventure Awaits Bucket List Activity Box, $164.99 | “Looking for something unique to get your significant other? This activity box is chock-full of new ways to explore your relationship.”

City of Oaks Print, $15+ | “I am a huge fan of lining my walls with local art and prints — and this design is the perfect addition to my collection.”

Custom Pet Portrait Shirt, $28.55 | “Created in Garner, NC by my best friend Taylor, I can’t recommend these custom pet portrait shirts enough.”

Dog Carrier Sport Sack, $79.95 | “This dog backpack was my 2022 best purchase. If you have a pooch who is getting a little older, you can still take them on hikes and even bike rides in this comfy backpack.”

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Think we’d let the fun stop there? Shop even more editors’ picks, featuring the gifts our National Content team has their eyes on this month.

Brianna: “I’ve recently ditched the purse for a fanny pack to go totally hands-free while walking around town, which is why I’m eyeing these colorful fanny packs from Burlaep. (Pair it with this cute embroidered baseball cap and you’ve got a perfect city ‘fit.)”

Dayten: “We just moved, and I still have to build my reading nook: Methodical’s Ethiopian blend (which I’ve tried, and loved) and some elegant, renter-friendly decor.”

Emily: “I love waking up with a warm cup of chai tea in the morning — especially when it’s in a cute squirrel mug.”

Jessa: “Everyone loves a big fancy candle. Plus, get some decorative matches to... match.”

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