20 Gift Ideas for Every Durhamite on Your List

The holidays can be a joyous time of year with friends and family. But this season can also be stressful, as you try to find the perfect gift for those you love.

Whether you’re looking for arts, crafts, NC foods, or gift certificates, our team at Best of the Bull believes local gifts make the best gifts! So here’s a rundown of some of our favorite local products to make your holiday shopping a breeze.

For the Bull City Lover

Shop Durham Card

The Shop Durham card gets you freebies, discounts and deals at over 230 local businesses all over Durham like Cocoa Cinnamon, Monuts, Parizade, Joe Van Gogh, and more.

Get a free churro with a drink purchase at Cocoa Cinnamon, 50% off tours at Durham Distillery, a free cup of coffee at Durham Co-Op Market, 10% off at Cloche Coffee every visit, and many more.

Anything and Everything from Dolly’s Vintage

NEWS FLASH: Dolly’s has the greatest earrings on the planet. Dolly’s Vintage, named after the owner’s stylish Grandma Dolly, specializes in inimitable clothing from the past. From hats and scarves to dresses and shoes, you’re bound to find something elegant and colorful here to add to your wardrobe. They also have a great selection of Durham-themed items!

Use your Shop Durham card for 10% off an item!

A t-shirt from Dirty Durham

We can’t agree more with Dirty Durham’s motto. Keep it a little “dirty” with their t-shirts for $20. Check out their shop here.

Shop Durham Offer: Get a free sticker with your t-shirt purchase

Papermill Creative Print

You can find their art online and at local markets. They feature towns around North Carolina in their work and you have to get this amazing Durham print for a friend (or yourself)!

Shop Durham Offer: 10% off at local markets (Find them at the upcoming Patchwork market)

Special offer: Use code “SHOPDURHAM” to get 15% off your online order through December 1st!

Durham the String Bull from Bull City Fair Trade

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 US market to sell their handmade crafts. You can find jewelry, pottery, home goods, and everything between at their shop off 9th Street. You HAVE to grab their mascot, Durham the String Bull! How cute is he?!

Use your Shop Durham card to get 15% off an item every visit!

Durham Mug from Cr2F

Cr2F has amazing prints, wall art, personalized art prints, stickers, and mugs. Lots of Durham themed options available or get a custom piece made for someone special. A perfect gift for anyone!

Shop Durham Offer: 10% off orders over $50 using coupon codes

Bullpin Apparel

Make sure to check out Rachel of Bullpin Apparel for the most adore-a-bull outfits. From cute onesies to toddler tees, they’ll have a unique outfit for your kiddos to rock. This mini Crew-neck tee is screen printed with love by hand, just for your little guy or gal! Only $23 for this tee!

Shop Durham Offer: 10% off your online order using coupon code

Bookmark from Golden Fig Books

We love these handcrafted bookmarks made by Chuck Meriwether. You can find them at Golden Fig Books, this charming bookstore is just steps away from another beloved Shop Durham business, Guglhupf.

Golden Fig Books also has an amazing selection of used and children’s books, as well as new titles.

Show them your Shop Durham card when you visit to get a FREE Used Book (handpicked by their booksellers) with a purchase of $20+!

For the Foodie

Baker Street Cookies

Umm, did someone say Durham cookies? These are almost too pretty to eat, but we promise you they taste as good as they look. Keri makes truly awesome custom cookies for any occasion. Check out more of her work here and send her an email to order yours: bakerstcookies@gmail.com

Be sure to order in advance because good things take time.

Durham Toffee

We’re drooling just thinking about this toffee. Be sure to order some online before they sell out. It’s only $12.49 a bag.

Shop Durham Offer: 20% off online orders using coupon code

Photo @littlewave.coffee

Little Waves Coffee

This is a no-brainer for the coffee lover in your life. Besides, you need something to put in that Durham mug, right? Little Waves is Cocoa Cinnamon’s coffee brand and roastery. You can order some online or grab a bag in one of Cocoa Cinnamon’s 3 locations.

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Big Spoon Roasters

Big Spoon Roasters makes handcrafted nut butters right here in Durham. You can get a jar for between $11.95 – $13.95. Or grab a gift set with jelly for $25.

Shop Durham Offer: 15% off online orders using coupon code

Alley Twenty Six Tonic Syrup

Have you tried Alley Twenty Six‘s tonic syrup yet? We literally put it in anything from cocktails to just sparkling water! You can grab some at the bar or local spots around town like Chet Miller, Beer Durham, or Vintage Home South.

You can also get an exclusive line of cocktails at Alley Twenty Six using your Shop Durham card!

More Local Goodness

Pine State Flowers

Pine State Flowers is the state’s only flower shop with completely local sourced flowers! They have so many houseplants and adorable little gifts available.

Shop Durham Offer: Get 5% off houseplant purchases using your card

Maha’s Candle Co. Fraser Fir Candle

We LOVE this candle from this young local entrepreneur, Maha. It’s even made with oils extracted from a native NC tree. You can pick one up at Jeddah’s Tea.

While you’re there show Jeddah’s Tea your Shop Durham card to get 10% off a beverage of your choice!

Photo @squannah

Lo & Behold Natural Body Care

Lo & Behold is a 100% natural and small batch body care company right here based in Durham. All their products are 100% natural and handmade, free of parabens, sulfates, petroleum, synthetic ingredients, artificial fragrances and artificial preservatives. They have plenty of gift sets under $25!

Shop Durham Offer: 15% off your purchase

Little Homestead Farm Soap

Not only does Little Homestead Farm soap smell amazing, it only has a small handful of natural, readable, safe ingredients. Only $6 each or you get get a whole gift box for $20 with soap, bath bomb, and a lotion bar. 

Shop Durham Offer: 10% off your online order using coupon code

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Pup treats from Barley Labs

Don’t forget your pup! Barley Labs makes their own all-natural dog treats out of barley that is recycled from the beer-brewing process. Packs are only $6.99 each or you can get a “Beer & Dog Lover Gift Set”. It includes 2 bags of dog treats and a pint glass for $18.99.

Shop Durham Offer: 10% off non-alcohol purchases on Wednesdays and Sundays 

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Durham Originals

All of Durham Original’s cotton is organically grown right here in the USA. For their tees choose from 100% organic cotton or a 50/50 blend with recycled plastic bottles! These reusable food bags make a statement- in fashion and sustainably. Only $15.

Shop Durham Offer: Get 15% off your online order using coupon code

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, guys can be pretty tricky to shop for. If you’re coming up short in the idea department, you’re in luck. Stz is a local company with some amazing gear for guys. Stop by their location off Foster St to get a t-shirt or hat. Most are priced $20-25.

Shop Durham Offer: 15% off under $100 or 20% off $100+ with your Shop Durham card! mystz.com

There are over 230 locally owned businesses that you can use your Shop Durham card at, see them all here!

If you’d like to add a product from your business to this list, first consider joining our Shop Durham program! It’s completely free to join!

If you’re already a Shop Durham member, send us an email with a product description and photo!

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