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Old 11-10-2008, 09:29 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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It's not too soon to start planning for some great gifts for the Holiday Season here in Charlotte.

Many of us are on budgets this year . . . and there are also many who would like suggestions for items that are uniquely "North Carolina" based.

Can you list some websites, shops, ideas and share info w/ all of us about great gift items that are perhaps not the typical?

Like . . . Carolina wine . . . Carolina produce (ship some apples to friends out of state!) . . .

Let's start taking care of those gift lists now so we have plenty of time to order or pick up neat things for the holidays. Some of these things could be food we would like to serve guests, as well.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:29 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Mrs. Hanes' Moravian Cookies made in Winston purchase in store or online

Red Bird Stick Candy (https://www.wynncom.com/wynnShop/thecandyfactory/online_shopping.cfm - broken link)made in Lexington purchase in store or online it a beautiful antique style shop with original creeky wood floors alot of other candy especially candy from the days we was knee high as grasshopper

Ashe County Cheese Store, LLC. Take a tour of cheese being made and pick up some fresh curd.

This all I got time for now.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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ooo I saw this company on best company thread and though they offered neat products since smells drive me crazy.

check out they even have holiday gifts
ScentAir Home made in Charlotte
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:30 AM
 
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oh wow - these are GREAT suggestions!!!!

Next time I am in Lexington, I will know to stop for Red Bird Stick Candy as well as BBQ!!! I am thinking my family should take a trip to Old Salem this year - it has been a while - and that means getting some Moravian cookies!

Thanks for the wonderful suggestions . . .
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:32 AM
 
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Purchase some NC wine!!!

RayLen Vineyards & Winery - Wine Purchase (http://www.raylenvineyards.com/index.php/Buy-Wine.php - broken link)
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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I travel to Europe a few times a year and there was a time when bringing something over from America that they didn't have there was very easy. Now with globalisation it's getting harder and harder to get things that are unusual. My new thing is jam or jelly or soap. All the farmers markets carry them and I can buy very local and bring it with me and everyone loves them. Even honey is a favourite as different areas have different flowers and tastes. So go to your local farmers market and buy local. Good for the local economy and your carbon footprint too.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:10 PM
 
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I travel to Europe a few times a year and there was a time when bringing something over from America that they didn't have there was very easy. Now with globalisation it's getting harder and harder to get things that are unusual. My new thing is jam or jelly or soap. All the farmers markets carry them and I can buy very local and bring it with me and everyone loves them. Even honey is a favourite as different areas have different flowers and tastes. So go to your local farmers market and buy local. Good for the local economy and your carbon footprint too.
I so agree with you! Buying local is good for us all.

I should have known you travel - you always have such interesting insight into things.

Your suggestions are exactly what I was thinking of . . . the honey is a terrific idea and who wouldn't love jams and jellies????

Thank you, SM!!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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Visit a local craft fair/church bazaar. I went to one this weekend. Picked up a couple of handmade Christmas ornaments - one an angel made from a cotton bowl, and another Santa ornament made from a dried stalk of okra. You can't find those just anywhere! My tree is an odd collection of memories that get sweeter every year.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:53 PM
 
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Visit a local craft fair/church bazaar. I went to one this weekend. Picked up a couple of handmade Christmas ornaments - one an angel made from a cotton bowl, and another Santa ornament made from a dried stalk of okra. You can't find those just anywhere! My tree is an odd collection of memories that get sweeter every year.
Great idea! You are so right - ornaments are one of the very best gifts . . . I think of the giver every time I put up my tree.
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thankfully the wife's xmas pressie's where purchased in August

I also set up an xmas club from my paycheck so $40 a pay goes to it, so I have $960 at xmas comes in very handy.
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