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The Best Local Gift Shops for Personalized Presents

(The Triangle Trend) — It always feels good to snag that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift. And when you opt for supporting local businesses, you also dodge the stress of unexpected prolonged shipping times, and help keep these shops in the neighborhood. Most people automatically head to Etsy for personalized trinkets worth gifting, but there’s something a lot more personable and reliable about local gift shopping. So, here are the top spots to fill up your goodie bags!

Busy Bee Gift & Stationery

3021 Berks Way, Suite 202, Raleigh, NC 27614

Busy Bee provides vinyl-designed gifts for beverage tubs, weddings, bridal showers, and graduations, alongside personalized gifts. Stickers, tumblers, wine glasses, hostess trays, and ice buckets are among their housewarming finds. The perfect shop for a unique gift for that special someone.

Gingham & Posh

5210 Hollyridge Dr, Raleigh, NC 27612

Gingam & Posh is a great local spot offering personal gift baskets for any occasion. Every single gift basket at Gingham & Posh is made to order and typically packed with their wonderful selection of North Carolina based products. Consider them the destination for stylish gift baskets with a zealous attention to detail, impeccable customer service, a reputation for beautiful, hand-made bows, and the commitment to invoke a “wow” response for each gift they create.

Ostling’s Laser Craft

2813 Kissing Ct, Raleigh, NC 27613

Ostling’s services include stainless steel and powder coated tumblers, wood engraving, glass etching, barcode laser etching, fabric engraving, and fabric and appliqué cutting. You can either etch designs in natural and synthetic fabrics with your own designs, or etch beer mugs, wine bottles, frames, awards, and more. They have a huge selection of available gifts, so be sure to check their website out!

Things Remembered

4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612 (Crabtree Valley Mall)

Things Remembered offers the unique shopping experience of engraved gifts ready in 1 hour. Go to their shop first, shop the rest of the mall or run errands, and swing back by a little later to pick up your perfectly personalized gift. They personalize virtually anything, regardless of where it’s come from. Whether a wine bottle, piece of sporting equipment, wedding item, or favorite memento, take it to them and design a custom engraving that’ll take it to the next level.

Carolina Clover, The Monogram Boutique

The Cotton Company, 306 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Carolina Clover has created an online store and a brick-and-mortar store where gift shoppers have access to quality monogrammed gifts and apparel trends at affordable prices. Their gift designers and artisans specialize in providing etching, engraving, knitting, metalsmithing, and woodwork with an impressively quick turnaround. Their selection of monogrammed jewelry includes the hottest styles of necklaces, rings, and earrings.

3D Innovation

4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612 (Crabtree Valley Mall)

“We offer the perfect gift giving solution. We specialize in custom, laser-etched, 3D crystal keepsakes that are beautiful, unique and ‘from the heart’. Our internet-enabled system allows you to personalize a crystal with your photo, logo, or design. No matter what the occasion is, our products will make your gift the perfect gift that will be loved and kept forever.”

Mill Wood Art

1500 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27603

Mill Wood Art provides printed photos, art, and personalized signs on real rough-cut wood. 100% sourced from local independent lumber yards. Every piece that is ordered is custom-created and printed in-house. Give the gift of a rustic touch to your favorite person’s living space.


4209 Lassiter Mill Rd, Suite 125, Raleigh, NC 27609

Paperbuzz is passionate about finding the freshest, most stylish stationery to reflect shoppers’ personal tastes. From napkins to canvases, to swell bottles and more, there’s nothing they can’t customize. From customizable designs to from-scratch-custom work, personalized gifts and party supplies, they do it all.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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