Just for fun, we paid a little attention to what caught our followers eyes over the last couple of years (and recently), and realized we have a lot of support in NC for gifts that represent our state. So, we collected a few of the more popular ones, and also polled our readers as to what they felt would make good NC presents, and this is a taste of what we came up with! At the end of the we have included the suggestions that were randomly sent in, and hope this helps to spark some ideas!
It is not meant as a guide by any means..just hopefully to jiggle your imagination, as we strive to find that perfect gift that “means” something!
Last year, we shared a photo of a starfish lighthouse ornament that was extremely popular on our page! We’d like to share the link for this again, along with some other “deals’ we have noticed for 2013. Isn’t this priceless? You can find ordering information thru the link.
**Banner Elk Winery on Facebook
With the huge popularity of blueberries in our state, this Blueberry Wine caught our eye, for sure!
Banner Elk Blueberry Wine:
“Produced on the site of our historic blueberry farm, our Banner Elk Blueberry Wine is a full-bodied and intense expression of bush ripened blueberries. It is fermented while chilled to the optimal temperature to result in a fruit-forward and aromatic style that pairs well with vegetarian entrées, fresh fruits, and deserts.”
**Insights Images and a Touch of Poetry on Facebook does some wonderful magnets that represent our coastal range, at a very reasonable cost, I thought, so wanted to include their info, also. You can see choices and order thru this link.
Have any pier fanatics in your family? This is a unique gift!
**North Carolina’s Ocean Fishing Piers by Al Baird
** There is also a facebook page: North Carolina Fishing Pier Society
**Another for the budding angler in the family for coastal fishing? “Coastal Fishing in the Carolinas, from Surf, Pier and Jetty”, written by Robert Goldstein, with excellent bonuses such as diagrams on how to rig equipment for King fishing, etc. I did manage to find an Amazon link for this, but you most likely can also find this on Ebay. It is an older book, and makes a great reference addition.
NC Culture wanted to be sure to include this special offer, as it runs thru December..can’t beat these prices!
**The 2013 Holiday Sale at Historical Publications has begun! During the months of November and December most of the titles offered in the Historical Publications Online Shop are discounted 50% to 75% off their regular prices.
The Historical Publications Section of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History is the oldest state-supported historical publishing program in the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to acquire quality history at unparalleled savings.
For more information, feel free to contact Bill Owens at (919) 733-7442, ext. 225, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No NC gift suggestion list would be complete without a way to help with the multiple sea turtle rescues on our coast. By a pure fluke, we saw this on another page, and thought we had to send this along to you, as you can help and give a gift of meaning at the same time!
Sea Turtle Ornaments to benefit the turtle rescues in North Carolina
Jim Downey Glass on Etsy for fundraisers
Jim Downey’s Glass Sea Turtles on Facebook
**John Haldane of Grand Memories is one of the first photographers we began following on our page, with a wonderful photo of the ferris wheel at the NC Mountain Fair. We are proud to share this from John.
SPECIAL for NC Culture people only. I am giving a 50% discount on any of my art pieces purchased between now and December 21, 2013 to NC Culture patrons. Just use code BDBBBC when checking out and the discount will be applied.
Remember, this is for NC Culture only. Please do not share the code outside this circle of friends. Thank you and happy shopping for Christmas!
Grand Memories Photography
17 Bohemian Lane
Asheville, NC 28805-8821
Grand Memories Photography and Digital Art on Facebook
John Haldane on Artwork Galleries
Grand Memories on Twitter
** Did you know the College of Veterinary Medicine has a gift store? On their website, they have this to say about the store:
“Online gift store provided by The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation, which exists to support, promote, and facilitate the activities of the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University.”
And then we had reader suggestions! This was so much fun, as it really sparks some good ideas! In no particular order, and maybe can help with that “hard to give to” person you may have on your list!
Reader and NC Culture suggestions:
“Our State” magazine subscripton (a truly wonderful gift, especially for our misplaced Carolinians)
a gift of our NC pottery
a true NC Christmas tree
Master Gardener classes
William Powell’s Encyclopedia of North Carolina
“We are a guide to waterfalls and back roads in Franklin & Highlands NC and
The Wayward Traveler directs you to the cool places and lesser known spots. 45 waterfalls
Back roads, swimming holes, camping, hiking.”
**A book of NC Lighthouses: please note: this is for search results, as there are many books, including some specifically for children, if you have a child on your list who is interested in this part of our state.
**Zoos, nature centers, rescues (like tours offered by the Conservator’s Center in Burlington, the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, or the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, for example), coastal aquariums, train and museum gift certificates or tours.
**NC Peanuts & pecans, also soaps, lotions, and other naturally made products from NC’s bounty. NC Culture thought this was a particulary good suggestion, as many out of state residents live in areas where these can only be purchased pre-shelled, and thus cannot be kept in a nut bowl. We ourselves often give 5 lb bags of pecans for gifts.
**shagging and or clogging lessons, and we did find one link for shagging information!
Some of our odder suggestions, but definitely worth mentioning?
Roll of quarters for people who travel a toll road
Collection of state and city maps, usually found free at the respective Chamber of Commerces, for frequent travelers.