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Local Gift Guide for Wilmington, NC

This was HIGHLY requested by all my fellow Wilmington friends! I’m so excited to shop local this season because we have so many amazing options. Check out some of these awesome ideas:

Wilmington Experiences

I’m such a quality time person so I love giving and getting experiences over stuff. These are some great options for so many different people! A gift to your parents for date night, your sister, brother, significant other, friend, boss… whoever! You can gift this to an individual to use how they choose or gift these experiences as a way to spend time together.

Food Tour

This was gifted to me by my husband when we first moved to Wilmington. I seriously recommend this 10x over for all my fellow foodies! We used Taste Carolina and had an awesome time. We were able to try some of the best restaurants downtown Wilmington has to offer, meet new people, and even learn more about Wilmington! It was so cool getting to know this town through food.

Some awesome stops we made on our food tour!

Adult Craft Camp

Crafted Outpost has cultivated amazing creative experiences in our community. Rachael offers craft camps throughout the year! Check out her Website and Instagram to find out more.

Just a few of the awesome craft camps Crafted Outpost offers! Including natural dying, paint a pot, wreaths, flower crowns, and more.

Boat Tour

Spend some quality time with friends and family on a private boat tour in downtown Wilmington! All ages, private, and dog friendly. You can add in wine and charcuterie or bring your own drink and food! This is a great quality time experience together or a great gifted experience! I highly recommend Cruise Cape Fear.

Private bout tour with Cruise Cape Fear!

Luxury Picnic

Another great gift to spend time together or a great gift to give to someone you know! This is great for a date night for a busy couple or a couple with a new baby who needs some quality time together! These luxury picnic companies set it all up for you, you just have to show up and enjoy. Some options are Carolina Picnic Co, Luxe Picnic Co, Elaborate Outings Luxury Picnic.

Some of the beautiful set ups by Carolina Picnic Co!

Salt Cave Experience

Most people don’t even know we have a salt cave here in Wilmington! Prana Salt Cave is a unique gifted experience where you can gift a session in the cave or gift the cave with meditation or yoga. Check out their website for more!

I had an amazing time at one of the full moon ceremonies!

Facial or Spa Treatment

Someone you know is in desperate need of a spa day. The perfect gift for your mom, SO, sister, friend, etc. I HIGHLY recommend Rare Skn! My favorite in town.

Surf Lessons

If you live in Wilmington and you haven’t at least tried surfing or know someone who hasn’t, this is a great gift. Highly recommended locations are Topsail Surf Adventures, South End Surf Shop, and Wilmington Surf Adventures.

Cooking Classes

This is such a great gift for a fellow foodie like me! I’m not super great at cooking but I love food, this would be such a great way to spend time together that has an extra step to just going out to eat at a nice restaurant. Seasoned Gourmet is a local business that offers cooking classes.

Jungle Rapids

Here me out. Perfect all ages gift. Your kids will love it and so will your significant other! My husband and I had an awesome date night doing a nice dinner and then playing mini golf and go karting! Check out their website.

Bats and Brews

Spend some quality time hitting some balls and drinking some beer! Another great date night with your significant other or some quality time with your kids or friends. Check out their website.

Ghost Tour

Learn more about our town history through some fun ghost stories! Another unique experience that would be fun for so many ages. I recommend Haunted Wilmington!

Other Gift Ideas:

Gift cards from local businesses

Restaurants, breweries, bars:

Second Glass, Yosake, Outer Dunes Brewing, The Half, Manna, Port City Cheesesteak, Mariposa, Fortunate Glass, Quanto Basta, Olio Provisions, Bull City Cidery, Fermental, Savorez, TacoBaby, Eagles Dare.

Coffee:

Three Friends Coffee, Lucky Joe, Social Coffee

Retail:

Auggie & Zo, Hues of Violet, Crafted Outpost, Silver Line Jewelry, Palm Tree Island Apparel, Edge of Urge, Salty Soap Co., Threads by Sydney, Maki and Bobi, Papercut Books

We have so many great options! Comment below if you gift one of these and don’t forget to follow me on instagram (@laurenssuitcase) for more.

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