Tuesday, May 9, 2017

LOCAL GIFTS: Gift Giving Ideas at The Local Squirrel in Cameron Village

May and June are big gifting months!  With Mother's Day, Father's Day, High School and College Graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, birthdays and more, we are lucky to have retail options like The Local Squirrel in Cameron Village that are your one-stop, local gift shop! The Local Squirrel has something for all your gift giving needs. They partner with local artists, jewelry makers, wood and leather craftsmen, and much more to provide a large array of hand-picked, hand-crafted gift items that are perfect for all your loved ones!  I've partnered with The Local Squirrel for the second time, to put together a little gift giving inspiration for these Spring celebrations. Also, there are several events coming up in the store soon that make shopping here even more fun!

  • Peppertrain Trunk Show . New necklaces from Kaitlyn’s Spring Summer Collection. Made locally in Raleigh! This event just happened this past weekend but she has a great selection of her necklaces available in the store.
  • May 10-14:  Rustico (leather goods) trunk show. They will have bags, their specialty journals, and other novel leather items great for grads and dads! Small business out of Utah and all their goods are made in America.
  • May 14:  MOTHER'S DAY! Opening at 10AM for LAST MINUTE shopping for mom!
  • May 18-21:  Allison Conway Collection jewelry trunk show. Bracelets, earrings and necklaces perfect to jump start your summer. Made locally in Durham!
  • June 9: One Year Party! Music, Gift with Purchase, Drinks, and Treats from 5-8pm.
    More details to follow.

STORE HOURS: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday: 1-5 pm (open at 10am on Mother's Day!)
LOCATION: 2012 Cameron St.Raleigh, NC 27605

Below, I've highlighted some great gift ideas for five major types of holidays/special events happening in May/June available at The Local Squirrel that I personally love. Whatever or whoever you may be gifting this season (even if its yourself!) The Local Squirrel has one of the most beautiful collections of curated gifts in Raleigh. Stop in and visit them this week in Cameron Village and get all your gifting done in one stop!

1. Mother's Day.
There are so many gift ideas at The Local Squirrel that are perfect for mom. We selected a few Mother's Day essentials such as locally made lotions and scrubs by Sugar Rose here in Raleigh, Chef Vivian Howard's award winning cookbook, beautiful recipe boxes, tea towels by Coast & Cotton, locally made art or a pair of stunning earrings.

"Floral" by Artist Alice Glass (8x10 on canvas)

2. Baby Shower Gifts.
Spring is a popular time for baby showers. The Local Squirrel has some of the most adorable baby items whether its this adorable soft unicorn, a basket for catching all things in the nursery, first board books, hair clips, clothing, towels, bibs and more! My favorite is the stuffed trophy heads perfect for any baby nursery!

3. Wedding Gifts.
We are attending a wedding this Spring, the first one for us in a while! The local squirrel has perfect wedding gifts and shower gifts for that couple in your lives. Select a beautiful pom pom blanket, a Mr & Mrs pillow, gold accessories, specialty wine glasses, cake toppers and more! Gold pineapples are very popular right now and make the perfect gift for good wishes. Pretty pink, gold rimmed jewelry dishes by L Phillips are great bridesmaid gifts!

4. Graduation Gifts.
Got a high school or college grad in your life? The Local Squirrel features one of a kind gifts for those special kids who have worked so hard! Check out a necklace or bracelet from Happy Tassels and Allison Conway Collection, made here locally, or these South candles that are perfect for that young traveler with wanderlust heading out into the world! These Cluse quality watches are a timeless and meaningful gift at $100.

5. Father's Day gifts.
Lots of great ideas here for the Dad in your life. These painted NC signs, beer bottle cap collector, RDU ball cap, scented "manly" candles from Porchfly, Rustico leather accessories are all just the perfect gift for your guy (perfect for graduation too!).


Perfect cards for all occasions!

Paper vases fit nicely over bottles and make a cute and clever gift for mom!

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Spring/Summer Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Thanks also to NC Photographer Zach Stamey of Focus Media for assisting with store photography.


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