12 days ’til Christmas.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Now, let’s make a plan.


1. Sugaree Chocolate Company

Check out Sugaree’s facebook page to see her latest, greatest chocolate Holiday Chocolates. These are perfect for teachers’ gifts, hostess’ gifts, or just special moments of sweetness for you and the family. Truly, they are so beautiful (and delicious!) Plus, they are custom- so you can request specific colors, styles…anything you want!

Sugaree Christmas


2. Thrift Stores

Whether you head to GCF or  Dorcas Ministries, there are some pretty sweet thrift stores here in Cary. Thrift stores are the perfect spot to pick up an assortment of items for the holidays- especially holiday decor. Remember my love of adding red poinsettias to everything?


christmas deer

Well guesswhere I bought them? The thrift store. Yup, in fact, these Christmas picks with red poinsettias, greenery, and berries came in boxes of 12 for $3 each. I bought 2 boxes worth and used every single one.

christmas picks


They also had an assortment of ornaments, wreaths, and even artificial trees available.

3. Farmers’ Market

One of my favorite gifts to give (and receive) are local, fresh products from the NC State Farmers Market. A basket of fresh produce? A bottle of local honey? Or perhaps some southern-style bbq sauce?   Or some fresh, local wreaths?

Check out Sanderson Farms:

sanderson farms


4. Local Businesses

Buy local! There are so many reasons why—read about that in this post–but truly, you can really get unique, affordable, and quality products when you choose to spend your dollars locally. Have you checked out

The Holly Daze Shoppe in Downtown Cary, 201 E. Chatham Street? It’s just a pop-up shop open only through Dec. 22 featuring a collection of local artists and vendors. Check out who will be there in next few weeks by clicking here.

The Holly Daze Shoppe is open  Monday – Friday, 3:00pm- 8:00pm and Saturdays,  10:00am- 4:00 pm.


5. Shop with Love and for a Cause

Ok, so I know sometimes we just have to head out to, dare I say it, gasp, the mall. However, did you know that many national retailers offer products that won’t just line a CEO’s pocket? For example, this Friday, Dec. 14th the Cary Towne Center will be welcoming a new store called Apricot Lane Boutique. They will be hosting a special party from 6-10 pm with 20% off the entire store- but they are also doing their part to stop human trafficking.



If you sign-up on their website, or in the store, you can receive a special bracelet (value of $18) for free; plus, the owners of Apricot Lane will also donate an extra $5 towards Agape International Missions (who help survivors of human trafficking) for each bracelet given away. So, you get to shop a boutique store at 20% off, plus you get a free bracelet, plus you adding money towards a worthy cause?

That’s some real Christmas Spirit right there.


So, 12 days left. What’s left on your list??