North Hills Gift Guide – 18 Places to Shop This Holiday Season!

Not sure what to buy your loved one’s this holiday season? I know shopping for holiday gifts can be overwhelming whether you’re looking for a gift for her, a gift for him, a gift for the kids, or stocking stuffers. It can be time consuming.

People at the lighting of a Christmas tree in North Hills, Raleigh.
North Hills Christmas tree is lit.

To help you out we’ve put together this North Hills gift guide. They have everything from clothing to home decor, to books, to kids’ toys, to health, to outdoor gear and gift cards from some of our favorite Raleigh businesses with products to suit all ages. 

The vibrant North Hills area in Midtown Raleigh is the perfect place to shop. Park your car once and explore on foot, then relax over brunch, a coffee, or a glass of wine. You have lots of options to spoil your people with gifts.


Uniquities is a contemporary women’s fashion boutique that offers a wide array of holiday-happy giftables! Find everything from festive pajamas to cozy knits and glamorous accessories. Visit them in North Hills for all of your holiday shopping!

La Maison

Candle on display in a store.
La Maison’s signature fragrance line

La Maison is a home boutique offering furnishings, accessories, gifts and interior design services. Consider the next candle in La Maison’s signature fragrance line, La Maison Noël, which highlights the warm, woodsy, and mooding feeling of the holidays.

Copper Penny

Copper Penny specializes in clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. The Kenda Kist jewelry line is their spotlight product line. It is hand forged jewelry made locally in Raleigh. They carry a great selection of her jewelry including these bezel studs ($60) and bezel pendant set in 14k gold fill ($88).

You can buy in person at their North Hills store, or they can mail it out if you message them over on their Instagram account, @copperpennyraleigh.

Woodhouse Spa

What do you get for those who don’t like collecting possessions? You get them a luxurious treatment for their body and soul. Woodhouse Spa offers everything from massages, facials, body treatments, nails, and waxing. We previously experienced a fantastic couples massage during our date experience in North Hills and are happy to recommend their offerings. A gift card to Woodhouse Spa could be their best gift ever.

Holiday Promotions (Available 12/1-12/31, while quantities last. Visit the spa to purchase):

  • Receive a complimentary plush Woodhouse Spa Robe with the purchase of a $350+ gift card (value $125)
  • Receive a complimentary trio of luxurious Bath Bombs with the purchase of a $150+ gift card (value $50)

Learning Express Gifts 

learning express gifts
Classic toy store.

The shelves inside Learning Express are stocked with lots of unique and classic toys and those that have passed the test of time, plus the latest and greatest toys. You can get personalization’s and gift wrap for free, meaning hassle-free shopping!


Tecavos can help you out with all your boot, apparel, and leather accessory needs. They have holiday gifts for cowgirls and cowboys, plus cool gifts under $100 and a fun collection of stocking stuffers. I like the look of their roper boot, The Earl (available in 5 colors).

Trellis Floral

Lotions on display in a store.
Handmade, healing products

Trellis is a full-service specialty floral boutique that offers beautiful and unique fresh flowers by the stem, hand-trimmed topiaries, and gorgeous custom flower arrangements. High atop the hills of Los Angeles, the Flamingo Estate produces handmade, healing products directly from the Earth. Shop hand poured candles, organic items for the pantry, and bath and body essentials.

Paper Source

Lady shopping for gifts inside a store.
Specialty paper & gift store

Paper Source is a unique retailer of specialty paper, custom invitations, gift wrap, craft supplies and other products from their collection of note cards, walls lined in beautiful fine papers from around the world, scrapbooking and crafting supplies and a curated gift selection. You’ll find inspiration in every corner of the store and website.

Lamb’s Ear Children’s Clothing & Shoes

Lamb’s Ear is the go to shop for the perfect baby gift. Large selection of Noodle & Boo, Jellycat soft toys, Little Giraffe blankets, and timeless classics to the latest in children’s fashion including Proper Peony, Kissy Kissy, Anavini, Bella Bliss and more. You are sure to find something special for the little one in your life!

Kendra Scott 

Kendra Scott is an American accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel, and sense of community of its CEO, designer, and philanthropist Kendra Scott. Love their jewelry selection, we purchased a lovely necklace there in the past for our daughter’s 16th. Check out their holiday gift guide.

Quail Ridge Books

Savannah Makepeace reading a book in a bookstore
Independent, local bookstore

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a good book gift! Our kids love reading and a good book always makes for a simple yet perfect gift. We love that Quail Ridge Books is a local, independent bookshop and provides a wide variety of carefully selected books. Their Readers’ Club is good value at $15 per year per household, offers discounts and special sales. And they have gift cards if you don’t know which book to buy.

Liles Clothing Studio

Man shopping for clothes inside a store.
Men’s high-end boutique

Liles offers tailor-made clothing for men with style and taste. This high-end boutique store partners with designers in New York to provide the best clothing, accessories and handmade shoes to men. Go see Martin for expert and personable service, and tell him Craig & Caz from ThisIsRaleigh sent you!


REI needs no introduction. That national outdoor retail co-op is dedicated to outfitting its members with products from all of the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, snow sports, and travel; plus its own line of award-winning gear. And I like that they have pride gifts.

Midtown Yoga 

Group of people doing yoga outdoors in a park.
Give the gift of yoga!

Offering an elevated hot yoga experience for all levels, Midtown Yoga makes the practice of yoga approachable so that YOU can access the physical and mental benefits of yoga in your everyday life.

You could give someone their new client special, 10 days for unlimited classes for $25 or a 10 class pack. You can also buy a gift card. See all offerings here


Give the gift of health

iCRYO offers whole body cryotherapy, compression therapy, infrared sauna, cryo facials, body sculpting, and IV Infusions. Their mission is to elevate the lifestyle of their guests by providing professional, affordable, and convenient cryotherapy services while raising the bar in the health and wellness market. They have gift cards.

Flour Power Cooking Classes

Do your kids love cooking? Or maybe your adult friends enjoy fun cooking classes? They have several class options including their popular Friday night Kid’s Night Out program which our Savannah did, and adult classes. They offer gift cards

Total Wine

Lady tasting wine in a store.
All your adult beverage needs.

Looking to stock up on wine, beer or spirits for the holidays? Total Wine is a superstore and carries 8,000 different types of wine, and 1,000 different beers. They have the buying power to bring you the lowest possible prices, and their wine consultants are knowledgeable and passionate about wine. Check out their gift guide.

Makers on Main

Shop from local brands at the pop-up “Makers on Main” featuring awesome handbags by Design For Joy, Green Rabbit Plants, Hellbent, Haute Boutik plus more. Friday and Saturday; 10am-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm, every weekend through Christmas. Located across from Kendra Scott.

Restaurant Gift Cards

caz and craig sitting at las ramblas bar smiling at camera
Las Ramblas

The restaurants in North Hills are fantastic and it’s here you’ll find some of our favorite places to eat in Raleigh for French, Italian, Mexican, Asian and brunch specialties. Why not purchase a gift card to one of our favorites below:

Still not sure what to buy? A North Hills gift card where they can shop at any of the retail outlets in North Hills might be exactly what you need.

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