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Hark the Herald: Holiday Gift Guide

Photo courtesy of The Daily Meal

With COVID-19 impacting small businesses all over the world, they need support more than ever. This gift guide features small businesses, some owned by Meredith students, and will hopefully not only aid you in your holiday gift search, but also these small businesses during the holiday season.

Photography: Naomi Alexis Photo

Looking to have a cute photo session? Look no further than Naomi Alexis Photo. We all love to feel like a celebrity at a photoshoot sometimes, and this is the perfect way to create that feeling. She also plans to hold professional Christmas tree farm mini sessions in December in the Raleigh area.


Mini Sessions: 10-minute session for $15 (5-10 edited photos)

Regular Sessions: 20-minute session for $50 (10-15 edited photos)

*Prices change with longer sessions

Contact Information:

Appointments can be made via Instagram through direct messaging.

Instagram: @naomialexisphoto

Photo courtesy of Destiny Eudy

Stickers: Stickers By Destiny

Stickers By Destiny specializes in stickers, decals and monograms. From special holiday-themed stickers to fun bee-themed stickers, Stickers By Destiny has a great range. She also does custom stickers and decals! These products would be great for someone who loves decorating their water bottles, computer or notebooks. This is a perfect gift for someone who loves to represent themselves through transferable art.


Most items are $5.

Customized item prices vary.

Contact Information:

Orders can be placed via Instagram through direct messaging.

Instagram: @stickers_by_destiny

Elyssa Creative Design

If you know anyone obsessed with One Direction—together or not—this shop is perfect. From tee-shirts to stickers, small business owner Elyssa from Elyssa Creative Design fulfills all of your One Direction needs.


Anywhere from $2.50-$32

Stickers are around the $2.50 price mark, and tee-shirts range to about $15-$32 depending on the print.


Etsy: ElyssaCreativeDesign

Candles: Madame Flowers (NC Candles)

Avid lovers of all things good-smelling, rejoice! Madame Flowers sells scented candles and soaps. This includes her special NC city-inspired candles, including Raleigh! Madame Flowers is also a proud female and black-owned business. If you or someone you know is in the market for great candles, Madame Flowers has what you need!


Soaps: $8

Candles: starts at $7.95


Instagram: @shopmadameflowers


Photo by Kaylee Haas

Pottery: Porch Dog Pots

Porch Dog Pots offers uniquely designed pottery. They carry mugs, ice cream bowls, plant pots and so much more. The company is based out of Garner, NC, and their items can be shipped, but they can do local pick-up as well. This would be a perfect gift for the artsy and abstract person in your life.


$15-$40 (depending on the item)

The ice cream bowl featured here is $15, but items such as planters can be about $40.


Instagram: @porchdogpots


Drops of Color by Erin

Colorful enameled handmade earrings and necklaces are the specialty of this small business. With unique shapes for pendants and earrings, such as flowers and snowflakes for the holiday season, Drops of Color by Erin jewelry is the perfect creative gift. Plus, Erin is a local small business owner!


$20-$25 (depending on the item)


Instagram: @dropsofcolorbyerin

Etsy: DropsOfColorByErin

By Kaylee Haas, Staff Writer

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