The Seahawk’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

A college budget-friendly list that celebrates local businesses and artists


graphic by Lauren Wessell

Lauren Wessell, Managing Editor

In the mess known as 2020, it can be hard to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life. To make holiday shopping easier for you, we created a gift guide full of small businesses and local handcrafted goods at an affordable price! We handpicked these gifts for the holiday season, but The Seahawk was not paid to support any of the items.


The Perfect Gift For Her

Multi color geometric tassel hoops ($10.00). These earrings are handmade right here in Wilmington, North Carolina! Sun Glitter Jewelry Co. features beautiful pieces inspired by the sun and sea.

Curios apothecary perfume ($26.00). Support Desert Rose, a store co-founded by two Wilmington natives, by purchasing this fun perfume, available in a variety of scents.

Initial pendant necklace ($24.99). This beautiful stainless steel and gold-filled necklace will withstand the wear and tear of everyday use.

Simply Noelle Striped Tall Boot Socks ($10.00). Everyone loves a good pair of socks. Consider supporting Camillions, a local boutique, when purchasing your cozy socks this year.

Baggu duck bag: black ($34.00). This classic canvas tote is perfect for anyone on-the-go and can even hold a 15-inch laptop!


The Perfect Gift For Him

Personalized leather watch ($20.00+). Customize a gift for that special guy in your life, at a great price, with this watch.

Reason beanie ($25.00). Support local store, Modern Legend, with a cozy beanie made in the USA.

Shelton Metal / Keychain ($16.00). This keychain is stamped with the coordinates of Wilmington and Wrightsville beach.

Conditioning shave cream: bourbon cedar ($6.00). Give the gift of a clean shave while supporting local business, Edge of Urge.


For the Coffee and Tea Connoisseur

Cactus cup ($28.00). Handmade by Cup Half Full Ceramics in Wilmington, North Carolina, this cup is beautiful while being microwave and dishwasher safe.

Loose leaf tea sampler (11.99+). The perfect gift for any tea lover, this sampler set features carefully blended organic flowers, fruits and herbs.

Four-pack coffee sampler ($25.00). This personalized coffee sampler is a wonderful way to let your coffee loving friend try new blends.


For The Plant And Garden Guru

Set of three ceramic indoor pots ($19.99 +). Sold with or without a stand, these pots are made of environmentally sustainable clay and perfect for any houseplant.

Mason jar indoor herb garden ($20.00). Cute on the outside and functional on the inside, these jars include everything you need to grow your own herbs indoors!

Floating orb terrarium kit ($34.99). This kit includes everything you need, except the plants, to create a fun hanging garden in your home.

Gift card ($10.00+). Fuel your plant friend’s addiction with this gift card to The Plant Outpost, a local plant shop located in the Cargo District of Wilmington, North Carolina.


For the Homebody

Grey Ceramic Pitcher ($17.00). This pitcher is perfect for serving or as neutral décor to compliment any space.

Ceramic ladle ($13.95). A must have for any cook, this ladle was imported from Italy and can be found at The Italian Gourmet Market & Café in downtown Wilmington.

Resting snack face dish towel ($12.99). Gift this towel from The Black Cat Shoppe to any homebody that loves snacks and needs a good laugh!

Chronicle books from crook to cook: Snoop Dog ($24.95). A cookbook full of behind-the-scenes photos, stories and 50 recipes from Snoop Dogg himself is perfect for any chef.

Beach time candle ($5.95 – $28.95). Hand poured in Wilmington, North Carolina, the scent “beach time” includes notes of coconut, melon, palm leaves and vanilla that everyone can enjoy.


For the Tech Expert

Personalized Airpod Pro Case ($12.23+). Fashionable and lightweight, this protective case acts as a keychain so you can bring your AirPods with you anywhere.

Black Phone Pocket ($15.00). Support Monkee’s of Wilmington by purchasing this black wallet pocket for anyone on your list.

Docking Station ($32.30). This station is perfect for any office, featuring solid pinewood and space for many smartphones and smartwatches.


For the Beauty Lover

Zen out face mask ($12.00). Give the gift of self-care with this facemask pack from Renew by Eou & Lo.

Glam & Grace Matte Blusher Multistick Rosey Posey ($24.00). Support Trellis Beauty, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, by gifting this blush stick that is perfect for an everyday makeup look.

Styling Spray ($24.00). Missio Hair’s styling spray provides volume and shine and can be used on wet or dry hair. Missio, located in Wilmington, North Carolina, donates 30% of its profit to fight human trafficking through education, service and giving to non-profit partners.

Pura Vida wave hair barrette ($16.00). This wave barrette is available in silver and rose gold and comes in a two-pack!