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Gift Guide: Our Editors’ picks for the 2023 holiday season

See what Editors Aayat and Molly are shopping this year.

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Here’s what your local news team wants to unwrap this year.

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Happy December. We thought we’d ring in the most festive month of the year appropriately — with holiday gift guides featuring our editors’ top present picks.

Scroll to shop, get inspired, and maybe even snag a locally made gift or two, courtesy of Aayat’s and Molly’s exquisite taste.

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Pumpkin Spice Martini Candle, $26 | “Nothing says holiday gift like the promise of anything pumpkin spice scented. The best part? Once burned through, the candle transforms into a whiskey glass perfectly made for your included pumpkin spice martini recipe.”

Eve Statement Dangle Earrings, $58 | “While I don’t wear earrings that often, I’m a sucker for this snake set.”

Recycled Glass and Wood Disc Bracelet, $20 | “There’s nothing better than cute statement pieces with a environmentally conscious twist. The earthy tones from this Indigenous-owned business are great for zhuzhing up a casual outfit, or accessorizing for a night out on the town.”

Asheville, NC Luxury Condo Vrbo stay, $232 per night | “Asheville is where my husband and I got engaged, so we try to make it back whenever we can. The great news about this city is that there is no shortage of views, whether you’re in the middle of the city of decide to venture out a little further. We like staying in the city since it’s so walkable to our favorite local businesses.”

Mushroom Forest Dinner Candles, $18+ | “These adorable candles are perfect for any dining table centerpiece (any time of year, we won’t tell). While the temptation to light them would be strong, I’d pair these with a few battery-powered taper candles to create that cozy ambiance.”

Macrame Plant Hangers, $29.50+ | “I’ll admit that I have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is. However, I still love having the feeling of greenery around my house, which is perfect for these colorful handmade macrame plant hangers that come in four different styles and eight colors.”

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Coral Ceramic Earrings, $45 | “I’m a basic jewelry girl, so these simple yet colorful earrings will be the perfect pop of coral and turquoise for any season. I also love that when you purchase something from M+H Beads, a portion of sales helps providing free services at a local medical clinic.”

Hammered Sterling Silver Color Pop Ring, $65 | “These fun, colorful rings are handmade and the perfect way to brighten up anyone’s hand.”

Coffee & Bourbon Cream Candle, $26 | “This is one of those candle scents that just feels like a cozy night in. Not only do you get two gifts in one with the reusable glass, but the delicious sweet scent lasts long after the candle has left the room or been blown out. I love that we now have a drink recipe to make as a family this holiday season.”

Cooper Cottage on Folly Beach Vrbo stay, priced per night | “We took Ziggy on his first beach trip here and it was the perfect cozy cottage for a quick getaway. It had everything you need including kitchen essentials, an outdoor shower, and beautiful coastal decor. Bonus: We were just a few blocks from the beach + the whole town is so walkable.”

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Think we’d let the fun stop there? Shop even more editors’ picks, featuring the gifts our National Content team has their eyes on this month.

Brianna: “I’ve recently ditched the purse for a fanny pack to go totally hands-free while walking around town, which is why I’m eyeing these colorful fanny packs from Burlaep. (Pair it with this cute embroidered baseball cap and you’ve got a perfect city ‘fit.)”

Dayten: “We just moved, and I still have to build my reading nook: Methodical’s Ethiopian blend (which I’ve tried, and loved) and some elegant, renter-friendly decor.”

Emily: “I love waking up with a warm cup of chai tea in the morning — especially when it’s in a cute squirrel mug.”

Jessa: “Everyone loves a big fancy candle. Plus, get some decorative matches to... match.”

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