Don't get trapped in the Black Friday frenzy! Consider waiting just one day to get your holiday shopping on! Small Business Saturday honors locally-owned establishments and highlights 'SHOP SMALL' for the holiday season - and right now, local businesses need our support!. In Orange County, there are many great locally-owned shops that are fun to explore - here is just a small sampling...

Womancraft Gifts


A unique shopping experience. As a cop-op, the artists create and sell their work as well as manage the business operations and they are on hand to share their stories. Knock out some holiday shopping through their online store while supporting locally-based artistic talent! Plus, Womancraft Gifts will offer each shopper a 10% discount on one item purchased in their Carrboro store on Saturday, November 28, 2020.

Womancraft Gifts - by artists Pam and Jack Swinney
Gift ideas by artists Pam and Jack Swinney

Purple Crow Books


A good book is the perfect gift that keeps on giving. Check out Purple Crow Books in downtown Hillsborough, where owner Sharon Wheeler and her friendly staff can suggest the latest and greatest reads.

Hillsborough Yarn Shop


Thinking of getting crafty this holiday season? Hillsborough Yarn Shop has all the materials you need for any knitting and crocheting projects you plan to undertake. The shop’s impressive collection is sure to have whichever colors you’re seeking, and the staff is more than ready to offer advice and ensure you purchase the materials that best suit your crafting needs. Currently taking orders online for local pickup or shipping.

108 Churton


You’re sure to find the perfect gift in this charming Hillsborough shop, whether you’re searching for clothes, home décor or toys. And take a look at their beautiful window display!

108 Churton Boutique Store, Hillsborough
Window display at 108 Churton


Chapel Hill

Julian’s has been the jewel of the Julian family since Mary and Maurice first opened the shop years ago. This eclectic Chapel Hill spot offers fashionable clothing for men and women alike, as well as an assortment of fun tchotchkes. You’ll love taking in the elegant atmosphere and browsing through so many fashion-forward options right here in Chapel Hill!

Night Gallery – Branching Out

Chapel Hill

What does this place not have? If you’re looking for soaps, dresses, toys, holiday decor or pet gear, Night Gallery – Branching Out has got you covered. Knock out all sorts of shopping at this spot conveniently located in University Place.

Spiral Studios Jewelry


Jeannine Rogers has been passionate about making jewelry since childhood, and has meticulously studied the art and history of the craft ever since. Spiral Studios Jewelry, her shop in Hillsborough, features her beautifully crafted items including pendants, earrings, bracelets and more.

The Shrunken Head Boutique

Chapel Hill

Family owned and operated by four generations of Tar Heels since 1969, Chapel Hill’s oldest UNC shop carries fan gear for adults, teens, kids, toddlers, even Fido!

Tar Heel mugs at Shrunken Head Boutique Chapel Hill
Gifts ideas at Shrunken Head

Chocolatay Confections

Chapel Hill

Chocolatay Confections is sure to inspire delicious gift ideas for your chocolate-loving friends! Check out their online store for small batch chocolates and confections. Orders for pickup are available Saturdays at the Chapel Hill Farmers' Market or place an order for nationwide shipping.

Chocolatay Confections - Chocolate Log
Chocolate Log by Chocolatay Confections

My Muses Card Shop


A mystical card shop sourcing Inspirational cards, playful truth tellers,  artisan paper & Gifts to illuminate.

My Muses Card Shop
Gift Ideas My Muses Card Shop

Gift Guides

The Carrboro Business Alliance published a Carrboro Cheer Gift Guide. Click here for uniquely Carrboro gifts.

Here's Your Buy Local Gift Guide for Kids - by Kristen Smith Young

Shop Local Events (November 28):

Shop Small Saturday kicks off Hillsborough's Hometown Holidays. Click here for a downloadable and printable list of participating businesses offering specials.


We hope this gives you some direction as you embark on your holiday shopping mission! And don’t forget that while this list is a great start, there are so many other ways to #ShopSmall in Chapel Hill and Orange County. Find more info on local businesses on our website, and share your Orange County favorites with us in the comments below!

(Header photo: Purple Crow Books)