Still out there looking for the perfect gift for the family?  Rachel Withers from Fit Triangle Mom is sharing with us her Holiday Gift Guide just for the kids.

I love the benefits of shopping local– supporting your community and a local shop owner. Yet many times, we forget to shop local for kid gifts. Maybe it’s not so much forgetting, but we might think it’s easier to shop at a big box store with the highly favored brands. Surprise your kids with something different this year. Here are a few ideas…

All the gift ideas listed are from small or local businesses in Cary, Apex, Raleigh, or Morrisville, NC.

Kids that like to Cuddle

Friendly Feltees: Friendly Feltees are unique handmade items by artist Kiersten Violette. They are made through a process called needle felting which is much like soft sculpture. You can visit to see all different Feltee designs. The Etsy shop has ready to sell items and also made to order. You can contact Kiersten at, to ask about custom orders.

Feltees are not super fragile but they aren’t meant for rough handling either. They are meant to be loved and admired with gentle hands. They are best for kids, and not toddlers.


Give the gift of Forever memories and a family experience…a Vacation. Planning a trip is easy with Lori Potter of TMC Travel at Lori specializes in Disney and family travel. Learn more about travel packages at TMC Travel. Pair this gift experience with a stuffed Mickey to put under the tree.

Train With the Pros Give the soccer player in your family the experience of a lifetime when you register them to Train with Professional Soccer Players. On December 27, 2016, the Triangle Futbol Club Alliance will be hosting 8 Pro Soccer Players from the U.S. and abroad at the Mills Park Turf in Cary. The training is open to boys and girls, birth years 2002-2011, any skill level and club. Visit Train With The Pros to register. Pair this experience with a soccer ball and place it under the tree.

Stocking Stuffers:

Remember this Christmas with a handmade ornament with your child’s initial or favorite animal from Joyfully Sewn Endeavors Each ornament is made out of embroidery thread and fabric and stitched onto felt with a felt backing. Each ornament hangs with a ribbon. All ornaments are hand cut so no two ornaments are the same. You can place orders online at Customized Christmas Ornaments.


Learning Express

Find toys that make learning fun at the Learning Express in Parkside Town Commons in Cary. Board games that teach the alphabet, sport games teach good sportsmanship and active toys to encourage exercising. You can also find a large assortment of Legos, Tervis cups and Ty stuffed animals.


Halie’s Boutique


Newborn and babies under 12 months can be difficult to shop for, but at Halie’s Boutique another locally owned store in Parkside Town Commons in Cary has cuddly gifts for the baby on your list. From snuggly Jelly stuffed toys to adorable onesies, Halie’s has a unique selection of gifts.








Bows. Girls love bows for their hair or their doll’s hair, and KatiebugBows are simply the best. Bows come in several sizes from 2 inches to 5 inches and in between, and colors, patterns, seasonal and sport teams. KatiebugBows has a bow for everyday of the week. You can shop more at or if you need something specific please send an email-




Shopping local this holiday season and throughout the year is great way to surprise your kiddos with a special treasure and support our local businesses.  Visit these businesses we shared in this post and treat your family to some unique holiday gifts.


Rachel Withers is a local Mom, blogger and owner of Fit Triangle Mom where she shares tips on staying healthy and active while raising a family.





Have you registered for your FREE tickets for the KidDilly Expo happening on Saturday, January 21st from 10am-2pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cary? Bring your family and come out and play with premier local businesses serving Western Wake families and beyond.  Register HERE.


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