The cool thing about the Outer Banks is there are so many local makers and small businesses where you can find a unique gift for everyone on your list all while supporting someone’s dream! Keep reading for gift ideas and shop local on the Outer Banks this holiday season.

Swell Ceramics

Melanie Westheiden is an Outer Banks local from Nags Head. She creates stunning, Outer Banks inspired pottery including mugs, plates, and planters.

What Should I Buy?

Either a classic coffee mug or a hand painted Christmas ornament to cherish for years to come. If she’s out of stock, don’t worry. Tune into the Swell Ceramics instagram for restock updates!

Dvandva Designs

Dvandva Designs was created by Carson Davis of Manteo and brings a fun, new style to jewelry. Carson strives to design pieces that are edgy and elegant, just like her.

What Should I Buy?

A pair of heat patina butterfly earrings.

All Washed Up

All Washed Up was created by two local sisters, Jill and Ashley Rawls right here on the Outer Banks. Their jewelry consists of beach inspired jewels, shells, and gold tones that anyone on your wishlist would love.

What Should I Buy?

A custom stamped necklace that always reminds you of the Outer Banks.


The Outer Banks is home to DOZENS of amazing local photographers who capture some of the most stunning prints. We’ve added our favorites below along with links to their print shops:

Outer Banks Mom | Audra Krieg

Amanda Hedgepeth

Wes Snyder

Goldie Lockes

Owned and operated by Sarah Fredricks, Goldie Lockes features stunning handmade earrings and necklaces inspired sun, shells, and sand. 

What Should I Buy?

A pair of earrings or necklace for you or a super special someone.

Sisters Boutique

With one location settled on the waterfront in Downtown Manteo and the other in the heart of Duck, Sisters Boutique, is owned and operated by a family of local, stylish women.

What Should I Buy?

Literally anything. Sisters offers a wide array of options from clothing to home decor and books to Christmas ornaments. You really can’t go wrong here.

Sisters Boutique on the Outer Banks offers more than just clothing so you can check off a bunch of people on your shopping list.
Sisters Boutique features some of the most unique pieces to make your Christmas shopping special.

Starr Boutique

Mikaila owns and operates Starr Boutique, an Outer Banks clothing store with the cutest clothing.

Starr Boutique is owned and operated by Mikaila Ossman, an Outer Banks local. This local boutique features some of the cutest clothing, jewelry, and more.

What Should I Buy?

A gift card because you can shop online and there are truly too many fun options to choose from.

Photos by Ashley Milteer for Starr Boutique, a local Outer Banks store for your holiday shopping.
Photos by Ashley Milteer for Starr Boutique, a local Outer Banks store for your holiday shopping.

Moon Tide Botanicals

Katelin is the owner of Moon Tide Botanicals, a local Outer Banks business perfect for your holiday shopping.

Katelin Kight is the founder of Moon Tide Botanicals, a small company that’s focused on pure ingredients and infusing the healing properties of the ocean in their skincare products.

What Should I Buy?

The honey pot lip treatment for dry, winter lips or hand and body balm.

Moon Tide Botanicals local Outer Banks shopping

Outer Banks Restaurant Association

The Outer Banks Restaurant Association represents the talented community here on the Outer Banks. The association is made up some of the best locally owned and operated restaurants on the Outer Banks.

What Should I Buy?

This year, the Outer Banks Restaurant Association is offering a blanket gift card to every restaurant that is a member of the association. Restaurants part of the association include Art’s Place, Black Pelican, Henry’s, Jack Browns, and more (60+ more to be exact). This gift certificate is perfect for someone who frequents the OBX regularly and deserves a tasty bite to eat.

2020 no doubt has been a wild ride for mostly everyone. Supporting small businesses on your favorite barrier islands not only helps the business, but the person and the family behind it!