Welcome to our 5th Gift Guide, all STUFF or Shops with STUFF to gift yourself or others!

We hope you learn about some businesses and products you weren’t aware of and can try them out! Some of these gems are perfect for gifting to others, while others are fantastic treats for YOU! Each listing will direct you to the website via the title or image—making it easier for you to dive in and explore firsthand!

We are doing 8 days of posts with 8 different categories. Each post/ category will also feature a giveaway from one or more of the highlighted businesses. To enter each one, you can comment on the blog post, or share our linked post on Facebook or Instagram! We will do the drawings for ALL posts on 12/10/23 in the evening.

***There will be one grand prize pack drawing. Those who comment on all 8 posts in the series will be entered for that!



Craving a sizzle in your dining experience? Look no further than Original Grills! Immerse yourself in a world where supreme flavors and delicious tastes collide, all with the help of Original Grill’s top-notch outdoor grilling appliances! With an expansive selection catering to your every grilling desire, create your ideal outdoor haven while elevating your culinary game to a new level! What are you waiting for? Located all throughout the Triangle Area, stop by Original Grills today for your ultimate outdoor cooking experience!



Support local artists living the creative lifestyle at Sawdust and Clay! Located at 219 N Salem St in Apex, this super cool spot celebrates artistic expression with a diverse collection of handmade treasures. From stunning ceramics to unique woodwork, each piece tells a story of craftsmanship and passion. Whether you’re looking for decor for your home or the perfect gift, Sawdust and Clay offers various one-of-a-kind treasures waiting to be discovered. Or if you are wanting to unlock your own artistic creativity and expression, Sawdust and Clay offers different types of classes to give you a hands-on experience in a supportive and inspiring environment. Don’t miss the chance to check out all the beautiful artwork—visit them today!



Stop by Crossroads Ford for your premier destination for top-quality vehicles and exceptional service in North Carolina! Their dealership offers a diverse range of new and pre-owned vehicles to suit every taste and need. From sleek sedans to trucks and versatile SUVs, they have the perfect ride for you! At Crossroads Ford, every employee prioritizes customer satisfaction above all else, making sure you drive away with confidence and excitement. Visit their location at 1501 N Salem St, Apex, NC today and discover why they are your trusted partner on the road! Ask for Scott or Taylor and tell them we sent you!



Transform your visions into reality at Apex 3D Prints! From tiny repair parts to creative guitar body designs, Apex 3D Prints is your go-to destination to bring your ideas to life through 3D printing. Whether your project is large or smaller and detailed, Apex 3D Prints have all the tools needed to create a wide selection of projects in your chosen color and material, tailored to meet your unique needs. Don’t miss out—make sure to explore this must-see spot!



Ready to elevate your accessory game? Your answer lies at Virtuoso Jewels! With over 40 years of goldsmithing mastery, this Triangle-based establishment is run by master bench jeweler Larry Seiger. Located in the historic downtown Apex, Virtuoso Jewels’ showroom displays original designs and pieces from local artisans, including five gemstone cutters from around the state. Specializing in tailor-made designs, they also have experience in fine jewelry repairs, restoration, and appraisal services. Explore Virtuoso Jewels for your next accessory upgrade!



Tina Owen, of Apex, NC, wants you to be Prepared, NOT Scared. She is an Independent Damsel Pro for brand Damsel in Defense. They provide all sorts of protection items, from stun guns and pepper spray to conceal carry bags and striking tools to RFID protecting wallets and children’s safety education books to identity protection! Her items are stylish, and great gifts for women and teens.



The LuLaRoe brand has gotten a bad rap in the last couple of years. Well, it’s still around and better than ever! Many people still think of it as the 2016 version- as ostentatious leggings, maxis, and tunics. It is so much more now, and there is something for everyone design-wise. I am still an avid follower and shopper with my friend Sara Johnson, of Willow Spring, NC. She still thrives as an independent retailer for the LuLaRoe brand in her home boutique. No matter what my opinion is about the company leaders, I am supporting my local friend Sara, as this business supports her family which she runs with integrity and authenticity. She has a thriving business through her website and Facebook group. I highly suggest you check out what all she can offer for clothing! A great gift will surely be found for someone in your life.




Books are a great gift, depending on what someone is interested in. I have two local authors to recommend. First up is Kathy Simmers, who has created a wonderful children’s book, Jump the Moon, that can even be bought with a plush pony. She recently released the second in the series, Posey’s Problem. The second author is my friend Amie Knight, who leads a double life. Locally, she is an awesome mom, friend, and supporter. Globally, she is amazing romance novelist! She has almost a dozen novels in print so far! ! Perfect for anyone who loves romance novels.



The Creager family has a wonderful small farm at the corner of Davis and Old Jenks in Apex, NC, as well as a country store filled with locally made goodies of all kinds. They have Christmas trees in December, and blueberry picking in the Summer. Plus a little of everything else whenever in season for produce! Go by and pick up a local gift for someone and you will surely want a lot more.



Katie Paxton of New Hill, NC is a teacher who runs a small custom apparel business from her home. She is my go to for any specific shirt I want to get made for a gift or myself. Check out her Facebook page!


Payton is the daughter of one of our local business partners, Justin Crawford. She has participated as a vendor in our annual holiday craft fair the last two years, and always has great success. She sells her items via her Facebook page and in some local shops, mainly around Fuquay-Varina! We recommend supporting this young lady’s creative endeavors!


We featured Sleek360 in our Pampering list as well, but since we love the owner Rachel, and love jewelry, we are featuring their newest service here, permanent jewelry! Permanent jewelry is all the rage right now. It is basically getting a bracelet or anklet etc welded shut and you wear it until you want to cut it off or it wears out and breaks. How cool!! Never forget to put on your jewelry again.



We will be doing a feature on this book and it’s local authors, Warren and Toby Holleman. We highly recommend grabbing this book for any local Apex history lover! Contact the Apex is Amazing Facebook page to find out where to get a copy!!





There you have it- my top picks with local businesses for all the STUUUUUUFFFF. 

This GIVEAWAY includes: toys from Apex 3D Prints, Posey’s Problem book, and a container “safe” from Damsel in Defense!

Comment on this post or share our linked post on the Positively Apex Facebook or Instagram pages to be entered!


Tomorrow’s list will be the PRACTICAL category!