Welcome to our 6th Gift Guide, PRACTICAL items or services, 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!



Insurance is one of the most practical and important necessity every person needs. With numerous types available, navigating the options can be overwhelming. Explore our list of recommended agents for diverse insurance needs below. The greatest gift you can offer yourself or your family is to bridge any gaps in your coverage where you might be underinsured or uninsured. These local Triangle, NC agents extend their services beyond the area, providing assistance for those outside the region as well.


Most people on this list can help with this, but someone locally that specializes in life insurance and only life insurance is my friend Christine of Walorz Insurance. Think you can’t afford it, or you are too old? Think again. Something is better than nothing.


We all need homeowners insurance (or renters insurance if you rent), and auto insurance. It is good to review your policies and rates every year to make sure you aren’t paying too much. Try one of my two preferred agents, Amy Williams with State Farm, or Marlow Campbell Insurance Group, to see what they can help you with! And if you have a business, it is imperative to get business liability insurance. Chat with them about that as well.



You may not think you need a financial advisor, but you’re WRONG! You just are. Contact Maria Litzinger with Edward Jones in Apex, NC, to see how she can get you on the right track for your financial future. From investments, to college saving, to retirement, to making a plan to get out of debt… she is a trusted ally.



There’s no place like home! Primis Mortgage is dedicated to making your mortgage experience easy and stress-free. Their team of experts prioritizes your needs, guiding you through the process step by step. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to refinance, they offer personalized solutions tailored to your unique situation. Trust Primis Mortgage to turn your dreams into reality, and get ready to start your journey together toward your dream home!



Let Apex Writing Tutor be your partner in achieving confidence and proficiency in finding your writing voice! Whether you’re a student striving for academic excellence, a professional seeking to enhance communication skills, or an aspiring writer in need of guidance, Apex Writing is your trustworthy friend throughout your journey. Their goal is to elevate your writing abilities and unlock your full potential. Join today and start your transformative writing journey tailored just for you!



Connect with your local, trusting, accounting partner today at SMC Accounting! Susan Cassano’s commitment is to serve clients who value a personalized approach to their financial needs. Whether you’re a growing startup, a small business, or an established enterprise, SMC Accounting is here to provide all accounting solutions tailored to your unique goals. Experience the difference with SMC Accounting today, where client satisfaction and financial success are our top priorities!



Partner with Lauren Fours to successfully sell your home or find your dream house today! Lauren focuses on establishing personal connections and recognizing the unique details that matter to each client. Her specialization lies in listing homes, working closely with a home stager to ensure sellers present their properties in the best possible way. Selling and buying homes can often be a difficult and stressful journey, so let Lauren Fours be your reliable guide through it!



Unlock financial freedom with PennyFruit Financial Coaching! They are here to empower you with the tools and knowledge needed to take control of all of your finances. All coaching services are tailored to your specific goals, whether it’s budgeting, debt management, savings strategies, or overall financial wellness. With personalized guidance and actionable advice, PennyFruit will help you navigate towards a brighter financial future. Say goodbye to financial stress and hello to financial empowerment with PennyFruit Financial Coaching!



Gift yourself business growth and leadership development with The Alternative Board (TAB) Triangle West owned and facilitated by Apex resident, Matt Stevens! As a member, gain access to a supportive peer advisory board made up of business owners and executives who understand the challenges you face. Collaborate, share insights, and receive valuable guidance to drive your business to new heights. Join The Alternative Board today and unlock the full potential of your business in a dynamic and supportive community.



Upgrade your digital presence with In2itive Biz Solutions! Here, they specialize in cutting-edge digital marketing strategies tailored to your business’s unique needs. From social media management and SEO to content creation and website optimization, they provide all your solutions to boost your brand’s online impact. Partner with In2itive Biz Solutions today for innovative digital strategies that will upgrade and enhance your business!



Join forces with Eli and Kristen McCutcheon at Mac Realty to ensure your real estate goals become reality! Located in the Triangle Area, their commitment revolves around you, your requirements, and your schedule. With cutting-edge technology, extensive training, and established systems, Eli and Kristen promise that their listings shine brilliantly each and every time. Witnessing their clients’ success is what motivates them to constantly strive for excellence; this is a group you don’t want to miss!



Do you have a proper estate plan??? Even if you think you don’t have enough to warrant having one, you are quite wrong. Who gets your kids? Who gets your pets? What happens if you are medically unable to speak for yourself? These are just some of the questions an estate plan can tackle and prepare for. Rebecca Poole of Poole Family Law can help! This is one of the smartest investments you can make. And if you have a will and estate plan that is over 10 years old, or you have had a major life change since making it, you should have it reviewed and revised. Oh, and if you want a divorce for Christmas, she can help with that too.



If you haven’t already started the process, it is probably too late to actually get a new home for Christmas 2023, BUT you could start the hunt for one for 2034. I have a couple of trusted realty groups that I recommend to help with the process… Ragan Realty Team. These ladies are so knowledgeable about real estate, and can help you with buying, selling, investment properties, land, and more!



Got teens in your house that plan to go to college, or are reviewing their choices for the future? If they are in 8th grade or up, it’s a perfect time to call the ladies at Class 101 Wake County. Their office is in Cary, NC, and they offer guidance for all parts of the college prep and planning process. From SAT and other test prep, to college applications, to college tours, they will be there every step of the way! Invest in your child’s future. You won’t regret it.




Finally, gift your business the most practical and needed investment of all- Marketing! Whether your business becomes a part of our Positively Apex platform for the Apex, NC area, or you find other ways to market your business, you should be doing something. I also highly recommend Outpost LE, a local e-commerce marketplace, open to businesses locally and across the country! A great gift for a business owner would be to pay for a year of a custom page on the Outpost website… It’s like having a second website!



Are you a business owner or sales professionals who’s serious about business growth? Are you committed to taking action to ensure your business stays strong and profitable? If you’re ready and willing to do what it takes to keep moving your business forward… YOU BELONG AT THE TOTAL BUSINESS BREAKTHROUGH.  Coming to: Durham, NC – January 11th and 12th, 2024 GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND TEXT LESLIE AND TELL HER YOU DID IT AS A REFERRAL PARTNER FOR JOE.

There you have it- my top picks with local businesses for PRACTICAL items. 

This GIVEAWAY includes: a Positively Apex swag item, Kwench Gift Card, and a useful household item!

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 FUN category!