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It is hard to believe Christmas is the day after tomorrow! Hopefully you are enjoying time with friends and family, but for those who either have procrastinated or are panicking because you can’t think of the perfect gift, we have a few last minute ideas to help you finish out your shopping list.

  • First, head to our Gift Shop. From home accessories to jewelry, glassware and clothing, this jewel box of delights has something for everyone. I love the Alexis Bittar jewelry, hand blown glass ornaments, and the Ben Owen Pottery with a variety of price points.
  • For the art lovers, our newest Gallery Artist Christopher Marley’s pieces feature incredible insects, minerals, fossils, botanicals, and deep sea organisms with each element of unusual aesthetic. He does nothing to alter the colorations but each is vivid is its display. These pieces are also for sale in the Gift Shop and begin at $325.
  • Another great option is a spa goodie bag. There are so many wonderful product lines such as Decleor, Jurlique, and Valmont, but the one product I can’t live without is the De La Terre Herb Rich Balm. This balm can be used for almost anything- eye makeup remover, moisturizer, lip balm, burn ointment, sunspots on your pet, eye cream, the list goes on. And it is 100% organic and made right here in North Carolina.
  • Sometimes a “gift” can be less traditional, and I love treating my friends to more of an experience than something tangible. Why not treat your loved ones to drinks in the lounge by the fire while enjoying the holiday décor and live music in the evenings? Nothing beats the gift of good memories.
  • Still at a loss? Then let them decide! The Umstead offers gift cards in any dollar amount and acts as cash. The recipient can use it towards dinner in Herons, The Spa, Afternoon Tea, or a multitude of options since the gift cards never expire and can be used anywhere until the amount is used fully. Gift cards can be purchased at our concierge desk any time of day – so if you must sneak out at 6:00 am, we still have you covered.


Happy Holidays from The Umstead!

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