Winter Break On a Budget

Winter break.The season of joy and giving. The time when family and friends come together to celebrate various holidays. 

However, making the most out of the holidays with gifts and fun events can be a pricey and cliche endeavor. To make the most out of it, take advantage of  the abundance of activities and shops in Durham.  


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Duke Homestead Area
  • Christmas by Candlelight – The Duke Homestead State Historic Site is hosting an exhibit about our incredible city’s history. On December 6 and 13, candlelight tours will enlighten Civil War exhibits that show our remarkable transition to a strong tobacco industry. Bring family and friends to celebrate our 150th anniversary and bundle up for the tour of bull dreams.
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Motorco building during the busy night hours
  • Motorco – Motorco Music Hall is known downtown as a prime location for people, young and old (especially hipsters). Bring your parents or grandparents here for eats such as the Canuck poutine, seared tuna slider, IPA’s. Concerts are held in an indoor venue right next to the restaurant and bar. Artists who have performed here include J.I.D, Earthgang, Lute, Talib Kweli, and countless others.


Brightleaf Square which is the location of many stores and restaurants including Morgan Imports
  1. Morgan Imports – Local shopping can offer much more fun with gifts than just the regular Macy’s and Hallmark options, and holiday gifts could not come easier  shopping at Morgan Imports. Located in Brightleaf Square the festive store will put anyone into the holiday spirit. The store offers gift options for all ages like toys for children, fun family games, decorative christmas lights and ornaments, holiday gift cards, clothing, and much more.
  2. Vaguely Reminiscent – Vaguely is a small store on Ninth Street known for its vast selection of quirky gifts and gadgets, many of which are handmade. From premium handbags to intricate jewelry, it’s the perfect spot for stocking stuffers.


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  • Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Generation) – $29.99 – The Amazon firestick is the best value streaming device on the market. The Firestick has the lowest price compared to most of its other competitors like Apple TV ($150), Chromecast ($35), and Roku’s Premiere and other high quality devices ($40-$100). Amazon’s product is also more durable and has a longer lifespan than other streaming products. 
    • This is a great gift for friends and loved ones as it will give them an endless source of entertainment while only requiring a TV and internet. There’s nothing like sitting in your warm house during the holiday season while watching your favorite TV shows, movies, or videos.
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  • Customizable Insulated Tumbler – $34.99 – The perfect gift for any friend or relative with a raging caffeine addiction who wants their own personal flare. It will keep any drink cold or warm for longer periods while giving you that rewarding feeling of good old drink. Because nothing says “I care” like a coffee mug with the name of the family dog.

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