For the foodie couple:
Mariakakis Fine Food and Wine
1322 Fordham Boulevard, #1 Chapel Hill
Mariakakis Fine Food and Wine, a gourmet market, offers a variety of wine, champagne, and specialty foods from Greece, Italy, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean.
For the minimalist couple:
Port of Raleigh
416 South McDowell Street, Raleigh
Find something timeless in Port of Raleigh's collection of sleek bedding, vases, and kitchenware.
For the vintage-y couple:
Father & Son
107 West Hargett Street, Raleigh
With a focus on midcentury modern, Father & Son has a range of home décor and furniture. Whatever you find, you can be sure the couple won't get two.
For the freaky couple:
Frisky Business Boutique
1720 New Raleigh Highway, Durham
You'll want to know the couple pretty well before you shop here.
For the music-loving couple:
2237 Avent Ferry Road, #101, Raleigh
Schoolkids carries a wide selection of vinyl for old-school souls. Locations in Durham and Chapel Hill, too.
For the charitable couple:
One World Market
811 Ninth Street, Durham
Stocked with colorful baskets, quilts, and lanterns, this fair-trade store supports artisans in more than seventy developing countries. A gift from One World Market keeps giving.