Hey y’all! Today I’m back with my final gift guide for the holiday season, and personally, this was my favorite one to put together. While I love my big name stores (shout out to Amazon and Target,) I also enjoy shopping locally and supporting the artists, makers, and business owners in my own community. With that in mind, I created this gift guide to share some of my favorite products and brands created and based in Charleston that I think would make great gifts for this holiday season!
- Candy Shop Vintage Rice Beads – The shape and texture of theses beads pays tribute to Charleston’s history as an economy built on rice production. The beads come in many different styles – earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. I received the four strand earrings as a bridesmaids gift and love them! I’ve got my eye on the ring and the stud earrings next.
- brdesign co. Clay Earrings – Beautiful clay earrings, ranging in style from studs to statement. The owner and artist behind the brand, Cassandra, has her own Etsy shop, but you can also find her jewelry at local shops like Fourteen & East and Cannonborough Collective.
- The Tiny Tassel Earrings – The owner, Mimi, makes her tassel jewelry and accessories, like the earrings pictured above (The Morrison and The Halsey) and each item also has a Charleston-inspired name.
- Oysters All Around Christmas Ornament – Oysters All Around not only creates products inspired by oysters, but actually includes oysters in their items! This embroidered Christmas ornament is one of three available for purchase this season.
- Charleston Candle Co. Church Street Candle – Give the gift of Spring in Charleston with this candle, featuring jasmine and honeysuckle. It smells exactly like a springtime walk around the Holy City!
- MacBailey Candle Co. Copper Lantern Candle – MacBailey Candle Co. creates candles that not only smell good, but come in beautiful packaging. Once the candle is gone, you can keep the copper lantern or concrete bowl it comes in to use as you please!
- Oyster Candle Co. Sea Salt & Palmetto – I included this candle in my Fall Candles blog, and I’m including it here too because I believe it’d be a perfect gift for any candle lover! The crackling wood wicks sound like a real fire and this fragrance will make any home smell warm and inviting.
- Grit and Grace Gold Oyster Dish – This oyster dish is perfect for holding rings and other jewelry, while also doubling as a gorgeous piece of home decor. In addition to creating beautiful jewelry and home accessories, the founder of Grit & Grace also works with SCDNR’s oyster restoration and enhancement program to protect our shorelines and preserve the habitat of our marine life.
- Old Whaling Co. Magnolia Set – Old Whaling Co.’s products are handmade and delivered daily to both their Market location and their West Ashley shop. This set is perfect for anyone who either already enjoys or needs a little more pampering!
- Motherland Essentials Charcoal Soap – The goal of Motherland Essentials is to make natural skincare products affordable and attainable for everyone! You can’t go wrong with any of her products, but personally I’m a lover of charcoal bar soap. Make sure you follow Andrea on Instagram (@motherlandessentials) to watch her make her soaps (so satisfying!)
- Graefic Design Hats – Graefic Design started as a wedding-based company, making wedding stationary and signage. They’ve since added Charleston inspired creations, like these hats, which are perfect to represent the city anywhere you go. They also have other apparel and accessories, including shirts and drink tumblers.
- Jenny Batt Charleston Pink Door Print – Jenny does a perfect job capturing the cheerful and colorful spirit of our city through her illustrations and prints. Any Charleston door lover will appreciate this print of the classic pink door we all know and love!
- Charleston Shucker Co. Personalized Oyster Knife – This is an essential for anyone living in Charleston, especially as oyster roast season is upon us. Charleston Shucker Co. not only has shucking knives, but other items like gloves and oyster roast essential baskets. They also collaborated with Oysters All Around to create a shucking knife that you can find here.
- Callie’s Biscuit Mix – If someone on your holiday shopping list is a Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit fan like me, they need this! The Callie’s Biscuit Mix will help anyone make delicious southern goodness in their own kitchen. Each bag makes a dozen!
- The Restored Board – I am dying to own one of these! Katie and Shane create these boards out of leftover wood they collect in our area. You can find their boards online and at pop up markets around the area (check out their schedule on Instagram @therestoredboard) and they take custom orders as well!
- 42 Pressed Charleston Print – I always see this print everywhere and just love it! 42 Pressed is based on Wadmalaw Island, about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston and they create these gorgeous map prints, not just of Charleston, but other cities as well.
- Watercolor by Studio R Bridge Print – I bought this print for my mom for Mother’s Day and she loves it! Along with watercolor prints of local scenes, they also paint watercolor wedding venues and wedding maps.
- The New Charleston Chef’s Table by Holly Herrick – Perfect for the at-home chef looking to recreate their own versions of meals found in some of Charleston restaurants. Including southern staples like fried chicken and shrimp and grits, you can’t go wrong with this one!
- Holy Spirits by Cocktail Bandits – Written by local bloggers Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell, this book includes not only signature cocktail recipes, but a look at Charleston’s cocktail culture.
- Charleston Distilling Co. King Charles Vodka – Charleston Distilling Co. offers a variety of handmade, locally distilled spirits for anyone’s taste. Head here for a look at cocktail recipes using each of their different products.
I also wanted to include some Charleston experiences that would make great gifts! Check them out below:
- Bulldog Tours – Discover (or re-discover) Charleston through history, ghost, and culinary tours.
- Walk and Talk Charleston – Exactly what it sounds like: a walk and talk tour covering history, architecture, and gossip of Charleston.
- Bendy Brewski Yoga – I love Bendy Brewski. They offer yoga classes every week, each in a different Charleston brewery. Every class also includes a ticket for a free pint or flight of beer. It’s a great way to get a good class in, but also explore Charleston’s local beer scene! They offer a 5 class-pass that would be a perfect gift for any beer loving yogi.
- Paints and Pints – Another class in a brewery! For $30, you get a half-pint of beer from the hosting brewery, professional instruction, and you get to keep the original artwork you create! This would be a perfect mother-daughter date or girls’ night out gift.
Until next time!