Take advantage of your next visit to Charleston to do some holiday shopping . We’ve selected a few favorites for our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide we think would make great presents. And be sure to pick up a little something for yourself! Need more inspiration? Read our blog post on 10 Distinctively Charleston Holiday Gifts.
Founded in Charleston, The New Primal has been creating delicious meat snacks and jerky made with grass-fed beef and wholesome ingredients for several years. If you have a foodies who loves clean eating on your gift list, choose from a new line of marinades and cooking sauces. These sauces are free of refined sugars, soy, dairy or oil and feature healthy ingredients such as coconut aminos and apple cider vinegar. Price: $7.99; order online at thenewprimal.com/marinades.
Welcome to Charleston
The pineapple is used in architecture and décor all around Charleston as a welcoming symbol of hospitality. According to the Historic Charleston Foundation, seafaring captains from East Coast ports, including Charleston, would impale fresh pineapples – souvenirs of their travels to tropical ports – atop the porch railings of their homes when they returned. It was a sign the man of the house was home and receiving visitors. Take some hospitality home with a Charleston Pineapple Brass Ornament available from the Historic Charleston Foundation Shop, 108 Meeting St. Price: $20 or order online at historiccharleston.org.
This pendant is fashioned after Charleston’s majestic Angel Oak Tree located on Johns Island. Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry also carries rings, earrings, bracelets and charms inspired by the ornate gates found throughout downtown Charleston. Price: Pendant $19 – $59, Rice Bead Necklace $39 – $47. Available at 84 N. Market St. in Charleston (dacubasjewelry.com).
Eating and preserving
Get ready for oyster season with the put ‘em back oyster knife from Charleston-based Toadfish Outfitters. This knife combines the elements of a traditional oyster knife with a modern look at ergonomics and the physics of shucking an oyster perfectly and safely. All Toadfish products are made from environmentally responsible materials and a percentage of every purchase is donated to oyster habitat preservation. Price: $48 (engraved). Order online at toadfishoutfitters.com or purchase locally at Grady Ervin & Co., Haddrell’s Point Tackle or at Charleston Angler.
Raise a glass
At Deep Water Vineyard on Wadmalaw Island, you’ll find vines filled with muscadine grapes, a fruit native to the Southeastern United States. Those grapes are turned into authentic muscadine wine – five different labels from four varieties of grapes. Pick up a few bottles for friends or as a holiday party hostess gift. Deep Water Wine is available at retail locations around the Charleston area and at the vineyard; see deepwatervineyard.com for details (tours and tastings also available).
The charming sweetgrass baskets of the Lowcountry – a symbol of Charleston’s heritage – are available as pieces of jewelry. Choose from bracelets, earrings, a pendent or a ring. These pieces make a truly unique gift sure to receive plenty of compliments. Available at Gold Creations, 74 Market St., Charleston or at goldcreationschas.com.
Why not give the gift of adventure and excitement this holiday season? Put your climbing and balance skills to the test at Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park, featuring 72 suspended obstacles up to 35 feet in the air.
For more high-flying adventure, check out Charleston Zip Line Adventures, located just north of Mount Pleasant. Zip from a 65-foot tower through the trees, going between tree platforms, towers, three swinging bridges and a grande finale zip of 750 feet.
For the water-loving people on your gift list, check out Charleston Speed Boat Adventures. Take the wheel and become the captain of your very own speed boat on this adventure tour through the Charleston harbor.