A visit to Charleston is the perfect time to do some holiday shopping for friends and family. Choose from specialty food items, arts and crafts, jewelry and other items completely unique to Charleston. We’ve selected a few favorites for our Holiday Gift Guide we think would make great presents. And be sure to pick up a little something for yourself!
For the meat lover
Shop Ted’s Butcherblock for a meat basket filled with all-natural meats sourced for the best quality and taste. These hand-cut selections, including bacon, steaks, pork chops, housemade sausage, are vacuum-sealed for freshness and wrapped up with bow. Choose from a small ($65), large ($125) or deluxe ($160) option. Each option comes with Ted’s Signature Seasoning. Our mouth is watering already. Order: tedsbutcherblock.myshopify.com or stop by Ted’s Butcherblock at 334 East Bay St. in downtown Charleston.
For the young reader
Charleston landmarks and historic attractions are beautifully highlighted in a children’s book written and illustrated by local designer and author Andrew Barton. “Heyward the Horse Loves Charleston, Of Course!” is the tale of Heyward M. Pinckney IV, a carriage horse in downtown Charleston who takes visitors on a carriage ride past a variety of Charleston area landmarks and attractions, including Riley Waterfront Park, Rainbow Row, historic churches and the Charleston City Market. Order a copy online at heywardthehorse.com or pick up one around town at Palmetto Carriage Tours, Wonder Works and the Historic Charleston Foundation Shop.
For the beekeeper
Originating in Savannah, Georgia, this environmentally friendly shop has a location at 276 King St. in downtown Charleston. Savannah Bee Co. carries an assortment of honey-made products, including beauty supplies, raw honeycombs and candles made from local beeswax. Pick up a beauty gift set, some habanero honey BBQ sauce or organic honey roasted coffee as holiday gifts for family and friends. You’re sure to “bee” their favorite gift giver. Info: savannahbee.com
For the Charleston traveler
For any family members or friends planning a trip to Charleston, give them the gift of sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. A Charleston Tour Pass is perfect for anyone with an itch to visit the Holy City. You pay a one-time fee for instant access to more than 30 Charleston attractions, museums, tours and even restaurants and breweries. Save your friends and family the hassle of figuring out how to experience Charleston with a Charleston Tour Pass – shopping and vacationing made easy! Order online at charlestontourpass.com.
For the sweets eater
Home of the original Charleston Benne Wafers, Olde Colony Bakery gives you a sweet taste of history. The bakery has been making wafers for more than 70 years and continues to be a favorite for locals and tourists. Olde Colony Bakery prides itself on using natural ingredients and complete dedication to creating a perfect product every time. Grab a bag of wafers or choose one of the gift baskets to give the most delicious gift this year. See the product selection at oldecolonybakery.com.
For the wine drinker
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).