Who else has a hard time shopping for holiday gifts? 🙋♀️ Finding a special + unique gift for the loved ones in your life can be tough, but there are many local businesses in Charleston offering one of a kind items that would make the perfect gifts. Check out these Charleston-based companies while doing your holiday shopping this year!
Brackish Feather Bow Ties and Accessories
Ben Ross handcrafted turkey feather bow ties for the groomsmen in his wedding, and the rest is history. These accessories are far from ordinary, and every piece is handcrafted in Charleston. What began as bow ties soon turned into cuff links, cummerbunds, women's jewelry, and more. Brackish accessories have even made multiple Red Carpet appearances on celebrities like Blake Lively, Cam Newton, and Howie Mandel. Every piece is unique and beautiful, and would make a special gift for a special person this holiday season.
It all started in 2009 when a restaurant employee in Charleston decided to make something magical out of the discarded wine bottles. Adam Festch began to create candles that mimicked the smell of wine. He started selling the candles at the Charleston City Market, the oldest market in the country, and his business grew from there. Today, Rewined candles, and now soap, are in over 2,000 retail locations, but Adam and his team still operate a booth at the City Market. There are many wine types and sizes to choose from, making it the perfect gift for your mom, sister, girl friend, co-worker, or anyone else special in your life.
The Charleston City Market is the capital of sweetgrass baskets. The art has been passed down through many generations, and there are over 50 resident Gullah artisans around the market weaving these beautiful handcrafts of African origin. The baskets are made from locally-harvested bulrush, a strong marsh grass found in the Lowcountry. Use a sweetgrass basket to make the perfect holiday gift basket, especially when filled with other local items from this list, or just gift it as is. These are a Charleston staple item filled with beauty, history, and skill. You will have no problem finding them when vising downtown.
Croghan's Goldbug Collection
The Croghans opened their jewelry store over 100 years ago in a single home on King Street. It is the oldest family-owned jewelry store in Charleston, and is still a treasure to those who visit. Today, granddaughters of William Croghan still design pieces and manage the store. They introduced the Goldbug Collection which gained immediate popularity. The line was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Gold-Bug", and the Palmetto Bug which is a common, but not ideal visitor to have in your home. However, the fourth generation sisters have turned these Lowcountry insects into charming pieces of jewelry. Locals and visitors wear their Goldbug pieces with pride.
Callie's Biscuits, Jams, and Spreads
Callie's Charleston Biscuits is keeping the tradition of southern biscuit making alive, and receiving national recognition while doing it. Southern Living, The New York Times, and even Oprah have raved about the buttery, made by hand biscuits that were born in the Lowcountry. Carrie Morey is sharing this southern staple across the country through retail stores, an online store, and now, three restaurants with two of those being in Charleston. Callie's serves numerous biscuit types, including cheddar, bourbon maple, and iced blueberry, as well as jams and spreads. Callie's Biscuits are perfect for that foodie in your life...and hopefully they'll share too!
High Wire Revival - 100% Jimmy Red Corn
High Wire Distilling Co. operates in the heart of downtown Charleston, and offers handcraft spirits made with local ingredients to the Lowcountry. Here's the story behind the special Revival Bourbon: Jimmy Red corn was a legendary moonshiner's corn that was on the edge of becoming extinct, but it was rescued by Ted Chewning. High Wire Distilling Co. was given enough Jimmy Red corn seed to grow 2.5 acres. With it, they distilled two batches of their most unique bourbon. If you can get your hands on a bottle of this and don't keep it for yourself, you will be considered the ultimate gift giver.
Grit and Grace Oyster Shell Gifts
Oysters are a Lowcountry delicacy that now can be worn to make a fashion statement. Grit and Grace started in Charleston, and is transforming recycled oyster shells into beautiful handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, and other gifts at their downtown studio. The oyster shells are perfectly created by nature with no two being the same, then delicately hand-painted. You can visit the shop at 478 King Street to find the most amazing gifts for the "pearl" of your life.
Charleston Tea Plantation Teas
The Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island is the only tea plantation in North America, and has represented natural beauty and colonial pride since the 1700's. At the plantation, a larger leaf style is produced which gives the tea a richer and smoother taste. Tea can be purchased directly from the plantation's gift shop, online store, or other retail locations. A variety of tea flavors are available, in the form of loose tea and teabags, with the teabags being 100% biodegradable. Gift tea from America's own tea garden this holiday season!
Old Whaling Co. Body Butters
Old Whaling Company started in 2012 in Charleston with the goal of producing everyday bath and body products that are more gentle than those mass-produced products filled with chemicals. They offer soaps, scrubs, body butters, and more in fifteen different smells. All items are inspired by the sea, created in Charleston, and sold around the world through retail locations, an online store, and three Charleston brick and mortars. You can visit one of their three shops located in West Ashley, the City Market, or on Broad Street to find the best gifts and stocking stuffers!
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