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Christmas is in the air in the Lowcountry and that means it’s time for gathering with loved ones and exchanging gifts. This year, why not treat the special people in your life to something uniquely Charleston? Because it’s one of the most popular cities in the world, a gift from the area would be most welcome from any recipient. So when you’re shopping for the perfect Charleston Christmas gift, try one of the following ideas.
Nothing is quite as iconic as a sweetgrass basket woven in Charleston. Weaving them goes back centuries and the practice is passed on from generation to generation. Whether you want a small basket, a rosette, or a larger piece, you can get one at the City Market or at one of the stands along Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant.
There are so many different foods that say “Charleston.” One of them is grits, and we love the ones from Geechie Boy Mill. Another great option is a sweet treat like a praline or benne wafer from Market Street Sweets. Boone Hall Farms also has an array of spreads, pickled items, and jams made from local ingredients. Buy one of their gift baskets or create your own with items picked up from around the Lowcountry. And don’t forget the tea from Charleston Tea Plantation.
Oysters are a part of Charleston culture, like most coastal towns. So if you have a friend or relative who loves them, why not outfit them with gloves and knives for shucking. Places like Coastal Cupboard and Kitchen & Company carry useful and visually pleasing knives and cut-proof gloves.
Tickets to Tour a Plantation
Charleston wouldn’t be Charleston without its rich history. Plantations are an integral part of that history. So let your loved ones soak in the historical beauty of one of the many Charleston area plantations like Boone Hall, Drayton Hall, Middleton Place, or Magnolia Plantation.
Gift Cards to Charleston Restaurants
While you can’t wrap up a meal and put it under the tree (well, you could, but we wouldn’t advise it), you can give the gift of Charleston’s culinary scene by giving a gift certificate or gift card for one of Charleston’s signature restaurants. Hall’s Chophouse, Circa 1886, Grill 225, Peninsula Grill and Slightly North of Broad (also known as S.N.O.B.) are all great choices.