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Shop local this holiday season! Discover the best holiday gift ideas from brands, artisans, and vendors based right here in the Charleston area. 

Local gifts by interest

Finding the perfect gift can be tricky—which is why we’ve rounded up the ultimate list of gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season. Whether you're shopping for an aspiring home chef, avid outdoorsman or outdoorswoman, wine enthusiast, coffee lover, or jet setter, you're bound to discover a gift that's just right in our local gift guide.


For the Home Chef

Looking for something truly special to gift the chef in your life this holiday season? Keep scrolling to see the best local products fit for a gourmet chef. 


 Cast Iron Skillet from Smithey Ironware

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Smithey

No. 8 Cast Iron Chef Skillet, available from Smithey, $100.00

Smithey's 8" cast iron skillet was created to be a "daily cooking companion" and features a naturally non-stick finish, curved interior sides, and a longer handle to hands farther from the heat.

Each piece of Smithey's cookware collection is hand-forged, resulting in products that are both beautiful and functional. Smithey is based in North Charleston and each piece of cookware is crafted in the USA and built to last for generations.


 Olive Oil from Lowcountry Oil Olive

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Lowcountry Olive Oil

Lowcountry Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil, available from Lowcountry Olive Oil, $17.00

Perfect for sautéing, dressing salads, and dipping bread, the Lowcountry Blend is fantastic for everyday use.

Lowcountry Olive Oil was founded in 2011 by local residents, Jason and Laurie Benjamin. With locations in downtown Charleston and Summerville, the Benjamins invite customers to sample and try their delicious blends in-store.


 Fun Food Socks from WestSocks

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WestSocks

The "Food Lover" Sock Set, available from WestSocks, $35.00

What do you gift a culinary aficionado that isn't food? Food-themed socks, of course! This set of five pairs of socks showcases fun patterns of french fries, burgers, and more.

Originally founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, WestSocks is a family-owned business that relocated its operations to Charleston in 2020. Owners Matt and Molly are passionate about funky, unique socks and dedicated to providing the best possible customer experience. 


Handmade Knife from Burls and Steel

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Field Shop by Garden & Gun

Kitchen Knife by Burls and Steel, available from Field Shop by Garden & Gun, $400.00

Handmade in Charleston with high carbon steel, this superior quality, custom-made knife is a wonderful addition to any chef's arsenal. 

Husband and wife Ben and Sydney are the dynamic duo behind this small business. Based in Charleston, SC, Burls & Steel creates one-of-a-kind products using "old world techniques" with a touch of modern flair. 


For the outdoor enthusiast

On the hunt for the best present ever? We've rounded up the greatest gifts for every kind of outdoor hobbyist in your life. From camping to fishing, there's sure to be a local product on this list you recipient will love!


Gift Card to SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters

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SeaCoast Sports

Gift Certificate, available in-store from SeaCoast Sports, amount varies

Who doesn't love a gift card to their favorite store? You can't go wrong with a gift certificate! 

Located in Freshfields Village, local store SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters offers the largest selection of sporting and apparel goods on the Islands. 


 Wilderness Soap from Vibey Soap Co.

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Vibey Soap Co.

CoCo Clean Wilderness Soap, available from Vibey Soap Co., $10.00

Entirely biodegradable and made with clean, ethically sourced ingredients, the Wilderness Soap promises to get rid of the toughest odors in a conscientious manner. Great for campers, backpackers, and more, this plant-based soap is sure to delight.

Vibey Soap Co., a plant-based and eco-conscious luxury skincare brand is located in the Avondale area of Charleston. Not only do they make quality products, but Vibey Soap Co. also donates a portion of their sales throughout the year to local non-profits. 


Convenient Folding Fillet Knife from Toadfish

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Toadfish 

7 Inch Stowaway Folding Fillet Knife, available from Toadfish, $48.00

Featuring a titanium-coated high-carbon stainless steel blade and the ability to easily fit into tackle bags, boxes, and kitchen drawers, this folding fillet knife is perfect for the fisherman or fisherwoman on the go. 

Committed to producing quality products and cleaning coastal waters, Toadfish replants local oyster beds for every product sold. Toadfish was founded by College of Charleston graduate, Casey Davidson and is based in Charleston, SC.


Camo Print Beanie from Marsh Wear


Marsh Wear

Mallard Beanie, available from Marsh Wear, $29.00

The five-star rated beanie will help keep your favorite outdoor enthusiast warm without sacrificing style.

Created by Lowcountry native Logan Roberts, Marsh Wear was founded over ten years ago in a small Charleston attic. The brand offers clothing and gear built to endure all of your outdoor adventures. 


For the Wine Lover

Keep reading to see our top choices for unique local gifts even the most distinguished oenophiles will adore. 


Best-Selling Wine Tote from J. Stark


J. Stark

Tremont Wine Tote Bag, available from J. Stark, $80.00

Featuring space for three wine bottles, large exterior pockets, antique brass hardware, and gorgeous Wickett & Craig bridle handles, this best-selling wine tote is one of J.Stark's best-selling products for a reason.

Located in downtown Charleston, J. Stark is a local bag and luggage brand offering products that they call "aesthetically minimalistic and highly functional." The brand started from humble beginnings with a small brick building on Coming Street. Now, J. Stark has a storefront on King Street and their own factory, allowing them to exercise total quality control and craft only the finest products. 


 Wine-scented Candle from Rewined

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Rewined

Cabernet Candle, available from Rewined, $28.00

Poured into a hand-cut wine bottle, this all-natural soy wax candle provides 70+ hours of burn time and a delicious blend of custom fragrances. From Cabernet to Champagne, there's a wine-inspired scent everyone on your holiday list is sure to enjoy. 

Popular across the country, but based right here in Charleston, Rewined is known for its signature wine-inspired scented candles poured in recycled wine bottles. 


Gift Card to FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen

 
FortyEightWine Bar & Kitchen

Gift Certificate, available in-store from FortyEight, amount varies

Patrons can dine traditionally at FortyEight, or opt to serve themselves with a WineStation SmartCard. Three tasting sizes are available in a variety of options, all with the push of a button!

Famous for offering 48 wines by the glass every day and delicious food, FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen is a local favorite. FortyEight is conveniently located in Freshfields Village.


For the Coffee Snob

Wondering what to give the coffee enthusiast on your holiday list? Discover our selections for gifts ideas perfect for your coffee-loving friends or relatives.


Delicious Local Coffee from Charleston Coffee Roasters

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Charleston Coffee Roasters

Kiawah Organic Blend, available from Charleston Coffee Roasters, $14.75

Available for one-time purchase or on a subscription basis, the Kiawah Organic Blend from Charleston Coffee Roasters is a delicious gift for your favorite coffee fan.

Charleston Coffee Roasters was founded in 2005 in Charleston, SC. Since then, the company has grown immensely and is well-loved in the Charleston area. Charleston Coffee Roasters selects the world's best coffees and roasts to order to guarantee freshness. 


 Natural Coffee Scrub from Lumi


Lumi Basics

Coffee Sugar Scrub, available from Lumi Basics, $22.00

Packed with antioxidants and caffeine, this 100% natural coffee scrub vows to rejuvenate and firm your skin. This product is made with natural ingredients like organic coffee grounds, cane sugar, and cedarwood essential oils, so you can feel good about gifting this non-toxic, sustainable scrub.

Known for its minimalistic approach to skincare, Lumi Basics is a local company with a mission to make skincare simple, accessible, and eco-friendly. 


 Charleston Toile Mug from Shop Southern Cities


Shop Southern Cities

Charleston Toile Mug, available from Shop Southern Cities, $12.50

Showcasing Charleston landmarks like the Ravenel Bridge, Rainbow Row, and The Battery, this gorgeous toile mug is perfect for your favorite coffee drinker. 

Founded by local custom stationery creator/graphic designer, Sarah of Dodeline Design, Shop Southern Cities sells goods featuring your favorite southern cities. Sarah's illustrations of buildings, skylines, and scenery lend themselves perfectly to gift items, like this adorable mug. 


For the Jet Setter

Read on to see our curated selections for the globetrotter in your life. No matter if they have plans to travel near or far, there's a suitable gift from a local company. 


 Kiawah Island Vacation Rental from Akers Ellis

Vacation Rental Stay, available from Akers Ellis, amount varies

Give the gift of a vacation to Kiawah Island this holiday season. Whether you want to surprise your spouse with a romantic getaway or your parents with that family reunion they've been dreaming of, you're sure to steal the show with this gift!

Established in 2007, Akers Ellis is a family-run real estate and vacation rental company located in Johns Island. With 210+ vacation rental options on Kiawah Island, there's no doubt you'll find the vacation rental home, villa, or cottage of your dreams!


 Travel Body Butter Set from Old Whaling Co.


Old Whaling Co.

Travel Size Five Body Butter Set, available from Old Whaling Co., $30.00

Take delicious sea-inspired scents with you wherever your travels take you! These 2-ounce body butters are easy to transport, crafted with "thoughtfully curated" ingredients, and great for all skin types.

Old Whaling Co. was founded in 2012 with a mission to create affordable, beautifully crafted bath and body essentials inspired by the ocean. Although the company is rooted in Charleston, SC, you can find its products across the country. 


Canvas Bag from 843 Shop

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843 Shop

Charleston Heart Canvas Bag, available from 843 Shop, $25.00

Perfect for the traveler who loves the Holy City, this locally designed and printed canvas bag is sure to delight. 

843 Shop offers goods inspired by the incredible city of Charleston. Located downtown on King Street, this local brand aims to provide people with merchandise they can proudly wear to show their love of Charleston. 


Shop Local this Holiday Season

We hope our curated selection of local products has helped you on your quest to find the perfect gift! With so many incredible local companies and brands in the Charleston area, the options for shopping local are endless. We encourage you to shop small and support local businesses, not only during the holiday season but also year-round!