Ten Local Gifts for the Holiday Season

Gillian Ellis


The holiday season is upon us. From cocktail parties to drop-ins, office Secret Santa to tacky sweater get-togethers, the list of events to buy gifts for goes on and on and on. Whether you're purchasing a hostess gift or stuffing stockings, these locally made products offer a thoughtful—and affordable—taste of Charleston. 


We've rounded up our top 10 favorite locally made Charleston items that make perfect holiday gifts! A personal favorite are Candy Shop Vintage’s Rice Beads which play an homage to Charleston's rice growing past and would make a sweet gift for a hostess. Charleston Bloody Mary Mix and Callie's Biscuits are the perfect treat for a Christmas morning brunch. Treat your friends, family, and coworkers to a taste of Charleston with these local goods!  



1. Oliver Pluff & Co. Tea 


Available online.



British Heritage Tea Trio- Earl Grey, English Breakfast & Irish Breakfast Fine Teas in Signature Tins - $33.95



2. Charleston Rice Beads 


Available at Candy Shop Vintage


Necklaces ($75), Bracelets ($28), and Earrings ($35).



3. Jack Rudy Tonic


Available at Avondale Wine and Cheese, Bottles, Bull Street Gourmet, Callie's Biscuits, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Beer Exchange, Charleston Cooks, FIG, Goat Sheep Cow, Hank's Seagood, Heirloom Book Company, Husk, Indigo & Cotton, Old Road Mercantile, Southern Season, The Co-Op, The Cocktail Club, The Macintosh, Total Wine & More, and Two Boroughs Larder


Also look for Jack Rudy Elderflower Tonic, Jack Rudy Sweet Tea Syrup, Jack Rudy Small Batch Grenadine, Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters, and more. 


17. oz bottle- $16



4. Produce Candles 


Available at Bull Street Gourmet, Candlefish, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Cooks!, Classic Charleston, Ensemble Consignment Boutique, Haute Hanger, Indigo, Java Java, Mixson Market, Off Market Arts, Queen Street Grocery, Palmetto Moon, Preservation Society, Simply J Boutique, Stella Nova Spa Salon, Sugar Snap Pea, The Gathering Cafe, Wild Dunes Resort Spa, Worthwhile



Seasonal Scents: Sage, Fig, and Honey. $20 each. 



5. Bulls Bay Saltworks


Available at Burbage's Grocery, Caviar & Bananas, Candlefish, Charleston Cooks!, The Daily, Lowcountry Olive Oil, Francis Marion Hotel, Growfood Carolina, Mixson Market, Open Door Shop, Preservation Society, Queen Street Grocery, Two Boroughs Larder, Sugar, The Vegetable Bin, and Charles Towne Landing. 


Clockwise from top left: Carolina Flake ($3), Bourbon Barrel Smoked Flake ($3), Smoked Sea Salt ($10), Red Mash Sea Salt ($10), Carolina Margarita Salt ($10), and Charleston Sea Salt ($10)



6. Molly & Me Pecans


Available at Charleston Farmers Market and Boone Hall Farms Store


Large sampler ($36.50) includes Cinnamon Sugar, Sneaky Hot, Sugar & Spice, Roasted & Salted, and Praline Pecans



7. Christophe Artisan Chocolatier 


Available online or at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier, 90 Society St., Charleston, SC



18 piece Variety Box ($36.95)




8. Charleston Bloody Mary Mix 


Available at Southern Season


32 oz. bottle - $9.99



9. Candlefish Candles 


Available online or at Candlefish, 71 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC


Scents vary, $22 each



10. Callie's Charleston Biscuits


Available at Dolores' Southern Delights, The Preservation Society, Callie's Hot Little Biscuit, Bull Street Gourmet, Ted's Butcherblock, Caviar & Bananas, Mercantile and Mash, Out of Hand, Patina Blu, and Coastal Cupboard


The Baker's Mix 'n Match - Mix and match 2 dozen biscuits of your choice ($55.95). Chose from flavors like Cheese and Chive, Country Ham, Buttermilk, Cinnamon, Cocktail Ham, Black Pepper Bacon, and Shortcakes