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Last minute gift ideas from the staff of Charleston magazine

DECEMBER 15, 2009

Last-minute gift ideas
from the staff of Charleston magazine

Freaking out because you haven’t finished your holiday shopping? No worries, you’ve got eight days and eight great gift ideas—in all shapes, sizes, and prices—to complete your list

  Taste of the Town: Made by the folks at Charleston Crepe Company, Holy City Hot Chocolate is a delicious artisanal chocolate drink mix available in attractive retro tins at Whole Foods ($9) or in a nifty tin and mug gift set online ($20). Note: The last day for holiday orders is Monday, December 21. For more info, click here.

  Be a Tourist: For just $20, locals can visit 33 area destinations and get discounts at 24 restaurants during the month of January; there’s also a family pass for $50. Wrap it up in a fanny pack with tube socks and they’re all set! Passes must be purchased by December 31. For more info, click here.

  Natural Beauty: Slip a photo into one of these handsome, arboreal-inspired frames from designer Michael Aram’s “Bark & Branch Collection” (5x7-inch goldplate, $139 or 4x6-inch oxidized cast metal, $109) at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant. For more info, click here.

  Boy Meets Grill: Get any grilling guru fired up with hot smoking accessories from Charleston Cooks! In flavors like cabernet, mesquite, and apple, Outset’s wood smoking chips ($12) infuse meats and vegetables with a rich and distinct taste. Or tuck your meal into an alder or hickory smoker bag by Camerons ($5) for some zip without the chips. For more info, click here.

  Bowled Over: Local artist Ashley Harwood hand-turns wooden bowls from trees fallen around the Lowcountry. Head to the Saturday Farmers Market to buy one of these functional sculptures ($180-$425), or have her create a gift bowl filled with items—local honey, jams, chutneys, benne wafers, soaps—from other market vendors (starting at $150). To have a gift bowl ready for Christmas, place your order by Saturday. Looking for a lower price point? She also makes ornaments from local wood and sea urchin shells ($39-$49). For more info, click here.

  Good Scents: Pick up an Imagine wax candle in “linen” ($18) or Tantalizing Tub Tea ($16) from Imagine Interiors in I’On. Made locally by Heather A. Howell, both smell great, and the bath soak has charming packaging. For more info, call (843) 416-8223.

  Thoughtful Process: With themed pages and magnetic words, the Magnetic Poetry Creativity Journal ($14.95) helps budding poets arrange and rearrange their thoughts. And moms will love that the magnets store neatly inside. Gibbes Museum of Art Gift Shop. For more info, click here.

  Inside Info: Have the city delivered to the doorsteps of your Charleston-phile friends and family all year long ($23.95 for the first gift subscription, $19.95 for the second and additional). For more info, click here.




Tue, 12/15/2009