Posted in South Carolina
Seasonal November 17, 2022
Even though the Christmas season is considered the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be incredibly stressful and filled with activity and festivities while getting ready to entertain and trying to find the perfect gift for everyone. world on your list. That in itself can be stressful, especially if you have one or more in your life who are picky about their tastes or already have everything they could possibly want or need. We’ve rounded up some unique gift ideas for the hard-to-buy South Carolina people in your life to make Christmas shopping and the season more enjoyable for you!
Gifts are divided into categories to make it easier to determine who in your life they would fit, but some gifts fit into more than one category. We will also include this information with these giveaways. Unless otherwise stated in the item description, each photo links to the site where you can purchase the product, so just click the image credit under the photo for more information and to purchase! At the end of the article, there will be a list of links for all featured merchants.
Entertainment – 2 Gift Ideas
1. Hallmark movie shot in South Carolina
In October, the film
Girlfriend began airing on the Hallmark channel. It was filmed in Charleston and Edisto Island, making it the perfect gift for a girlfriend and anyone who loves our great historic city of Charleston and surrounding area so much. You can order Girlfriendship on DVD from the Seaview Square Cinema website.
2. Children’s books
Sometimes those for whom it is difficult to find the right gift are the children. If you have one in your life who loves to read or is particularly fond of animals, this book is a great idea. You can
buy this one and see other available books such as Santa’s sleigh is on its way to South Carolina on the South Carolina Museum’s Cotton Mill Exchange website and on the Rice Museum website.
Brookgreen Gardens, a beautiful wildlife sanctuary with botanical and sculpture gardens in Murrells Inlet, also offers children’s books, including
Elliot learns to swim, The friendly fox squirrel, wild turkey dayand Angus, the Gentle Giant. Visit the Brookgreens Gardens website for more information and to purchase.
Nature/Outdoors – 2 gift ideas
3. A coffee table book
Also a book by Brookgreen Gardens, but which we believe fits better into a nature category, this is a wonderful gift idea for people who are particularly fond of nature, gardens and who view related photography. Maybe you know someone who can’t get out and visit the Gardens in person, but would like a ‘virtual tour’ from the comfort of their home.
4. Pawley’s Island Original Rope Hammock
Do you know the Hammock Coast® of South Carolina? It is the coastal area of Georgetown County between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. A world famous Original Pawley’s Island Rope Hammock for the person in your life who needs relaxation and pampering, but can’t buy something like this for themselves would be a pleasure. There are different types of hammocks available, some with a more colorful design, and accessories such as stands are also available.
South Carolina State Pride – 4 Gift Ideas
5. South Carolina Coast Puzzle
People of all ages love puzzles. South Carolina beach lovers would especially love this one! It’s a fun activity to do with the family or with grandchildren, perhaps during a visit or vacation if it’s a bigger puzzle like this.
6. Charleston Christmas Decoration
With Charleston consistently being named “The Best City in America” for several years by Travel + Leisure readers, you could buy for someone who would like a Charleston-themed gift. This ornament also celebrates Charleston’s rich history, but there are many other ornament styles to choose from if there might be a better option for your gift recipient.
7. Philip Simmons Gate Picture Frame
This frame features intricate details of the iconic Philip Simmons Egret Gate from the South Carolina State Museum. It is made in the USA from solid brass, polished and silver plated. There is also an ornament with a similar design available on the website.
8. Handmade Sweetgrass Basket
The sweetgrass basket is a coveted Charleston keepsake, highly symbolic of the area’s rich history. It would make a lovely gift and, if large enough, could be filled like a gift basket with other special items.
9. Local art pieces
Pictured is an artist’s rendition of the Angel Oak. If your loved one has a favorite landmark or location, what a special gift a piece of art depicting it would make.
Foodies – 2 Gift Ideas
10. Gourmet foods
There are tons of gourmet foods of all types that would make great options for a gift basket or stocking stuffer. Pictured here is a chocolate business card for that proud business owner who already has everything they could want but whose eyes would light up at the sight of their chocolate business card or company logo! This is a custom order item available from Island Fudge in Hilton Head, another popular South Carolina destination. You’ll find many other gourmet dining options on the Island Fudge website and the South Carolina Museum’s Cotton Exchange website, Sparky’s Country Store website…
…and Food for the Southern Soul, where you can shop the creations of Jimmy Hagood, Charlestonian and celebrity chef with numerous awards and accolades. This Wild Game Marinade set would make the hunter in your life happy.
taste the state
This cookbook would be lovely for a South Carolina out of state who misses their home state cuisine! It would even be a great gift for someone who has visited and loved the state, perhaps on their honeymoon, or had an amazing vacation experience here, for example.
Experience gifts – 8 gift ideas
This category includes gift ideas for those who don’t care so much about things, but enjoy experiences and love adventure and travel. This is our largest category and just a sampling of what’s possible!
12. Golf Getaway Package
14. A Pet Vacation Package
How many do you know who adore their pets? Some hotels offer a pet package, such as the A Dog’s World package at the John Rutledge House Inn in Charleston. The Willcox, which offers the Golf Getaway package, also offers an excellent pet-friendly package.
16. Dolphin Tour
Visit the Coastal Expeditions website for more details and to purchase a tour. This one is located in the Beaufort region. Dolphin tours are offered by other companies in other areas such as Charleston and Hilton Head Island.
17. State Parks Passport
For those who love nature and the outdoors, this would be a great gift, allowing them entry into state parks for hiking, camping, fishing and more! The Select Passport only includes certain parks out of a total of 47, while the All Park Passport has no limit on which parks can be used.
18. Be a naturalist for a day
Edisto Beach State Park allows naturalist backpack rentals for a day. It’s a good idea for a young explorer to get a feel for what it’s like to be a naturalist!
19. The Gilligan Tour
This experience is perfect for the adventurous type. Lake Moultrie Kayak Tours and Rentals takes tour participants to Boyscout Island to explore, then leaves them “on their own” as a survivor-style experience. They are free to explore the isolated and uninhabited island, then return before dusk.
Philanthropic gifts – 2 gift ideas
This category is perfect for those who find giving more fun than receiving!
20. Adopt a sea turtle nest
For a philanthropic type of recipient who also loves animals and conservation, you can adopt a sea turtle nest in their name through the program with Edisto Beach State Park. See the South Carolina State Parks Facebook post for details.
21. Complete Donation Trail in Honor of Recipient
The Palmetto Trail, when completed, will be just one of 16 cross-border trails across the country. This image shows sections of the trail that still need to be completed. If your gift recipient loves hiking, a donation to support this effort in their honor would be a great gift! Visit the Palmetto Conservation website for more information.
Here’s a full list of links for all the merchants in this list for your convenience, where you’ll also find other great gift ideas:
Seaview Square Cinema
South Carolina Museum Cotton Mill Exchange
The rice museum
Brookgreen Gardens – Online Store
Brookgreen Gardens – Membership
The original hammock shop
Lowcountry Artists Gallery
Sparky’s Country Store
Food for the Southern Soul
The Willcox Hotel Packages
Packages for John Rutledge House Inn
Culinary Tours of Charleston
South Carolina State Parks
Kayak rental and excursions on Lake Moultrie
Conservation of saw palmetto
Which of these gifts would suit someone on your gift list? Share with us in the comments below!
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