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Why You'll Crave these Unique Gifts from Charleston

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Feb 18, 2020

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These local finds from a style and design influencer are perfect for passionate travelers.

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Local, handcrafted, and luxurious—the unique gifts you’ll find in Charleston are certainly a reason to go—and go back.

There are so many unique treasures to be discovered that we sent influencer Cynthia Andrew there to unearth great gifts for different kinds of travelers. As an arbiter of style and design—as well as being a lawyer during the day—she was a great choice to comb through the offerings around the Holy City and come away with items she loved that are also uniquely Charleston.

Here’s what she found around town and what you, too, can buy as a keepsake of your trip to Charleston—no matter what kind of traveler you are.

For the Foodie

For those like Cynthia who like things a little spicy and a little sweet, Charleston Favorites Peach Slow Burn Hot Sauce is a local must-try that will have you thinking of the Holy City every time you open it. Use this versatile sauce for grilling, in salsas, in Asian-inspired dishes, or in a Bloody Mary. And it’s not just Cynthia who loves it—Stephen Colbert puts it in the gift bags he gives to guests.

Available at: Local supermarkets; online at Food for the Southern Soul

For the History Buff

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Combine your love of history and art with a vintage map—a conversation starter and a great way to reflect on the past, says Cynthia. And the bookstore at the Preservation Society of Charleston offers a wide array of vintage maps depicting earlier times and different eras in this fascinating city. Charleston has expanded and modernized, of course, but the charm of yesteryear remains—something you’ll be able to talk about when you frame and display one of these treasures.

Available at: Preservation Society of Charleston

For Her

Palmetto bugs are true Charleston locals, which makes them perfect as wearable art. Cynthia recommends this locally crafted “Goldbug” collection as beautiful statement pieces. It’s inspired not only by local palmetto bugs but also Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Love-Bug.” 

Available at: Croghan’s Jewel Box

For Him

For Southern gentility with a bit of fun, says Cynthia, check out bow ties from Brackish—a company that has been handmaking accessories right in Charleston since 2007. These unique feather bow ties are made sustainably—and since they’re handcrafted, no two are exactly alike.

Available at: Preservation Society of Charleston

Discover more great gifts to buy by taking a trip of your own. Start planning your Charleston getaway!

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