One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the generous giving spirit we find ourselves in this time of year. Shopping local this holiday season is a wonderful way to give to those we love, while also supporting our neighbors and business owners in the Greenville community. Here is my holiday gift guide for everyone on your list this season!
$50 and Under: These fun and funky sunnies by Two Chic at Blossom Shoes & Such are only $20 a pair and are the perfect touch to complete any look on a sunny day!
$50-$75: Savvy Inc. has the trendiest pieces for winter and this Ultra Suede Drape Jacket by TCEC will keep her cozy and her style on point for $72.
$100 +: Give her the gift of relaxation and pampering this Christmas with a spa day at Kara Spa. They offer a variety of spa packages to fit her needs.
$50 and Under: For your favorite foodie guy, get him a cooking class through the Swamp Rabbit Café for $35.
$50-$75: The outdoorsman in your life would love anything from Orvis in downtown Greenville! Tip: they also offer many seminars and local events throughout the year.
$100 +: Give the gift of experience (for two!) to The Community Tap’s Sixth Annual Craft Beer Festival this coming spring. Tickets are selling fast!
For the kiddos:
$50 and Under: The Elephant’s Trunk offers a variety of toys, books and stuffed animals for every age.
$50-$75: Hit up downtown Greenville’s amazing O.P. Taylor’s for a unique and special toy for your little ones this Christmas.
$100 +: Get the sweetest holiday outfits for your little ones from Vann & Liv. Whether it’s a bow tie for your little man or a purse for your little girl, the options are endless.
$50 and Under: There truly is something for everyone at the Mast General Store in downtown Greenville. Whether you’re looking for some great outdoor gear or something special to South Carolina, the options are endless.
$50-$75: Help someone fill their home with the Christmas spirit with a beautiful arrangement from Roots off of Augusta Road. These arrangements will brighten up any space this season.
$100 +: Indulge the chef in your life with a gift from The Cooking Station! Whether it’s a customized gift basket or the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets, your present will be the favorite under the tree this year.
I hope you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Looking for something unique and fun to do during the holidays? I’ve assembled a list of South Carolina’s best holiday home tours – great for a quick day trip or a weekend getaway with family or friends!
Upstate South Carolina:
Christmas in Olde Pendleton – Pendleton, SC – Dec. 9, 2017 (1 pm until 9 pm)
Enjoy the holiday season as you visit Ashtabula and Woodburn Historic Homes presented by the Pendleton Historic Foundation. These two antebellum homes will be dressed in their holiday finery, while you’ll learn more about life in the 1800s from guides dressed in period attire. Enjoy holiday music performed by local musicians and chorale groups. Ashtabula will be hosting the acapella group “Premium Blend” at 4 p.m., harpist Jamie Dean at 7 p.m., and the St. Andrew’s “ChoirChimes” hand bell group at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $12.50 per person, per house OR $20.00 per person to enjoy both homes! Please call (864) 646-7249, email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your tickets personally OR pay via Paypal on the Pendleton Historic Foundation’s website.
Midlands South Carolina:
Historic Columbia’s Holiday Tour Of Homes – Columbia, SC – (Nov. 17 – Dec. 31)
All historic house museums (Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Cottage, and the Robert Mills House) will be open for the traditional tour. Decorated in natural greenery in wreaths and garlands, cones of apple and citrus fruits and cedar trees, the houses sparkle with the glow of the holiday season. For more information, visit – https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/annual-events
Homes for the Holidays – Columbia, SC – Dec. 7, 2017 – (2 pm until 6 pm)
Residents of the Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods will welcome visitors to the annual Homes for the Holidays Tour. This event, held in some of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods, will feature seven unique homes decorated for the Holidays. Proceeds from the tour, which is sponsored by the Shandon Neighborhood Council and the Hollywood-Rose Hill Neighborhood Association, will benefit the neighborhoods’ four schools, A.C. Moore Elementary, Rosewood Elementary, Hand Middle School, and Dreher High School, as well as other neighborhood projects.
41st Annual Candelight Tour of Homes – Camden, SC – Dec. 9, 2017 – (3 pm until 8 pm)
The 41st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes offers a rare opportunity to enter Camden’s finest private homes and historic sites and admire Christmas decor, music, and special furnishings seldom seen by visitors.
The self-guided tour begins at the Camden Archives and Museum, 1314 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020, on December 9th, 2017. In addition to the walking tour, enjoy the exclusive hospitality stop for some of the best refreshments and hospitality the South has to offer.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of the Tour.
Christmas Candlelight Tours– Brattonsville, SC – Dec. 2 (3 pm until 9 pm)
Light up your family’s holidays with a tour of classically-decorated historic homes during Historic Brattonsville’s Christmas Candlelight Tours. Costumed interpreters will depict holiday life, from the practices of the settlers in the 18th century to those living on antebellum plantations, in family-friendly theatrical scenarios. Food available for purchase.
Please note that Brattonsville Road will be closed from 2:30-9:30pm. Follow the detour signs.
Cost: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Youth 4-17 $6; 3 and under and CHM members free of charge.
Christmas in Charleston
See how Charleston’s most storied residences deck the halls, discover holiday traditions passed down from the city’s earliest families and hum along with Gullah spirituals and holiday tunes. Immerse yourself in Charleston’s history and holiday spirit with a holiday tour.
Edmonston-Alston House – Christmas 1860 – (Dec. 1 and 8, 2017)
Experience a Charleston Christmas as it was in the antebellum years. Discover the Edmondston-Alston House splendidly decorated for the holidays as living historians in period clothing give candlelight tours while retelling the story of Charleston’s opulent Christmas of 1860.
Joseph Manigault House – Charleston, SC – Dec. 6 – 31, 2017
The Garden Club of Charleston decks the halls of this magnificent house with creative arrangements made exclusively with live, historically accurate plant materials that would have cultivated in Charleston during the early 1800s. Learn about the holiday traditions enjoyed by the Joseph Manigault Family during special tours of the Adam-style dwelling.
At the Nathaniel Russell House, the dining room table is laden with sugared fruits, syllabubs, cakes and sweetmeats — popular fare of the early 1800s, when religious services and family meals were the crux of holiday celebrations. Candelight tours are offered throughout December. Visit the website for more information.
By the mid 1800s, the Aiken-Rhett House was one of Charleston’s most fashionable residences, and its owners embraced the budding popularity of decorated trees, a trend born of the Victorian Age, which is artfully recreated today.
Holiday Walking Tour of Historic Neighborhoods and Mills House Hotel, Charleston, SC
Charleston Strolls invites you to enjoy the holiday spirit and seasonal decorations! Tour where carriages and motor coaches are not allowed and take a fascinating stroll with stories and traditions revealing Charleston’s rich history and colorful past.