2018 Charleston Gift Guide

Happy Holidays to you & yours!


For December’s blog post, we are sharing a list of Christmas gifts with the utmost southern charm. After all it is the season of giving! And what better way to kick off this season of selflessness than to support local businesses while giving someone you know something they’d love?! And yes, that is a shoutout to that feeling when you know you nailed a gift for someone and you can’t wait for them to open it. Maybe this person you love is local, maybe they love Charleston, or maybe they have always wanted to visit. Either way, these gifts are both Charleston made and Charleston inspired, and they are looking to be loved by the ones you love both near and far!

Charleston Gift Guide including Locally Made goods

1.

The Very Charleston book by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler is the perfect something for someone who dreams of visiting Charleston or falls in love with its charm everyday. It offers beautiful illustrations of the ins and outs of this stunning city, and can be purchased at Lulu Burgess on King St.


Charleston Gift Ideas - Very Charleston

Charleston Gift Ideas - Earrings

2.

J. Mills is a Charleston local jeweler, and you can find her delicate pieces at Lulu Burgess on King St. Her jewelry features lots of sea-blues and iridescent accents inspired by the Charleston’s coastal lowcountry.


3.

Our friends at Charleston Candle Co. create beautiful hand-poured soy candles! Each scent is inspired by the delightful aromas of the southeast. For example, the Church Street candle offers the lovely smell of Jasmine reminiscent of a downtown stroll. Available for purchase at The Community.

Photo by Julie Livingston Photography

Photo by Julie Livingston Photography


Charleston Gift Ideas

4.

Charleston is pretty sweet; however, Charleston’s Own Salt Water Taffy is even sweeter! This would make a great housewarming or hostess gift. The taffies feature bright pastels similar to the colors of the Holy City, and flavors that are just as yummy as they are pretty!


5.

This Hemming Birds clutch is very bright, very floral, and very Charleston! The play on pastels and rich floral hues capture the flower-filled, colorful tones throughout the city. Even on rainy days it is hard for this city to not feel colorful! This is another local maker, and her clutch’s and baby bibs can be found at The Community.

Charleston Gift Ideas - locally made clutch

Charleston Gift Ideas - locally made earrings

6.

Br. Design Co. at Cannonborough Collective brings you these lovely, Charleston green statement piece earrings. We do not do anything subtle here in this colorful city, and these bold statement earrings are no exception! Both contemporary and charming, these earrings will have heads turning.


7.

Start your day off extra bright (pun-intended) and early , with Texture Design Co.’s Rainbow Row mug. It will add color to any muggy wintery day, and is perfect for coffee, hot chocolate, eggnog, or tea. The mug can be purchased on our website and in store at Lulu Burgess Boutique or Cannonborough Collective.

Charleston Gift Ideas - rainbow row mug

Charleston Gift Ideas - Callie's biscuits

8.

Nothing says southern like biscuits, and what could be better than sweet potato biscuits! Send a package of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits to your friends or better yet, grab a gift card to Callie’s restaurant Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit.


9.

Who doesn’t love a great T-shirt, especially when it comes in a mint color AND features your favorite city!? Yep, pretty much in love with this Tee by Graefic Design. Check out more of her products at Cannonborough Collective.

Charleston Gift Ideas - chs t shirt

Charleston Gift Ideas - pineapple dog collar

10.

And for all the dog-lovers, what could be cuter than this Charleston-inspired pineapple dog collar by CrewLaLa?! Purchase a coordinating bow or bow-tie for a little added flair! Visit their store in West Ashley or shop at Cannonborough Collective downtown!


We hope you have a very merry and cozy holiday season!

Xo
Alexandra

Recap of the Southern Select Pop Up Shop!

The very first Southern Select Pop Up Shop was held March 10th and 11th at the Cigar Factory in downtown Charleston. It was an exciting event full of great brands, fun activities, delicious snacks, and fabulous people! I'd say it was a success!

You may be wondering, "What is Southern Select?" Great question! Southern Select is a "thoughtfully curated selection of the best in baby, child, and lifestyle dreamt up by the next generation of Southern talent." Future pop ups will be held in other cities across the south, so be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook

Today on the blog, I wanted to give you a visual recap of the event with links to some of the amazing brands. For those that could not attend or do not live close by, here is your chance to see a glimpse of the weekend!

Texture Design Co.

Pictured above is our table space. I always enjoy the challenge of setting up! It is like a puzzle making all the pieces work together! Check out our Etsy shop to order any of the products pictured! (Or come visit us at the shop...218 B King Street.)

The Blue Root

Next to us was our friend Melissa of the The Blue Root. She creates the most beautiful curated gift boxes packed full of Charleston made products! Be sure to check out our #FollowFriday post we did with her last year! Love her company's mission:

"Our mission is to feature artisans who work endless hours honing in and perfecting their craft and presenting their talent in a wood keepsake box to help celebrate those special moments in life."

Seed Factory

In front of our table was Seed Factory, a baby boutique with a brick & mortar in Atlanta, GA. Their colorful collection of baby goods was absolutely adorable! If you live in Georgia, be sure to check out their shop on Howell Mill Road!

Templeton Silver

Our friend, Nikki Wood, was all set up with her amazing Templeton Silver pacifier clips! We featured her company a few months back on our #FollowFriday blog. The greatest thing about Templeton Silver pacifier clips is that the naturally antimicrobial silver beads have 85% less bacteria than other cloth or plastic clips! AND the clips turn into bracelets for mom when baby outgrows them!

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Suite 33 Charleston

I'm telling you, this pop-up was so fun because it was so many small business friends! Do you remember us talking about Emily Papuga of Suite 33? She had her beautiful pillows and bags all on display! I love all of her new patterns!

Modern South Art
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Modern South Studio

Cory McBee is the talented artist behind Modern South Studio. She has a lovely collection of modern graphic prints and abstract paintings! We were all swooning over her paintings at the show. I love her use of color with large strokes. You can find a few more of Cory's pieces in the stairwell at our shop!

Casuarina Fine Jewelry

Pretty sure these pictures speak for themselves! Simple, chic, eye-catching pieces all on display and available through Casuarina! Harriet Gilmore is the designer behind this line. She also happens to be a native to the Mt Pleasant area!

Hausful

Hausful is the newest modern home decor store in the Charleston area. They set up a little portion of their shop at the front of the pop-up! If you like clean lines, pops of colors, functionality, and sleek edges...go check out their brick & mortar shop on Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Leigh Webber

Leigh Webber

Fine art photographer, Leigh Webber, was also in attendance displaying her beautiful "Dive In" series! Each of the photographs makes you feel the sun, sand, and salt air vibes!

Wash With Water

Wash With Water

This beautiful set up of organic skincare greeted guests as they walked in the pop-up shop. Wash with Water creates natural soap, lotion and shampoo products for babies, kids and adults! Personally, I'm excited to try the baby products when Baby Kirby arrives this summer!

hemming birds baby bibs

Hemming Birds

If you follow us on Instagram, you know we're a huge fan of the bibs created by Charleston company, Hemming Birds! You can find a selection of their products at our shop as well! Their booth looked amazing at the pop-up! Fun fact, HB is another small business we interviewed on the blog last year!

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Love Lane Designs

Love Lane Designs

If you have a little one that loves to dress up, then you MUST check out Love Lane Designs. Her set up of carefully crafted costumes immediately captures your imagination! Designed in Savannah, each piece is a beautiful work of art carefully screen printed and sewn together! Be sure to visit the online shop to view the whole collection.

As you can see, it was a lovely event! This is only a portion of the vendors represented at the Charleston Southern Select Pop Up! I wish I had time to snap more pics, but definitely follow along with @SouthernSelectPopUp to learn of more great brands in the South!

Have a great day!
Emily

Follow Friday: Templeton Silver

I love sharing incredible companies with you on our #FollowFriday posts. Today is no exception! In the interview below, we are talking to Nikki Wood of Templeton Silver! Her product is genius, and makes for a wonderful baby gift for any mom! Without further ado, I'll let Nikki tell you more below! Be sure to follow her on Instagram @TempletonSilver.

Templeton Silver
Owner: Nikki Wood
Products: Sterling silver pacifier clips

TDC: Tell us a little about how Templeton Silver got started, and the inspiration behind the idea.
TS:  I owned my own handmade beaded jewelry company for about ten years with my jewelry in boutiques all over the southeast. I had a childhood friend approach me about taking over their business. They made sterling and beaded pacifier clips that turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage. She started the company when she was trying to find a cute pacifier clip that didn’t get dirty and "germy". They say that necessity is the mother of invention so they came up with the amazing concept of Templeton Silver’s unique clips as being:

1. A pacifier clips
2. That it also becomes a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage.  

The two owners (who were sisters) both had children and couldn’t give the business the time and energy it needed. I thought the idea was absolutely genius. There is a ton of competition with making jewelry and this opportunity came to me at the perfect time. I’ve always loved children and have always wanted to do something in the children’s industry. I ended up taking over the company about 3 years ago and basically revamped and expanded everything. They had a few different styles of clips (that were amazing and adorable) but I took my jewelry background and came up with different collections of clips and named them after all my best friend’s kid’s names.  It was a perfect fit for me. So, in 2013 I made Templeton Silver my own and it’s grown in leaps and bounds since!

TDC: I bet that was a huge undertaking!  What has been your favorite part about running the company for the past three years?
TS:  I absolutely love the fact that each day I learn something new and with each new day comes new opportunities. Every day I wake up and am excited about all the things that lie ahead and are waiting for me and my company. Whether it’s finding an amazing new boutique to be in, an awesome new mom who loves our products, or finding amazing people and shops on Instagram like Textured Design Co to collaborate with.  It’s really fun!

TDC: Templeton Silver is known for its sterling silver pacifier clips, and customers can choose from a number of beautiful beaded chains as well. What do you think sets your products apart from others out there?
TS:  Such a great question!  There are so many amazing and adorable pacifier clips out there. Templeton Silver pacifier clips are unique in that not only are they pacifier clips, but they turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage (*patent pending) and they have 85% less bacteria than cloth or plastic pacifier clips bc silver is naturally antimicrobial. We try and have a different styles and color options so there is a perfect fit for each mommy and baby. All our clips are cpsc and cpscia tested which means we have had our clips tested in a child safety testing laboratory. We care about making sure your baby is safe!

TDC: All your products are available online. Can they also be purchase in any retail stores?
TS:  Yes! We are in over 200 high end baby boutiques

TDC: Is there anything you’d like to share with us about the future of Templeton Silver?
TS:  We are so excited about the future of Templeton Silver and what it holds.  We have a few ideas up our sleeve, so you’ll have to follow along in the new year and see what those are :)

TDC: All of Templeton Silver’s products are designed and handcrafted here in Charleston, SC.  What are some of your favorite things to do in Charleston? Any favorite spots in the Holy City?
TS:  I grew up in Charleston. I went to college at University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and came right back to Charleston after I graduated. I swear I have a love affair with my home town. Love going to the beach, anything on the water, anything outside really (because there are no bad views in our amazing city). I’ve always loved just being downtown.  There’s something magical about our Holy City!

TDC: And finally, our favorite question… is there a Charleston restaurant you’re really loving right now?
TS:  Fig never ever gets old, does it!?  and Xiao Bao Biscuit is always a must.

Be sure to follow along with Nikki to see what she has in store for the future of Templeton Silver, and check out the image below for more details! 

Happy Friday everyone!
-Emily and Abby