The Ultimate List Of Charleston Online Gift Ideas

The Ultimate List Of Charleston Online Gift Ideas

We found the best of the best when it comes to gifts and shopping online in Charleston, SC. Whether you are shopping online for yourself or planning on sending a historic Charleston gift to a friend, we have the ultimate gift guide everything Charleston!

Do you like the convenience of shopping online but have a yen for the distinctiveness of locally crafted products?

We at Lowcountry Style and Living have a deep seated passion for traditional, personal and handmade items. We have compiled a list of our favorite products from Charleston that you can order from home to have delivered to your front door step. We think our suggestions will be especially helpful as we approach the holiday season (or any season, really).

Whether it’s something delicious or a work of art and craftsmanship (or both) we think you will love what these artisans in Charleston are creating. We all know that Charleston is on the cutting edge of many things, particularly in the worlds of food, art, culture and shopping. So if you can’t get to Charleston, you can always bring some of Charleston to you. 

Below You Will Find Our Guide To Online Shopping In Charleston, SC

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

Croghan’s Jewel Box

The What: Housed in an 18th century building selling high end antiques, estate jewelry, designer jewelry and gifts. Family run business for over 100 years. Items can be returned within 7 days. Great customer service.

Noted for its Goldbug Collection of pins, pendants, cuffs, key chains (and much more) which elevates the unwelcome guest in Charleston (the cockroach) to an art form. Inspiration for the collection came from Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Gold Bug,” written while stationed at Fort Moultrie. A distinctive, six-legged memento of the Holy City.

What we sampled

  • Goldbug Tiny Bug Stud Earrings – 18k yellow gold – plated pewter with postbacks. (Tip: The bugs can’t swim – don’t swim, shower or sleep with them.)
  • Goldbug Cufflinks. 14k yellow gold plated pewter. (Same tip.)

Croghan’s Jewel Box
308 King Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 723-3594
https://www.croghansjewelbox.com/

Family run business for over 100 years

Brackish Bow Ties

The What: Men’s bow ties, pocket squares, plum thicket pins, cummerbunds, feather cufflinks. Women’s feather cuff bracelets, feather earrings.

Incorporating feathers from peacocks, guineas pheasants and geese.

If you’ve ever watched The Good Place, Ted Danson’s character Michael wore some great bowties. His peacock was from Brackish. Bill Murray wore a Brackish bow tie at the Oscars in 2014. Designs have also been worn by Blake Lively, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Cam Newton.

What we sampled:

  • Turner – named after Jim Turner, a basketball coach from the high school of one of the co-founders. Bow tie made of peacock feathers. Center wrap is black grosgrain. Arrives in a hand-branded, pine gift box with instructions for care.
  • Gault Statement Earrings – named after the grandmother or one of the co – founders. Crafted with goose feathers and pheasant feathers. Arrives in a hand branded pine gift box with a suede lined jewelry bag and instructions on how to care for your earrings.

Observation: These are work intensive products. Every feather is handpicked by an artisan, making no two pieces alike. All feather accessories are washable.

Brackish Bow Ties
Charleston, SC
(843) 469-8833
https://www.brackishbowties.com/

Incorporating feathers from peacocks, guineas pheasants and geese

J. Stark

The What: A bag and luggage brand. Timeless, sturdy, durable luggage bags, briefcases, backpacks, tote bags, travel bags, wallets. Aesthetically minimalist and functional.

Named for the James Dean character in the movie, Rebel Without a Cause.

What we sampled:

  • Catawba Weekender – perfect for trips of two to three days. Four exterior pockets and one large interior pocket as well as a bottom width sized to fit an extra pair of shoes. Throw in your trunk, the overhead compartment, or even under the airplane seat. Adjustable leather shoulder strap and shorter leather handles.
  • Tremont Wine Tote – two collapsible interior wine sleeves make the bag endlessly adaptable. Can be used as a lunch bag, a 64 oz growler tote or a carry-all for a whiskey bottle and glasses.

Observation: Love the bridle leather handles, will probably last a lifetime.

J. Stark
189 King Street
Suite 100
Charleston, SC
(843) 813-0433
https://starkmade.com/

Named for the James Dean character in the movie

Norton and Hodges

The What: A company specializing in women’s luxury accessories inspired by Africa. Works with small family farms in Texas, South Africa and Namibia. The company is committed to conservation and sustainability. They maintain the highest ethical standards in the sourcing of any fur or feathers: no endangered or threatened species are used in any products.

What we sampled:

  • Wild Kalahari Silk Scarf – handwoven and naturally dyed from wild-harvest kalahari silk, handmade in Namibia by female artisans. Beautiful colors – dyes only from natural products such as beets, onions, turmeric, pressed flowers and berries.
  • Prosperity Bangle – a bracelet made of solid brass and hand cast in Ghana, West Africa. Features a narrow opening and a snug fit. (Tip: definitely for a petite wrist.)

Observation: If you’re looking for unique and original accessories and enjoy supporting women artisans, then this is a good fit.

Norton and Hodges
3 Broad Street, Suite 315
Charleston, SC
(888) 926-2634
https://nortonandhodges.com/

women’s luxury accessories inspired by Africa

HOME

Smithy Ironware Company

The What: Creating and sharing a cast iron cookware line that honors the classic style of vintage pieces but channels modern technology and processes. Their motto: “New cast iron with an old soul.”

What we sampled

  • No. 8 Cast Iron Skillet – your everyday skillet/pan. When seasoned, it becomes naturally non-stick. Chemical free, long life span, easy to clean, can be used in the stove and oven.

Observation: a great skillet – keeps food warm as it holds heat for a considerable length of time.

Smithey Ironware Company
1465 Pipefitter Street
North Charleston, SC
(843) 619-0082
https://smithey.com/

New cast iron with an old soul

Rewined Candles

The What: Caters to lovers of the grape with wine scented candles: chardonnay, cabernet, pinot noir, zinfandel, rose, champagne, and much more. Even candles to mimic your favorite cocktails: manhattan, margarita, cosmopolitan, etc. Soaps too!

What we sampled:

  • Champagne candle – we doubted – but – notes of white grape, citrus and honey. Thought it was New Year’s Eve.
  • Rose Soap – some peach, rose petals and hint of spice. Refreshing and different.

Tip – based on our quality experience, we are going to purchase a Wine Under the Tree for Christmas. A seasonal candle with blue spruce and bright citrus. Start some new holiday traditions and memories.

Rewined Candles
4500 Goer Drive
North Charleston, SC
(843) 718-1171
https://www.shop-rewined.com/

candles to mimic your favorite cocktails

The Joggle Factory

The What: Designs and builds authentic and classically-styled joggling boards for your patio, garden, porch or even indoors. Custom-built using sustainable, locally harvested lumber. Joggling boards are functional pieces of furniture that can take the place of two rocking chairs and not make your porch look crowded.

A little history: This old-fashioned piece of furniture was brought to America in the early 1800’s by Scotch immigrants settling in the South. The story of their role in 19th century Southern courtship has the right touch of charm to make anyone want one. Traditionally, the gentleman would sit near one rocker end, the lady near to the other, and they would gently “joggle” their way toward one another in the middle. Should their hips touch in the middle, they would live happily ever after. It is said that there has never been an unmarried daughter with a joggling board on the porch.

What we sampled

  • Alert! This  was not a purchase. We only experienced it at the store. 10’ Joggling Board – 10 long, top board 12 inches wide, seat height 23 inches, overall height 32 inches, sits 2-3 people. Lots of fun, lots of relaxation, nice sway. (Tip – everything you need to assemble it is included, except a hammer or mallet, and a wet rag.)

The Joggle Factory
8215 Palmetto Road
Edisto Island, SC
(843) 200-2073
https://thejogglefactory.com/

classically-styled joggling boards for your patio

Charleston Shucker Company

The What: Specializing in premium, personalized, oyster shuckers and fish fillet knives, the essentials of the Southern lifestyle. Maybe every house in the Lowcountry has an oyster shucker, they are so ubiquitous that they can even be found in the hardware stores, but Charleston Shucker Company provides a more personal option.

What we sampled:

  • Charleston Shucker – high performance oyster knife with non slip grip. Opening a raw oyster was never so easy. Complimentary sheath and burlap pouch. Free engraving on both sides of the blade.

Charleston Shucker Company
Mount Pleasant, SC
(843) 819-9070
https://charlestonshuckerco.com/

premium, personalized, oyster shuckers and fish fillet knives

The Boutique Charleston

The What: Southern charm, Charleston chic. A multi-faceted shop featuring home furnishings, tableware, linens, apparel, and gifts since the 1950’s. Rooted in Southern tradition. Unique Lowcountry gifts.

What we sampled:

  • Oyster salt cellar – a nice coastal accessory for your home. This cast oyster shell salt cellar and spoon is a delightful way to serve salt to your guests.
  • Upland Game Bird Highball Glasses – stylish glasses etched with images of a Quail, Pheasant, Ruffled Grouse, and Turkey. Graceful, vivid and high craftsmanship.

Observation: Super customer service.

The Boutique Charleston
141 Broad Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-1491
https://theboutiquecharleston.com/

Southern charm, Charleston chic. A multi-faceted shop

The Island Bazaar

The What: Homeware is a big deal in the Lowcountry and the Island Bazaar is the place to go with its outstanding selection of timeless, mid-century modern pieces and funky finds. They also sell quirky novelties, handmade goods, crafts, stylish rocks, and gemstones.

What we sampled:

  • Oyster plate, Ceramic Round, Lavender – perfect for serving raw oysters, scallops or your own seafood creation. Your pick of six dashing colors.
  • Artifacts Rattan Round Bowl – hand woven by local artisans using Burmese Rattan which is natural and sustainable. Can be used as a storage box or basket. Sophisticated coloring – honey brown, espresso, white wash. Easy to maintain, clean with a deep cloth.

The Island Bazaar
123 Camp Road
Charleston, SC
(843) 212-6717
https://www.theislandbazaar.com/

Homeware is a big deal in the Lowcountry

BOOKS

Blue Bicycle Books

The What: Used, rare, local. A treasure trove of pretty much every Charleston book ever written.

What we sampled:

  • Glimpse of Charleston by David AvRutick – a beautiful photographic essay on the architectural splendor of Charleston.
  • Gullah Cuisine – recipes of famed chef Charlotte Jenkins, narrative by William P. Baldwin. Photographs and art create a visual experience. A glimpse into the world of the Gullah people.

Observation: easy online ordering, wide variety of South Carolina books, helpful staff. Iconic blue bicycle in front of the shop is always stacked with the tastiest reads.

Blue Bicycle Books
420 King Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-2666
https://bluebicyclebooks.com/

A treasure trove of pretty much every Charleston book

BEAUTY AND WELLNESS

Old Whaling Company

The What: Crafting handmade bath and body products inspired by the sea.

What we sampled:

  • Coastal Calm Bar Soap – relaxing fragrance of fresh ocean with a touch of florals. Colored with indigo powder that makes the bar a light blue/grey color. Great creamy lather that can be used for shaving.
  • Bergamot and Grapefruit Bath Bomb – if you like to soak in a bath, this product will bring you to another level. A relaxing soak, revitalizing the senses and cleansing the skin.

Observation: If you want fresh, fragrant and coastal then then you owe it to yourself to check their offerings.

Old Whaling Company
43 Broad Street Suite 101
Charleston, SC
(843) 619-7799
https://www.oldwhalingcompany.com/

Crafting handmade bath and body products inspired by the sea

Steel Birch

The What: Botanical skincare and wellness products. Handcrafted and toxin free. Steel Birch doesn not have a retail store, however some products are available at The Restoration Hotel, 75 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC.

What we sampled:

  • Lavender Basil Hand and Body Wash – a blend of English lavender and sweet basil oils. This is a wash for everyone in the family. Deep cleanse. No synthetics.
  • Wildflower Atmosphere Spray – a few sprays will fill your room with the aroma of wildflowers and earthy sweet frankincense. Packed with antibacterial and disinfectant properties to eliminate odors and bacteria. Found it to be very effective.

Observation: socially conscious company. 5% of every purchase is donated to a recovery fund to aid those caught up in substance abuse.

Steel Birch
Charleston, SC
(864) 906-9902
https://steelbirch.com/

Botanical skincare and wellness products

FOOD, BEVERAGES, MIXES AND MORE

Charleston Specialty Foods

The What: Every Charleston/Lowcountry food you could crave is here. 35 years and going strong. From benne wafers to shrimp and grits and beyond.

What we sampled:

  • Snack Basket – salt water taffy, dried okra chips, benne wafers, South Carolina peanuts, pecan praline halves, Carolina Kettle potato chips, gummy bears, milk chocolate pretzel balls. You get the idea.

Tip: before ordering alway check for a promo code. Last time we got 20% off the regular price.

Charleston Specialty Foods
2408 Ashley River Road Unit Q
Charleston, SC
(843) 744-8991
https://www.charlestonspecialtyfoods.com/

Every Charleston/Lowcountry food you could crave is here

King Bean Coffee Roasters

The What: Bringing quality coffee to the South since 1994. Originated by founder Kurt Weinberger in his parent’s garage.

What we sampled:

  • High Vibe – a vibrant sip with tastes of fig and milk chocolate. Not your ordinary cup of Joe.
  • Twenty Strong – a full bodied grind with notes of cocoa and dark berry. This has become a regular cup at Lowcountry Style and Living.

Tip: want something different? Give them a call, they will work to meet your desire.

King Bean
3939 Dorchester Road
North Charleston, SC
(843) 722-7650
https://kingbean.com/

Bringing quality coffee to the South since 1994

Charleston Tea Plantation

The What: Only commercial tea plantation in the United States. Owned by Bigelow tea. Nine different teas: black, green, and several flavored options.

What we sampled:

  • Charleston Pyramid Bag Sampler – American Classic, Earl Grey, Raspberry, Peach, Island Green, Charleston Breakfast. Quality, flavorful, soothing teas.

Tip: the Peach makes for an especially tasty iced tea.

Charleston Tea Plantation
6617 Maybank Highway
Wadmalaw Island, SC
(843) 559-0383
https://charlestonteagarden.com/

Only commercial tea plantation in the United States

Bittermilk

The What: Handcrafted cocktail mixers concocted by bartenders and, as they say on their website, “made by humans with real ingredients carefully crafted in small batches.”

What we sampled:

  • Charred Grapefruit Tonic – this is a gold standard cocktail mixer. Fresh lemon/lime juice, Florida Cane Sugar, charred grapefruit peel, cinchona bark (natural quinine flavor) and Bulls Bay sea salt. Once you mix this with your rum, vodka or gin, your life will be changed.
  • Tom Collins with Elderflowers Hops – a refreshing mix with floral and citrus notes. Centennial hops make the difference. Best with vodka or gin.

Tip: if you have PRIME you can purchase Bittermilk products at Amazon and save on shipping. If you don’t, the shipping costs will be well worth it.

Bittermilk
3354 Hill Park Drive
North Charleston, SC
(843) 641-0455
https://bittermilk.com/

Handcrafted cocktail mixers concocted by bartenders

Lowcountry Olive Oil

The What: Sixty olive oils and vinegars with over 50% blended and infused in Charleston, many exclusive to the Lowcountry. Only one of it’s kind to receive the South Carolina Certified Seal. Supports local artisans and regional, family-owned olive farms.

What we sampled:

  • Two Bottle Basket with Spouts – choice of an olive oil and a vinegar. We went with the Butter Infused Olive Oil: a taste explosion over roasted corn, shrimp, crab, and popcorn (yes, popcorn). For vinegar, we chose the Blood Orange Infused Dark Balsamic Vinegar: great with salads, hamburgers, lamb chops, and ice cream (yes, as with the popcorn).

Observation: Two and four packs are packaged in a wicker bamboo basket that is a treat in itself.

Lowcountry Olive Oil
272 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 297-0462
https://www.lowcountryoliveoil.com/

Sixty olive oils and vinegars with over 50% blended and infused in Charleston

Grey Ghost Bakery

The What: A small, family-owned baking company that is prized for its hand-formed, made from scratch cookies. Premium ingredients: unbleached flour, European style butter, pure cane sugar, whole eggs. Family recipes passed through generations. Named after the Grey Ghost, a South Carolina friendly spirit that warns residents of impending storms.

What we sampled:

  • Sample Pack – 8 Lemon Sugar cookies, 8 Chocolate Chip cookies, 8 Molasses Spice cookies, 8 Chocolate Espresso cookies, 4 Almond Toffee cookies, 4 Bourbon cookies. Please don’t ask for our favorite; we think it was a tie for the top spot between all.

Tip: Friends have told us that the Pumpkin Roll with cream cheese filling has been a great hit for Halloween and Thanksgiving. We trust them and just put our order in.

Grey Ghost Bakery
1028 Wappoo Road
Charleston, SC
(803) 238-1123
https://greyghostbakery.com/

A small, family-owned baking company

Lillie’s of Charleston

The What: Southern and Lowcountry BBQ sauces, hot sauces and spice mixers. Family owned. Motto: “may you never feel unwanted, unloved or hungry.” Since 1985. No brick and mortar store, Lillie’s is all about very efficient online ordering. 

What we sampled:

  • Special Blend All Purpose Sauce – thick, flavorful blend. We used it as a seafood marinade for flounder and shrimp. Whisk it into your eggs before scrambling to brighten your day. Drizzled some on a Lowcountry Boil and it worked.
  • Combo Spice Pack – the “Hissy Fit” and “Ho Lotta” add spice and fire to meats, seafood and vegetables.

Tip: Don’t reach for the salt shaker, try “Hissy Fit” instead.

Lilie’s of Charleston
Charleston, SC
(843) 402 9787
https://www.lilliesofcharleston.com/

Southern and Lowcountry BBQ sauces

Box of Charleston

The What: A box of local, not just for locals. Tapping into Charleston’s rich culinary history, these boxes are filled with the best food products the city has to offer. Well over 50 products.

What we sampled:

  • Soups and Cornbread (a “warmth” box) – 13 bean super soup, Lowcountry lentil soup, three bean chili, triple pea plus one, skillet cornbread. If you like soup, this will hit the spot.

Observation: don’t worry this is not a subscription box, they only send what you order. Everything is done online, but they are quick to respond to emails.

Tip: Feeling creative? Peruse all the products and then create your own box.

A box of local, not just for locals

Olde Colony Bakery

The What: Oldest family-operated bakery in historic Charleston area. Rich Southern heritage and unique Lowcountry specialties. Known for Original Charleston Benne Wafers, Benne Cheese Zingers, Pecan Pinchies, Carolina Key Lime Cookies, Cream bread and Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

What we sampled:

  • 1 lb Original Charleston Benne Wafer Bag – Benne is the Bantu word for sesame which was brought from East Africa and planted extensively throughout the south. Olde Colony’s recipe dates back over 100 years and is believed to be the original Benne Wafer recipe. This was a salty, sweet, crunchy experience. These wafers are ideal for a snack or dessert. (Tip: Keep indoors in a dry cool place. For best taste, consume within 6 months.)

Olde Colony Bakery
519 Wando Lane
Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 216-3232
https://www.oldecolonybakery.com/

Oldest family-operated bakery in historic Charleston

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.

The What: Small batch cordials, syrups, tonics, bitters and grenadines expertly blended and packaged. Taking long forgotten staples of the American bar and reinventing them to provide singular drinking experiences.

What we sampled:

  • Aromatic Bitters – burnt cane sugar syrup as a base to build a complex taste with citrus and winter spice notes. A great addition to your Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
  • Sweet Tea Syrup – add this to some vodka and lemon for a special, refreshing drink. Also at home with bourbon.

Tip: If you indulge a little too much the night before, add some generous drops of the Aromatic Bitters to soda water or ginger ale in the morning. You will be surprised how much better you will feel.

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.
164 Market Street Suite 189
Charleston, SC
(843) 814-9286
https://jackrudycocktailco.com/

Small batch cordials, syrups, tonics, bitters and grenadines

Christophe Artisan Chocolatier & Patissier

The What: The owner learned his trade in his father’s patisserie in Toulouse, France. Satisfies the cravings of his loyal customers with impeccable renditions of chocolate, truffles, pastries and French-style macaroons as well as chocolate sculptures and custom logo chocolates.

What we sampled:

  • 27 Piece Tower of Chocolate – 3 tier box of 27 pieces of hand painted or hand rolled chocolate truffles. Comes in a classy box secured by a ribbon. Each piece is chocolate Nirvana.

Observation: These are incredibly crafted; each piece is a work of art and a culinary delight. If “life is like a box of chocolates,” I want mine to be from Christophe. 

Christophe Artisan Chocolatier & Patissier
90 Society Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 297-8674
https://christophechocolatier.com/

chocolate, truffles, pastries and French-style macaroons

Gullah Gourmet

The what: As they say on the website: “Nothing Speaks Charleston like Gullah Gourmet.” Handmade Lowcountry food mixes that are quick, easy and delicious and will give you a taste of Gullah culture.

What we sampled:

  • Gullah Gullah Gumbo – luscious with a jolt. Just add water. We found it to perfectly complement shrimp and kielbasa sausage. Bag comes complete with rice and sauce. Feeds 4 to 6 people.
  • Friday Night Fish Fry – this batter does wonders with fresh fish. We tried it with flounder and whiting. But the sleeper was slathering it on scallops! Can’t be beat.

Gullah Gourmet
95 Tall Oak Avenue
Charleston, SC
(843) 556-0333
https://www.gullahgourmet.com/

Nothing Speaks Charleston like Gullah Gourmet

High Wire Distilling

The What: Premium, handcrafted, small-batch spirits. They use heritage grains in their bourbon and rye, reflecting one of the co-founder’s past as a baker. Creative spirits with a culinary approach.

What we sampled:

  • New Southern Revival Brand Rye – 75% abruzzi, an heirloom rye that originally comes from Italy but grows well in the South.The rye also uses heirloom corn. Doesn’t have a lot of bite, which we appreciated. It starts with a nuttiness and finishes a little sweet. Great in a Manhattan, a Sazerac or an Old Fashioned, but it’s such an easy-drinking sipper that you can drink it neat.
  • New Southern Revival Brand Straight Bourbon Whiskey – made with 100% Jimmy Red Corn, a rare varietal that almost became extinct. High Distillery worked with Clemson University to spark a resurgence in this corn breed that once had been used by coastal moonshiners. This is an interesting drink but definitely not for the shy.

High Wire Distilling Co.
311 Huger Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 755-4664
http://highwiredistilling.squarespace.com/

Premium, handcrafted, small-batch spirits

Food For the Southern Soul

The What: From shrimp sauce and dry rubs to stone ground grits, Charleston Gold Rice and artichoke relish, this is a place keeping soulful Southern food alive in Charleston and the Lowcountry. Their products are available in national retail markets and online, making sure that everyone has access to soulful Southern food.

What we sampled:

  • Okra Soup – freshly pickled okra simmered with diced onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, fresh basil, thyme and parsley. Can be a stand alone but we added some cooked shrimp and served it over rice. If you’ve never had okra soup you will be in for a mouth-watering surprise.
  • Wild Game Marinade – blend of molasses, worcestershire, teriyaki, soy, rosemary, garlic and pepper. We tried it with quail and it accentuated the meat without overpowering it. (Tip: Wild Game Marinade does wonders with the not-so-wild pork loin. Whatever you use, we found it best to let it marinate overnight.)

Food For the Southern Soul
1030 Jenkins Road
Charleston, SC
(800) 538-0003
https://www.foodforthesouthernsoul.com/

keeping soulful Southern food alive in Charleston and the Lowcountry

We have two more flavorful purveyors of Charleston food products: Lowcountry Kettle Potato Chips and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. Both were previously reviewed on our site. Go to Lowcountry Style and Living – Food & Drink – Best Food Gifts To send from South Carolina. Both have products that should be mainstays for your taste of Charleston online.

Charleston’s retail terrain is made particularly pleasing by the prevalence of independent stores and artisans. There is something of interest for every taste from gifts, boutiques, jewelry, housewares, books and food products. We all know the phrase, “shop ‘til you drop,” but in this digital age you can do it from the comfort of your home. Have fun!