Gift Shops

7. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
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Rock legend Jimmy Buffet owns two stores, one in Key West and the other one here in Charleston. Not surprisingly, this store specializes in that laid-back style of clothing and gifts synonymous with Buffet. Expect to find island-wear of all types for both men and women.

6. Charleston Gardens

Grand selection of English-inspired garden furnishings, including statuaries, fountains, ironwork, topiaries, and hand-crafted pottery. Also has a nice selection of tools, books, paintings and prints. An absolute must for those whose gardens are their sanctuaries.

5. The Silver Puffin

Domestic and imported pottery, mirrors, glassware and jewelry. Large selection of unique cards. A great place for gifts or unique home accessories. The owners will gladly ship your purchases anywhere.

4. Out of Hand - The Art of Creating

Distinctive and lovely gifts, collectibles, prints and accessories for the home are offered at this shop run by a group of very creative and talented women. Beautiful hand-made invitations, flowers and unique rental items for that special occasion are available. Selection of jewelry and handbags offered as well.

3. Worthwhile

Conveniently located on King Street, Worthwhile is a great place to find unique, sometimes humorous, gifts, home accents and wonderfully unusual women's and children's clothing. Their friendly staff will help you with any questions and ship your order, if need be.

2. Bohicket Marina Village
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A strong presence for local leisure activities, Bohicket Marina lies between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. In addition to its many docks and slips, the marina offers a variety of services for boaters and is a center for cruises, fishing expeditions, coastal tours, and other water sports. A few restaurants provide not only terrific food but great views of the marina, and a number of local shops present folks the opportunity to placate their spending urges while they browse the area.

1. Boone Hall Farms
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The café at Boone Hall Farms market serves huge slabs of cake – the chocolate is absolutely sinful, and the spicy, tender carrot cake has a thick layer of cream cheese icing that has to be seen to be believed. There's also ice cream and a few home baked cookies and brownies, if you'd rather. Before you indulge in all that, take a peek around the store, where you'll find an assortment of clever gifts, wine, produce and gourmet foods. And if time permits, this is a great place for lunch, with satisfying sandwiches, soups, and chilidogs. Free WiFi too.