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10Best's Charleston Christmas Shopping Guide for 2015

What's not to adore about Charleston at Christmastime? Take in the sights, sounds, and scenes of a bustling southern town during the holidays with a shopping trip to the Holy City. You're in for a treat: the weather is (typically) warmer here, tempting you to stroll our historic streets and make the most out of your Christmas shopping mission. There's something for everyone in Charleston's varied shopping scene, with an emphasis on locally-made products.

Christmas shopping in Charleston is a dream: warm(er) weather, walkable streets, and friendly city markets make it easy to find a gift for anyone on your list. Second Sundays on King, a newer Charleston tradition, marks a monthly occasion where vendors provide special deals and King Street–the city's main shopping thoroughfare–transforms into a pedestrian-only area for much of its length.

When it comes to Charleston-made souvenirs that honor lowcountry traditions, you'll want to visit the Charleston City Market, while the Charleston Holiday Market, held in Marion Square, offers jewelry, artwork, and other handmade treasures. Any foodies on your list? Shop Charleston treats at Caviar & Bananas and Southern Season gourmet groceries, or pick up a stunning cheese plate–and all the accoutrements–from Goat. Sheep. Cow. Kids books and toys are in close company on Upper King at Blue Bicycle Books and Magnifilous Toy Emporium, while home goods and adult beverages go hand in hand at The Commons and The Charleston Beer Exchange–both located just off of Broad Street.

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Southern Season is now in Charleston, in addition to its locations across North Carolina and Virginia, including Raleigh, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, and Richmond. This food and gift store offers a massive selection of local and regional goods and...  Read More

Caviar & Bananas
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Shop every type of foodie gift imaginable at this gourmet grocery-meets high-end gift shop. After grabbing a build-your-own salad or sandwich for lunch, shop a large selection of wines, teas, and coffee, as well as small-batch sauces, smoked...  Read More

Blue Bicycle Books
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Do you have any reading lovers on your Christmas list this year? Don't miss stopping in at Charleston beloved little new, used, and rare book store on Upper King. Just look for a bike rack out front, a blue bike stacked with a few used books,...  Read More



Think you know a thing or two about beer? These guys know it better. Hit up the Charleston Beer Exchange and treat yourself--or a friend--to a rare foreign beer or one of Charleston's best local brews. In fact, CBX is one of our top...  Read More



Who doesn't love cheese? Or better yet, who doesn't love wine and cheese and fresh baked breads and chocolate? Goat. Sheep. Cow., named for the producing animals of their cheese varieties, supplies everything you need to throw a Christmas or...  Read More



This joyous tradition of closing King Street down to car traffic and making way for pedestrians and sidewalk seating began in 2010. Since then, thousands of locals and visitors alike come out to shop, eat, drink, and stroll down King Street on...  Read More

The Commons
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This chic home goods store is easy to miss, hidden in a picturesque little courtyard just off of Broad Street downtown, but not easy to forget. The Commons, owned by two friends with a background in textile design, is an inspiring collection of...  Read More



Visit the Magnifilous Toy Emporium on Upper King Street for Charleston's biggest and best collection of toys, tricks, and games for imaginations of all ages! Husband and wife team Blane and Nancy Sommer opened this lively toy shop in 2012, and...  Read More

Charleston City Market
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The Charleston City Market is our top recommendation for local Christmas and holiday shopping in the Holy City. Head here early to beat some of the crowds, and peruse the hundreds of vendor stalls within this covered historic market. Equipped...  Read More

Charleston Farmers Market
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Head to the Charleston Farmers Market and Holiday Magic Market December 6th through 21st, Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 4pm for holiday themed festivities, tree lighting, locally made gifts, music, and more! This longstanding Charleston tradition...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

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