Our Insider experts scoured the state, looking for holiday gifts to celebrate all the wonderful things about South Carolina.
Whether you’re looking for golf items, crafts, food or are buying for children, we’ve got a taste or experience for you.
Christmas, South Carolina style: "The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina," by South Carolina resident Melinda Long and illustrated by Tatiana Mai-Wyss, is a perfect children's holiday book. It offers a glimpse into South Carolina's history and traditions, with colorful illustrations. List price for the hardcover book is $12.95. We found it at Barnes and Noble, and it is also available at other bookstores throughout the state and online at Amazon.
Get Croakies: Here is a way to keep your sunglasses around your neck in South Carolina style. Croakies are worn by kids and adults in South Carolina. (We've heard them referred to as a "must-have Southern accessory.") The South Carolina Shop has them with the state tree and moon symbol in colors from the traditional South Carolina-flag blue to pink and green to camo. $4.99 at the South Carolina Shop on Rosewood Drive in Columbia (not far from Williams-Brice Stadium) or order online. The shop has all sorts of South Carolina motif gear, from shirts and hats to glassware and dishes.
Carowinds pass: Kids can't get enough of Carowinds amusement park -- the Thrill Capital of the Southeast. With a 2012 season pass, they can visit as often as they like. Passes range from $69.99 to $164.
Back to back hats: College sports are huge in South Carolina, with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers leading the way. This was a big year for USC fans, with the baseball team winning the national championship for the second straight year. Back-to-Back gear is available all over the state, making a great Christmas present for the sports fan. We found this hat on sale for $5.99 at Addams Book Store on Assembly Street near the USC campus and online here.
Cookie time: Have some holiday cookie baking planned this season? Cookie cutters in the shape of the palmetto tree and crescent moon let you celebrate South Carolina and enjoy some tasty sugar cookies. You'll find the cutters for $3.95 at the Cotton Mill Exchange gift shop at the State Museum in Columbia, or online here. The museum shop offers all sorts of gifts with a South Carolina theme, from grits and rice to ornaments and clothing.