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Made in SC: 12 Ideas for Ultimate Gift Giving

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 35 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.
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Distinctive gift giving—if it has become a chore for you, keep reading. When you’re looking for that “something different” to thrill family and friends on holidays and special occasions, look to the creativity of South Carolina’s artists, craftsmen and food producers. Giving a gift that’s inspired by the state’s bounty, people and natural resources is a treasure and a thoughtful expression of caring. Here are 12 gifts you’ll feel proud to give and just as excited to receive:

House-cured meats, Four Oaks Farm, Lexington 
One word: Bacon. Okay, one more word: Ham. Heck, might as well throw summer sausage into the mix, too. Let the folks at Four Oaks Farm make those holiday mornings sizzle with gift boxes brimming with their savory signature meats. Shoot to “rock star” status with the Bacon Lover’s Sampler—a mix of house-cured, pepper-coated, hickory-smoked, applewood-smoked and sliced smoked jowl bacon. Or give the gift of a full Southern breakfast with the Palmetto Favorite: country ham, country bacon, pancake mix, stone-ground grits and pancake syrup. Other gift boxes include pecans, jams and jellies and Four Oaks holiday fruitcake made from a cherished family recipe. Order early for the best selection.

Seafood dip trio, Big T Coastal Provisions
What’s better than a batch of lip-smacking seafood dip? Three lip-smacking seafood dips, that’s what. Big T Coastal Provisions offers a trio of dips made from local coastal recipes that have been passed down through generations. The seafood lover on your gift list will eagerly take a dive into 8-ounce containers of Big T’s most popular dips: crab, jalapeño crab and shrimp. Ain’t nothing like the real thing—no faux crab or fillers used in the crafting of these delicious dips.

Coffee gift box with brew pod, Iron Brew Coffee, Blythewood
For the Keurig fan on your list, Iron Brew Coffee in Blythewood offers a four-pack of premium coffee (12-ounce bags) and one reusable, single-serving pod to use for brewing. It all comes in a festive gift box, too. While that’s nifty, it’s the coffee (made from 100% Arabica beans from Brazil) that will make the biggest impression.

Jam gift pack, Sallie’s Greatest 
Give the gift of SC’s food heritage with jams from Sallie’s Greatest. Surprising sweet and savory flavors, made with fresh fruits and herbs, put the “great” in Sallie's Greatest. A gift box of six 9.5-ounce jars of jam makes a thoughtful and tasty gift. Wow your recipient with flavors like strawberry and basil, peach pepper and ginger, fig sweet onion and rosemary, blackberry spice and sage, blueberry and lavender, and blueberry and lemon thyme. Pass the biscuits, please.

Boat Cleat Coat Rack, Willis Wood Designs 
This two-person operation is small, but it is making big waves with these boat cleat coat racks. Made from weathered wood and galvanized dock cleats, these racks will add rustic nautical charm to your decor—landlubber and seafarer approved.

Hand-crafted oyster knives, Coastal Custom Knifeworks 
Coastal Custom Knifeworks turns out an array of oyster knives that are as handsome as they are utilitarian. These handcrafted “shuckers” are particularly prized by South Carolinians who eat mounds of oysters during the season. The expert craftsmanship of these shuckers will stand up to the most stubborn bivalve. Whip one out and be the envy of the oyster roast.

Wooden maps, Fire and Pine
Distinctive and visually appealing, the burnt wood maps crafted by Fire and Pine make a stunning gift. One-of-a-kind designs can be applied to maps from just about anywhere or from just about any time. Natural, untreated pine is the canvas upon which these unique works of art are created. It’s a gift that will be cherished for years to come.

Park Passport, South Carolina State Parks 
Give the beauty and serenity of South Carolina when you gift someone with an SC Park Passport. Unlimited access to SC state parks—47 in all—allows for amazing outdoor adventures and unparalleled experiences on SC’s waterways, hiking trails and more. It’s the SC gift just right for the person who has everything.

Bowties and blossoms, Paw Paws USA 
When it comes to having the best-dressed dog, accessories matter. Outfit your bestie’s Fido with a bow tie or collar “blossom” from this popular Greenville operation. Each is individually crafted; pick a design to reflect the pet’s personality. Humans will love dressing their fur babies in these cute-as-a-button appointments.

Woven goods, Covered in Cotton 
Simply beautiful—that’s the perfect description for the woven goods from Covered in Cotton. Baby blankets, throws and hand towels are classic in design and created from high-quality cotton grown on a Darlington County family farm. From harvesting to processing to weaving, these products never leave the Carolinas. It doesn’t get more local than that.

Dough bowl candle, KiRoKa Essentials 
You’ve given myriad scented candles as gifts, but you’ve never given ones like these. The hand-poured dough bowl soy wax candles from Columbia-based KiRoKa Essentials are made to order with your choice of premium fragrance oils. Each dough bowl is hand-carved, so no two are exactly alike. Once the candle burns away, they make great vessels for succulents and other small plants. If your recipient lives in the Columbia area, you can purchase a candle refill at a modest price.

Metal wall sculptures, Iron Fish Gallery 
Tucked away on Daufuskie Island, Iron Fish Gallery is only accessible via a boat ride. But you can use the online shopping feature to gift someone extra special with something extra special from this vibrant beach cottage shop. (Of course, Daufuskie is a magical place, so shopping in person is highly recommended.) Artist Chase Allen uses self-taught techniques as well as traditional blacksmithing and welding to create his art. Blue crab or lobster, anyone? Or perhaps a colorful fish or whimsical mermaid? These sculptures, each bearing the artist’s signature, will turn any wall, indoors or outdoors, into a work of art.

Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 35 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.