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Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2012: Charleston

The holidays are coming up fast and trying to find something for everyone on your list can be daunting. Here at AskMissA we’re trying to make your job a little easier, while also helping you support local businesses.

Some of our top picks are below.

Lily Charleston napkin

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Lily Charleston

A nice little vintage French boutique run by a husband and wife team, Lily Charleston offers all sorts of lovely and unique items and gifts. Their website also offers a “surcee” page. That is, a page for “small, unexpected gifts.” Just because gifts are expected at holiday time doesn’t mean they aren’t still applicable. These “Happy Holiday Y’All” towels ($14) are great for a little present or even as a gift for yourself! If you’d like to give the gift of style but aren’t sure exactly what to give, you can always call and order a gift certificate: guaranteed to be the perfect gift every time.

WHERE:
Lily Charleston
196 King St.
Charleston SC 29401
Ph. 843-577-7633

PRICE: Happy Holidays Y’all towel: $14
Gift certificates can be of any denomination.

Custom 14k and Sterling Silver Initial Necklace from Dacuba's Jewelry

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Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry 

For over 21 years Dacuba’s has been providing quality, hand-crafted jewelry in Charleston. Their Southern Gate Collection is truly representative of Charleston inspired by iron gates in downtown Charleston. Don’t just give your loved ones department store jewelry, give the something handmade by Michael Dacuba, owner of Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry. This Custom 14K and Sterling Silver Initial Gate Pendant ($98) is designed and manufactured in-house, contains a 14K gold initial of choice and is based on Charleston gates. This is a truly a one-of-a-kind piece that will please any jewelry-lover on your list while supporting a local business.

WHERE:
Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry 
84 North Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. 843-853-0103

HOURS:
Monday-Wednesday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

PRICE: Custom 14K and Sterling Silver Initial Gate Pendant: $98
Gift certificates are also available starting at $25.

Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant

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Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant

A local staple since 1967, Gwynn’s specializes in designer clothing and service. Family owned and operated, Gwynn’s has men’s, women’s, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and home departments, making it a perfect one-stop-shop for everyone on your list. An extra bonus for your convenience, Gwynn’s also offers complementary gift box and wrapping.

WHERE:
Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant
916 Houston Northcutt Boulevard
Mt. Pleasant SC 29464
Ph. 843.8.GWYNNS (849-9667)

WHEN:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sundays until Christmas: noon-5 p.m.

Baby Bloomers Wheely Bug

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Baby Bloomers

Have small children on your list? Baby Bloomers in Mount Pleasant offers a wide variety of clothing, toys, furniture and necessities for the niece, nephew or baby-of-a-friend on your list, or even something for your own little one. Their Wheely Bug is available in gender-neutral designs, encourages motor skills and approved for indoor-use, making it great for keeping the little ones active through the cold winter without having to get them bundled up.

WHERE:
Baby Bloomers
616 Coleman Boulevard
Mount Pleasant SC 29464
Ph. 843-856-9277

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PRICE: Baby Bloomers has pages for gifts under $25, under $50 and under $100.

Divine Twine at SpaceCraft Stuidos

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SpaceCraft Studios

Not only does SpaceCraft Studios offer a wide variety of art classes and spaces for independent work, they also have a shop full of craft supplies for the artist on your holiday shopping list. Get your aspiring artist supplies or a DIY kit or sign them up for a class. For a more personal gift, sign them up for a class you can take together!

WHERE:
SpaceCraft Studios
8 Avondale Avenue
Charleston, SC
Ph. 843-284-6253

HOURS:
Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sundays until Christmas: noon-5 p.m.

PRICE: Prices for gifts and classes vary. Gift certificates are also available.

Sweeteeth A'chocolypse

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Sweeteeth

We’ve all got at least one chocaholic on the shopping list. For them, hit up Sweeteeth in North Charleston. They specialize in small-batches of quality chocolate with innovated flavors, like this A’chocolypse bar made with dark chocolate, ginger and popping sugar (and this one’s also vegan!). If you can’t make up your mind on which to give as a gift, give the Gift Pack! It contains one bar of Sea is for Caramel, PB+C, A’chocolypse and Cinnapsis chocolate. They also supply a Port Wine Caramel and Salted Caramel sauce.

WHERE: Order online or find a local store that carries Sweeteeth chocolate.

PRICE: Gift Pack: $22
Sauces: $8

Julia Pagan Minitop

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Julia Pagan Couture Designs

We all enjoyed looking at hats during the Royal Wedding, so why not get the trend-setter on your shopping list a classy, fancy hat of their own? Julia Pagan’s hats, headbands and hair accessories are individually made from quality materials. If you have a friend with truly original taste, you can schedule an appointment to create a custom piece for them.

WHERE:
Julia Pagan Couture Designs
845 Savannah Hwy. [suite B]
Charleston, SC 29407
Ph. 843-475 – 7384

HOURS:
Tuesday-Friday: noon-6 p.m.

DRKSHDW fleece coat by Worthwhile

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Worthwhile

Having only recently made the jump to the Internet, Worthwhile’s website does not do justice to the varied and classy experience they’ve been running since 1993. A great local shop for everyone on your list, Worthwhile certainly lives up to its name. They carry women’s, babies’ and men’s clothing, personal care items and home goods. This coat is both stylish and functional, the cotton/fleece coat will definitely keep the fashionista on your shopping list warm through the winter.

WHERE:
Worthwhile
268 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. 843-723-4418

PRICE: DRKSHDW fleece coat: $979

Spa Adagio

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Spa Adagio

Italian for “slow” or “at ease,” Spa Adagio strives to live up to its namesake. Located in the Fancis Marion Hotel, Spa Adagio offers a full range of massages, facials, nail care and skin treatments for complete relaxation and rejuvenation. Treat your girlfriends (or just your bestie) to a wonderful day at the spa to unwind from all the holiday stress.

WHERE:
Spa Adagio
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Ph. 843-577-2444

PRICE: Spa Adagio offers a number of discount spa packages.

Gibbes Museum

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Gibbes Museum of Art

Give the art lover on your list the gift that lasts all year-round: a membership to the Gibbes Museum of Art. An individual membership is $75 and a student membership is $30 and allow unlimited free admission to the museum for a year. For the family with children, a Dual membership ($100) allows unlimited admission for two adults and all their listed children under the age of 18.

WHERE:
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. 843-722-2706

HOURS:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
Monday: Closed

PRICE:
Student Membership: $30
Individual Membership: $75
Dual Membership: $100

Happy shopping!

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