As the holiday season approaches, some may find that the stress of choosing the perfect gifts for family members and friends threatens their comfort and joy.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Some of the best gifts for this holiday season are likely to be ones that were the best in years past as well.

Few gifts have such broad appeal among recipients as those associated with a place and its people. And Charleston has an excellent array of things guaranteed to be favorite gifts.

You will find a sampling of such gifts and some of the places selling those and similar items on this page and Page D4

Bed swing

The bed swing (above) by the Original Charleston Bedswing is a piece that supports Lowcountry living.

The bed, which comes with its mattress, can be used both outdoors and indoors.

Retail sales are through The Sweet Olive in the I’On district of Mount Pleasant and they start at around $3,500.

Sweetgrass basket

The techniques used to make this sweetgrass basket, by Henrietta Snype, were brought to the Lowcountry by enslaved Africans.

The baskets had utilitarian purposes on plantations such as rice fanning.

This basket is sold by the Preservation Society of Charleston for $175.

Jigsaw puzzles

This 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle with the image of “Contemplation,” a painting by Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green, is one of those found at the Preservation Society of Charleston and sells for $16.95.

Other puzzles there are 550-piece ones featuring the works of local artist Tate Nation. These sell for $24.95.

Espresso cup, saucer

This espresso cup and saucer is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation’s Charleston Skyline collection, which features drawings of Charleston landmarks, including Rainbow Row and the Ravenel Bridge.

Bowls, plates and mugs also are part of the collection, which has pieces selling from $15, like the cup and saucer, to $59.

Goat Island boxes

“Charleston Hospitality” is the design of this Goat Island treasure box from Charleston Collections Gifts.

Sara Sanders, a resident of the local island, makes them using salvaged molding. The boxes, available in a variety of woods, finishes and themes, are sold for $69 to $99.

Ornaments

These brass ornaments are modeled after well-known Holy City features such as the Charleston Battery and the Sword Gate at the Citadel.

The two shown here and others were found at Charleston Collections Gifts and sell for $16.99.

Rice spoon

This rice spoon from Historic Charleston Foundation recalls the days when the grain was a major Lowcountry crop.

It is still a staple among locals and the long-handled serving spoon is a popular item.

This one is from Reed & Barton, has a shell motif and is sold by the foundation for $27.

Carolina Gold Rice

This is an aromatic rice reintroduced to the Lowcountry in 1996. The grain is a reflection of South Carolina having been a leading rice producer for 200 years.

Historic Charleston Foundation sells a two-pound package for $13.

Reach Wevonneda Minis at 937-5705.