For me, the most stressful part of the holidays is shopping for presents, which is why I’m making everyone’s gifts this year.
However, if you don’t have the time or inclination for crafting, there are several upcoming shopping events that will offer unique items for sale and give you the opportunity to support local businesses.
Three King Street retailers are making shopping more accessible and enjoyable for the guys 5:30-8 tonight.
Bits of Lace (302 King St.), Croghan’s Jewel Box (309 King St.) and Hampden Clothing (312 King St.) are hosting Men’s Night on King Street.
The event will feature shopping assistance, free gift wrapping, special deals and more. Shoppers also may enjoy food catered by Southend Brewery and wine and champagne pairings.
A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital.
Men’s Night is free to attend. Call Bits of Lace at 577-0999.
Shopping in square
If you’re looking for something local and special, don’t forget about the Charleston Farmers Market.
A special Holiday Market will take place 8 a.m.-4 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in Marion Square.
Local vendors will sell fresh greenery and produce, baked goods, handmade gifts and more. Find something for just about everybody on your list.
Sip and shop
Freshfields Village on Johns Island wants you to get in the Christmas spirit at its Sip, Shop and Be Merry event 3-8 p.m. Saturday.
Stores in the village will feature special offers and deals, gift wrapping, refreshments and more.
Java Java will be on the Village Green at 5:30 p.m. with hot chocolate, eggnog and cider, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.
A free outdoor screening of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will begin at 6 p.m. on the Village Green. Moviegoers will have the option of purchasing food and drinks from King Street Grille via servers who will bring orders to the green.
Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands.
Browse at Barsa
Barsa Tapas Lounge, 58 Line St., is again hosting a Happy Hour Art Tent Event, this time with the holidays in mind.
On Wednesday from 4-8 p.m., enjoy Barsa’s happy hour prices while supporting local artists and doing some last-minute shopping for jewelry, paintings and more.
Also, Barsa will offer half-price bottles of wine for bottles up to $40.