Henry & Eva

Find some great gifts for the gentlemen in your life at Henry & Eva.

'Tis the season for holiday shopping, which for some might mean frantically ordering a last-minute present with overnight shipping on Amazon. Or, it could mean putting a little more time and effort into your gifts and simultaneously supporting the local boutiques and shops here in Charleston. 

If you're leaning toward the latter, then spend a little time this December perusing local stores for some unique gems that will show some extra thought and care. Several of these options are available online for those who like the convenience of a web browser, but crave the uniqueness of a local handcrafted item. Your gift recipient can thank us.

Disclaimer: These are just a few suggestions from shops throughout the Lowcountry. We're sure we missed several hidden treasures, but we hope these hit the spot. (The Post and Courier and Charleston Scene do not have financial ties to these products.) 

Here's our Charleston holiday gift guide. 

Restored wood cutting board from The Restored Board

Restored Board

Restored wood cutlery, butcher blocks and serving charcuterie boards are a one-of-a-kind gift for the chef in your family or friend group. 

The chefs in your life will appreciate these one-of-a-kind restored wooden cutting boards, cutlery, butcher blocks and more from The Restored Board. Select from cherry, walnut, oak, mahogany maple and other woods, as well as designs ranging from the simple paddle board to a live edge charcuterie board or multi-tone butcher block. Online boards range from $20-$150. A knife set is available for just $15. 

Where to find: Available at pop-up markets (posted on Facebook page) and on website

Website: therestoredboard.comfacebook.com/TheRestoredBoard

Backpack, travel bag or briefcase from J. Stark 

J. Stark

J. Stark offers durable totes and luggage bags for the travelers in your life. 

If you're looking for a nice, timeless gift for the travelers in your life, check out the durable leather luggage bags, briefcases, backpacks, totes and wallets at J. Stark. The shop also has men's clothing items and accessories, including beanies, sunglasses and cashmere socks. Depending on how large of a gift you're looking to buy, you can spend from $14.50 for a pair of socks to $350 for a large weekender bag. 

Where to find: Retail shop at 208 Coming St., downtown

Website: starkmade.comfacebook.com/starkmade

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Madmademetals has a variety of jewelry options. 

Moonchild jewelry from Madmademetals

Looking for the perfect hippie, crystal creation for your moonchild friend? Madmademetals has some great options, from hammered cuff bracelets for $20 to amethyst necklaces, jasper pendants, turquoise cuffs and moonstone rings ranging up to $160. 

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Silver and gold cuffs, rings, earrings and more with incorporated gemstones, moon designs and unique textures are available at Madmademetals. 

Where to find: Available at pop-up markets (posted on Facebook page) and on Etsy

Website: etsy.com/shop/MadMadeMetalsfacebook.com/madmademetals

Paint sets from Artist & Craftsman Supply

Artist & Craftsman

Artist & Craftsman offers a variety of art supplies for amateurs and professionals alike. 

For the want-to-be artist, the budding artist or the professional artist in your life, the perfect local shop to find a treasured gift is Artist & Craftsman. Peruse a wide variety of paint sets, canvases, calligraphy pens and more to help unleash one's creativity. 

Where to find: Two downtown locations at 143 Calhoun St. and 981 King St. 

Website: artistcraftsman.comfacebook.com/ArtistCraftsmanSupply.Charleston

Wine-scented candle from Rewined 


Rewined's signature and barrel-aged candles come in scents ranging from Malbec to Bordeaux Blanc. 

Trying to think up a unique present for the wine connoisseur in your life? Don't splurge on that rare top-shelf Grand Cru, but instead try gifting a Rewined candle. These Charleston-made signature and barrel-aged candles include wine and cider scents, such as Pinot Grigio nd Cabernet. 

Where to find: All local retailers are listed on the Rewined website

Website: shop-rewined.comfacebook.com/Rewined

Used, rare and local reads from Blue Bicycle Books

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A stack of books on a blue bicycle is the landmark of this iconic downtown book shop. 

The reader you're shopping for will appreciate a unique copy of one of their favorite classic novels or being introduced to some local authors via the shelves of Blue Bicycle Books. There are also plenty of children's books and young adult fiction to sift through. The shop on Upper King Street has an iconic blue bicycle out front with a stack of the latest reads. 

Where to find: Bookstore at 420 King St., downtown

Website: bluebicyclebooks.comfacebook.com/bluebicyclebooks

Handmade quilt or colorful macrame from Rose & Twill

Rose & Twill

Rose & Twill creates colorful quilts and wall decorations. 

From $20 knitted wall hangings and hand-dyed pillows to a $250 quilt, Rose & Twill crafts colorful creations that will brighten someone's home. For your loved ones who are looking for some trendy home decor that they can't find at, say, Target, this is a fantastic alternative (and you're supporting a local artist). 

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Rose & Twill has some cool wall hangings for the home decor lover. 

Where to find: Available at pop-up markets (posted on Facebook page) and on website

Website: roseandtwill.comfacebook.com/pg/roseandtwill

Body scrub or essential oils from Steel Birch

Steel Birch

Steel Birch scrubs are a great option for a local bath product. 

Steel Birch is a Charleston-based botanical skin care and wellness product retailer. Handcrafted, toxin-free items ideal for your relaxation-loving friends include a mint and matcha lip balm for $7, a sugared mint mocha espresso body scrub for $26, sea spray-infused aloe mist for $22, a wildflower frankincense bath soak for $22 and a holiday essential oil set for $50. While you're at it, you can pick one of their calming products to reward yourself for making it through the holiday shopping. 

Where to find: Lowcountry retailers include the Heart of Charleston Luxury Spa at 101 Queen St., The Restoration Hotel at 75 Wentworth St., Wildcraft at 38 Windermere Blvd., Fourteen & East at 936 Savannah Hwy., Karla Jean Studio at 1311 Ashley River Rd., Old Whaling Company at 1640 Ashley Hall Rd. and Charmed Beauty and Gifts at 2366 Ashley River Rd. 

Website: steelbirch.comfacebook.com/SteelBirch

Guitars and guitar lessons from Shem Creek Music

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Shem Creek Music sells guitars and guitar lessons. Lauren Petracca/Staff

The musicians in your life will love a thoughtful gift from local music and instrument shop Shem Creek Music. You can find everything from vinyl and record players to walls of acoustic and electric guitars. Or buy the gift of guitar, bass or keyboard lessons with one of the talented local musicians.

Where to find: Retail shop at 423 W. Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Website: shemcreekmusic.netfacebook.com/ShemCreekMusic

Shrimp and grits from Gullah Gourmet

Gullah Gourmet

Give the gift of good Southern food. 

We had to throw one tried-and-true Charleston idea in here. Gullah Gourmet offers ingredient bags for classic Southern soul food, from shrimp and grits to she-crab soup to Geechie peach cobbla. In addition, sauces, jellies and desserts are available. The gourmet shop also offers cookbooks for friends and family looking to whip up even more recipes. 

Where to find: Retail shop at 95 Tall Oak Drive, West Ashley

Website: gullahgourmet.com

Bowties, camping gear and more from Henry & Eva

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Beard oil, bowties and more can be found at Henry & Eva. 

The adventurers in your life will love the thought put into their unique local outdoor presents from Henry & Eva. Shop the boutique for camping gear, handcrafted pocket and carving knives, travel bags, foraging tools, flashlights and other equipment. You'll also find whiskey flasks, wallets and custom playing cards. Feather bowties from Charleston's own Brackish Bowties are in stock, too. 

Where to find: Retail shop at 628 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Website: henryandeva.comfacebook.com/HenryandEva

Printed notebooks from Candlefish


Candlefish notebooks make great presents for the writers or journal keepers in your friend group or family. 

Your graphic design and writer friends might love Candlefish's notebooks and stationery. This multi-purpose shop also includes a variety of knickknacks, so it's a great place to browse for more than one friend or family member. You can also find cocktail bitters and jiggers, wall art and home furnishings, jewelry and accessories, bath and body products and more.

Where to find: Retail shop at 71 Wentworth St., downtown

Website: candlefish.comfacebook.com/shopcandlefish

10 other ideas for local gift shops to peruse

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Reach Kalyn Oyer at 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.