Fourteen days until Christmas ... do you have everything lined up?
If you haven't, there's no need to panic and go Big Box on your loved ones. Local merchants and craftspeople have plenty of affordable options for small gifts and stocking stuffers.
Here are seven.
Cheeseboard from Fisher Recycling
Not only does Fisher Recycling recycle glass bottles into beautiful kitchen countertops, GlassECO, but it uses “cut outs” to make trivets and cheese boards that are suitable for displaying cheese, sushi and other food presentations, according to owner Elizabeth Fisher.
Prices range from $25 to $55 and average about $35.
Call Fisher at 843-554-6099 to arrange a drop-in at its location at 2750 Avenue B North, on the old Navy base in North Charleston.
www.fisherrecycling.com (can't order cheese boards online)
“Multi-tools” from Coastal Cupboard
The Coastal Cupboard, in the Belle Hall Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant, is a treasure trove of local and USA-made kitchen wares, but two nifty stocking stuffers include The Wildcard Multi Tool and the Kikkerland “Crab” multi-tool (the latter is actually made in China), according to store owner Brad Pitner.
The Wildcard, which costs $30, is the size of a slightly thicker credit card and features a folding knife, built-in screwdrivers, a pry bar and a bottle opener. The Crab, which is $20, takes on a Lowcountry theme with a small crab body housing nine tools, including scissors, a bottle and a can opener, mini-knife, rope saw and flat and Phillips head screwdrivers.
Handmade journal from Tremundo
Whether for the bedside or on the go, a handmade journal by Traci Nelson of Tremundo on James Island will be unique (many are made from recycled products) as a stocking stuffer or small gift. Among the offerings are an Explorers journal, which includes re-used atlas maps, at $25 each. Other journals range from $16-$40.
Nelson’s journals have appeared on “The Martha Stewart Show,” and are currently being used for the filming of the movie, “Columbus,” in Columbus, Ind.
Order online by Dec. 20 for delivery before Christmas.
Sprays, soaks, mists from The Contents Co.
Another up-and-coming, one-person enterprise is The Contents Co., located in a shared building on upper Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.
Beau Burdette produces stylish, yet affordable, products for the home, including botanical candles ($14), mists ($16), bath soaks ($12) and sprays ($18).
Seeds, terra cotta pots from Abide-A-While
With the gloom of winter upon us, brighten a window with some seeds (such as grasses) and a small-ish, aged terra cotta pot ($12-$16), available at Abide-a-While Garden Center in Mount Pleasant.
Abide-a-While’s Muffie Donaldson says the terra cotta pots, Campo de’ Fiori, are popular because of their special patina of green.
For those wanting a smaller gift, Donaldson says terrariums continue to be a popular seller, many selling under $40.
Bird seed house from Four Green Fields Gallery
Jill Nicholas and Robin Carway, the daughter-and-mom owners of Four Green Fields Gallery in downtown Summerville, offer an array of locally or USA-made products.
But they say a huge hit this holiday season has been birdhouses coated with edible bird seeds. Two houses, made by Mr. Bird in New Braunfels, Texas, are available. "Wren Casitas" are $27 and "Spring Fruit Cottages" are $15.
Also, Four Green Fields is the exclusive bricks-and-mortar retailer for the "Summerville Rain" soy candle, handmade by Charleston Candle Works (now located in Virginia). Candle jars are $22, while candle tins are $13.
The scent of Summerville Rain was described as "soft, floral, and powdery."
Soaps, lotions & scrubs from Charleston Soap Chef
Regulars at the Charleston Farmers Market are familiar with the Charleston Soap Chef, but many may not know that Jeanine cooks up more than soap at her Johns Island home.
The set of "Lemon Sugah" Sugar Scrub and body butter goes for $38, while the Sweet Tea hand and body wash and lotion sells for $27.
Or just go with a 5-ounce bar of Delicious Bar Soap for $6.