Santa obviously was a "foodie" before the word's invention -- the big belly didn't pop out of nowhere. And he supports the local movement, too, even from the North Pole.
For instance, he's apparently got contract elves in the Lowcountry who specialize in gifts for people who are happiest when they're cooking, eating or hanging out in the kitchen with family and friends.
If that kind of person is on your list, consider a gift that's locally made or sourced, as all of these are:
Bees sip nectar from wildflowers around the Ashepoo River in the ACE Basin and turn it into honey with a floral taste of the Lowcountry.
$15 for 12-ounce bottle, Savannah Bee Co., 216 King St.
Adam Fetsch collects empty Champagne bottles from area restaurants and crafts them into unusual candles. Hand-poured soy wax is scented with oils that mimic the aroma of wine varietals such as Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
$27 for an 11-ounce candle that lasts 60-70 hours. Order or find retail locations at www.rewinedcandles.com.
Fat & Juicy 'Grenade'
Here's a stocking stuffer for the bloody mary aficionado: a two-drink-size bottle of a nicely spiced, tomato-ey concoction with a hint of smokiness. Just add alcohol (or don't). Conceived by two lifelong friends and bandmates here in Charleston in search of the cocktail mix of their dreams.
$2.69 for 8-ounce bottle. Retailers include Piggly Wiggly, Bottles and Total Wine.
Forget bacon -- everything tastes better with grits. As in Black-Eyed Peas and Andouille Sausage Over Creamy Grits. Or Crab Cakes, or Fried Green Tomatoes ... and so on.
Right up their alley: "Gullah Cooking: Grits Cookbook." It's written by Oscar Vick III, who grew up in Charleston and is a prolific hunter, cook and author.
$19.95 at www.oscarvick.com or numerous stores and shops, including Crosby's Seafood and the Historic Charleston Foundation.
Fans of Jack and Rachel Byrne's crepes at the Charleston Farmers Market can do it themselves at home. Charleston Crepe Company partnered with cookware maker Le Creuset in a custom crepe pan gift set. It includes a 15-ounce package of Classic Crepe Mix, 11-inch crepe pan, wooden rateau for spreading the batter and recipe card.
$90 at www.lecreuset.com and Le Creuset store, 241 King St.
You Look Hungry
What if dish towels could make jokes? Wouldn't that liven up the daily routine?
They do, if they're the work of Pam Spivey. Her hand-embroidered kitchen and bar linens feature original designs on 100 percent, lint-free cotton and colorfast thread.
Features funny, witty or wicked messages on each towel.
$12 and up; order or find retailers at www.youlookhungry.net.
Give an experience that's fun, educational and tasty -- three reasons that will make this gift a big hit whether the person is an accomplished cook or a clueless beginner. Cooking classes are offered locally at a number of places, including Coastal Cupboard, Charleston Cooks! and In Good Taste, among others.
Prices vary from about $25 to $60.
Firefly Spiced Rum
Here's a liquor that is perfectly suited to the changing seasons, refreshing in the heat of summer and warming when it's time for a fire. It's creamy with a vanilla "nose" and loves to cozy up with other spices such as ginger and cinnamon. Handcrafted by Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island using sugarcane grown by Sidi Limehouse and Rosebank Farms on Johns Island.
About $16, available in most liquor stores.