Thousands of new residents move to the Carolinas every year. For those who would like to send their back-home friends a Christmas gift made in North or South Carolina, here are a few choices.
Hand-woven sweetgrass baskets made by Gullah women, descendants of enslaved Africans who have passed the art down for generations. The women can be seen creating and selling their art in Charleston and other places, including small sheds along US 17 between Georgetown and Charleston. Sweetgrass baskets can be purchased from the weavers or on numerous online sites in a wide variety of styles and prices.
The Growler Chill, invented by Randy Hollister of Myrtle Beach, keeps craft beer cold and fresh in growlers. It looks like a countertop beer tap and solves the problem of beer in 32 and 64-ounce growlers going bad. Just hitting the markets, the Growler Chill can be purchased online here growlerchill.com for $439. The first ones will be shipped in December, but they are back-ordered through February.
Charleston Plantation Tea, grown and produced in a variety of flavors on Wadmalaw Island near Charleston. Billed as the only tea in the world made exclusively with 100 percent tea grown in America, it can be purchased at the Plantation store, on Amazon.com in different sizes and prices ranging from $7.20, and in locations in 17 states, including the Barefoot General Store in North Myrtle Beach.
Fudge from The Fudgery, special made since 1980. The first Fudgery was opened on the outer banks of North Carolina in 1980 and is said to have revolutionized the fudge industry. It is widely known for its handmade fudge and singing fudge makers. It is now in several states and locally at Broadway at the Beach, Tanger Outlets off US 501 and17 Bypass, and Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Fudge can also be purchased online by clicking here.
Hammocks handcrafted at the Original Pawleys Island Hammock Shop, 10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, for over a century. Many are still woven in Pawleys Island but the main production is now in Greenville, N.C. Pawleys Island Hammocks have been featured in several national publications. All parts, including the boxes they are packaged in, are made in America. There are a large number of styles and prices. They can be purchased at the shop or online here.
The Planters Inn Ultimate Coconut Cake – With its twelve towering layers of delicious, Southern perfection, the Peninsula Grill Ultimate Coconut Cake® caused a sensation when it first appeared on the menu Valentine’s Day 1997. Praise from Bon Appétit, Saveur, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, TODAY Show, and Vogue—in addition to other esteemed culinary and travel media outlets, made the fresh vanilla and coconut infused dessert famous. Get it here. Cost: $130.
Hand-blown Christmas ornaments blown by artisans Ed and Barbara Streeter at Conway Glass Center, 708 12th Avenue in Conway. The husband and wife team make numerous items that are sold at the business or online at conwayglass.com. They offer classes in glass-blowing and free demonstrations. Business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday and Monday by appointment. Christmas ornaments begin at $25 each.
Sugar Cane Syrup, grown, cooked and bottled at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm at the corner of Hwy 701 North and Harris Shortcut Road, Conway. The farm, a part pf the Horry County Museum, depicts farm life around the 1950s, has special events and offers tours. It offers two types of syrup; 100 percent sugar cane for $9.00 and 60 percent sugar cane with 40 percent corn for $7.00. There are other products, including grits, grown and sold at the farm and the Store sells jellies, jams and other items made at D’Vine Foods in Elizabethtown, N.C.
Distinctive JEWELRY BY Shugs by the Inlet, designed and handcrafted by Cindy Jenerette Sellers, known as “Shug”. Each piece is lovingly made in memory of Jerry Sellers and sold through Shugs by the Inlet, a non-profit she created to pursue her passion for promoting living organ donations. She donated a kidney to her ex-husband, Jerry Sellers, her best friend, and the father of her sons. The transplant was successful, but he died of cancer less than a year later.
Shugs by the Inlet is at 4794 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. She also sells at a booth on the Marsh Walk. If you go, call 843-997-2946 to make certain where she is. Some of her jewelry is in collections, A necklace in her “Hooked on Christ Forever” collection is her most popular piece. See jewelry and pricing here.