‘Tis the season for house guests galore! We love to host friends and family from out of town, and we especially love to share Lowcountry culture with them. To make guests feel really at home this holiday season, we’re putting together a welcome basket with some finds unique to the Charleston area. Local snacks, books, and souvenir items tucked lovingly inside a Charleston Sweetgrass Basket? Yes, please!
We encourage all Pink Verbena readers, nationwide, to allow your curiosity to get the best of you! Most of the items listed below can be ordered and shipped to where ever you call home!
Charleston is well known for many traditional snacks and drinks. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Sweet tea pecans from Charleston Nut Company
Benne Wafers from Olde Colony Bakery
Shrimp & Grits meal mix from Gullah Gourmet
A bottle of local spirits from High Wire Distilling Co.
Charleston Breakfast Tea from Charleston Tea Plantation
Local Books and Brochures
Score a free Charleston Area Visitors Guide for your guests from the Charleston CVB. Then swing by the Charleston Visitors Center and pick up brochures that include coupons for local attractions like ghost walks, museum visits, and harbor tours. If you want to include a souvenir book, Blue Bicycle Books has a great selection of both fiction and non-fiction. Charleston Impressions coffee table book, pictured below, by Jane Iseley and William P. Baldwin
For the little ones: Good Night Charleston by Mark Jasper and Cooper Kelly
Add a souvenir or two that your guests will cherish long after their visit is over. Grab a candle or two from one of our local faves Candlefish, or try your hand at making your own during one of their candle-making workshops. (Check out our Candlefish blog post here.)
Pamper them with a “sugah scrub” or bar soap from The Charleston Soap Chef.
Get your guests in the Christmas spirit by gifting one of these Charleston ornaments. Check out the great variety from the Historic Charleston Foundation.
Tuck this tiny cookbook from Gullah Gourmet in your basket so your guests can take the taste of Charleston with them wherever they go!
Finally, compose a handwritten note thanking your guests for their visit. Don’t forget to include details like schedules, alarm/smart lock codes, and your wi-fi password. We love to jot down our thanks on beautiful stationery like these pen & ink cards from Lowcountry Sketches…
…or these Landscapes of Charleston and the Lowcountry of South Carolina notecards by Elizabeth Verner.