Less Traveled 2012

Ernie Wiggins



Looking for the perfect S.C. gift? Read on!

Posted 12/8/2011 7:29:00 PM

Need help in finding that perfect little piece of South Carolina to give your friends and relatives this year? Have we got a list for you!

Our Insider experts scoured the state, looking for holiday gifts to celebrate all the wonderful things about South Carolina.

Whether you’re looking for golf items, crafts, food or are buying for children, we’ve got a taste or experience for you.

For those of you who seek out South Carolina’s Less Traveled places, here’s some gift ideas you might not think of:

S.C. Pottery: South Carolina is famous for its pottery, and a piece from a local potter is a gift to be treasured. One suggestion is Jane Bess Pottery in Edgefield. Bess makes honey pots, coffee mugs and all sorts of other bowls to be used every day.

Each piece is signed and dated, and no two pieces are quite the same. You can see examples of her work and order pieces on the web, or call with a special request.

For your garden: The best way to make the gardener in your life happy is to help them nurture their yard. This might not be the most popular-smelling item under the Christmas tree, but the dogwoods and magnolias outside will love it.

Riverbanks Zoo sells compoost, composted “zoo poo,” which the zoo happily claims is “heavy doodie” and “effortlessly produced” by some of its most famous animals -- elephants, giraffes, zebras and others.

It’s sold by the pint ($5.25), two-gallon bucket ($13) or truckload ($43). It’s for those times, as they say, “when ordinary poo just won’t do.”

You can only get it at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Check out the website for more information.

A zipping good time: There are several fun ziplines in South Carolina, and a gift certificate to any of them would be fabulous fun. One off-the-beaten-path zipline is in Rock Hill, where you can soar through the trees on a series of cables and sky bridges and across the Catawba River.

Canaan Zipline Canopy Tours offers several levels of gift certificates and family packages. Click here or call 803-327-6932 for more information.

Other cool ziplines across the state are at the Wildwater complex on the Chattooga River and Myrtle Beach’s Broadway at the Beach.

Cotton boll pineapple: Pineapples are a symbol of Southern hospitality, and the S.C. State Museum sells one made from cotton bolls. They’re handmade in the Pee Dee and sell for $35.

The museum also has a terrific selection of other items from South Carolina, including pillows, purses, hats, pottery, books, prints and more. It’s one of the best selections in the state.

S.C. Holiday ornaments: They come in all shapes and sizes, many depicting Palmetto trees, and they’re a great way to personalize your Christmas tree or other decorations. The S.C. State Museum has a nice selection, as does local jewelry store chain HandPicked. Some chambers of commerce also produce versions that highlight a local landmark. $10 and up.

Tervis Tumbler: It’s hard to go anywhere in South Carolina and not see someone drinking out of a Tervis Tumbler. Fortunately, you can buy them several different South Carolina designs -- The state flag comes in official navy, pink, garnet, orange, and several other colors, depending on your allegiance. You also can get several USC Gamecock and Clemson Tiger designs, just to name a few.

Lots of stores carry these. Bed, Bath and Beyond usually has a large selection, and stores often carry more designs than the website. $12 and up.

Shopping for something more specific: Check out our Insider gift lists for Outdoor lovers, Foodies, Golfers, Artsy friends or families. We’ve got you covered for South Carolina stuff!