Lowcountry Experience Gift Guide 2018

Thanksgiving is a few days away and so we find ourselves quickly rushing into the holiday season. Originally, this post was meant to follow the previous year’s gift guide format, where I listed out fantastic local wares that would make great gifts. Then I glanced around my house, got overwhelmed with the amount of ‘stuff’ sitting around, and thought back to a tip a friend of mine shared years ago, “Experiences, not things”. And while, yes, I still enjoy the occasional physical gift, there is no lack of experiences to partake in Charleston, so I’ve listed my favorites below for all ages.

All of these experiences are staples of Charleston. My son was gifted the Children’s Museum Membership for his birthday and it’s made a great get away for our entire family. Cost, benefits and details in link to each membership association.
Gibbes Museum of Art
South Carolina Aquarium
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
The Charleston Museum
The Charleston Friends of the Library

My son, Grant, at the Lowcountry Children’s Museum

My son, Grant, at the Lowcountry Children’s Museum

Outdoor Adventures
From a kayaking to see a sunset to finally running the bridge to taking advantage of all of the parks Charleston County has to offer, this gift really keeps giving and lets your recipient have some flexibility in how they want to use it.
Coastal Expeditions
Cooper River Bridge Run (or another 10k or 5k)
Charleston County Parks
Charleston ZIp Line Adventures
Wild Blue Ropes

Palmetto Islands County Park in Mt. Pleasant

Palmetto Islands County Park in Mt. Pleasant

Health & Wellness
Yoga studios and gyms abound, so maybe check with the recipients personal preference of location. Spas are a-plenty, as well, but these are my favorites. Also, “Hi” to my husband.
Woodhouse Day Spa
Urban Nirvana
Yoga Studios

At Serenity Now Yoga with some friends

At Serenity Now Yoga with some friends

Musical & Theatrical Performances
There is no lack of talent in our city and many acts travel to town throughout the year. Summer and winter are a great time to enjoy performances at any of these venues.
Charleston Music Hall
North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
Spoleto Festival USA
Pure Theatre
South of Broadway Theater
Charleston Stage
The Footlight Players
Theatre 99

Groundhog Day Concert at Charleston Music Hall

Groundhog Day Concert at Charleston Music Hall

And because it was this post’s original intent, here are some additional gift ideas:
Charleston Magazine Holiday Gift Guide
Traveler of Charleston Holiday Gift Guide
Explore Charleston Holiday Gift Guide
Christmas in Charleston Gift Ideas
Upcoming Buy Local Markets

What’s your favorite experience in Charleston? Would love to add to this list for future years.

Literary Lowcountry


Fall in the Lowcountry. My favorite time of year. Not just because of the cooler temps that are upon us, but also because it's when That BIG Book Sale takes place. The Charleston Friends of the Library fundraiser hosts more than 60,000 books for children and adults, along with DVDs and other specialty items. Today, we're focusing on some items you might pick up at the sale to learn more about the Lowcountry, or engulf yourself in a fictional tale taking place in this place we love so much.

We encourage you to seek out all of the following books at the sale, October 14-16 at the Omar Shrine Auditorium, or your local bookstore, like Blue Bicycle Books on King Street or Mr. K's Used Books in N. Charleston. Most of these titles are available for free at your local Charleston County Public Library branch.

Books With Charleston in the Title (click on the images for details):

Looking for that perfect beach read? We have our share of authors that base their fictional stories in Charleston, as well.

Popular Fiction Authors:
Dorothea Benton Frank
Pat Conroy
Karen White
Mary Alice Monroe

Below are some other Charleston book lists we'll explore further in future posts:


Poetry-   Marcus Amaker

Poetry- Marcus Amaker


Guide Books

Guide Book -  Wildsam

Guide BookWildsam

What are some of your favorite Charleston books or authors? If you've attended That BIG Book Sale before, what's been your favorite find?