Charleston's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide

Staff Writer
What to get the food lover in your life
Angel Postell

Christmas in Charleston is always an exciting time of year.

Struggling for what to get the food lover in your life for Christmas? Charleston is loaded with options and this list has everything from the basic stocking stuffer to the more elaborate and expensive present. This is not your average list. Sure there are items listed that you might have seen before. But we are hard core shoppers AND food experts so this is what are the 2013 must have gifts of the season. 

1. Two Boroughs Larder's "Walter Saves Room for Dessert" T-shirts: The hats, headbands and koozies are great but our favorite item in the branded Two Boroughs Larder merchandise line is the women fitted t-shirts. Made by American Apparel, the shirts fit perfectly and as dog lovers, we can't help to love the saying and the adortable design. $20 

2. Bittermilk’s Cocktail Compounds: Joe and MariElena Raya have a great thing going at their tucked away treasure, The Gin Joint, and have hit another home run with their new line of cocktail mixers—Bittermilk. Their first in the series features a Smokey Honey Whiskey Sour, a Tom Collins and a Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned. They are so good that the products were just selected for a coveted Garden & Gun magazine's “Made in the South Award”. $14.95
3. Garden & Gun magazine's “The Southern Handbook”: This is our new favorite go-to-guide for living in the south. The south is all about eating, drinking and entertaining and "The Southern Handbook" shares how to do those things well. There are chapters on Food, Style, Drink, Sporting & Adventure, Home & Garden and Art & Culture and contributors include John T. Edge, John Currence and Julia Reed. Need we say more? Starting at $14 

4. Matt Lee and Ted Lee's Boiled Peanuts: We are big fans of The Lee Bros and love that they brought a delicacy like boiled peanuts to New York for northerners to fall in love with. Anyone can buy peanuts along with other tasty Lowcountry treats on their online catalog. The peanuts are “guaranteed to turn any party into a cultural event” and are shipped in 5 lb. bags, ready to eat immediately. $32.50 

5. Anson Mills Grits: Anson Mills owner and founder Glenn Roberts is a farming super hero. He is taking seed and rice preservation to new levels as he has reintroduced crops like Carolina Gold Rice. His products are served on menus around the world and chefs like Danny Bowien, Dan Barber and David Chang are fans and customers. $5.95 for a 12oz bag 

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6. The Local Palate Subscription: We were a little nervous when The Local Palate started covering more than just Charleston’s bustling culinary scene but we now love to read about our other favorite southern towns in each issue. The editors do a great job highlighting up-and-coming food destinations and culinary professionals in cities like Athens, Nashville, Oxford and Memphis. Their insider tours are a great resource to use when you plan your next food road trip. $19.97