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The Holiday Gift Guide for Charleston Food Lovers

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Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.
After tucking away the last of the spatchcocked turkey leftovers, it's time to start planning holiday presents for friends, family, and co-workers. Thankfully, the Holy City has a wealth of food and restaurant related gifts for everyone on your list — assuming they like to eat. From Lowcountry cookbooks to fancy oyster sporks, these items are uniquely Charleston. Feel free to keep a few for yourself. For even more holiday goodness, take a peek at the Eater National guide.


Red Clay Hot Sauce
Sous chef of Leon's Oyster Shop, Geoff Rhyne, began his hot sauce career while working at seafood emporium The Ordinary. The restaurant wanted a custom condiment for the mollusks, and Rhyne's concoction was so popular, it started disappearing form the tables as patrons tried to take the bottles with them. Rhyne went into production of the sauce and fans recommend pouring it on just about everything. Purchase for anyone who needs a bit of spice this season.
PRICE: $7.99

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bullsbay.0.jpgBulls Bay Salt
Charleston chefs love to work with local produce, seafood from South Carolina's coast, and pork raised within 50 miles of their restaurants — and now, they can also season with locally-produced products. Locals Teresa and Rustin Gooden started this small salt company using the briny waters of Bulls Bay to produce seasoning for a hog roast in 2012 and quickly realized they should share their product with others. The Ordinary chef Mike Lata is said to be a fan.
PRICE: $9.00 - $18.00
WHERE TO PURCHASE: Bulls Bay Salts or various retailers

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callies.0.jpgCallie's Biscuits Christmas Morning Package
What could be better than warm biscuits, country sausage, and hot coffee on a winter morning? Carrie Morey of petite eatery Callie's Hot Little Biscuit pulls these items together for easy breakfast shopping. 
PRICE: $64.80
WHERE TO PURCHASE: Callie's Biscuits

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cookies.0.jpgGrey Ghost Bakery's Molasses Spice
Named after the legend of the Grey Ghost on Pawleys Island, this bakery cooks up treats inspired by the South. Pick up a dozen molasses spice cookies to serve as an easy dessert.
PRICE: $9.00
WHERE TO PURCHASE: Grey Ghost Bakery

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middletonknife.0.jpgMiddleton Made Knives
Quintin Middleton's works of art are loved by chefs around town, including Sean Brock, who stated, "I adore my Middleton Made Knives. Quintin is a true artist. His passion can be felt every time you pick up one his knives. These handcrafted knives are a one of a kind." The bladesmith perfects his craft in Saint Stephen, South Carolina.
PRICE: $100.00 - $820.00

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sweeteeth2.0.jpgSweeteeth Chocolates
This Charleston-based candy company got its start at Park Circle's EVO Pizzeria. Chocolatier Johnny Battles fashioned sweets for patrons and eventually the high demand made him realize he could go into retail. Now, his business, Sweeteeth produces multiple flavors, like Sea is for Caramel, a luscious dark chocolate bar filled with salty, buttery caramel.
PRICE: $5.00 for a bar
WHERE TO PURCHASE: Sweeteeth Chocolates, Caviar & Bananas

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ginbottle.0.jpgCharleston Distillery Co. Jasper's Gin
Local grains are grown to make this gin, distilled in the heart of downtown Charleston. The handsome space is the perfect place to bring the family (assuming they're over 21) during the holidays. It gets everyone out of the house and takes the edge off with a few samples of spirits. Pick up a few bottles while you're there.
PRICE: $32
WHERE TO PURCHASE: Total Wine, Bottles, and Charleston Distillery

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sporkinternet.0.jpgAnn Ladson's Oyster Spork
To make mollusks even more enticing, pick up a solid brass oyster spork from artist Ann Ladson. This elegant tool will have any bivalve-lover dashing to order a dozen on the half-shell. Ladson shapes the metal into a spoon/fork hybrid to ensure the eater picks up all of the briny oyster liquor.
PRICE: $72

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bittermilk.0.jpgBittermilk No. 6
The crew at The Gin Joint makes damn fine drinks, so it's no surprise their mixers are superb. The latest bottle is Bittermilk No. 6, a Oaxacan Old Fashioned meant to be stirred with mezcal. Co-owners Joe and MariElena Raya want to simplify the at-home cocktail process, and these Bittermilks make it super easy to be a master mixologist.
PRICE: $15

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ties.0.jpgSpit Shine Goods Ties
If you find yourself admiring the neckwear of the bartenders at FIG, The Ordinary, or Edmund's Oast, you're probably looking at a Spit Shine Goods tie. Seamstress/proprietor Jessica Nicoles sources fabrics from across the globe to create the playful creations. Give to anyone needing a new accessory for an evening out in the Lowcountry.
PRICE: $45 - $55

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McCrady's/Husk/Minero chef Sean Brock released a cookbook this fall, and it immediately landed on The New York Times bestseller list. Brock's bringing recipes from his restaurants, as well as some family secrets. Eater recently wrote, this cookbook is for "People who love Sean Brock, people who live in Charleston, people who want to tattoo vegetables on their arms, people who are super into heirloom beans."
PRICE: $40
WHERE TO PURCHASE: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Kitchen Arts & Letters

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rumrum.0.jpgHigh Wire Distilling Co. Belonger's Rum
A "belonger" is "a native or someone with close family ties to a place," according to the folks at High Wire, so it would only make sense to gift this to someone in your clan. Nothing says friendship or family like a tasty handle of rum — perhaps they'll share, and everyone can partake in a Dark & Stormy cocktail.
PRICE: $27.99
WHERE TO PURCHASE: Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, High Wire Distilling Co.

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cherries.0.jpgJack Rudy's Bourbon Cocktail Cherries
For the Manhattan-lovers looking to up their cocktail game, Jack Rudy's bourbon cocktail cherries are the perfect accoutrement to the boozy libation. Local restaurateur Brooks Reitz is the mind behind Jack Rudy and ensures every product is up to the same impeccable standards he expects of his establishments.
PRICE: $16

[Photo: Jack Rudy]

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