Whether you're staying home for the holidays, or venturing out for an intimate gathering with friends and family, ‘tis the season to get to shopping. From perusing shopping districts to online options and curbside pickup, you can take care of everyone on your “nice list” by shopping small and supporting local. Read along for some insider tips on holiday shopping in Columbia SC this year.

For the Culture Vulture

With several award-winning attractions and public art around every corner, the culture is hard to miss in this capital city. Give the gift of an experience with tickets to the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, or the gardens of Historic Columbia – just to name a few. 

Ready to visit soon? All of Columbia’s attractions are following strict safety regulations while still giving you as much of the cultural experience as possible. Or, snag some tickets now for a future date to give your special someone something to look forward to.

For the Adventure-Seeker

River Runner in the Vista is the perfect spot for those obsessed with Columbia SC’s lakes and rivers.  In addition to paddle boards and kayaks they offer essential outdoor clothing and accessories. If the person on your list is not quite ready to commit to the adventurer’s lifestyle, give the gift of weekend plans by renting a kayak or canoe for a future weekend. 

For the cyclist, Outspokin’ Bicycles offers helmets, shoes and accessories in addition to adult and children’s bikes down on Devine Street.

For the Craft Beer Lover

Go above and beyond the six pack and pair these craft brews with some local brewery swag and gifts. Grab some Coffee Lager flavored popcorn from Steel Hands (in partnership with Cromer's P-nuts), or head to River Rat for a trendy t-shirt or hat with their recognizable rat logo. Does your someone have a favorite beer at Columbia Craft? Order online to pick up a crowler and pair it with some swag.

And, of course, you can always pick up gift cards from Hunter-Gatherer, Twisted Spur, Swamp Cabbage, Angry Fish, Hazelwood or Cottontown BrewLab. Bonus points for getting them to make plans to share the gift card with you. Daring beer drinker? Order online from Craft & Draft for a mixed 6-pack, ranging from all IPAs to all sours to everything but the kitchen sink.


Hostess with the Mostess 

Head to Saluda Avenue in Five Points for The Gourmet Shop’s gorgeous array of Vietri or Hester & Cook platters and serving pieces or that perfect bottle of wine. While in the district, stop by Gibson’s for gifts from luxe candles to unique tea towels, soaps and stationery.

Looking for some online options? Get an adorable gift set from Adam's Apple Co. with apple butter and pie jam or cider slaw and bourbon marinade. Carolina Kernals, located in the NOMA district, offers a unique range of gourmet popcorn that is sweet or savory. Think cinnamon roll and cookies n' cream or dill pickle and buffalo blue cheese. 

And if you have someone in mind that is all about Columbia, give the gift of some local pride with products from the online store. From "Made in Columbia SC" pint glasses to onesies, there's something for all ages. 

For the Accessory Magnet

Head to Soda City Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (masks required!) and you'll be hard-pressed not to find some handmade jewelry, trendy bags and wallets, and even accessories for the doggos. Look out for local favorites like Carolina Clutches and Nana by Sally

Scout and Molly’s of Columbia in Forest Acres boasts an impressive selection of Mignonne Gavigan’s statement jewelry. M Boutique at Cross Hill Market offers multiple local designers including Sugar and Lola’s ultra-wearable pieces crafted of metals and stones. 

For the New Homeowner 

Nothing cozies up bare shelves like a stack of books. Craft an artful selection from Ed’s Editions in West Columbia or Odd Bird Books on Main Street and tie them up with a pretty ribbon. Bring color into someone's life with the colorful pillows, candles and art from Post House Design. Find all kinds of homey knick knacks at home boutiques like Blush in Lexington or The Little Green Door



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