The pressure is on when shopping for your significant other. You’ll want to get them something that shows you put a lot of thought into their gift, and you want to get them something that they’ll absolutely love. Here are some gifts we think will do the trick.
ITK's 2018 Holiday Gift Guide:
For Your Sweetheart
Wooden You Know Cornhole
The one tailgate game that gets every guy out of his awkward man shell is cornhole. It’s fun, everyone is bad at it, and you can still hold your beer while playing. If you want to make him ecstatic this holiday season, get him his own! Wooden You Know (we love the name too) is a local woodworking company based out of Greenville that creates custom cornhole boards for the man in your life or let’s face it, anyone, because cornhole is awesome. You can choose from basic two-color options to a custom board with his alma mater or favorite team’s logo.
Tarah Belle Designs
As all good boyfriends and husbands know, you can never go wrong with jewelry. If you didn’t know, I will repeat this for you, YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH JEWELRY. Tarah Belle is a local jewelry designer that creates unique and personalized pieces that are handmade and one of a kind. She uses uncommon stones like Blue Kyanite, Dendritic Agate, and Lapis Lazuli (just to name a few) that make for sweet gifts even for the “not so ready for a diamond” relationships.
Every man likes a clean haircut and we have some amazing places in the Upstate that cater to the dapper dude in your life. We have two man-sized salons that will take special care of your fella. Frank’s Gentlemen’s Salon has two Upstate locations serving up a unique experience just for men. Services include straight razor shaving, tailored haircuts, pedicures, and facials. The best part? You can get all of this while having a premium beverage and watching your favorite game on the big screen.
Head Coach Haircuts
At Head Coach Haircuts you can get personalized service from a stylist that not only listens to your hair care needs but remembers your name. Head Coach offers straight razor shaves and every haircut includes a shoulder massage, shampoo, scalp massage, and a hot towel. Each station has a television and don’t worry, they’ll let him hold the remote.
Goose Feathers Boutique
Shopping for women is tough, we each have our own individual style and no article of clothing fits two of us the same. Goose Feathers Boutique in Travelers Rest has so many pieces that are dying to be added to her collection. You can take the safe route and get her a gift card so she can find her new favorite top. For those of you who have been together long enough that she isn’t brushing her teeth and applying lip gloss before crawling back into bed and hoping you think she woke up with minty fresh breath (spoiler alert: she didn’t), there are so many options and super friendly people to help you pick the perfect gift that will be just right for your lady. If you aren’t sure about sizes (don’t worry, neither is she) Goose Feathers has tons of unique gifts and accessories, many coming from local artisans.
Chocolate is the perfect gift for…well, anyone. CocoBon Chocolatier in Anderson offers a wide range of handmade truffles and bonbons to fit any palate. From seasonal flavors to old favorites (pass the salted caramel), CocoBon Chocolatier is infusing their confections with love and passion. Whoever you buy these chocolates for will feel the love too as each truffle and bonbon is made in-house. These chocolates are so good, you’ll be tempted to treat yourself.
Doesn’t your sweetheart deserve to be pampered? Short answer: yes. RedGateEssentials, based out of Spartanburg, is making that easy with their luxurious and all-natural products. Owner, Joyce Brents, makes all of the products herself. Looking for a bath bomb that smells outrageously good? Maybe, you want a natural candle to create some ambiance. RedGateEssentials has these products and more that make for great stocking stuffers.
Get them something that is distinctly “them.” That is to say, get them something with their name on it. Pinpoint Creative is doing laser engraving on various types of wood, plastic, paper, cork, cloth, leather, some types of metal, and other materials, from a large sign, to something as small (and meaningful) as a set of coasters. Trust us when we say a gift from Pinpoint Creative is a good one. One of our Tribe Members got our founder a set of ITK coasters engraved from Pinpoint Creative for Christmas. Let’s just say the waterworks were flowing.
Hartzog’s Gifts and Fine Jewelers
Feeling like you just can’t seem the find the perfect gift? Hartzog’s Gifts and Fine Jewelers in Gaffney has it all. From home decor to baby gifts, to household items and jewelry, their wide selection offers something for everyone. The best part? Their customer service is impeccable. Friendly shopping is the best kind of shopping.
We know you’ve heard it before, smell is the sense most closely linked to memory. That being said, give them the gift of scent. Breezy Quarters, located in Abbeville specializes in handcrafted scents that come in a variety of forms. Looking for bath bombs? They’ve got them. Candles? In every scent. They even carry gorgeous soaps that would look at home in any Lush location. They even have a line of men’s products like beard oil. If you are looking for something for your pet, they have that too. Smelling good is easy with Breezy Quarters.
Beyond the Threads
At Beyond the Threads, they are all about personalization, but they have so much more. Everyone loves a personalized shirt or gift for the holidays, and your sweetheart will especially love the thought you put into the gift. Beyond The Threads has many gifts that are ready to be purchased for that someone special. They also have crafts, such as wood signs that you can paint and customize to fit your sweetheart’s taste.
The Brewery Experience in Greenville is one like no other. Partnering with five Upstate breweries, you can expect to taste a wide variety of ales from an assortment of local brewers. Book a private tour for you and your hunny or enjoy the hops with other Upstaters on one of their public tours that run on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Not sure when you want to go? No problem, they have gift cards available.
City Scape Winery
Everyone knows the best way to make your lady happy is to let her “wine” a little. City Scape Winery in Pelzer is not only a place to take in a glass (or bottle) of amazing vino but they also offer a variety of unique things to do while you’re there. The U Vint Wine Class is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make your own wine from choosing your juices to squishing the grapes (that has to be the right terminology). If you want to win extra brownie points, City Scape can help you design a custom label for a bottle of your choice for your sweetheart. Make sure to include that adorable picture of you two and all the mushy feels guys! For more information about City Scape Winery and to book your visit click here.
Lazy Bear Wine
Nestled on the foothills of Pickens, Lazy Bear Winery is focused on small-batch and dessert wines. In fact, Lazy Bear winery doesn’t even specialize in grape wines. Their specialties are fruit and berry wines. The only grapes they use are muscadine/scuppernongs. For those who aren’t familiar, muscadine and scuppernongs are varieties of grapes grown in the southern United States. That being said, the muscadine wine is sweet. A bottle of wine is always a great go-to gift. If you want to go more in-depth, get them a wine tasting at the Lazy Bear winery. Find out more about Lazy Bear here.
A Stay At The Historic Belmont
Sometimes, we all need to just get away. Tucked away in a corner of the Upstate is the town of Abbeville. Tucked into a corner of the square of Abbeville is the wholly charming Historic Belmont Inn. With 26 adorable rooms, all individually decorated, this is the perfect place to book a romantic getaway. They will “ooh” and “ahhh” over the unique rooms and classic feel. The inn also has two restaurants on site, and the town of Abbeville is just steps away. Want to amp up the gift? Get them tickets to a show at the historic Abbeville Opera House. Give the gift of getting away.
Magnolia Scents By Design Candle Making Class
Not all of us know how to make candles, the wax, the scents, the colors, it can be confusing. Luckily, the insanely genial folks at Magnolia Scents by design are here to help. You can book your own candle making class. They provide everything you need to create your new favorite candle. You get to choose the scent, the color, and you even get to name your creation. Don’t worry, they are used to candles with silly names. Get your scent on with Magnolia Scents by Design.
Does your sweetheart have a competitive side? Do they love puzzles and games that involve logic? Then get them an experience at Escape Artist Greenville. With various rooms to choose from, your sweetheart can race the clock and try to escape these expertly crafted rooms. Seriously, the attention to detail Escape Artist puts into their rooms is incredible. The experience is fully immersive, and the memories will last long after the clock stops.
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