How many times have you found yourself saying, “They’re so hard to shop for?” If you are anything like us, you’ve found yourself saying it a lot. While gift cards are convenient, they are so impersonal, and they lack a certain pizzazz. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We have created a gift guide for any occasion. Need a last minute birthday gift? Done. Wedding Registry completed? No problem. Be the best gifter, with In The Know Upstate’s Anytime Gift Guide.
Just Because: ITK's Anytime Gift Guide
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. Find out more about Pinpoint Creative here.
A classic way to personalize a gift, MarleyLilly specializes in monograms. Most people are surprised to learn that their headquarters is right here in the Upstate (Greer, to be exact). With gifts for both men and women, there is something for every occasion. A monogram shows that extra amount of thought that makes a gift special. It shows you remembered their initials, right? Browse the MarleyLilly catalog here.
Give the Gift of Wine
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.
Joe’s Place Wine Club Membership
Don’t know what kind of wine they like? Simple, get them a wine of the month club membership. Joe’s Place Bookstore in Greenville offers a great deal on a wine club membership. Once a month, you get two bottles of wine (a white and a red) for $30. They usually have a pick-up party with some free food, but it’s not necessary to attend, and you can pick up whenever is convenient. Find out more about Joe’s Place here.
The gifts you can get from City Scape winery are two-fold. You can buy one of City Scape’s fabulous (and unique) wines, or you can get a wine making kit. That way they can create their own wine with their own flavor. You can get all of the supplies to make the next big thing in wine. The helpful folks at City Scape will also offer their extensive wine knowledge to help you vint perfectly. Take a sip at City Scape.
Staycation > Vacation
Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, Hotel Domestique will feel like a getaway. Picturesque views and a luxurious feel contribute to the distinct feel of Hotel Domestique. You won’t have to go far for a world-class meal with Restaurant 17 on the property. The hotel was inspired by George Hincapie’s world travels and features contrasting rustic and modern decor. Find out more about Hotel Domestique here.
The AC Hotel in Spartanburg
One of the newest hotels on the scene, The AC Hotel in Spartanburg is another jewel on the Spartanburg skyline. Dedicated to showcasing art, The AC Hotel is truly gorgeous. You can also enjoy the views from the top-floor restaurant in this boutique hotel. You’ll definitely want to check out the pool which is a serene oasis in the heart of Downtown Spartanburg. Find out more about the AC Hotel 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.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach someone to cook…and then they can make dinner for you! So, we paraphrased the adage, but it still stands true. There are some great cooking classes across the Upstate that will not only expand your kitchen knowledge, but also teach you to make some truly tasty dishes. Plate 108 in Greer has a huge selection of classes to choose from in many different cuisines. Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery offers their “Cook Local” series for an intimate experience. Both even offer classes for kids. Find out more about the classes here and here.
Do The Dishes
Now that they have the cooking skills, they’re going to need the right tools to bring those skills home. The Cook’s Station in Greenville has got a huge selection of cookware and appliances that will make any home cook feel like a 5-star chef. They also have all of the kitchen gadgets and gizmos that will make the kitchen feel like a science lab. If you are looking for a way to tell people what you want, The Cook’s Station also allows you to set up a registry. Find out more about The Cook’s Station here.
The quickest way to a man’s heart (or anyone’s really) is through their stomach. That being said, food is a phenomenal gift, because people have to eat. Swamp Rabbit Cafe offers a wide selection of gift baskets filled with local foods that are sure to delight. Cheese? Yes please. Sauce? That’s boss. (I’ll stop rhyming now). If food isn’t their forte, Swamp Rabbit Cafe also offers gift baskets filled with local spirits, and not the haunting kind. To check out their awesome baskets visit their site here.
Typically a gift card is a big no-no in our opinion, but we are willing to make exceptions. Groceries can be expensive and sometimes giving a practical gift is more appropriate. Not only that, but Lowes Foods offers a wide array of local products that are going to help you love life locally. Lowes has two convenient Upstate locations, one on Woodruff Road and one near Riverside High School. Plus, if you haven’t heard, you can totally drink while you shop. Mimosas and groceries? Yes, please!
We Took to the Woods
If you are looking to go the extra mile and spoil someone you really like, then check out We Took to the Woods. They are a specialty store that loves fine goods. Looking for a specialty homemade candle? They make them in-house. Looking for some unique decor to add a rustic touch to your friend’s home? They’ve got it and more. They also offer floral and event design services, so take advantage of their amazing taste and check them out here!
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. Find out more about Hartzog’s here.
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.
If you are looking for a chic gift or something for them to sport to the next game, then head to 105 West in Abbeville. They have a little something for everyone. From Clemson and Carolina apparel, to bow ties made out of feathers (these are particularly cool), and even Corkcicle products, 105 West has a seriously huge selection. As an added bonus, the mother-daughter duo who own the store are supremely friendly. Time to travel to 105 West.
Glasswork is a true skill, and it is remarkable when someone finds their voice in the medium. Dan Taylor of Oriskany Glass has found a unique voice in his glass creations. With interesting facets and planes running throughout his art, Dan’s works would make the perfect accent piece at any house. Inspiring awe and wonder, Oriskany Glass serve as both decorative features and plant holders. Catch the light, and visit Oriskany Glass.
The hand-painted items from Stippled Glass are both mesmerizing and beautiful. Shop owner, Melissa, carefully stipples each work for a grand impact. From plates, glasses, water bottles, and other trinkets, Stipple Glass items are one-of-a-kind. They also offer a fun sensory feeling as each item has a 3D effect due to the raised paint. Colorful, whimsical, and practical, find your next treasure at Stippled Glass.
Let’s be real, we all know that paying for a gym membership each month isn’t exactly the cheapest thing. But, if used regularly, it is totally worth the cost. Do you have a loved one that has been talking your ear off about needing to go to the gym, but just won’t take the plunge? A membership on you for a month to Orangetheory is the answer! Orangetheory is the hottest fitness trend everyone is talking about. This unique workout is sure to kick you (or your friend’s) tail right into shape. Want to learn more? Visit their website here.
The yoga culture in the Upstate is only getting more and more popular. People love getting bendy and feeling good about themselves. Whether your friend is looking to try out yoga for the first time or they are more of an advanced yogi, you can’t go wrong with giving the gift of yoga classes. There are several amazing yoga studios in the Upstate that offer amazing classes with expert yogis. Or, if your friend is into drinking with their exercise, check out one of the many breweries that offer yoga and beer experiences, such as 13 Stripes Brewery, Birds Fly South, New Groove, and more!
Give the Gift of the Outdoors
Elkmont Trading Co.
If you love giving the gift of adventure, check out all that Elkmont Trading Company in Clemson has to offer. They are all about providing the best products to make it easy to get out and explore the Upstate. They offer a vast array of goodies such as backpacking and hiking gear, apparel, shoes, outdoor sports equipment, and more. But wait, not only are they an outfitter, they also have a restaurant in-house to make your trip worth the visit. Stay for lunch or bring a friend to grab a beer (they have 16 craft beer taps and a wine and mead selection!) But wait, there’s still more…Don’t have your own equipment to hit the water? Elkmont offers rentals to make for a perfect day at the lake without having to make the commitment of a purchase. Stop by their shop to rent SUPS or fishing, recreational, or whitewater kayaks. Seriously, this place has it all. For more information, check out their website here.
Benchmark Bicycle Supply Co.
Biking is a favorite in the Upstate. If you have any biker friends that need some updating, give them some love via Benchmark Bicycle Supply Co. in Greer. If you’re feeling generous, pop in and check out their selection of bicycles for that special someone. Just looking to help them improve a bike they already have? This one-stop shop also offers full-service tunes-ups and more to keep things in tip-top shape. Find out more about Benchmark here.
On the list of things we hate, mosquitos are pretty high up there. That is why we were thrilled to learn a local company is making all natural bug-repellent products to keep those pests away. Magnolia Scents is taking a natural approach to repelling those little bloodsuckers. They offer two sizes of bug spray (an 8 oz and 2 oz option), as well as a soy-based candle. The ingredients list is short, but the bug-repelling power is big. Ready to say “buh-bye” to bugs? Then visit this link.
Do you want to make a statement? Then you’ll want to shop Frances Stone’s Etsy, Throwback Glam. Frances has an eye for bling and all things sparkly. She is repurposing trinkets and jewels into one-of-a-kind phone cases. She also features vintage jewelry (sometimes even the jewelry has been upcycled). Frances is always on the lookout for funky items and cool shapes. She even accepts custom orders for phone cases. If you are ready to shine, check out her store here.
The Upstate is filled with local sports teams for you to support. Even if you aren’t familiar with all of the ins-and-outs of a particular sport, doesn’t mean you can’t help a loved one cheer on their team. From football to baseball, hockey, and now even soccer, the Upstate has it all. Outfit them with a jersey. Get them a cool soccer scarf. Do they love hats? Then a baseball cap is perfect. The Upstate is even home to one of the most dedicated groups of football fans around (spoiler alert: it is Clemson). Get all your gear and visit these sites:
Sometimes, you want to give an experience instead of a thing. How about an experience where you learn how to make a thing? Enter: Skillpop. Skillpop hosts classes on various skills and techniques such as photography, brush lettering, and ceramics. These classes are hosted all over Greenville, and best of all, you can gift the classes. You could give someone gold leaf art, or you could give someone a class where they make their own gold leaf art? We would choose the latter as well. Learn more about Skillpop and their classes here.
Flying Tigers Sports Parachute Center
Some people are daredevils, and that means they live for an adrenaline rush. The Upstate offers plenty of ways to get one such rush. For the thrill seeker in your life, take them skydiving with Flying Tigers Sports Parachute Center in Anderson. Imagine the rush they will feel as they jump out of a plane and parachute to the ground. Personally, it sounds terrifying, but for some, there is no greater thrill. Are you ready to take the plunge?
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.
Arts For All
These days, it is all about the DIY. From crafting to home improvement, people are chomping at the bit to create fun and endearing items. Fuel this creativity with the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. The Center for Creative Arts offers a whole list of classes that will spark a creative spirit. From watercolor to sculpture to jewelry making, there are classes for all skill levels. Jumpstart their art with the Greenville Center for Creative Arts.
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