Although you may think of Charleston as a summer destination, tourism never slows in the Holy City. Temperatures may plummet to below freezing further upstate, but Charleston can still see days in the 70s during November. Downtown Charleston, ever the center of Southern shopping, is overflowing with the season’s hottest trends even in the coldest months. A day of shopping on King Street is essential as you enjoy delicious food and historic tours. Walk around the best stores in the Holy City and leave with every name checked off of your Christmas list (with plenty of gifts left over for you).
In the center of King Street, Bevello’s charming boutique offers unmatched holiday glam. Stop by and shop their beautiful collection of sparkling holiday dresses and luxurious fur coats. Once your holiday party wardrobe is dazzling, check out Bevello’s cozy leggings for the nights you’ll spend curled up by the fire. A pair of Kendra Scott earrings and one of Bevello’s velvet handbags will shine as brightly as your gown at any Christmas gathering. For the friend who is always on trend, grab a few stocking stuffers such as delicate bracelets, winter-scented candles, and champagne gummy bears.
Check every item off of your kids’ Christmas list at this spectacular toy emporium right off of King Street. At Charleston’s best toy store, browse an impressive selection of trendy gifts: Harry Potter board games, imaginative Lego sets, and adorable stuffed animals. The store offers toys for children and gifts for teens and adults. Bath bombs, fidget spinners, and the ubiquitous Pop Sockets are the perfect stocking stuffers. Stepping into Santa’s shoes this season has never been easier.
Sage’s line of distinctly SoCal apparel has found its home here in the Holy City. The season’s best suede and fringe can be found in this bohemian boutique. Boasting a collection of free-spirited designer brands such as Chaser, Free People, and MinkPink, House of Sage will dress you in style for your winter vacation to the streets of Los Angeles or Miami beach. House of Sage is the Charleston fashionista’s go-to for the season’s most stylish winter booties and bold accessories. You’ll be wearing House of Sage’s Christmas collection of chunky sweaters, Free People embroidered jeans, and ripped denim jackets all season long.
Open daily, the historic market offers a colorful array of local wares. A handcrafted piece of Charleston is the perfect gift to take back home to your family. Food and beverage vendors are prolific in the market, which means that you won’t have to interrupt your holiday shopping for a coffee or lunch break. The night market is open every weekend and is bubbling with crowds and live music. Beautiful artwork, unique jewelry, stylish clothes, and plenty of booths for the kids makes the City Market a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
For the literary enthusiast in your family, there’s no need to turn to Amazon or Barnes and Noble for the perfect spiral-bound present. Blue Bicycle Books on King Street offers a vast selection of brand new and gently used books. For a vintage copy of a classic or the New York Times bestsellers, Blue Bicycle is sure to have the best novel on your Christmas list. The quaint boutique with excellent customer service is a welcome respite from giant department stores. While you shop, sip on a latte from Kudu, Charleston’s favorite coffee shop located just across the street from Blue Bicycle.
Charleston’s rich history comes alive on a tour aboard the Carolina Belle or the Schooner Pride. When you disembark, enjoy the best shopping, restaurants, and activities the Holy City has to offer. Come discover why Charleston, South Carolina is known for so much more than just the beach.