10 local gifts for a Columbia themed gift basket

Articles at One Eared Cow Glass | Photo by @mileet

Over 10 freebies that would make Columbia’s ultimate gift basket.

The holidays will be here before you know it, so we’re already thinking about what local items to give to our friends in love with Columbia (or people new to the city – or those who have just moved and want the perfect local souvenir to remember the city of dreams).

Inspired by Discover Columbia SC’s best local produce choices + some ideas of our own, here’s what we think would go into Columbia’s ultimate gift basket.

(But we know you have a ton of ideas too – so thiscomment below and tell us what you would add.)

Columbia Fireflies game tickets. Can you really experience Columbia without taking a #FireworksFriday at Spirit Communications Park?

Photo by @emannphd

A piece of wall art by a local artist, like a Chicken Man painting or a print by Easel cathedral. So, your person can decorate their digs with something only found in Cola – and think of you every time they see it.

Photo by @easelcathedral

Some officials ColombiaSC Style of the new Columbia SC Visitors Center. Because who doesn’t want to represent Cola on their hat or drink coffee from a Columbia mug.

Photo provided by Experience Columbia SC

Brewery merchandising – like growlers, six-packs, t-shirts or pint glasses of CottonTown Brewing Lab, River Rat Brewery, Conquest Brewing Co. Where Colombian crafts. Drink like you’re a local, as they say. And you get brownie points if that growler is full.

Photo by @cottontownbrew

A bag of coffee grounds or beans of Indah Coffee Co. Where Coffee from the country of love. Because the best way to get a * taste * of the city is with a morning cup of coffee.

Indah Coffee Co. | Photo by @indahcoffee

A bag full of treats of Cromer, Mast general store, Two jerking brothers and a local bakery like Silver spoon Where Blue flour. Yes, we said “and”. Happiness is a full belly, amirite? ??

Two Jerky Brothers | Photo by @ 2brothersjerky

Gamecock Equipment of Barefoot, The USC bookstore, Britton Where Just the thing. A t-shirt with “Go Cocks” on the front should give interesting looks when worn elsewhere than in SC

Barefoot Columbia Gamecock Gear | Photo by @barefootcolumbia

Some finds from Soda city – like a bag of Nana by Sally or artisanal soap from Carolina Soap Works. The Columbia Market, rain or shine, every Saturday is a Cola staple.

Zipped wallets Nana by Sally | Photo by @shopbohemian

A bowl of fruit, a flower vase or an ornament of One-eared cow glass. Hand-blown in Colombia, SC Talk about unique.

Articles at One Eared Cow Glass | Photo by @mileet

Adluh Flour DIY Grains. Because nothing says “a taste of the south” like that.

Adluh Flour Grits | Photo by @ sarahhomes.sc

Columbia is full of all kinds of unique + local loot, so making the perfect personalized gift basket will be a snap.

What would go in your ideal Columbia gift basket?

Tell us about your favorite Columbia memories in the comments below.

sat + Shayla, COLAtoday Fall Intern

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