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Happy December to you!

I thought it’d be fun to create a holiday shopping gift guide featuring my personal list of favorites that are inspired by the Lowcountry or based in South Carolina. I hope this inspires you and helps you buy something you’re excited to give to that special someone on your list this year.


If you know me personally, read my newsletters, or follow my social pages, then you can probably guess what gift idea tops my list:

🎟️TICKETS TO WILD DUNES AUTHOR EVENT WITH MARY ALICE MONROE | Give the gift of a literary experience to your favorite booklover!  It’ll be a conversation like no other and a wonderful experience they’ll remember long after the event is over.



💖HART JEWELRY AND CHARMS | I love jewelry and this is one of my favorites for meaningful charm necklaces and more. A lowcountry-founded company by a Charleston native, too!

If you’re looking for earrings, I adore Elu Cook Designs. Her glass jewelry collections are infused with sand from different Lowcountry beaches. You must see her Dewees Island collection, inspired by The Islanders series. I even have a pair I love to wear!


🕯️REWINED CANDLES | Using repurposed wine bottles, this Charleston-based company creates beautiful wine-inspired candles. They’ve been a favorite of mine for years!



🍰CAROLINE’S CAKES | This is the gift I keep on giving! Famous for their 7-layer caramel cake, all of their creations are decadent, beautiful, and delivered in the prettiest packaging. My personal favorite cake is coconut cloud. If you don’t want to give an entire cake, try cake bites. I just indulged in their new sweet potato cake bites. I have one word . . . amazing!


CHARLESTON COFFEE ROASTERS | This is the perfect gift for coffee lovers! I’ve been a fan of this local roaster for a very long time, and I’m honored to say that I have my own signature dark roast coffee that is my newest favorite–I personally selected Beach House Blend, inspired by my Beach House book series. One cool note, if you spend $70 or more on your order, you’ll receive my holiday novel A Lowcountry Christmas, as a gift with your purchase.


📘THE ISLANDERS ADVENTURE COLLECTION | This special boxed set of my nationally bestselling series for middle grade readers (ages 8-12) is available for pre-order right now. So, if your young reader can wait… order this special collection now, and enjoy it this June! (Tip: check my social pages to see the special pre-order gift you can receive with your early purchase)



👶ISLAND BABIES | Here’s a perfect gift to add to the bookshelf of your littlest reader in the family. Every page showcases a Lowcountry coastal animal beautifully. Babies are fascinated by real pictures, and I know yours will love this book.



🍽️DINNER AT ISLANDER 71 FISH HOUSE & DECK BAR | Here’s a perfect gift for the locals (or someone who’s planning a trip to Isle of Palms soon)! Give a gift card to enjoy dinner and a sunset at Islander 71, located at the marina. The restaurant is offering a holiday promotion for every $100 in Gift Cards bought you’ll receive a free $25 gift card.


And, remember that gifts don’t have to cost a lot of money (or any at all). They don’t have to fit in a pretty box under the Christmas tree either. One of the greatest gifts is simply time well spent with the ones you love most. I hope you get to spend quality time with loved ones this holiday season. Merry Christmas from my home to yours!