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Kiki’s local holiday gift guide

SIMPLY KIKI

KIM EADES

I began my shopping this year on Black Friday in Indiana. Caroline loves the idea of waking up early and fighting the crowds. With coffee in hand and half asleep, we toured the isles picking up odds and ends to fill the stockings. We had fun and although we didn’t take advantage of any of the doorbusters, our niece did find a great deal on a TV for her first apartment. I always savemy big shopping for Greenville. Supporting the local ‘mom and pop’ shops is important to me. This year I was eighty-five percent done with my holiday shopping before we even had our tree!

Whether you need a gift for a child, a girlfriend, a foodie or that person that has everything, you can find it all and more at these great locally owned places. Don’t forget to pick up a few ‘host’ gifts along the way so you don’t get caught empty handed at those holiday drop-ins. Here are a few of my favorite places to shop:

Paisley & Paper: You can find something for everyone in this cute store off Augusta Road. From stationary, party supplies, jewelry, candles, Clemson and SC memorabilia, and baby gifts, Marty Garrison has a huge selection! Best part….they gift wrap too!

Greenville History Tours: At the Chef ’s Table Culinary Tour is the greatest gift for the foodies on your list and for the family member that has everything they possibly need. The culinary tour brings you to some of the most renowned kitchens to sample dishes and meet the chefs. Beyond the delicious food, patrons will also learn fascinating insights into Greenville’s rich history and background of restaurants as John Nolan guides you on this 2-½ hour tour down Main Street.Visit www.greenvillehistorytours. com

Carolina Girl Cooks: Handmade tea cookies are perfect hostess gifts! I had the privilege to work with Jennifer Glover on a project and she is as delightful as are her lavender cookies. Her flavors also include; Orange Cardamom, Chocolate Chip Rosemary Sea Salt, and Rose. They are light, flaky and packaged beautifully!Order yours at: www.carolinagirlcooks.com

Poppington’s Popcorn: While we’re talking about food, this is another great addition to Main Street in Greenville. Who doesn’t love the smell of popcorn?

This is a great gift for co-workers, and again those foodies on your list. I love buying a “tub” for my kids. It is the perfect snack on Christmas morning while mom’s busy in the kitchen. I’ve recently worked with Rose, the owner, on a few corporate events and she’s great!

Peek-A-Whoo: An on-line store started by a couple of my Greenville girlfriends that specializes in personalized gifts for babies, toddlers and mommies! You can find Christmas pajamas, bloomers, slippers and even placematsfor Santa’s milk and cookies. My favorite, and my ‘go to’ for new moms is their JellyCat Bunnies!! I gifted them to my twin nieces and they love them! www.peekawhoo.com

Maddie Kate & Rosie Embroidery: Two sisters, Kathy Rumchak and Debi Henderson run their business out of their home (conveniently located on my street) and specialize in monogramming and appliqueing. No job too big or too small, they have a quick turn around time too! You can find them on Facebook!

MJudson: This is one of my favorite additions to Main Street in Greenville.

Conveniently located across the street from my office, I occasionally escape and find a corner to hibernate with my computer. It’s the perfect place to find a gift for the bookworm in your life.

They also have cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, glassware and much, much more! With everything on rolling carts, it’s a great place to host an event as well!

Happy Holidays!

Kiki