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Holiday Gifts for Good: The 2020 Edition

This morning, while buying Christmas and birthday gifts downtown, I was reminded of my 2018 plea for buying holiday (or any other) gifts from local businesses and especially from local museums and historic sites. This year, this book topped my “must buy” list at the Davenport House:

“Old Southern Cookery” by Sue J. Hendricks and Christopher E. Hendricks. “All the proceeds of “Old Southern Cookery” will go to the Davenport House to help fund their expansion of the Kennedy Pharmacy.” from the WTOC article.

For the person who truly has everything, consider a donation to a good cause in their name, such as the Historic Kiah House Restoration Campaign or the Forsyth Farmers’ Market. Also super easy is a museum or historic site membership. This is a perfect way to support sites and makes it a breeze to go as often as you wish. Check out the Coastal Museums Association directory for more museums, many of which have gift shops and/or memberships for sale.

Not every museum is open right now, and many have altered hours, so it may be best to call before going out. Here is a sampling of my local favorites with great gift shops:

  • Davenport House Museum– great gifts and local history books
  • Beach Institute – more local history books, including ones you won’t find elsewhere!
  • Wormsloe Historic Site– also great history books and some mugs I’ve been coveting for years, but can’t seem to justify buying *yet another* mug
  • Jepson Center and the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarter- So many beautiful gifts for art lovers (and books)
The Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters

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