It’s the season of giving and you’ve probably started thinking about finding the perfect gifts for the ones you love. If you’re visiting Savannah during the holiday season, you’ll find something for everyone on your list at our wide variety of local shops and boutiques. It also happens to be perfect shopping weather this time of year – crisp and cool, but not too cold! So take a stroll down Broughton Street, wander through City Market, and weave your way around Savannah’s historic squares as you discover all the unique shopping and locally-made treats to take home for the holidays.
The Paris Market is a Francophile’s dream. From its immaculately designed window displays to the cozy Parisian café inside, serving espresso and delicate macarons, this distinctive shop has a little bit of everything! On the main level, you’ll find locally-inspired candles, old-fashioned candies, delicate jewelry, and French perfumes. Little ones on your list? Their children’s section boasts adorable toys, costumes, and clothing. Venture downstairs to find an eclectic array of home goods, from vintage teacups and barware to handcrafted cutting boards and baking mixes. The entire store is a carefully-curated wonderland with a rare attention to detail.
While many Savannah visitors are familiar with the popular Savannah Bee Company, this new, local shop is also garnering quite a bit of buzz! Venture down the eastern end of Broughton to find Capital Bee — a quaint boutique selling local honey, scented candles, pretty tea towels, and other bee-utiful gifts. Wooden honey dippers and pewter bee magnets make the perfect stocking stuffers, and you absolutely must try the raw frosted cinnamon honey! Want to give a little bit of everything? Capital Bee offers handpicked gift sets featuring some of their favorite products.
This idyllic independent bookshop is the perfect place to pick up a thoughtful gift for every book-lover on your list. Located just off Madison Square, E. Shaver is picturesque and loaded with charm. Pet the resident kitties while you peruse their wide selection of literature, local history, and children’s books. You’ll also find Christmas cards, canvas totes, and other bookish gifts. Not sure what to buy? Check out their shelf of staff recommendations with personalized reviews. Don’t forget to stop by the tea room for a soothing cup before you go!
Step into this warm and friendly boutique on the corner of Bull St. and Perry Ln., just south of Chippewa Square. Red Clover offers budget-friendly fashions and unique accessories to please all your most stylish friends and family members. Pick up a pretty scarf and a pair of statement earrings for your best friend, and maybe grab a pair of ankle boots in your size while you’re at it! It’s important to treat yourself, too!
If you’re on the hunt for something extra special for the artistic friend or relative who seems to have it all, you’ll want to stop by ShopSCAD – a retail gallery of unique works by students and alumni of Savannah College of Art and Design. Just south of Madison Square, you’ll find everything from stunning pieces of fine art to handmade décor, apparel, and jewelry. Pick up a copy of The Bee and The Acorn, a beautifully illustrated memoir by Paula Susan Wallace, the president and founder of SCAD. This elegant Rooibos and Fruit Tea blend from The Captain’s Daughter, and these handmade, all natural salves from Humblelove also make wonderful gifts for anyone in need of a bit of stress relief this year.
Pets deserve some pampering, too, and there’s no better place to treat your pooch than Woof Gang Bakery. With locations on Bull St., River St., and City Market, you’re sure to spot their hot pink sign while you’re strolling around the city. Woof Gang is packed with toys, treats, collars, and accessories for both dogs and cats. You won’t be able to resist taking home a pink goodie bag full of holiday-themed biscuits for your furry friend!
Still need to book your stay? Check out our list of preferred hotel partners here. We can’t wait to welcome you to Savannah for the holidays!
Photography by Teresa Earnest