basket weaverAfter much deliberation, the team at Natural Breast Reconstruction has officially made the decision on this year’s best holiday gift to give your loved ones, friends, and colleagues.  Not just an ordinary holiday gift--a holiday gift from the Holy City.We Charlestonians have many beloved traditions to uphold, so this was no simple task. However, we have come to a conclusion. This year’s #1 Charleston holiday gift goes to (drum roll) the Charleston Gift Basket!This is no ordinary gift basket. This is a cornucopia of original Charleston fare and--well, let’s face it, nothing says Charleston like a handmade sweetgrass basket:Sweetgrass Basket (price: $25- $1000) African art that was brought to Charleston by enslaved West Africans. The sweetgrass basketwas originally designed as a tool in the production and harvesting of rice and is only made in Charleston.Other favorites that made our favorite list:Dancin’ Goat ($12.99-$29.99)--Goats milk facial and body productsfrom local farmer on Johns Island.  All natural, healthy, and made with love from Charleston goats.Carolina Gold Plantation Rice(price: $13) — As early as the 1690s, rice began to grow as South Carolina’s leading export crop. The most famous variety grown was calledCarolina Gold” and is considered to be the grandfather of long grain rice in the Americas.Benne Seed Wafers(price: $5.95) — Toasted sesame seed cookies,Benne Seed Wafersare a classic Charleston tradition brought to America from East Africa during the 17th century. A little buttery, a little sweet and a little crunchy, many think Benne’s are the perfect cookie.American Classic Tea(price: $8.95) — Grown on Wadmalaw Island, this tea is thefreshest tea you can purchase, because it’s the only tea grown here in America!

Do you have other holiday gifts unique to Charleston? Please share ideas below!