Shop Local: The (2023) Premier Guide to Shopping Local in Columbia, SC

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Have you thought about supporting local businesses and shopping small in Columbia, SC this year? Whether you’re looking for locally-owned gift shops, clothing boutiques, or even children’s toy stores, we have some great options for you! These stores are full of unique, stylish items that are hard to find anywhere else, making great gifts for everyone on your shopping list! 

Shop local in Columbia, SC

The Importance of Shopping Small 

When you shop from small, locally-owned family businesses, you are making a meaningful difference in the lives of people from our own community, neighborhoods, and whose names you may actually know. While we should try to purchase from these places more than just once or twice a year, the holidays make for an exceptionally great time to do so. 

Hubs of Columbia’s Local Shopping

Want to head out on foot and browse local shops? Be inspired this gift-giving season by local shop displays and their unique gifts.

Some of the most popular areas around Columbia, SC to find locally-owned businesses are:

  • Five Points
  • Devine Street
  • Main Street
  • Downtown West Columbia

There are so many locally-owned stores and boutiques all throughout Columbia, SC. Here are a few of our favorites!

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Where to Shop Local in Columbia, SC

This article includes:
Columbia, SC Gift Shops
Boutique Clothing Stores in Columbia, SC
Locally Owned Children’s Stores: Toys and boutiques for kids in Columbia
Where to find Gifts for USC Gamecocks Fans.
More Places to Shop Local

Best Gift Shops in Columbia, SC 

The Collective

3128 Carlisle Street – 803.665.0139
The Collective is a small business boutique that sells products from over a dozen locally-owned businesses. Here you will find gifts for kids, glassware, jewelry, rugs, shoes, soaps, and so much more! 
The Collective

Uptown Gifts on Main 

1204 Main Street – 803.661.7651
This gift store has been open since 2008 and sells gifts that your loved ones will rave about! They’ve got unique trinkets, Bogg Bags, wedding gifts, clothing, collegiate items, decorations, and gift baskets just to name a few!
Uptown Gifts on Main

Just the Thing

2732 Devine Street, Suite A – 803.771.9969
This is a one-stop shop for all things fashion, accessories, and unique gifts! They have great gifts for all age groups and price ranges. 
Just the Thing


2754 Devine Street – 803.254.0772
Non(e)Such is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for elegant, timeless gifts. Selling beautiful gifts to all of Columbia for 3 generations, this boutique offers jewelry, tableware, home accessories, and more!

The Nifty Gifty 

104 Andrew Corley Road – 803.808.2380
Nifty Gifty can be found just outside of Columbia in Lexington, SC. They offer an array of fantastic gifts from seasonal decorations, and household goods to clothing and jewelry and everything in between! You won’t have a problem finding a gift for your family and friends at Nifty Gifty! 
The Nifty Gifty

Local Boutique Clothing Stores

Tall Oaks Boutique

128 State Street – 803.834.4554
Tall Oaks Boutique is owned by a University of South Carolina graduate. This is a women’s and children’s boutique where you can find super stylish clothing and unique toys. One thing I love about Tall Oaks is that they have a train table with plenty of accessories at the back of the store to keep kids entertained while you shop! 
Tall Oaks Boutique

Pink Sorbet 

2726 Devine Street – 803.251.2525
Pink Sorbet is a local, family-operated boutique that sells all things Lilly Pulitzer – clothing, stylish bags, trendy cups, kids gifts, and more! They also offer complimentary gift wrapping. 
Pink Sorbet

2G’s Clothing 

723 Saluda Avenue – 803.254.2016
If you’re on the hunt for unique clothing that you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else, give 2G’s Clothing a try! They are a women’s clothing store with many great pieces and can be found in Five Points. 
2G’s Clothing

Southern Stitches of Chapin 

504 Lexington Avenue – 803.941.7292
Southern Stitches can be found in Chapin, SC. They offer boutique clothing, personalizations, and great gifts for everyone on your list! 
Southern Stitches of Chapin

Locally Owned Children’s Stores in Columbia, SC 

Shop for kids in Columbia, SC: Locally-owned children's shops

Here’s our exclusive guide to Locally-Owned Children’s Stores in Columbia, SC

Duck, Duck Goose

2800 Devine Street – 803.451.0014
At Duck, Duck Goose you will find timeless, in-style children’s clothing and gifts! They offer monogramming, shoes, books, toys, and clothing in a variety of sizes! 
Duck, Duck Goose

Marigold Modern Kids

2732 Devine Street, Suite D – 803.931.3995
Owned by a husband and wife who reside in Columbia, SC, this children’s boutique is sure to have just what you’re looking for, for all the kiddos in your life! Along with children’s clothing, you’ll also find gifts for the nursery, books, toys, seasonal outfits, etc. 
Marigold Modern Kids

Be Beep Toy Store

Be Beep Toy Shop

4525 Forest Drive – 803.787.5772
In business since 1986, Be Beep Toy Shop has been an award-winning toy store in Columbia for many years. They have specialty children’s toys that are meant to last. From dollhouses to Legos, puzzles, musical toys, and everything in between, this is sure to be your one-stop shop for awesome kid’s gifts! 
Be Beep Toy Shop

Tootsies Children's Shoe Shop in Columbia, SC

Tootsies Children’s Shoe Shop

4517 Forest Drive, Columbia

Southern Children

4711-13 Forest Drive, Columbia
Locally-owned children’s boutique, Southern Children, has been in business for over 34 years!

Enchanted Closet

The Enchanted Closet, Irmo’s locally-owned children’s clothing boutique, has been around since 2007. Conveniently located in the Murraywood Shopping Centre

Where to Find Gifts for USC Gamecock Fans 

Miss Cocky

1450 Main Street – 803.748.4771
If there are any Gamecock fans in your family, Miss Cocky is where you should go to find awesome collegiate gifts! Here you will find women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, accessories, and USC trinkets. 
Miss Cocky

Where is your favorite place to shop small in Columbia, SC? 

Looking for more places to shop small?

Holiday markets are great for supporting small businesses!

Kayla Simmons
About the Author
Kayla grew up right outside of Charleston, SC and is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has lived in Columbia for a combination of 5 years. Kayla has a background working with special needs children, but now enjoys nothing more than being a stay-at-home mom of two. She enjoys keeping her kids busy by finding unique play spaces and events, involving them in hands-on activities and watching them learn about the world through play. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercise and spending quality time with her family and friends.

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