Father’s Day Gift Guide

With Father’s Day right around the corner, the team at Kiawah River compiled our favorite Lowcountry-inspired gifts perfect for any father, grandfather or father figure. From locally made hot sauce and specialty cookware to outdoor adventures and active apparel, Charleston’s artisans and experts are sure to provide unique, quality gifts for this year’s Father’s Day.  

Red Clay Hot Sauce 

Red Clay Hot Sauce is famous for barrel-aged hot sauces and hot honey and can be found at local stores and restaurants throughout the Lowcountry. You can snag a single bottle for $9 or purchase a three-pack of the staples—Original Hot Sauce, Verde Hot Sauce and Habanero Hot Sauce—starting at $27. Red Clay Hot Sauce is the perfect addition to any meal, but pairs especially well with Jimmy red grits, Carolina gold rice and black-eyed peas from Marsh Hen Mill 

Cookware: Smithey and Le Creuset  

For the chef in your life, consider a set of cookware from Smithey or Le Creuset, both headquartered in Charleston. Try Smithey’s cast iron skillets for baking the perfect cornbread, roasting carrots from Kiawah River Farm or frying up some oysters making Leon’s fried oyster roll. To recreate 82 Queen’s infamous she crab soup or to bake bread that gives local favorite Brown’s Court Bakery a run for its money, Le Creuset’s Dutch ovens are the quintessential kitchen accessory. 

Stark Bag and Luggage Brand

Based in Charleston, J. Stark’s flagship store on King Street offers hand-crafted briefcases for a dad returning to the office, weekender and duffle bags for an upcoming family trip and leather dog collars for their beloved best friend.  

Free Fly Apparel 

Found at local Lowcountry retailers and beyond, Free Fly apparel has moisture-wicking, quick-dry gear for long days on the water and UPF protection for sunny, summer days ahead. For the dad whose perfect day is spent on the water, Free Fly’s Bamboo Lightweight Hoody can be worn year-round and is an ideal accessory for kayak and boat excursions.  

Captain John Irwin Fishing Charters 

Spend Father’s Day on the water with Captain John Irwin, founder of Fly Right Charters, on an expertly guided fishing expedition for those hoping to catch some of the Lowcountry’s plentiful redfish, seatrout, flounder, cobia, tarpon or amberjack. Irwin, who has fished and guided tours throughout the region for more than 20 years, also offers educational seminars and classes teaching general fishing skills and fly-fishing techniques for groups of all ages. Gift certificates are also available for any charter so you can plan a fishing trip for the future.