A Holiday Shopper’s Guide to Historic Columbia

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By: Staff, Historic Columbia

Monday, December 7th 2020

Historic Columbia Gift Shop at Robert Mills decorated for the holidays

Whether Santa needs some help this holiday season or you’re hunting for the perfect gift for family or friends, Historic Columbia’s Gift Shop at Robert Mills has many ways to bring history and more to those on your shopping list. Browse our gift guide here and then purchase online or in the newly reopened Gift Shop. 

NEW! The Gift Shop at Robert Mills will be open 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through December 19th. So whether you choose to shop online at ShopHistoricColumbia.com or come to the Gift Shop to browse items, you’re sure to find the perfect item for the history buff in your life. Please note that social distancing guidelines and masks are required during your visit. 

All sales benefit Historic Columbia in supporting its mission of preservation, education, and advocacy in Columbia and Richland County. Purchases from our Gift Shop mean more than ever as Historic Columbia homes remain closed and events significantly reduced or cancelled. 

Pink Amaryllis

Hurry before they’re gone! HC still has pink amaryllis bulbs available. Plant a single bulb or multiple bulbs together to create a memorable gift that will bloom six to eight weeks after potting.

The amaryllis originated in South America's tropical regions and has the botanical name Hippeastrum. The large flowers and ease with which they can be brought to bloom make amaryllis popular and in demand worldwide. 
Purchase Amaryllis


Paperwhites bulbs come in bundles of half a dozen and a dozen bulbs bagged and bowed. These popular flowers for decoration bloom four to six weeks after planting. Make the flower enthusiast in your circle delighted with these cheery blooms!
Purchase Paperwhites

Golden Kernel Pecan Company Pecans

Golden Kernel Pecan Company pecans hail from Cameron, S.C., where the family owned business has operated since 1924. Get in your holiday snacks while supplies last! 
Purchase Fancy Jumbo Pecan Halves

Historic Columbia house museum ornaments
Historic Columbia Ornaments

Bring something historic with local love to your holiday decorations with these Historic Columbia ornaments, featuring Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Site, Woodrow Wilson Family Home, and Seibels House.
Purchase Ornaments

Meeting and Market Candles

These popular, locally made candles are poured by hand and feature scents to get you in the holiday season. A particular favorite is the Cypress Bayberry scent, which updates the historic tradition of burning a bayberry candle for good luck. Other scents to get you in the spirit include Apple Harvest, Fig Rhubarb and Citrus Basil. 5oz each. 
Purchase Candles

The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss available at Historic Columbia's online gift shop
History by the Book

If those on your shopping list have a constant thirst for knowledge, help them dive into some of the most important topics in history with selections from our Gift Shop: African Americans of Lower Richland County, Unexampled Courage, The Woman’s Hour, Stony the Road, Divided We Stand, The Green Book, Stories of Struggle (also available signed by the author, Claudia Smith Brinson). 

Just for the Kids

Kids can learn about history too with this short guide to the history of Columbia and the state. After all, it’s Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know.
Purchase Kids Book

Renew or Purchase a Historic Columbia Membership

Not a member or let your membership lapse? Want to give a gift with a purpose this holiday season? HC depends on support from members to serve Columbia and Richland County with integrity and purpose. The dollars you give for membership help support many aspects of Historic Columbia’s efforts, including: 

  • Preserving our historic house museums and gardens 
  • Providing varied access to education on local history for all ages
  • Offering dynamic and engaging events throughout the city and county 
  • Ensuring Columbia is developed with historic places intact 

Our gardens have opened back up to the public and we are offering limited outdoor tours. When you choose to renew, we acknowledge you will not be able to take full advantage of your membership. That said, we encourage you to take a look at our events page for more opportunities and to take advantage of our online offerings that include a historic garden database and neighborhood and thematic tours.
Purchase or Renew a Membership

Donate to the Historic Columbia Annual Fund in Honor of Someone

To effectively address these pandemic-driven circumstances, Historic Columbia made a hard pivot from in-person engagement to digital. We encouraged the community to take virtual neighborhood tours on our website, to join us on Zoom for research roundtables and behind-the-scenes tours, and to opt into standards-based activities to supplement remote K-12 learning.

While we look forward to returning to in-person experiences, we recognize that we have the capacity to reach a much broader audience by continuing to build our capacity to deliver programs on digital platforms. To do this, we need your support. Help us reach more people than ever before!
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