Picture this: It’sBlack Friday. The world is just beginning the holiday shopping scramble – but you’ve got your feet up, drinking coffee in your coziest PJsbecause you already got the perfect gift for each and everyone on your list. We’re talking your wife, mom, nephew and even Cousin Eddie.
You’re over that gift-giving-dread and worry about “where to get it?” and “will they like it?” You got each of them what they really wanted, because you knew without having to ask(and no, we’re not talking gift cards).
Then on Christmas morning, when they peel back the last shred of wrapping paper, bam – that million-dollar smile means they love it.
Surcee is a wishlist platformfor giving giftsthat your friends + family actually want, and it was developed right here in Greenville by local entrepreneur Allan Symonette, who created it after some major gift-giving misses. The name is inspired by the Southern word “surcee,” which means a little gift to say “I’m thinking of you” or “I love you.”
The freeplatform creates a community of thoughtful giving – and eliminates that awkward, “What do you want for Christmas?” conversation – by allowing users to create registry-style wishlists for gifts, experiences or charitable donations. Wishlists can be divided into lists for occasions (think: Christmas 2020, 30th birthday, Housewarming 2021), and users can invite theirfriends + fam so they can see what’s on your Surcee and give seamlessly (without ruining the surprise – i.e. no spoiler notifications).
How it works: 1. Join for free and create a profile. Input some basic contact info + answer some preference questions. 2. Start building your Surcee lists. You can add anything on the internet (or even manually add local gifts that aren’t found online), and Surcee even recommends gifts you might like based on your preferences. 3. Share it with family + friends. Most Surcee members have 5+ people in their circle. 4. Click to give. It just takes one click to give the perfect gift. (Read: Perfect for social gift-ancing.)
Bottom line?Surcee makes it easy to be a great gift giver to the people you want to give to, with gifts from anywhere, from global brands to local shops (think: from Gucci slides to a Greenville Drive hat). And that holidaystress over getting the wrong thing? Say goodbye to that, and thank us (er, Surcee) later.
Click here to see a visual walk-through of how we set up our own Surcee. Ⓟ
Development ○ A new mixed-use residential development, a streetscape project, and crosswalks are all coming to Travelers Rest + will progress in 2021. Read more about these development changes in TRhere. 🚧 (Greenville News)
Dish ○ Table 301 isopening a new restaurant in the Camperdown Development. Diners can expect small plates with flavors from cuisine around the world + an intimate, rooftop experience. The restaurant is projected to open by spring 2021. 🥘 (Greenville Journal) ○ Off The Grid Greenville has provided us with a great guide for those everyday leftovers. Not sure what to do with all of that extra food from the holidays? Head over to theirwebsite for ideas. (Off The Grid Greenville)
Edu ○ Applications arenow live for thePublic Education Partners’ Teacher Fellows Program. This program is a half-year policy + advocacy fellowship for Greenville County Schools educators where they will meet twice monthly to learn from experts, discuss education policy in South Carolina, and develop their advocacy skills. ✏️
Finance ○ It’s easy to feel financially stretched during the holidays when all the bills are due for those parties, gifts + travel expenses.Here’s how you canskip your next loan payment to give your wallet a little more breathing room this season. 🎁 Ⓟ
TheBuy ○‘Tis the season for cozy feet (and, you know, gift giving).Bombas socks are super comfortable, colorful + designed to last. Plus, for every pair purchased, Bombas will donate a pair to someone in need. Get 20% offeverythingfor your mistle-toes from now until Dec. 2 when you shop the sale. Ⓟ
ForKids ○ Joanna Parker started Yumble – a service that delivers organic, ready-to-eat meals for kids directly to parents’ doors – because she struggled to get healthy meals on the table during school nights. Yumble is nutritionist-designed, mom-approved, and is especially great for picky eaters, with mealslikeMac & Mozz Burger Bowl + Snack Poppers.Bonus: They’re offering 30% off and free shipping. Ⓟ
ShopLocal ○ Let’s spread the wealth. Our Nov. 27 newsletter will feature holiday shopping deals to help you support our local businesses. If you’re planning a Black Friday sale our readers should know about, click here — our $75 promotion (70% off) has been extended through tomorrow, Nov. 19.
Coronavirus ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, andhere for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
Click the button below for local resources regarding the coronavirus.
Cause ○ Mask Distribution | Wed., Nov. 18 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Greenville Convention Center | Free | City of Greenville staff will distribute approximately 100,000 masks to local businesses.
Drink ○ Tetrad Wine Night with Castillo Mobile Cigar Lounge | Wed., Nov. 18 | 4-8 p.m. | Tetrad Brewing Co., 603 E. Stone Ave. | Prices vary | Welcome Castillo Mobile Cigar Lounge back to Tetrad Brewing + learn what cigar to pair with your favorite glass of wine. 🍷
FeaturedEvents ○ Just Say Something’s Holiday Bazaar Virtual Auction | Wed., Nov. 18 | Closes at 12 p.m. | Bid here | From a wine tasting to an ultimate driving weekend, make sure to place your bids before noon. All proceeds aid in Just Say Something’s mission to keep our community’s youth drug-free. Ⓟ ○ Impact Greenville & GVL 2040 Virtual Event | Wed., Nov. 18 | 12 p.m. | Webinar, Register | Free | GVL2040 is a comprehensive plan the City of Greenville will use to shape its growth and evolution over the next two decades. Sponsored by Impact Greenville, the sessions will feature city staff, steering committee members, and the plan consultant to discuss highlights and answer questions.Ⓟ ○ Greenville Open Studios 12 x 12 Exhibit | Ends Thurs., Dec. 31 | Virtual | Free | Check out the 12 x 12 inch art pieces created by participating Greenville Open Studio 2020 artists. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Struggling with what to get dad, little bro, or the hubs for the holidays? Make holiday shopping a bit easier on yourself by entering to win a $500 gift card to Harlestons, the Charleston-based men’s clothing company for polos, performance tees, pullovers + more. 👕
Bonus: They’re hosting a 30% off site-wide Black Friday Sale on Nov. 27 – access it early this week online to snag the bestsellers (like this pullover + this polo) before they’re gone. Ⓟ
Bombas socksare soft, cozy, and designed to last – but they also give back to those in need. For every pair purchased, Bombas donates an equally comfortable pair to someone experiencing homelessness. To date, they’ve donated 40+ millionpairs across the country.
Bombas are a heart-warming (and foot-warming) gift that aren’t just socks – they’re the gift of comfort, care + kindness. Get 20% off everything from now until Dec. 2 when you shop the sale. Ⓟ