Welcome to the Hilton Head Monthly’ 2019 holiday gift guide, where you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ARE A FAVORITE LOWCOUNTRY TRADITION. HERE ARE SOME OF MONTHLY'S FAVORITE PLACES TO ENJOY THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND.

MONTHLY CELEBRATES LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES WITH THE 2019 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS.

Are you looking for the best of the Lowcountry? You’ll find it here. These are the “best of the best” places to shop, dine, live, party and more, as voted by you, our readers. If you don’t find your favorites here, make sure to cast your ballot next year. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and special thanks to all who voted.

SEEING THE WORLD WITH KIDS TAKES PATIENCE AND PLANNING

Of all modern man’s achievements, few are as wonderous as the ease with which we can travel the globe. What once was a months-long journey by steamship, train or pack mule can now be accomplished with an overnight flight and a shuttle bus, putting every horizon on the planet within a few hours’ reach. 

The more adventurous among you may want to continue your wanderlust even after you’ve started a family. But traveling with children is entirely different from traveling on your own. There are nap times to schedule, tummies that are constantly rumbling, bathroom breaks that pop up with startling regularity and attention spans that are measured in nano seconds. 

IT’S THE HOLIDAYS—THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. WHAT COULD GO WRONG? TURNS OUT, PLENTY. BELOW, LOWCOUNTRY RESIDENTS GET REAL ABOUT THEIR HOLIDAY MISHAPS.

NORTH ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH BRINGS FAITH TO LIFE

North Island Baptist Church began gathering in fall 1994 as a fellowship of seven families who wanted a Southern Baptist church on the north end of Hilton Head Island. 

After meeting in various temporary facilities, the fellowship moved in December 1998 to its current, permanent location at 3800 Main Street. A few months later, on Easter Sunday 1999, the fellowship became a fully recognized Southern Baptist church, with a membership of 100. 

ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE AWARDS RECOGNIZE BEST IN CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN

The Lowcountry’s most talented builders and designers were recognized at the annual LightHouse Awards gala on Nov. 8 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island. 

More than 300 area building professionals attended the ceremony, presented by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association and supported by title sponsor BB&T Home Mortgage.

SPENDING TIME WITH KIDS HAS HEALTH BENEFITS FOR GRANDPARENTS

Eat healthy. Get daily exercise. Get regular checkups. These are all tips that doctors say can help improve seniors’ health. 

Another surprising suggestion? Spend more time babysitting. 

A 2016 study in medical journal Evolution and Human Behavior suggested that grandparents who help care for their grandchildren — but who do not have custodial responsibilities — live longer than other seniors and have a better quality of life. 

In part, researchers said, it’s because caring for young children requires older adults to stay active, socialize and participate in activities. 

ITALIAN JEWELRY DESIGNER MARCO BICEGO TO VISIT HILTON HEAD

Though Italian luxury jewelry artist Marco Bicego’s work is known around the world and celebrated in art capitals from San Francisco to St. Tropez, the artist himself seldom visits stores where his works are sold. 

But Bicego will appear in person Nov. 20 at Forsythe Jewelers on Hilton Head Island to host a trunk show, meet clientele and personally engrave any pieces purchased that day.