by Maddy Zollo Rusbosin | November 17, 2020
Ho-Ho-Homegrown: Shop Our Biggest Gift Guide Ever
No matter who is on your holiday shopping list, find the perfect present from one of these Florida-based brands.
Tis the season to shop local. Not only is it a thoughtful way to knock out your holiday list, but it also supports small business owners after a particularly trying year. These presents from across the state are guaranteed to spread equal amounts of cheer and Florida sunshine.
LUXE LOUNGE // PENELOPE T BOUTIQUE
Whether you’re planning on hitting the Zoom party circuit or staying cozy at home during the holidays, Penelope T is a one-stop shop for all your seasonal shopping. With storefronts in Jacksonville Beach and Tampa, the luxury women’s clothing and accessories boutique offers a curated selection from both big and small contemporary designers. Penelope T’s Lounge Edit is filled with particularly giftable items like printed pullovers, buttery soft sweats, comfy sweaters and leggings from brands like Nation LTD, Sundry Clothing, Rails, The Great, Mother and more. Their chic leisurewear instantly makes working from home or attending a virtual happy hour a little more stylish.
Lounge Edit Collection, $69–$198
CONSCIOUS COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is an incredible (and versatile!) natural beauty remedy: It hydrates skin, removes makeup, deep conditions hair, boosts your immunity and more. Not only can Tampa’s Conscious Coconut products be used in a number of different ways, but they’re also certified organic, cold-pressed and each purchase provides a meal for a child in need.
Dry Brush Gift Set with Coconut Oil Tube, From $35
BLING-LE ALL THE WAY // DIAMONDS DIRECT
It’s a fact: Diamonds shine a little brighter in the Sunshine State. Not to mention, they’re a heartfelt expression of your everlasting love for someone special. This stunning Oval Halo Band adds just the right amount of sparkle and features oval cut diamonds, which is one of the year’s biggest jewelry trends. Find the proper size by visiting the Diamonds Direct store in Jacksonville or their newly opened Boca Raton location. For more holiday presents that are sure to wow, you can also check out their website to view the largest selection of diamonds and fine jewelry in Florida. It’s the best way to bling in 2020.
Oval Halo Band, $4,150
AWB FLAMINGO COWGIRL TEE
Join the Flamingo magazine flock with our exclusive “Flamingo Cowgirl” tee, featuring a custom collage created by Florida-based artist Ashley Woodson Bailey. Look closely at the design and the flamingo reveals her penchant for both boot and blooms. Sizes are true with room to move. Get one for yourself and a friend.
AWB Flamingo Cowgirl Tee, $45
Sizes range from x-small to large
HALLE TATE SHARK TOOTH NECKLACE
These delicate, one-of-a-kind designs handcrafted in Ponte Vedra Beach carry just the right amount of bite with their featured fossilized shark teeth. The chic necklaces come in a range of chain lengths and styles and are the perfect price point for friends, family and teachers’ gifts.
Shark Tooth Necklace, $35
GO WITH THE FLOW // BABY YOGA BOOK
Just Like The Ocean: A Yoga Journey For Parent and Baby by Emily Foster Williams
St. Augustine graphic designer Emily Foster Williams’ new book Just Like The Ocean is a salve for these stressful times. The beautifully illustrated storybook is designed for parents and their little ones to bond over the healing power of yoga. The rhyming tale chronicles a jungle island adventure, and over its 26 pages, it shows how to connect with your baby through interactive yoga poses that encourage infant well-being, both physically and emotionally. There are also positions to help new moms ease back pain, mend diastasis, strengthen the pelvic floor, and combat postpartum stress, making it a must-read for any mamas looking for a little mindfulness during the holiday season.
HELLO POOLSIDE TURKISH TOWELS
Ask anyone who lives by the beach: You can never have too many towels. All of the designs from New Smyrna’s Hello Poolside are inspired by the Sunshine State, and they’re multipurpose too. Try using them as a towel, beach blanket, wrap or shawl.
Turkish Towel, $38
MAYA BLEU ORIGINAL SHARK TOOTH CANDLE
Scent the halls with the aroma of buttery rum, creamy vanilla and toasted coconut. Maya Bleu’s candles are hand-poured in Delray Beach and have fossilized shark teeth embedded into the wax. The candle’s ceramic vessel doubles as a planter after all the wax has melted away, which along with the shark teeth, is a nod to the company’s mission to give back to ocean conservation efforts.
Original Shark Tooth Candle, $39.99
RING IN THE NEW YEAR // ANCHOR BOUTIQUE
St. Augustine’s Anchor Boutique isn’t your average jewelry store; they're known for their custom creations that incorporate unique materials and colorful gemstones. Take their Sunshine Stone Jewelry collection for example, which features the rare 35-million-year-old Florida agatized coral. Each piece is hand cut and set into delicate necklaces, making it an ideal gift for someone who appreciates something that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Sunshine Stone Necklace, $145
THE FLORIDA LOCAL
This New Smyrna digital marketplace is owned and operated by two local ladies and specializes in Florida-specific gifts, like these hats and tees celebrating small towns of Florida, so you can show off your Sunshine State pride. Their sunshiny goods range from handmade candles to filet knifes to illustrated prints.
Lake Blue NSB Hat, $28
IDLEWILD CO. PLANNER AND CALENDAR
Ring in 2021 with the gift of organization. This planner and calendar from Idlewild Co., a boutique paper goods and gift company in Vero Beach, exude good vibes thanks to their chic yet colorful designs.
Frida 2021 Calendar, $28
2021 Big Island 12-Month Planner, $32
THE FOLKLOHR EMBROIDERY
Based in Weeki Wachee, artist Polly Pritz stitches vintage-inspired pieces that belong in every Floridian’s home. However, don’t think these are anything like the embroidery hanging up at your grandma’s house—each design is packed with personality like the punny "Mr. ManaT."
Florida Botanical Embroidery, from $25
ST. ARMANDS DESIGNS OF SARASOTA EARRINGS
A pair of turquoise beaded tassel earrings put this Sarasota jewelry company on the map, and now thanks to Instagram and word of mouth, their accessories are known throughout the Gulf Coast. Part of their appeal? Their statement earrings work for any occasion, whether you’re heading to a beachside brunch or a festive holiday party.
Tie Dye Marbled Blue and White Bow Studs, $12
90s Doorknocker Drops, $32
LACOSTE X EVERGLADES COLLECTION
The iconic prepwear brand has teamed up with The Everglades Foundation to launch a limited-edition apparel collection that supports wildlife conservation efforts in South Florida. Working alongside the Pantone Color Institute, Lacoste developed the shirt’s unique green hue dubbed Forevergreen By Lacoste as an ode to their commitment to restoring the state’s iconic ecosystem.
Men's Lacoste X Everglades T-shirt, $60
CORKCICLE EOLA BUCKET COOLER BAG
This dapper Corkcicle backpack is actually a cooler that fits up to twelve cans, two bottles of wine or other beach beverages. The stylish bucket bag comes in a range of prints and colors, including blue alligator for any UF fans, and will quickly become your favorite party sidekick.
Eola Bucket Cooler Bag, $149.95
HEARTH & SOUL GO LEATHER ALLIGATOR BELT
Meticulously crafted in Tallahassee, these belts are fashioned out of Florida alligator leather. Each one has a brass buckle and matte hand-waxed finish, making it an accessory that’s built to be worn for decades.
GO Leather Alligator Belt, $345
WÜRKIN STIFFS BOTTLE OPENER COLLAR STAYS
Crack open a cold one while keeping your collar looking spiffy with magnetic stays that have a built-in bottle opener. These functional must-haves are the brainchild of Würkin Stiffs, a Nokomis company that landed a deal on Shark Tank.
Pop-N-Stays 2.5” Bottle Opener Magnetic Collar Stays, $22.50
Get your caffeine fix delivered straight to your doorstep with a coffee subscription box from Made Coffee. The St. Pete company is known for their traditional con leche, a cold brew recipe blended with reduced fat milk and a hint of sugar cane. Trust us, one can is all you need to jumpstart your day.
Traditional Con Leche Subscription Box, $28.04 for 12 cans a month
If your man has been toting the same JanSport backpack since high school, it might be time for an upgrade. The simple, rustic look of this backpack from The Vintage Gentlemen was inspired by the travels of Theodore Roosevelt. It's crafted from top-grain buffalo leather with an antique brown finish, making it a dependable—and stylish—leather backpack to accompany you on all of life’s adventures.
The Roosevelt Buffalo Leather Backpack, $375.99
HUMBLE BUMBLE KOMBUCHA STARTER KIT
Your kombucha-obsessed friend will love this brew-your-own starter kit that’s both tasty and a fun quarantine activity. Humble Bumble is an Orlando tea company known for their easy-to-drink, fruity blends like Strawberry + Basil, Citrus + Lavender, Grapefruit + Ginger, and Pineapple + Mojito.