by Maddy Zollo Rusbosin | November 18, 2021
Flamingo’s Very Merry 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Meet the local brands that made Santa’s Nice List this year
Whether you’re dreaming of a white sand Christmas, trimming a palm tree with twinkling lights or attending a beachfront menorah lighting, Sunshine State residents know how to celebrate the holidays. From award-winning chocolate in Naples to cigars from the Florida Keys to custom Apple watch bands from Orlando, you won’t need to look beyond the state line for the perfect gift. Spread a little holiday cheer to your fellow Floridians with Flamingo’s 2021 gift guide—your ultimate holiday handbook for shopping local. So, make a list, check it twice, and then go shopping for these homegrown finds.
Omika Luxe PJ Set
The racks of Penelope T in Tampa and Jacksonville are filled with gift-worthy items, but this year, treat the stylish ladies in your life to the gift that keeps on giving: a silky pajama set. Designer and fellow Floridian Erin Melear of Omika worked hand-in-hand with artisans in India to create three beautiful block prints, giving a whole new meaning to “beauty sleep.”
Omika Luxe PJ Set in Lisha Mist, Nirali Peach and Amala Multi, $198
From sunglass cases to business card holders, Miami’s Ladicani Design offers a range of quality 100-percent leather goods that are designed to make your busy life a little more organized. Founder Camila Ladicani makes each piece by hand and loves experimenting with color and texture. The result: chic, minimalist accessories you’ll use again and again. You can even put a personal touch on this gift by adding your loved one’s name or initials.
Card Holder Limited Edition, $50
Sunglasses Case, $55
Card Holder Classic, $40
Airpod Case, $30 (Personalization $7 more)
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These neutral beauties go with any outfit, so dress them up or down depending on the occasion. The Flagler College grad behind them began designing the light-weight clay earrings for fun, and now she’s grown Corvega into a full-blown accessories line with a variety of statement-making styles.
Kayla Sun-Day Bag
A Jacksonville couple with ties to the surf industry came up with the concept of Marloru, an accessories brand that’s redefining the term “beach bag.” All of their boho designs are water resistant, so you don’t need to worry about the contents getting soaked by a rogue wave, and they’re created with a water-loving lifestyle in mind.
The Discovery Set
Not only does founder Alexia Wambua hail from Cocoa Beach, but she also named an oil after the coastal town as an ode to her birthplace. The esthetician started her plant-based line, Native Atlas, with the hopes of creating effective, yet clean globally sourced formulas. This giftable kit is the perfect intro to her brand with best-of products to suit all your beauty needs, including a trio of face products, a recovery body balm and universal oil that can be used on your hair, face and body.
Bum + Body Cream Mint
Miami Beach Bum’s Bum + Body Cream is a must-have product for any Floridian who lives in their swimsuit 24/7. The brand’s founder created this results-driven cream as a solution for her own skin irritation due to always wearing a wetsuit. It’s designed to soothe and spot treat, prevent folliculitis flare ups and leave your body healthier than before.
NAKED BAR SOAP COMPANY
Holiday Bliss Gift Set
These artisan soaps handcrafted in Orlando are so pretty they don’t need festive wrappers or packaging. Each bar is packed with skin-loving ingredients like olive and coconut oil; cocoa, shea, and other exotic plant butters; and scented essential oils, making them worthy of every soap dish in the house.
Marquise Diamond Hoops
With 24 marquise cut diamonds totaling 2.9 carats, these eye-catching hoops will have you working your side angles all night long. Shop for sophisticated sparkle and lots of other shiny splurges online or in-store at Diamonds Direct in Jacksonville and Boca Raton.
Duval County Florida Map & The Surfer’s Map Of Florida
Gift a snapshot of a sentimental city from around the world with these rare, vintage maps from Atlantic Beach-based Mera Maps. Customize it with a place close to your heart or snag a premade map, like Duval County or the best surf spots around the state. Not only is it a cool way to show off your favorite local haunts, but it also makes for an amazing conversation starter.
Unframed maps start at $225, framed maps start at $399
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Lazy Beard Tonic Oil
St. Pete’s Bohemian Rêves is a handcrafted, plant-based beauty line. While they offer everything from candles and perfumes to skincare and smudges, we particularly love this beard oil that makes a great mid-week Hannukah gift. Its blend of ingredients stimulates hair follicles, soothes, hydrates and adds shine.
Floral Symmetry Swim Short & Weekend Shirt
Beyond making a splash at the beach or pool, this printed swimsuit and button-down are also good for the environment. Mavrans, a Miami based lifestyle and swimwear company, incorporates fabric made from recycled bottles and coconut husks along with organically sourced Pima cotton.
Mavrans Floral Symmetry Swim Short and Weekend Shirt, $99 each
FORM FUNCTION FORM
Button-Stud Apple Watchband
This Orlando maker is all about creating products that are equal parts eye-catching and functional. Since everything is crafted in their Central Florida studio, you can customize anything from an Apple watchband to a legal brief padfolio with a monogram, corporate logo, animal print pattern, message or even a drawing.
Seasoned stogie lovers and those new to the cigar game alike will appreciate this sampler box that includes a variety of smokes. Rodriguez Cigars is the oldest cigar factory in the Florida Keys, and the family-owned business started in Cuba in 1947. To this day, they construct cigars with finely aged vintage leaves through the traditional Cuban manufacturing process.
Rodriguez Sampler, $95
Tee Of The Month Club
Does anything beat a cozy, casual T-shirt? This Tampa apparel company doesn’t think so. The Salt Pine’s Tee Of The Month Club is the ideal gift for your loved ones who don’t want to sacrifice style for comfort. Each month they’ll receive a new 100 percent Pima cotton shirt straight to their door. No two months are ever the same, but each design is inspired by the laidback Gulf Coast lifestyle—one that includes boating, golfing, the beach and outdoor barbecues, of course.
Salt Pines Tee Of The Month Club, Short Sleeve $31 a month, Long Sleeve $39 a month
FOR THE HOME
Who knew a stool could be so stylish? This custom-made creation fashioned out of aluminum tubing and vintage polypropylene webbing exudes old-school beach chair vibes (and we mean that in the best way possible). The Miami design duo behind the stools focuses on crafting usable works of art with unexpected materials.
‘My Give A Damn’s Busted’ Canvas
This isn’t your grandmother’s needlepoint. Lycette Designs in Palm Beach specializes in needlepoint designs featuring cheeky messages that make quite the home décor statement. Buy one of their hand-painted canvases along with the fibers and accessories needed to get stitching. Once you’re done, they’ll even help you turn your work into a pillow, belt, ornament, clutch or other giftable item.
Lycette Designs “My Give A Damn’s Busted,” from $108.50
JIPSĒ CANDLES + APOTHECARY
Hibiscus Palm Reed Diffuser
Scent the halls with this Hibiscus Palm reed diffuser from Jipsē Candles + Apothecary. The eco-conscious beauty company from Jacksonville creates small batches of olfactory-pleasing blends with essential and fragrance oils. They also offer soy wax candles along with bath and body products perfect for the person in your life who could use a little extra self-care.
Bronco Tea Towel
These flour sack tea towels from Lello Co. add a charming, vintage touch to any home. Each design is illustrated by Tallahassee artist Laura Patrick, including this old-school watercolor Bronco. Gift this to the perpetual hostess in your life, and everyone at her next soiree will be asking where she got it.
Florida State Parks Checklist
Inspire your outdoorsy friends and family members to explore all of Florida’s natural splendor with this poster that lists all 175 state parks by region and in alphabetical order. The clever checklist is the brainchild of Jelly Press, a New Smyrna Beach based print and art studio. Not only does this gift support a Floridian, but it also preserves these special places for future generations as a portion of the sale goes back to the Florida State Park Foundation.
FOR THE FOODIE
MIAMI COCKTAIL CO.
Forgo the typical bottle of bubbly and gift these fun canned spritzes instead. With flavors like Sangria, Bellini, Mimosa, Margarita and Paloma, Miami Cocktail Co. is shaking up the mixology game with their organic beverages. These low-cal libations are made from the cleanest ingredients to ward off any holiday hangovers.
Miami Cocktail Co. Organic Spritz, $12.99 for case of 4
THE GRAZING GIRLS
The Share Box
If you live in Boca Raton, Lighthouse Point or Fort Lauderdale, call on The Grazing Girls for your next holiday soiree or send a delicious delivery as a treat. This woman-run business was born during the pandemic to cater to girls’ nights in. With a variety of cheese, charcuterie, crackers and specialties like a sweet treats board or Miami Dolphins tailgate box, no one will be mad when this unexpected guest shows up at their door.
The Share Box, $150
White Chocolate Infused with Lemon & Lemon Salt
Stuart’s Denise Castronovo knows that good chocolate starts with good cocoa beans. Not only does she import beans that promote the protection of the rainforests and support indigenous cultures, but she also makes award-winning recipes out of them. Take this lemon white chocolate bar. Its one-of-a-kind zesty taste brought home a World Gold Medal in 2020 along with numerous other titles.