We hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving and survived the shopping weekend, but it isn’t over yet. Struggling to think of gifts for friends, family, or the lucky recipient of your Secret Santa? I’ve put together a list of amazing gifts from local businesses you’ll feel good about giving.
Rifle Paper Co – stocking stuffer galore
You’ve probably heard of Rifle Paper Co and that’s because they’re killing the stationary game. Based out of Winter Park, they’ve expanded to creating lifestyle pieces, home decor, custom sneaker designs, and more. Any of their items would be perfect for the art-appreciative relative or maybe your pin-obsessed friend. At the very least, spice up your gifts by using their beautiful custom wrapping paper – it won’t go unnoticed.
Gideon’s Bakehouse – turn any nonbeliever into a cookie lover
If you haven’t been by East End Market in Audubon Park, you’re missing out. These cookies are massive – almost 1/2 a pound each so this gift keeps on giving. While they do not ship orders, Gideon’s treats fare well in the mail if needed. Just be sure to preorder because the line gets long and once they are sold out – they are out. While you’re picking up your yummy gift be sure to check out the rest of East End as you’re guaranteed to find additional gifts from a local small business.
Gyset Collective – handcrafted arm candy
Any item from here will make that special person in your life swoon. Pick any authentic item knowing you can tell her she will be wearing a one of a kind locally produced piece. The boss lady who runs this ship has a beautiful story on how she got started creating this unique range of jewelry. You can either order online or stop by the Winter Park boutique.
Rock ‘Em Apparel – a beloved necessity
There isn’t a single person who wouldn’t appreciate a pair of socks this holiday season. Founded in Central Florida, Rock ‘Em creates apparel for the passionate sports fanatic in your life. With stunning partnerships throughout the NCAA, you’re sure to find a pair of socks for the team you’re looking for.
Custom Artwork from Orlando’s Finest
This time of year everyone loves to get holiday portraits done (and Orlando does have talented photographers), but maybe you’ve run out of time. A great alternative is commissioning a local artist to draw your loved one or your family. Everyone’s crazy about bitmojis and memojis so cute, personalized artwork is sure to be a hit. There’s a ton of talented artists on Instagram, Etsy or Twitter you can contact.
Hopefully this list got the ball rolling and you’re full of ideas. At the very least, you’re supporting a local small business. Central Florida is full of creativity and love so enjoy the rest of 2018 and don’t stress too much on the gift giving.
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