Shop Local for the Perfect Christmas Gift
The holidays are the perfect time to support local businesses. While Walmart, Target and Amazon have made one-stop shopping more convenient, there is nothing better than supporting small business owners, helping them achieve their dreams while also getting unique holiday gifts.
Gainesville is a town full of terrific small businesses that specialize in everything from apparel to food to handmade trinkets. Here are some of my favorite local businesses that are perfect places to shop small and get amazing Christmas gifts!
This Gainesville-based company specializes in custom apparel and design. Their online shop has great Florida and Gainesville themed shirts (including my favorite GNV Gal tee) https://www.lvrink.com
A concierge gifting service that takes the work out of trying to think of gifts to give colleagues or clients, Well Wish takes personalization to a new level with their custom, hand-curated gift boxes. They have pre-made gift boxes as well as business gifting options available. https://www.wellwishboxes.com/
If you’ve ever seen my Instagram you would know that I refuse to get my nails done anywhere other than Enso. Give the gift of relaxation with a gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure. They also create their own homemade body butter, which is available for purchase, and they have a small shop area with products from other local artisans. https://www.ensotioga.com/
Baker’s Table Co.
If you are looking for the perfect thing to bring to a holiday party, Baker’s Table Co.’s charcuterie boards! The owner, Ashley, has a gifted eye for making the ultimate party platter, and her holiday menu has some of the most beautiful charcuterie boards I’ve ever seen! https://bakerstableco.com
EarthTonix is a nature-based wellness shop that specializes in plant-based bath, beauty and home products. The shop features candles, body oil, soaks, face mists, jewelry, lip balm and more! https://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthTonix
If you’re looking for a living gift, check out Plantstay, a Gainesville-based houseplant shop that has a wide variety of beautiful plants. They also sell planters, houseplant accessories and have nationwide shipping available! https://www.plantstay.com/
Wild Within Flowers
For a truly unique gift, check out Wild Within Flowers, an Etsy shop that sells handcrafted botanical art using real pressed flowers! Their handmade earrings, rings and necklaces are dainty and beautiful, the perfect gift the any lady in your life! https://www.etsy.com/shop/WildWithinFlowers
The AUK Market
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for and you want a lot of options, I recommend The AUK Market, a local shop that has a curated selection of vintage, handmade goods, art and apothecary. With tons of different products made by local artists and artisans, they have plenty of options for everyone. https://www.theaukmarket.com/