Gainesville Gift Guide

Gainesville Gift Guide

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!

LVR Ink

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

Well Wish

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/

Enso Tioga

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

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

Plantstay

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/

The Perfect Vacation at St. Augustine Beach

The Perfect Vacation at St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach has always been one of my favorite vacation spots. My fiancé and I go there with his family every year, it’s where we had our first vacation and where Jared proposed last year. I love exploring this coastal town, and this summer Jared and I decided to take another trip to our favorite spot.

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Summer Beach Essentials

Summer Beach Essentials

Summer is in full swing here in Florida, and while this season looks a lot different than it has in the past, I am making the most of it and finding safe ways to enjoy my summer! This summer we are headed to St. Augustine Beach to stay in a private condo where we can safely enjoy a much-needed getaway. Here are a few of my summer beach essentials!

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Exploring John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk

Exploring John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk

Even though I’m a Florida native, there are still so many parts of this state I’ve never explored, especially on the west coast. So last weekend I was so excited about spending a couple days in Madeira Beach, a coastal town east of St. Petersburg.

We were there for a couple days watching my sister’s softball tournament, but we had a full day of exploring on Sunday. When I looked up fun places to visit in the area, John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk came up and it was definitely worth the trip!

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Visiting Margaritaville – Hollywood Beach

Visiting Margaritaville – Hollywood Beach

A few weeks ago I visited my parents and sisters in South Florida. I grew up just 20 minutes from Hollywood Beach and it always feels like home whenever I spend the day there. I took my fiancé Jared there for the first time and we spent the day walking on the boardwalk, exploring the Margaritaville Beach Resort and hanging out one of their restaurants to watch football. Here are some of my favorite photos from our visit!

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How He Asked: My St. Augustine Proposal Story

How He Asked: My St. Augustine Proposal Story

I’M ENGAGED! It feels so crazy to say! Two weeks ago my boyfriend Jared got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and of course I said YES! I wanted to share my proposal story with all of you, so read along to find out how Jared planned a super romantic proposal in Florida’s oldest city, St. Augustine.

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Everything You Need To Know About Taking An Adult To Disney For The First Time

Everything You Need To Know About Taking An Adult To Disney For The First Time

Watching a child experience Disney World for the first time is nothing short of magical. But how do you inspire that same magical feeling in an adult? Well, it’s pretty easy if you follow these steps and let Disney do the rest!

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Gainesville: Farmer’s Market Faves

Gainesville: Farmer’s Market Faves

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning here in Gainesville is visit the Haile Farmer’s Market. The tree-lined streets of the Haile Village Center transform into a bustling market, with local vendors selling everything from flowers and vegetables to prepared food to jewelry.

I used to drive 45 minutes on Saturdays just to pick up my favorite items from the farmer’s market, and now that I live just a few minutes away it means I get to go every weekend!

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