It’s almost Christmas and (gasp) you haven’t finished your shopping yet. No worries! We’ve got a shop or gift for every person on your list – even for the one you think has EVERYTHING.
1. Outdoorsman (or Outdoorswoman)
Andy Thornall Company, Winter Haven
Quality is the word that comes to mind when I consider the offerings and customer service from what I consider to be one of Central Florida’s best outdoor outfitters, Andy Thornall Company in downtown Winter Haven. Expect a great selection of knives, men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, watches, fishing gear, camping and hiking gear and accessories.
Guided Fishing Trip with Captain Scott Taylor
Polk County is home to World Class bass fishing - they don't call it the Large Mouth Bass Capital for nothing! Let Captain Scott Taylor of TMC Guide Service plan a Florida fishing excursion for the outdoors man or woman on your list and they'll catch nothing short of a good time!
5th and Hall, Lakeland
Classic style meets street fashion for women (and men!) at this hip Midtown boutique.
m.marie (Winter Haven) Hattie’s Branches and Tennessee Jane (Lakeland)
These three boutiques carry stylish clothing and accessories you won’t find in the mall, which is one of the great things about boutique shopping. You’ll find a beautiful gift that’s perfect for your sister or girlfriend and she’ll be dying to know where you got it!
3. Hip Hunk
Fine men’s stores are few and far in between these days, that’s why Nathan’s is a true gem. They’ve got fine men’s suiting, an in-house tailor, swanky hats and a selection of preppy clothing for the frat boy on your list. Their employees are some of the best-dressed in Central Florida (IMO) and so will your man if you shop for him here.
5th and Hall
Boutiques aren’t just for women, especially this one, which is owned and run by a wife AND her husband and features as great a selection (preppy meets streetwear) for women as it does men!
4. Wonderful Woman
Scout and Tag, Lakeland
This home décor and gift store showcases a blend of vintage and mid-century modern furnishings, home décor and unique local gifts! If the lady on your list is crafty (in a good way), they stock Chalk Paint ® by Annie Sloan and host paint workshops, either of which would make fun gifts!
5. For the Kids
Tickets to LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Winter Haven
You can of course find awesome gifts for the LEGO fanatic on your list at LEGOLAND Florida Resorts’ multiple gift shops, but you don’t have to fight the crowds for ab “Awesome” gift…why not present them with LEGOLAND tickets you can purchase at our Visitor Information Center in Davenport. They’ll have a gift that will put a huge smile on their face…and you won’t have to pick up and put in the toy box every day.
The Shop at Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland
Not only does The Shop (located inside Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College) carry jewelry and merchandise that complements their exhibits, they also carry unique toys and gifts for children, which will spark their imagination and creativity this Christmas.
6. The Green One
Sow Exotic, Lakeland – Home sown goodies
They have rare and exotic fruiting and medicinal plants, wild succulent gardens, house plants and handcrafted ceramic pots (and you can shop them online!) Best of all: EVERY botanical and EVERY creation is sown, grown, harvested, designed and handcrafted on their nursery and studio in Lakeland, Florida!
Rafa Natural, Lakeland and Bartow
They offer locally crafted, natural, vegan and organic skin care and bath and body lines. Throw in a snuggly robe and you’ve got a gift that they’ll enjoy all year long!
7. Sweetheart with a Sweet Tooth
Davidson of Dundee, Dundee
This candy shop, famous for their citrus jams and jellies, has been featured on the Food Network more than once. Watch the staff at Davidson's of Dundee pour and prep citrus candies while shopping for Florida souvenirs and some of the tastiest representations of Florida.
Webb’s Candy Factory Shop, Davenport
Webb's Candy has been doing citrus candy, goat’s milk fudge and gourmet chocolates for more than 85 years. Surprise your sweet friend with a Florida flavored wine and confections made the good old fashioned way, still using antique copper kettles and machines that date back to 1912!
8. The Person with a Heart for the Arts
The Shop at Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland
Located in the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, The Shop offers unique and specialty items ranging from toys, books and stationery to jewelry, pottery and clothing, which either complement their exhibitions and programs, or provide you with a uniquely stylish gift…Admission to Polk Museum of Art is FREE!
9. Just about Anyone
Downtown Farmers Curb Market, Lakeland
You’ll have a good chance at finding a gift suitable for the pickiest of persons on your list at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, which features vendors selling fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items from baked goods to jewelry. Most downtown shops are also open during farmer’s market hours!
10. The Person Who Has it All
May we suggest the gift of an awesome experience…
Subscription or Gift Certificate to Theatre Winter Haven
Gift certificates to Florida’s Most Honored Community Theatre never expire and season subscriptions start at $60!
Annual Membership to Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
Members receive year-round admission at Bok Tower Gardens and discounts at the Garden's gift shop (lovely) and the Blue Palmetto Café (delicious), advance notice and reduced admission to many special events, discounts on programs, and so much more! P.S. Did you know Bok Tower Gardens has a new children’s garden?!
Safari Tour at Safari Wilderness, Lakeland
For the animal lover or conservationist on your list, book at safari tour at Safari Wilderness. Your friends or family members can hop up on a camel or safari vehicle to see more than 400 species of animals including elands, zebra and ring-tailed lemurs. This north Lakeland attraction is conveniently located just six miles north of I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, and was recently voted by Fodor’s Travel as one of the “10 Best Safaris in the U.S.”
Josh “Bump” Galletta Prints and Post Cards
Available at our Visitor Information Center’s Taste of Florida shop, Josh Galletta’s works feature Polk County’s most loved experienced and attractions including Bok Tower Gardens, the outdoors, Detroit Tigers Spring Training and the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes.
A Final Thought
We hope this list serves as inspiration and a guide that gets you to the spot where you’ll find the perfect something for that special someone, but if it doesn’t, just remember these words from one who knew a thing or two about Christmas.
“Maybe Christmas, he thought...doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps...means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Have fun and have a Merry Christmas – from our family to yours!