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Florida’s winter landscapes might not be filled with snow, but we’ve sure got a lot of festive holiday spirit. Save yourself some time and effort by choosing the best places to shop in the Sunshine State, where you’ll find the best gifts for everyone on your Christmas gift list. Ranging from upscale boutiques to antique shops and designer outlets, here’s a roundup of some of the best places to shop for holiday presents in Florida.
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The Mall at Millenia is Orlando’s world-class shopping destination, where you’ll be able to tick off everyone on your Christmas list and find a handful of unique treasures to treat yourself. A 1.2 million-square-foot center, it is home to international luxury brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Bvlgari, Cartier and Prada. If you’re looking for budget-friendly prices and you’ve got the energy, drive to the nearby Orlando Premium Outlets for deals from stores like J. Crew, Nine West and Armani Exchange.
During the holiday season, St. Augustine is filled with festive cheer, as its array of handmade jewelry stores and antique shops along St. George Street are the perfect place to stop for one-of-a-kind treasures. The streets are lit up with colorful displays and lights, while St. George St is the epicenter of the historic district, lined with locally owned boutiques offering plenty of choice for clothing, interior decor and vintage items.
It’s been dubbed the “Largest Christmas Store” in Florida, and Marge’s Specialties doesn’t disappoint. A year-round Christmas shopping destination, they are considered the experts. A one-stop-shop for home furnishings and decor, you’ll also find a wide range of Christmas trees that vary in color and size. You’ll be amazed at the inventory here, from ornaments to nutcrackers and stockings, and if you like their style, you can even hire their Christmas decorating staff to create a display for you and your loved ones.
Known for its premier outdoor mall and people watching, Lincoln Road in Miami offers a wide range of shopping opportunities. With shops sitting next to street performers and family-friendly restaurants, Lincoln Road Mall offers a pleasant Christmas shopping experience for the entire family. Running east to west through the center of South Beach, this iconic shopping plaza is home to both high-end boutiques and recognizable brands, making it ideal for a range of budgets.
Dating back to 1972, Robert’s Christmas Wonderland in Clearwater is a historic landmark. A family tradition for many, you’ll find a kaleidoscope of beautiful Christmas items. Decorate your home with the shop’s plentiful garlands, stockings and tree skirts, while delicate nativity sets, jewelry, candles and personalized gifts offer you the chance to get your loved ones a unique present. One of the largest Christmas-themed shops in the southeast United States, this shop keeps up to date with all the latest holiday trends.
Park Avenue in Winter Park is a shopping mecca, home to over 140 boutiques, museums and cafes that line its picturesque streets. Its premier shopping street hosts an array of holiday events that create a festive ambiance, while a variety of speciality shops provide a perfect place to browse for loved ones. From children’s apparel to bookstores, health and beach, antiques and jewelry, you’ll find what you’re looking for at this holiday shopping gem.
Considered the “Rodeo Drive of Florida”, Worth Avenue in Palm Beach is the most sought-after shopping locales in the state. Located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, this area showcases a collection of designer boutiques, shops and luxury department stores. Perfect for when you’re looking for luxury items like jewelry, fragrances and apparel, Worth Avenue’s tree-lined streets are home to Chanel, Valentino, Jimmy Choo and Neiman Marcus in addition to a range of unique specialty stores found only on the Avenue.
The Christmas Palace in Fort Lauderdale is a sight to behold, where you can browse for anything from pillows to rugs, holiday floral arrangements, Santa suits, train sets and items for holiday entertaining. You’ll find an overwhelming amount of decor to create the perfect Christmas tree display or you can purchase personalized gifts like ornaments or lively musical pieces that are perfect a loved one. There are also an array of charming Santa, nativity, angels, elves and nutcracker figurines.
Located in Jacksonville, Avonlea Antique Mall offers you the chance to experience the hunt of looking for unique treasures. The largest antique mall in Northern Florida, this mall has over 200 dealer shops in a 40,000-square-foot showroom. Offering the best selection of antique furniture, glassware, artwork and collectibles, this place is a great place to purchase Christmas items for that loved one who appreciates a rare find.
A popular entertainment complex for families with kids, the shops at Disney Springs in Orlando range from well-known brands to Disney-centric boutiques. There are over 100 retail shops in the area, all surrounded by restaurants and entertainment options. You’ll find plenty of unique gifts here, from international favorites like UNIQLO to the handcrafted silver jewelry from Spain found in the hidden UNOde50. Savannah Bee Company offers artisanal honey and beauty products, while Sugarboo is a chic Southern home goods store and gift shop.
The place to go to find unique beach gifts, the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk features stylish boutiques where you’ll discover men’s and women’s beach fashions, surf wear and beach gear at the popular Envie Boutique and Salty Beach Outfitters shops. If you’re looking for something more personalized, you’ll also find shops that offer unique jewelry, accessories, wood carvings and even a wine and cheese shop. For nautical home decor, paintings, photography, paperback books and souvenir items, head to Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Co.
The largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the United States, those who love a good bargain can complete their Christmas shopping at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. With more than 350 stores, you can find everything imaginable in this complex. From luxury brands like Prada to Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, take a short drive from Miami to browse through the air-conditioned mall and its electronics, sporting equipment, beauty products, toys, fashion and more.