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Local Gift Options For (Just About) Everyone On Your List

For Her
When it comes to gifting the special lady (or ladies) on your list—regardless of your budget considerations or her style preferences—Palafox has you covered.you have a high-end label lover on your hands and you’ve heard her utter names like Philip Lim, RAOUL, or Elizabeth and James, they probably aren’t her coworkers. Chances are these are the names of a few of her favorite designers, and luckily, Scout will happily oblige and send you home with designer boots, shades, a handbag or a full ensemble that is sure to tickle her fancy. Just up the street, a visit to Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique allows you the opportunity to come home with the perfect pair of denim or a party dress, and jewelry to accompany any look, ranging from Lily and Laura hand-beaded bracelets, to local, custom designed pieces by Stella Grace. To take the pampering a step further, stop by Belle Ame’ to select some luxuriously, handcrafted bath and body products in seasonal scents from their holiday collection including favorites like peppermint, eggnog or the latest and greatest—orange & clove.

Scout
403 S. Palafox, shopscoutonline.com

Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique
122 S. Palafox, facebook.com/indigeauxbo

Belle Ame’ Bath & Body Products
112 S. Palafox, belleame.com

For Him
If you’ve got a stylish man on your list (or a man you’re hoping to make more stylish with the right gift) we recommend checking out these two boutiques that cater to men—Winston Perkins (located inside DUH for Garden and Home) and Don Alan’s. Both carry brands you’ll have a hard time finding at the mall like Jack Spade and Ballin. And don’t worry if you aren’t sure what size to buy or just aren’t in the market for clothes, both shops also offer plenty of male-friendly accessories like wallets, cologne and eyewear.  Don Alan’s even has SPANX for men—which might not to be on everyone’s “wish list” but probably should be. I mean, who couldn’t use a little extra support and reduced waistline action, especially around the holidays?

Winston Perkins at DUH for Garden and Home
501 N. 9th Ave., duhpensacola.com

Don Alan’s
401 S. Palafox, donalans.com


For the Kiddos

What better gift for the kids on your list than something that promotes learning and helps expel all of that crazy kid energy year-round? Luckily, we have plenty of such options available—like a membership to the Pensacola Children’s Museum, the Gulf Breeze Zoo, or a family membership to the Pensacola MESS Hall (perfect if you want to knock out gifts for the group), just to name a few. For wrap-able gifts to place under the tree or stuff in their stockings, Pizzaz has you covered, with hand selected children’s gifts including storybooks like “Elf of the Shelf,” as well as personalized items ranging from stockings to monogrammed Christmas PJs.

Pensacola Children’s Museum
115 E. Zaragoza St., facebook.com/PensacolaChildrensMuseum

Gulf Breeze Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., gulfbreezezoo.org

Pensacola MESS Hall
116 N. Tarragona St., pensacolamesshall.org

Pizzaz
832 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., pizzazhome.com

For the Hostess
What do you cart along with you to holiday gatherings to present to the host or hostess as a gift of gratitude? Generally speaking, wine is a safe bet and you’re sure to impress with a select bottle of vino from Aragon Wine Market. Since you may have multiple parties to attend and hosts to treat this year, AWM offers case discounts, meaning you can take home a bottle for everyone. If you’re looking for something to accompany the wine, head over to Nancy’s Haute Affairs for something both pretty and functional, like an elegant serving tray or some Kate Spade stationery. Or go another route all together and stop in the Dove Garden Gift Shop. They have unique fair trade items for home and garden that any host is sure to love, from handmade pottery and planters to repurposed wine bottle candles. Better yet, each purchase benefits Arc Gateway.

Aragon Wine Market
27 S. 9th Ave., aragonwinemarket.com

Nancy’s Haute Affairs
555 Scenic Hwy., nancyshauteaffairs.com

Dove Garden Gift Shop
1020 E. Fairfield Dr., arc-gateway.org/dove-garden-shop


For That Someone Special
Who doesn’t love a little bling, especially at the holidays? Whether you’re looking to put a ring on it this season, or perhaps simply bring home an eye-catching bracelet, Elebash’s Jewelers has been helping customers pick out the right piece of sparkle for almost a century now, meaning, you are in good hands. If you’re not in need of a diamond ring this year, consider stackable bracelets by Simon G, or a signature Pandora charm bracelet. If the “she” in question already has a Pandora bracelet, there are more charms where that came from, or earrings to match. They also have a pretty great watch selection including brands like Raymond Weil if you happen to shopping for a special “he” on your list. If you’re not in the market for any new bling to add to the collection this year and would rather spruce up a prized piece or two that you have on hand, stop by Elebash’s for a shine up, or even allow them to perform a quick fix on something antique so it can be made to appear as good as new.

Elebash’s Jewelers
36 S. Palafox, elebashs.com


For The Sports Fan
Help the sports fan on your list root for the home team by gifting them with tickets. Hockey season is already in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump on the Pensacola Ice Flyers bandwagon. They are currently offering single game tickets plus Ice Flyers Flex Season Tickets—which come in packs of 28 (full season), 14 and seven.  If baseball is more their speed, The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are currently offering season tickets plus lots of  other “mini-plans” which allow for great ticketing options without the full 70-game commitment. Both teams also have online shops full of team spirit swag like hats, jerseys and T-shirts.

Pensacola Ice Flyers
pensacolaiceflyers.com

Pensacola Blue Wahoos
bluewahoos.com


For The Athlete
If you’re looking to surprise the athlete in your life with something a little more than socks this year (although any runner will tell you that quality socks are always a prized gift) we’ve got a few suggestions. Running Wild has gadgets and gizmos galore, including the latest in Garmin watches, so you can literally help the athlete on your list pace his or herself into the New Year. Of course, not everyone is a techie and some would simply light up over new apparel, including compression gear now that the weather is shifting.  If the athlete on your list does anything with a board—surfing, skating, skimming, even SUP (stand up paddle boarding)—Waterboyz is where it’s at.  They have everything from gear to clothing and accessories. Waterboyz is also having a pretty killer Black Friday sale (30% off most of the store if you get there before 10 a.m.).

Running Wild
3012 E Cervantes St., werunwild.com

Waterboyz
380 N. 9 Ave., waterboyz.com


For the Adventurer
Intracoastal Outfitters and Weatherford’s are two go-to places for active wear for nearly any sport or weather condition, and niche adventure gear. Think everything from water purification equipment to kayaking roof racks. Intracoastal Outfitters is always stocked with brands the thrill seeker on your list will “geek out” about, like TOMS and Vibram Five Fingers. To take it one step further and give the gift of an experience, “Weatherford’s Outback rock climbing wall is perfect for the experienced climber or adventurous spirit wanting to try something new. Climbing gear and an introductory course are also offered.

Intracoastal Outfitters
701 E. Gregory St., intracoastaloutfitters.com

Weatherford’s
3009 E. Cervantes St., weatherfordsoutback.com


For The Music Lover
Most people have an audiophile on their shopping list. Even if that someone just so happens to be yourself.  For that person, Vinyl Music Hall is offering Black Friday ticket specials at their box office, allowing you the chance to save up to 50% off upcoming concert tickets. And if you really want to go all out, you can always go ahead and take advantage of early bird prices and get tickets to Hangout Music Fest.

If your music lover has been known to crate dig and collect vinyl, be sure to check out the Black Friday edition of Record Store Day. We’ve got not one, but two local shops participating this year: Revolver Records and the Music Box.  (Click here to read more about Record Store Day’s Black Friday releases)

Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox, vinylmusichall.com

Hangout Music Fest
hangoutmusicfest.com


For The Home Body
No—we aren’t talking about the kind of person who never leaves the house. We are talking about the kind of person who loves their house. The kind of person who is always working on a home improvement project or searching for the perfect side table to complement their already perfect sofa. The kind of person who lists Martha Stewart as their favorite celebrity. For these people, we’ve got a few suggestions depending on their style.

If they are into DIYs and playing Mr. or Mrs. Fix It—check out Pensacola Hardware. Not only are they a fully-stocked hardware store, they also have an eclectic selection of gift items ranging from cookbooks to grills. If you’re shopping for someone who’s more into decor and stylish accent pieces, check out DUH for Garden and Home. Their inventory includes everything from high-end big ticket items like furniture and linens to garden accessories, the best stationery selection in town and even a pet-friendly corner full of toys. If you’ve ever heard your home body refer to their style as “modern,” we guarantee you’ll find something they’ll love at Urban Objects. This boutique—which just relocated downtown— stocks some of the best modern design lines around like Blu Dot and Kartell. And don’t worry—even though their specialty is lighting, that isn’t all they keep in stock. UO has tons of gift-able items like vases, pillows and even uber-stylish piggy banks to pick from.

Pensacola Hardware
20 E. Gregory St., pensacolahardware.com

DUH for Garden and Home
501 N. 9th Ave., duhpensacola.com

Urban Objects
128 S. Palafox, urbanobjects.net


For The Foodie
Foodies light up at anything that helps to ignite their experience in the kitchen, along with their taste buds. Why not give them some high quality epicurean extra virgin olive oils and infused vinegars from Bodacious Olive, loaded with tastes ranging from sweet blackberry to savory garlic and decadent black truffle. Gift sets allow you to offer a sampling of some of the staples, if you aren’t sure as to what specific flavors your party fancies. If your fine foodie happens to be a coffee or tea connoisseur as well, a walk next door will allow you to take home a delightful bag of coffee or tea from Bodacious Brew.

Or what about a cookbook full of local-centric recipes and “Good Grits”? You’ll find just that (plus lots more) in the Tackle Shop gift shop at The Fish House.

And if you’re foodie is more into eating than cooking (which let’s be honest—most of us are) treat them with a box of specialty cupcakes from Oh Snap! Cupcakes. They have traditional flavors (like red velvet and fun-fetti) plus tons of creative combos like Hot Mama (chocolate cake infused with coffee and cayenne pepper) and Java Joe (which has sweet mocha buttercream and a chocolate-covered espresso bean) that are guaranteed make any foodie’s “best gift” list.

Bodacious Olive/Bodacious Brew
407 C/D, S. Palafox, bodaciousolive.com

The Fish House
600 S. Barracks St., goodgrits.com/gift-shop

Oh Snap! Cupcakes
707 E. Cervantes St., ohsnapcupcakes.com


For the Culture Vulture
Between Ballet Pensacola, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and Pensacola Little Theatre, there are plenty of performance options to pick from for your favorite culture-fiend. There are still a few shows left prior to the end of the year, so we highly suggest a surprise performance (say, a la Nutcracker) for some pre-Christmas gifting. Bonus, regardless of whether you buy them a ticket to an individual performance or an ultra-generous season ticket, you have a great excuse to gift yourself the same so you can share the love and the experience. For the visual art lover on your list, a year round membership to the Pensacola Museum of Art is a great way to ensure that they don’t miss any of the ever-changing exhibits.

Ballet Pensacola
400 S. Jefferson St., balletpensacola.com

Pensacola Opera
75 S. Tarragona St., pensacolaopera.com

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
205 E. Zaragoza St., pensacolasymphony.com

Pensacola Little Theatre
400 S. Jefferson St., pensacolalittletheatre.com

Pensacola Museum of Art
407 S. Jefferson St., pensacolamuseumofart.org


For The Fur Friends
One trip to The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery and you are sure to walk away with something your fur friend will treasure all year through, or at least for the season, like a festive holiday toy to chew on or sweater to strut around town in. Of course, if you choose to take home a bag of freshly made treats, you’ll be lucky if they last a week. In the spirit of paying it forward, bring an item along with you to contribute to The Spotted Dog’s donation drive that goes to benefit local shelters and rescues, and you will get a discount off your purchase.

If you don’t yet have a fur friend of your own to spoil this season, you can always give the gift of a fur friend (to yourself and your family). Along with Black Friday adoption specials, Pensacola Humane Society always has dogs and cats ready to be adopted out and welcomed in to a forever home.

The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery
124 S. Palafox, spotteddogboutique.com

Pensacola Humane Society
5 N. Q St., pensacolahumane.org


For The Person Who Has Everything
Everyone has at least one of these people on their list, right?  Nobody is harder to shop for than the person who has everything, except the person who doesn’t want anything.  But we aren’t going to let these tricky people stump us—not this year. Here are some of our favorite—outside the box—gift ideas for those difficult cases to crack.

For starters, think sentimental. Do they have a favorite family photo or keepsake lying around collecting dust? Great. All you’ve got to do is take it to Framing By Design and let them work their magic. They offer conservation framing, shadowboxes and specialty mats. Another way to think is vintage. No, we aren’t talking about T-shirts or coffee mugs from Goodwill. We are talking about antiques that are special to the giftee—like a first edition copy of their favorite book, dolls from their childhood they weren’t smart enough to keep but wish they had, or maybe a look alike family heirloom that reminds them of something their grandma owned. Our favorite place to search for treasures like these locally is Blue Moon Antique Mall. They’ve got aisle after aisle after aisle of good stuff, so we’d honestly be kind of shocked if you couldn’t find something gift-worthy.

Another way to think about the person who has everything is to think about how exhausting that must be. Always being on the go, in the know and on top of things has to get old. So how about you just give that person a break—literally. And when you think about it, a spa day is the perfect gift for the person who has everything—because they could always use a little more pampering, right? Two of our favorite local spa spots are Stay The Clinical Spa and Still Waters Day & Medical Spa. Stay is currently offering holiday relief packages and Still Waters a spa sampler package—both offer great services and value to boot.

Framing By Design
4718 N. W St.

Blue Moon Antique Mall
3721 W. Navy Blvd., facebook.com/Bluemoonantiquemall

Stay The Clinical Spa
1010 N. 12th Ave., Suite 128, staythespa.com

Still Waters Day & Medical Spa
20 N. Tarragona St., stillwatersmedspa.com