By Yasmene Warren
The holidays are here, and if you’ve got someone special in your life, we’re sure you want to treat them to something special. However, if you waited last minute to shop or are trying to find something a little more affordable, there are so many local shops with unique offerings. Let's check them out!
Who doesn't love a box of chocolates, especially from a local Orlando shop? AJ Chocolate House is the perfect spot for a last minute basket or box for that friend or family member with a sweet tooth.
The legacy behind these chocolates is unmatched as this shop specializes in hand making chocolate according to the finest Belgian traditions. They offer 150 varieties of creamy, handmade Belgian chocolate, ice cream, coffee, wine, cakes, and more!
2. Candy and Sweets
Not sure what to get? Or looking for something to fill those stockings? Candy is always a winner.
At Rocket Fizz, you can find both popular and unique candies fit for every flavor palate! Around the holiday, they also have candy baskets filled with all of your friends and family favorites.
3. Home Gadgets and Decor
Participating in white elephant and don't have a gift yet? What better gift than a unique home gadget, or something to decorate the home.
If you don't have a specific list to follow, check out Crazy Hot Buys! This liquidation store has anything and everything, and changes on a daily basis. Everything in the store is set at one price each day, no matter what it is (Sundays - $7, Mondays - $5, Tuesdays - $3, Wednesdays - $1, Fridays - $10, and Saturdays - $8).
You can find TVs, webcams, clothing, phone accessories, food, pet supplies, home decor and so much more at this store. The buying possibilities are truly endless!
4. Books and Puzzles
Phones and electronics have slowly been replacing the need for physical books, but there's just nothing like flipping each page as you read through a piece of literature.
If you're in the Winter Garden area, support a local bookstore - Writer's Block Bookstore! This store fills its shelves with all of the popular and newly released titles, but it also shines a light on the work of independent authors not always found in mainstream bookstores. In addition to books, the store sells gifts like games and puzzles, so you can shop for the non-readers in your life, too.
Clothing can be pretty expensive, but the little additions we use to tie our outfits together aren’t! Small shops such as Good Crowd in College Park have accessories galore, from socks and bags, to sunglasses and necklaces.
Take note of the things your partner wears frequently. Do they like hats? Jewelry? Are they a funky sock person?
The possibilities are endless when it comes to getting someone something you know they’ll use regularly, so get creative and gift them a new piece to make their outfits really stand out.
6. Custom Items
What’s better than being gifted everyday items from kitchenware to clothing? Being gifted custom versions catered to whatever your friend or family member loves!
Have someone who loves dishware, pottery, or DIY? Paint something (in store or at home) for that special someone at All Fired Up in Winter Park, or create a homemade craft at Pinspiration in Winter Garden.
You can also find cute, custom items like coffee mugs and cups, T-shirts, blankets, cards, or whatever fits your fancy at various small shops around Orlando. From Florida-shaped measuring spoons, to show-themed gift sets, you're bound to find that last minute gift that your family will love and go "where'd you get that?!"
There’s no reason every gift-giving occasion has to be an extravagant one. Sometimes, all people really want is to know they’re being thought of and appreciated. Giving little gifts with thought and care behind them can have a big impact on that special someone. Make these holidays happy ones, and show your partner what their love means to you with these affordable gift ideas.
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