The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!
If you’re traveling to Jacksonville this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
If you’re shopping for kids this year, there are many independent toy store options in the Jacksonville area, including:
· Bay & Bee is an eco-friendly toy shop that carries toys to spark learning, inspired by Montessori and Waldorf principles. They also have kid accessories for new parents on your list, like teething rings, sippy cups, and more. And, if you’re buying for a parent who has their hands full, consider getting them an Activity Box subscription. Bay & Bee creates customized boxes with toys, crafts, and activities for children under four.
· Villa Villekulla Toys on nearby Amelia Island is family owned and stocks fun and educational toys for all ages.
· For kids’ clothes and accessories, visit nearby Neptune Beach, where Kyds Children’s Boutique has been voted Jacksonville’s Best Children’s Clothing Store since 2002! The store’s lines combine fashion and function, stocking unique clothes that let kids showcase their individuality without sacrificing comfort.
· Happy Bug Boutique is owned by a local preschool teacher and mom of three. The shop carries traditionally feminine clothing for girls at affordable prices.
Chances are, there are at least a couple of dudes on your holiday shopping list this year. And if, like many people, you find guys a little bit harder to shop for, you’re going to want to visit T-Dub’s Mercantile in nearby Atlantic Beach. The store stocks a carefully curated selection of coastal-style menswear and accessories, plus fun items like surfboards, skin care, and fine art. You can feel good about your purchase because a portion of all proceeds goes to Mission House, a local organization that empowers individuals affected by homelessness. You’ll have a lot of fun shopping at T-Dubs Mercantile, too, because they have a bar in the back with shuffleboard and board games!
If you want to find unique, artsy gifts and books and also support a city cultural institution, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville has a great gift shop! Or, if you know an art lover, you could gift a membership.
Jacksonville International Airport
Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Jacksonville. Don’t worry, the Jacksonville Airport has you covered! Here are some options for last minute shopping that you’ll find inside:
· Amelia Island Marketplace in Terminal C has locally-themed souvenirs, clothing, and collectibles.
· Also in Terminal C, is River City Travel Mart, which has typical airport snacks and sundries in addition to a selection of gift items.