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Shop Local This Holiday Season With Our Gift Guide

No two loved-ones are the same, which can sometimes make holiday gift shopping a hassle. Not only that, but shopping at major retailers during the holiday season can also be a nightmare thanks to unnavigable aisles, cranky customers and cliché gifts. Why waste time stressing about your shopping trip when you should be spending time with family? Thanks to us, you can send your worries packing and off on their own holiday getaway.  

We’ve compiled a list of gifts for every kind of person in your life. From the fashionistas to the beer-lovers, we have you covered. Plus, each gift idea can be found locally in the Fort Lauderdale area, so you can support small businesses during the holidays and save yourself from those lengthy lines at national stores. 

For the Seasoned Traveler

MetroSafe LS350 15L Backpack in black or red, available at Freeman's Luggage and Gifts for $99.95 

This PacSafe backpack is perfect for that person in your life who is always on the go. Featuring anti-theft technology like TurnNLock security hooks, credit card scanner-blocking materials, lockable zippers and security clips, this worry-free gift will allow your loved-one to live in the moment and travel in style. 

2549 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.566.8115; freemansluggage.com

For the Foodie

Gift card to Market17

Give the gift of fine dining and amaze your foodie friends with a gift card to Market17, one of Fort Lauderdale’s most talked about restaurants. Family-owned and serving farm to table, unique and colorful dishes, this restaurant and bar will have your friends and family deciding whether they should eat their dish or snap another picture for Instagram. 

1850 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.835.5507; market17.net

For the Boat Setter

Eddie Forbes Lobster Trap Art, available at Sailorman for $55

Paintings by local artist Eddie Forbes are a unique and creative gift for any boat-lover or seafarer. Painted on lobster traps, this lifelike portrait is sure to remind locals of their favorite place: the sea. 

300 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.522.6716; sailorman.com

For the Bride-to-Be

Luxurious Spa Day, available at The Atlantic Hotel and Spa for $80-$260

Her wedding is one of the most memorable days of a woman's life, but there’s no secret that planning the ceremony can be stressful. Give the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation with a spa package from the luxurious Atlantic Hotel and Spa. Choose from a variety of body treatments, massages and facials that are sure to give the bride-to-be her pre-wedding glow.

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8020; atlantichotelfl.com

 For the Animal Lover

A day at the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, available at Flamingo Gardens for $12.95-$19.95

Give your animal-loving friends an experience they’ll never forget. The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary provides encounters with a variety of creatures, from native alligators and panthers to a 600-pound black bear named Josh. They can also catch fun and informative presentations featuring the various wildlife while they’re there. 

3750 S. Flamingo Rd, Davie; 954.473.2955; flamingogardens.org

For the Fashionista

A fashion-forward outfit, available at Lilac and Lilies Boutique, prices vary

Every fashionista knows that a trendy look doesn’t need to break the bank. Impress your fashion-forward friend with a stylish outfit from this local boutique. Featured in Forbes Magazine, Lilac and Lilies is an innovative fashion boutique featuring looks from up-and-coming designers based out of New York, Los Angeles and even some local favorites.

2541 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale; 954.530.3109; lilacandlillies.com

 For the Fitness Guru

Teeki leggings, available at The Yoga Joint for $72

Your fitness-oriented friend will rejoice over these leggings, which are available in a variety of distinctive, free-spirited prints like Coyote Moon Dusk and White Snake Opal. Perfect for running, hiking, yoga or even swimming, these versatile leggings are made from fabric that is spun from fibers made out of recycled plastic water bottles, so your loved-one will be taking care of her body and the environment when she wears this holiday gift. 

6131 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale; 954.916.7253; theyogajoint.com

For the Tea Party Hostess

Warming joy tea set by Tea Forte, available at Sienna Blue Co. for $60

Warm up the holidays with this gift set. Presented in a keepsake box, the set features twenty separate tea blends and forty infusers that mirror the spirit of the holiday. Pinkies up!

1670 SE Third Court, Deerfield Beach; 954.305.4015; siennablueco.com

For the Beauty Enthusiast

Best Skin Ever Kit by Jennifer Bradley Skincare & Cosmetics, available online at jenniferbradley.com for $125

For the beauty-conscious friend in your life, you can’t go wrong with this skin care kit from local skin care and cosmetics line Jennifer Bradley. Produced locally and with cruelty-free ingredients, the Best Skin Ever Kit includes a three-in-one cleanser, a resurfacing gel, Time Freeze skin tightening serum and your choice of either the Clearly Younger Skin Moisturizer for combination skin or the Cooling Moisture Serum for sensitive skin. 

3038 N. Federal Highway, Ste. F, Fort Lauderdale; 954. 383.5186; jenniferbradley.com

For the Brew Master

Behind-the-scenes brewery tour, available at Funky Buddha Brewery for $8-$15

Gift your beer-loving buddy a behind-the-scenes look at one of South Florida’s most beloved breweries. The informative tour includes a history lesson about Funky Buddha Brewery, a sneak-peak at their unconventional and eccentric brewing technique, beer tastings and a commemorative glass. 

1202 NE 38th St., Oakland Park; 954.440.0046; funkybuddhabrewery.com