Shop Local this holiday season! We all know shopping local helps our neighbors support their families, and in turn strengthens our community. Strong local businesses equal strong communities.
If anything, the pandemic opened people’s eyes to the effects of and importance of shopping local. This is a GREAT thing! Now is the time to put that awareness into ACTION! This is the biggest season for retailers – so let’s help them have a successful year by DUMPING the Amazon cart and buying from local businesses instead! Start a contest with your friends – how many gifts can you cross off your Amazon list and transfer to a local business?
If you need some inspiration to get started, I’ve created a list of great gift ideas from local businesses in Lakeland. All the businesses listed are on our Local Directory. Click on their name to visit their Business Ad. There you will learn more about their business, find contact info and direct links to their website!
Sweets – If you want to give the sweetest gift, Got Dessert is the sweetest little food truck in Lakeland! Not only do they serve up sweets at events around town and Central Florida, but they also offer pre-orders for a multitude of desserts. Be the star at the Christmas party and bring a tray of delectable, homemade candies, unique cookies, or scrumptious cake pops! Have a friend that is having a love affair with chocolate? Pre-order a triple chocolate cake and watch the magic filter through the air as they realize its ALL FOR THEM! You can also buy gift cards for your special someone to order whatever they want in the coming year.
Beauty – Swan City Hair is a hair salon in South Lakeland that specializes in hair color and offers top quality technical services. They also offer cuts, blow outs, special occasion styles, eyebrows, make-up application, and even mani/pedis! Check out their product line of their very own Swan City Hair products, including shampoo/conditioner and styling products. They also sell popular brands like Schwarzkopf, MoroccanOil and Dermalogica.
Organization – This might be a bit unconventional, but it will be loved oh so much! They will talk of your thoughtfulness for years to come! Do you have a family member who is in desperate need of some organization in their home? Busy lives prevent many people from getting their $#*! together. That’s where Nicole and her team comes in! They help de-clutter, organize, transition, down-size, and more! Buy a gift card from Organized Haven for your loved one and give the gift of peace and tidiness.
Freshness - Another unconventional – but AWESOME – gift idea is microgreens! Who wouldn’t love a Grow-It-Yourself Grow Kit to grow your own microgreens in your kitchen?! Vitality Farms Company also sells Live Blocks of microgreens, cheat sheets to growing, powders, seeds, blends, and so much more! There is a WIDE variety of types of greens to choose from. If you have a loved one wanting to freshen up their diet and their kitchen, look no further than Vitality Farms Company. If you can’t decide, buy a gift card and invite them to browse their website to get to know all about this urban microgreen business right here in Lakeland!
Food – Lakeland has a lot of locally-owned restaurants who are ready to serve you their delicious and creative eats! Our “Local Eats” Collection includes restaurants representing a wide variety of cuisines.
Sandwich Shop & Coffee
Buy a gift card, dine-in and treat your friends/family to a great time and a local meal, or order catering for a party offsite! Everybody gives out Long Horn gift cards, so be the person who gives something different to your loved ones!
The Food & Beverage Category on our Local Directory has the following Sub Categories: Bakeries & Coffee, Bars & Pubs, Farms & Markets, Food Trucks, Health Foods, and Restaurants. There are plenty of places, even not on our directory, that are local with exactly what you are looking for!
Personal Care – I love our Sub Category “Hair Salons & Spas” because there is something there for everyone! Find one below that caters to your special someone and order a gift card today!
ABK Salon has Dominican and Puerto Rican hair stylists and is always flexing their color skills on IG.
Belle La Vie Salon & Spa is a black-owned Salon. The owner is a self-described Hair Extension Guru, but her coloring and styling skills are top notch, too. *And her fashion is always ON POINT.*
Blown Beautiful Dry Bar delivers professional styles including the Boss Babe, The Bombshell, and Girl’s Night Out. Don’t forget to include a makeup package to complete the look!
Vega Spa offers facial services including dermaplaning, as well as a massage therapy. Yes, please. BONUS – She sells spa products and chic accessories on her website!
Woodlund Salon is hands down the best choice if you are looking for an environmentally friendly space that delivers modern, inclusive, and high-quality service.
Tattoos – Yes. Tattoos. It’s a GREAT gift that would be highly appreciated and literally remembered FOREVER. Check out the following shops and I’m sure you will find one that fits your person’s style. Order a gift card but be prepared to be the hero of Christmas.
Dog Lovers – Sometimes you can’t think of a gift for someone, so you have to dig deep in their personality. Do they love dogs? Probably.
Doggie Bag Boutique Stop by and be greeted by Salem the black cat (who is always looking for a back rub). Find food, treats, toys, accessories and more!
If you want to buy your loved one a gift card for a day at the spa for their pup, check out:
Specialty Boutiques – still looking for a different gift, but haven’t found it?
What about a bicycle lover? Bent’s Cycling in Dixieland is a great choice for cycling accessories or even a gift card.
Etoile specializes in dancewear and all the accessories your dancer/gymnast/theatre lovers could ever want. They also have a clothing boutique called Claypool Clothing Company.
Violette’s Art Stamps is a scrapbook & rubberstamp store for your crafty friends. Buy them a gift card and let them get lost for hours browsing the winding displays in 12 different rooms.
Do you have a lover of all things vintage on your shopping list? Good news! Lakeland has two vintage shops filled with pieces certain to make them drool. Buy a gift card at one or both!
Boutiques – Boutiques always make a gift list, so I saved them for last. But what’s a gift list without boutiques geared towards women?? It’s nothing, I tell you, so here is our last group to round out this blog.
Bungalow Boutique & Gifts is a women’s fashion spot that also carries accessories and Lakeland themed gifts.
Main & Monroe is an online boutique focusing on women’s fashion, including casual, feminine and dressy pieces for the modern mama.
Saw Dust & Rust is a faith-based boutique with tons of home décor. I know you will find something your loved one will love.
Scout & Tag is the ultimate place to go if you are looking for Lakeland-themed gifts from local artists and makers. They also house Rafa Natural, a local business that makes organic and natural skin care products.
The Red Swan is a mobile and online boutique that attends several pop-ups throughout the year. They have hilarious products like magnets, coffee cups, notepads, bags, and more. They feature pop culture and the designer’s “snarky” humor; like the David Rose from Schitt’s Creek magnet that says “Ew David”. Need I say more?
Whiskey Way is our last online boutique with plans to open a store front soon! Check out their website for tons of wearable pieces for ladies of all sizes!
Yates & Hagan is a women’s fashion and gift store located in beautiful Lakeside Village.
Buy local this holiday season and share your purchases on social media! Tag us on Instagram and we will feature you in our stories! @ekimsplacelakeland