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Michelle Lara / December 10, 2015

A Shop Local Gift Guide From South Florida


As a small business owner I try my best to support my fellow creatives. Every time I go to a pop up shop or a craft event and meet the local artisans in my neighborhood I’m truly inspired not only by their creativity but their drive. 

For small business Saturday I shopped local and got to meet a few designers in my area.  I had so much fun strolling around downtown West Palm Beach and Lake Worth and hearing the stories behind the pieces. Finding out what inspired them to get started and what keeps them motivated to continue in their craft not only made my shopping experience a pleasure but as I wear the pieces I bought I’m reminded of the stories behind them. 

Supporting our locals is what keeps our neighborhoods vibrant. I put together this gift guide to inspire you to shop local this holiday season. 

A Shop Local Gift Guide From South Florida: Here are a few options to make this holiday season extra special


The gift of customization: Artisan Gift Boxes | Love & Bisous // $135 + up

I love everything about these gift boxes that are curated with the utmost care. It’s great to receive a gift it’s a whole other thing to know that the gift was completely personalized with you in mind. Kim the owner of Love & Bisous puts together these beautiful crate boxes that are stocked with items you will fall in love with. She has fabulous pre-made boxes and does custom orders as well!

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 The gift of creativity: Avindy DIY Jewelry Kit | Curate Boutique // $69

I love Curate Boutique and everything the North Palm Beach boutique stands for. I leaped for joy when I saw this jewelry kit on my Facebook feed {+ quickly added it to my wishlist}!  The kit brings everything you need to make your own gemstone jewelry and you can make up to 3 pieces! It’s the perfect gift for the creative DIY’er in your life. 


The gift of pampering: Blow Dry | AirBar // $25 + up

Who doesn’t love a great blow dry?!  AirBar in Jupiter offers not only fabulous wash + blows but up-dos and braids. I love popping in for a quick refresh and it’s a great gift for someone who needs a little pampering. Stop in and pick up a giftcard for that special gal in your life!


The gift of elegance: Bijou Thread Earrings | BlackBird Jewelry // $24

I actually know Robin the jewelry designer behind BlackBird Jewelry and her passion for what she does is evident in every piece she creates. These earrings are so versatile and elegant. They work for day or night looks and you can also play with the length to get it to what feels best for your look.  Their sterling silver and are available in a gold tone finish as well as many stone options!

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The gift of nature: Succulents, Ferns + Florals | Jenny Does Weddings // $9 – $40

I love bringing nature into my home but I don’t have the greenest of thumbs and succulents and ferns are an amazing option. Jenny Does Weddings creates beautiful pieces of art with her floral designs. She uses vintage and modern vessels with different finishes and colors for an eclectic and completely custom look that will be great for the home or office.

The gift of comfort + style: Cool Back Sweater | Palm Beach Style // $34.00

This lightweight knit has a gorgeous crochet look on the back. I love how the sweater is lighter which is perfect for our South Florida “winters”.  Palm Beach Style offers woman’s wear ranging from boho chic to preppy. They also carry accessories and can ship nationwide!