Want to spread your holiday cheer dollars at some local businesses instead of the big box stores? Shopping local is a huge movement in our community that has been bringing our city together in a new and endearing way. Spending your hard-earned cash with a local business actually means that Johnny down the block can get his skates and Susie on the next street over can have her new surfboard because our local shop owners are also neighbors and friends. Take your holiday gift shopping to the next level with pieces from one of our favorite small Jacksonville shops!
The Atlantic Beach Arts Market is tucked away in a warehouse off of Mayport Road and is a 5,000 square foot emporium that features a wide variety of handmade gifts, jewelry, pottery, and more. For just over a year, this creative co-op hosts more than 90 given vendors at any time and also provides crafting events with spotlight artists. They have a wide variety of gifts perfect for everyone on your list.
In the heart of Riverside lies a creative space dedicated to luxury bar essentials complimented by incredible local vendors. Load up on Camp Craft Cocktails and Conagree and Penn Farms non-alcoholic mixers while you gaze at an inspiring collection of books flanked by intriguing bartending supplies and luxurious essentials you never knew you needed for the home. Have someone who just moved into their new abode? Glassware makes the perfect and essential gift for any new homeowner!
Everyone knows a beer aficionado, right? Whether they prefer a dark stout, hoppy IPA, or a flavorful lager, this is a no-fail spot to grab a gift. Tucked in a set of small shops off of Beach and Hodges Boulevard is a craft beer wonderland called 9Zero Pour. Don’t be hesitant to grab yourself a drink and take a seat because expert customer service will help you find an irresistible brew worthy of a gift for that special someone. Did we mention their in-house coolers offer over 150 beers and ciders?
Looking for an array of goodies that can make for a 1 killer present? You can find everything you’ll need at Hoby’s General Store & Honey in Mandarin. This purveyor of artisanal goods specializes in carrying local honey, jams, olive oils, and simple syrups. Fresh Jax, Cam Lee Crafted, Topsy Toffee, and a selection of Hoby’s original sauces are just some of the items you’ll find here. Not the basket making type? That’s okay, Hoby’s also offers gift baskets that are ready to ship!
Located in Jacksonville Beach off 3rd Street is locally owned Lulamae. Get ready to knock out most of the ladies on your list with a trip to this one fun and flirty boutique. Find some new arm candy from Couture Jems, a gorgeous lipstick shade from Carrie Wilson Makeup, a completely new outfit, or choose a gift certificate that she can spend on her own time. Even if you’re unsure on which gift to choose, their incredible customer service will always be there to help you decide.
Situated in the heart of Jacksonville Beach, Sailors Siren is a magnificently curated shop that’s run by a local Jacksonville mom and daughter. Their shop is packed with unique goods and gifts that make your salty Southern life easier and more fabulous. Stop by to find the perfect gift for your best gal pal or favorite teacher.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the kids in your life, then a visit to Kyds Children’s Boutique is a must. Located in the heart of Beaches Town Center, Kyds is a children’s clothing boutique that has been offering a unique collection of the most coveted children’s clothing brands for infants, girls and boys since 2001. Kyds is one-stop shopping for anyone seeking the perfect baby shower gift or parents looking to refresh their child’s wardrobe with quality clothing that embraces a child’s individuality and style without sacrificing their comfort.
Alexandria Preston is the mother of 2 girls, Leah and Rose, and is the founder of Jaxmarketplace, a free advertising Instagram blog that focuses and features all of North Florida’s artisan makers including many of your favorites from the Riverside Arts Market.