A Gainesville Gift Guide to Shopping Local This Season
The time is here to start paying for gifts and paying good deeds. The time of year where our worth as an American is determined by our receipt’s bottom line as we gallantly kick off 2017 with a revamped consumer-spending profile.
Fret not, conscious consumers; we have a feel-good shopping alternative to lighten your spirits (and the burden on your wallet) with our Gainesville gift guide to kick-ass holiday presents that will support local makers, stimulate the Gainesville economy and mitigate your carbon footprint. Join the #shopsmall movement with us and give more during the season of giving.
She’s the First
This local non-profit empowers women in developing countries. They peddle trendy chokers ($15), succulents ($10), keychains ($3), and stickers ($1) for sale to help provide scholarships to girls in poverty stricken areas around the world.
Nirvana Bath and Body
Ditch the toxic chemicals in mall-bought beauty products and opt for Gainesville-based Nirvana Bath and Body. Get custom made Christmas packages upon request plus $5 bath bombs (or 3 for $12), $8 lotions, $3 lip balms and $5 rainbow soaps. You can find Nirvana products on Wednesdays at the Union Street Farmer’s Market or on etsy here.
Wizard of Odd Hot Sauce
Give the gift of a nose-draining heat this Christmas with Wizard of Odd’s uniquely flavored and exceptionally spicy hot sauce. Gift packages only $24 for a set of 4 sauces of your choice or individually for $7 each.
Land of Flowers
For some festive candles and delicious raw local honey, Land of Flowers has you covered. Get 3 beeswax ornaments for $5 and candles ranging from $3-$10. Honey comes in orang blossom, gallberry and wildflower flavors and is priced at $9 for 1 pound or $16 for 2 pounds.
For the coffee connoisseur, pick up some locally-roasted coffee beans. Flagship sells fair trade, organic beans packaged in compostable materials. Coffee is priced at $7 per package or check out the subscription services and roast to order packages.
For a unique, worldly gift, stop by Karen’s Collections. Her shop includes hand-made, fair-trade jewelry, clothing, scarves and silver work. Karen is a semi-retired teacher who travels to find unique collections around the world and buys directly from the makers in Tibet, Nepal, Bali, Thailand and Mexico. You can also find locally-made beads and jewelry from local maker Lydia.
For the special ladies in your life, frequent local organic beauty vendor Avani. The shop is a great go-to for stocking stuffers and small-batch, natural beauty products. Save both yourself the trip to Bath & Body Works and your wallet the agony while giving back to a local business.
Grab some bath soak, sea polish and hair tea for $4 and shampoo, conditioner and clay mask formula for $6.
Flow Space Yoga Classes
Give the gift of health and community with yoga, aerial flight, and acro classes with a gift card to Flow Space.
The holiday special includes 2 weeks of unlimited floor classes for $25 or 2 weeks of unlimited classes +1 Aerial class for $35. This gift is perfect for both the seasoned yogi and the aspiring beginner.
Bear Bottom Boys
You can never go wrong gifting mouthwatering salsa or BBQ sauce. That is, of course, if you can keep yourself from finishing the jar yourself on the ride home. Individual jars are $7 or 3 for $20. Snag some honey BBQ sauce or choose from a range of salsa flavors including onion and garlic, pineapple mango, peach, cranberry, hot onion and garlic.
Forest Rain Natural Soap
For more sweet smelling, skin nourishing beauty products, stop by Donna’s tent at Forest Rain Natural Soap. Donna creates soaps from scratch along with shampoo bars and toothpaste bars using all sustainably-sourced raw ingredients.
You can find these gifts and others at the Union Street Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm.