10 Excellent Gifts for the Miamians in Your Life
You’ve braved Aventura Mall crowds and popped into every shop in Wynwood, but you still haven’t found quite the right gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Before you cave and buy gift cards, we’ve got some ideas.
1. Trendy Sunglasses
Everyone needs a good pair of shades in the Sunshine State. These cat-eye sunnies look like a million bucks but in reality are affordable enough that you can buy a pair for all your BFFs.
2. Meyer Lemon Salt Scrub
Chef Janine Booth of Root & Bone, Stiltsville Fish Bar and Mi’talia makes more than just food—she’s also created a homemade Meyer lemon and olive oil salt scrub. It smells bright and citrusy while also nourishing and exfoliating skin. To buy a jar, ask the hostess in any of her restaurants.
3. A Delicious Read by Michael Schwartz
Got a bookworm or a foodie on your list? Satisfy them with James Beard Award-winning Michael Schwartz’s latest cookbook, Genuine Pizza. It was one of our top reads of the year, and it just so happens to center around our favorite food too. You might want to pick up a copy for yourself as well.
4. A Fancy Candle
Pass the Champagne. By which we mean this bubbly-scented Jonathan Adler candle. Bright and fruity, this rose-gold candle burns for over 40 hours, making it the gift that keeps on giving.
5. Tickets to Real-Life Candyland
Because experiential gifts are all the rage, treat your pal to Candytopia. Think of this as the Museum of Ice Cream but for all things candy. Open from November 26 to January 26 at Aventura Mall, the mini theme park will include a giant foam marshmallow pit, a freaky rainbow tunnel and a life-size garden filled with giant sweets.
6. A Fancy Clutch
We all have that friend who has been eyeing a fancy bag for ages. Treat them this year with this chic clutch perfect for a holiday party or New Year’s Eve gathering.
7. Miami’s Best Cinnamon Buns
Forget flowers or wine—the best hostess gift is a box of Knaus Berry Farm’s cinnamon buns. Considering they’re not the easiest to get your hands on (requiring a drive to Homestead and an hour-long wait in line), they’re no small gesture. Pro tip: Whatever your recipient doesn’t eat on the spot can be frozen for later. These treats are easy to revive in the oven or microwave weeks after purchasing.
8. A Bag from Ximena Kavalekas
The Miami-based designer’s namesake collection can be found at Bergdorf Goodman and Net-a-Porter, but you can get your hands on her celebrity-loved bags and accessories at her showroom in Brickell. And even if you can’t spring for a $900 bag for your bestie, she’ll appreciate the luxury of a python wallet or passport holder.
9. A Private Chef for a Night
Got a friend who could use a night off from meal prepping? Treat her to Chefit, a new Miami-based service that brings private chefs to one’s home at prices comparable to a regular meal out. Chefs come prepared with all the necessary ingredients and kitchenware and take care of all the prep and (best of all) cleanup.
10. A Sparkling Cocktail Facial
Know someone who could use a little self-care? Gift her a sparkling cocktail facial, where your choice of sparkling cocktail flavor is infused into a refreshing skin mask. Post-treatment, your giftee can lie upstairs by the pool with champagne in hand, as well as take advantage of the spa’s sauna and lounge facilities.