Christmas Last Minute Gifts You Can Buy from Locals

The holiday hustle and bustle is upon us. Most of us are being pulled in a few different directions. With so many demands upon us on top of all our normal daily responsibilities it is very possible that we may forget to buy a gift for someone. And what about that last minute holiday get together? You can’t show up empty handed. 

So even though we have shopping malls galore and plenty of options to choose from in Broward County, we also have great unique options right here in Oakland Park.  When you buy these local gifts you save yourself a drive across town, but best of all you support local businesses and entrepreneurs,  the heart of Oakland Park. 

So without further ado let’s have a look at some great local gift ideas. 

Handmade Jewelry

For the special women in your life what could be better than handmade jewelry? But what about handmade jewelry with powerful meaning? That is just what you get when you buy from Brittany Hopwood’s Violstones. Hopwood’s jewelry is hand-crafted and designed to help the person wearing it remind themselves how amazing they are. Hopwood describes her jewelry as:

I like to think of my jewelry as “fashion self care reminders.” It’s my way to beat mental illness and everyday trials; say no to negativity and yes to all the good around us. And what a better way to do that than to incorporate these reminders into your daily wardrobe? 

Besides the unique meaning behind each piece, each piece is unique in its craftsmanship. And better yet, they cost won’t break the bank. Check out Violstones Facebook page here.

Art Pieces

Oakland Park has a ton of art! Stop off at Art In Oakland Park to buy customized phone cases, phone grips, ornaments, and of course all sorts of hand made art. If you are not too last minute you might even be able to ask Angela, the owner, to customize a piece for that special someone. 

Clothes and Accessories

Does the person you want to give a gift to love fashion? Well then you must stop off at Sugar Luxe Society in downtown Oakland Park. SLS’s mission is described as providing “…clients with a fashion flair to create and achieve a style of their own…”. Get on over to Sugar Luxe for a personalized consultation with their fashion stylists and give the person in your life something they will love. Sugar Luxe provides fashions for both men and women. Not sure what to get them, get them a gift certificate. 

Food and Spirits

Who doesn’t love a food and spirits? If they don’t like one, surely they will like the other, so you can’t go wrong with either. Oakland Park has lots of great choices when it comes to both. 

Chainbridge Distllery, Oakland Park’s world famous distillery has a variety of choice of spirits for you to choose from. Recently they produced apple brandy, banana brandy and plum brandy. They have spirits made from beets and Florida Basil. Anything you choose from Chainbridge is sure to be a hit. Not sure which spirit is right for the person in mind? Give them a gift certificate. 

Fat Tap Beer Bar and Eatery serves up a variety of local and national craft beers. Some of the beers they currently have include the Green Man Demon Dweller, Trucks and Traines, No Mames, and Black Phoenix. With so many choices of brew you are sure to find something that will make the perfect gift. And again if in doubt, a gift card will always do the trick. 

Other local business from which you can get food and/or spirits are Funky Buddha, El Guanaco and Tatts and Tacos. For those that like fresh juices and bakery items, Oakland Park Coffee Juice Bar is a great option. And Bulegreen is always a good choice when it comes to a nice brunch.  

If you have a good suggestion for last minute Christmas gifts, leave please your comment below.

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Desiree Avila


Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 33 years. In addition to publishing, Désirée has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism.

Désirée consistently professionally develops herself and has earned several different professional designations and certifications in real estate including the PSA, e-Pro, AHWD, SRS, ABR, and SFR. She was also awarded the C2EX, Commitment to Excellence award by the National Association for Realtors (NAR). This award is given to Realtors® that distinguish themselves for their commitment to excellence in the real estate industry.

She is esteemed by her real estate colleagues and has consistently received 5 star reviews from her clients. Her philosophy about real estate is that being a Realtor® is a way of teaching and helping people, and in the process a real estate transaction may occur, that is to say her foremost priority is and has always been about helping others.

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