While a thoughtful, well-worded note is always special, sometimes you want to send a little something extra that says, “I’m thinking of you.” Moreover, the holidays are upon us—that time of year when it seems you can never have enough hostess gifts on hand.
This is when living in the downtown area of my city comes in handy. A slew of perfect little shops with truly unique items are at my fingertips. And since Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, you can be sure I’ll take advantage of the opportunity to pick up a few remarkable prezzies to spread some joy in my travels this season.
For my local followers, some of my favorite downtown Lakeland steals include:
Vintage scarves from Black Swan Bazaar *
Decadent travel-size soaps (all natural, too! My favorite scent is Blackberry Sage) from Rafa Natural *
Handblown glass ornament from Brooke Pottery * (hey, if you’re going to do an ornament, do it right)
Handmade Ceramic Fortune Cookie (add your own personalized message) from Two Hens & A Hound on SoKen *
Whimsical change purse from Pumpernaks*
Travel-sized bottle of luxurious argan oil lotion from Liquid Hair Studio
Gluten-free Heart Thrive snack (for your friend at the party with a sensitive stomach who doesn’t want to miss out on the festivities) from Mitchell’s Coffee House*
A yummy BBQ rub from Whiskey Bent *
Handcrafted leather necklace from Boondock Studios (at the Farmer’s Market)
A blooming orchid, simple succulent, or a bottle of local honey (from the Farmer’s Market)
A gift card to Black & Brew * for the coffee lover in your life
Shops noted with an asterisk (*) are participating in Downtown Lakeland Partnership‘s #shopsmalllkld event; visit them (and a host of other amazing shops) tomorrow and you could win big (see the Facebook event page for details).
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