Shop Local: Made In St. Augustine Gift Ideas

This hand-painted starfish ornament is a created by a St. Augustine artist and available in the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center.

This hand-painted starfish ornament is a created by a St. Augustine artist and available in the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center.

By Renee Unsworth

Shopping local for holiday gifts is simple in St. Augustine, with made-in-St. Augustine items available in many locally owned shops. See the list below for some ideas …

ORNAMENTS, BOOKS & 450th ITEMS

Holiday gifts of all kinds are available at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive, next to the Historic Downtown Parking Facility (garage) in downtown St. Augustine. St. Augustine and St. Johns County residents with I.D. get 10% off all purchases during December!

Several ornaments, including the painted starfish ornament pictured here, are Made in St. Augustine by local artists. In addition, local authors have dozens of books available, with everything from Ancient City history to Datil Pepper recipes, and plenty of children’s books.

Other gift options include St. Augustine’s 450 memorabilia — from wine and beer glasses, to T-shirts and posters.

Visitors Center hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week.

JEWELRY & ART AT HIGH TIDE GALLERY

Hightide earrings

Dichroic glass dangly earrings by Deb Derbonne, available at High Tide Gallery, 76 San Marco Ave., uptown St. Augustine

Local artist Deb Derbonne is offering her dichroic glass dangly earrings at $19 for one pair or  just $30 for two pairs at High Tide Gallery, 76 San Marco Ave., uptown St. Augustine.

This gallery also houses artwork by more than 30 First Coast artists, with paintings, home decor, glass and ceramics, ornaments, stationery, and even locally-made paint!

Find mermaids, dolphins, crabs, beach-themed items, sea life, and historical St. Augustine scenes on view.

Call 904-829-6831 or go to www.thehightidegallery.com

 

ANCHOR BOUTIQUE JEWELRYanchor necklace

Anchor Boutique, 77 San Marco Ave., offers handcrafted and custom jewelry, along with vintage items and housewares.

The necklace pictured features a Florida Agatized Coral.

Call 904-808-7078 or go to www.anchorboutique.com

 

SAIRALOCAL RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATES

Shop and eat local with gift certificates from the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA). Purchase the certificates at staugustinerestaurants.com

Buy one gift certificate and get 17 choices — this group of independently owned eateries offers a wide variety of dining choices.

ALL LOCAL AT SIMPLE GESTURES

Simple GesturesSimple Gestures, 4 White St. East on Anastasia Island, offers handcrafted art — from sculpture, to paintings, to jewelry, and even apparel — this one-stop shop has Made in St. Augustine items of all kinds!

Find mosaic work by Rusty Turner, paintings and prints by Pat Madden, a clothing line by Stacey Capo and Rae Wilson, bejeweled champagne glasses, Mah Jong bracelets, and so much more.

Call 904-827-9997 or go to www.facebook.com/Simple-Gestures

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