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 &Â 450th ITEMS
Holiday gifts of all kinds are available at theÂ 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 ornamentÂ 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 â€” 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
Local artistÂ Deb Derbonne is offering her dichroic glass dangly earrings at $19 for one pair orÂ Â just $30 for two pairs atÂ 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,Â beach-themed items, sea life, and historical St. Augustine scenes on view.
Call 904-829-6831Â or go toÂ www.thehightidegallery.com
Anchor Boutique, 77 San Marco Ave., offers handcrafted and custom jewelry, along with vintage items and housewares.
The necklace pictured features aÂ Florida Agatized Coral.
Call 904-808-7078 or go toÂ www.anchorboutique.com
Shop and eat local with gift certificates from the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA). Purchase the certificates atÂ staugustinerestaurants.com
Buy one gift certificate and get 17 choices â€” this group of independently owned eateries offers a wide variety of dining choices.
ALL LOCAL AT SIMPLE GESTURES
Simple Gestures, 4 White St. East on Anastasia Island, offers handcrafted art â€” from sculpture, to paintings, to jewelry, and even apparel â€” 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 byÂ Stacey Capo and Rae Wilson,Â bejeweled champagne glasses,Â Mah Jong bracelets, and so much more.
CallÂ 904-827-9997 or go toÂ www.facebook.com/Simple-Gestures