Shop St. Augustine: Local gift ideas from St. Augustine, Florida

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping! Here are some St. Augustine gift options:


Local photographer Jackie Hird offers her 2021 calendar featuring stunning St. Augustine scenery and landmarks, with local events and festivals listed on each month. The calendar is is $12.95 and available at and at select locations throughout St. Augustine. See the complete list and google maps of the locations on the website.

Sailing Lessons

St. Augustine Sailing offers American Sailing Association courses for all skill levels. These sailing lessons are given to a maximum of four students, guaranteeing plenty of time to learn with the captain. Students will be able to improve their coastal sailing skills due to St. Augustine Sailing’s proximity to off-shore and river sailing conditions.
These courses are the perfect gift and can be enjoyed by the whole family, creating long lasting memories!
Call 904-828-0648 or view ASA classes online at

The Pretzel Lady – Knotty Boxes & Gift Certificates

Have you been “Knotty or Nice” this year? The Pretzel Lady, 235 State Road 207 in St. Augustine, is offering Knotty Boxes that include six pretzels, holiday napkins, choice of an 8-ounce mustard, a “Knotty or Nice” wooden carved ornament, along with packets of cinnamon-sugar, pretzel salt and minced onion, a butter brush, heating instructions and a holiday gift tag. Pretzels ship on Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21. All pretzels are hand rolled, baked and packaged the day they ship. No preservatives used. Store pretzels in freezer upon receipt. DETAILS:
Onsite, The Pretzel Lady offers giant handmade pretzels, hotdog and bratwurst pretzels on a stick, and other delicious items. Gift cards also are available. Call 904-484-7111 or follow on Facebook at

City Gate Spirits – New smoked maple whiskey and cinnamon whiskey

City Gate Spirits, located on historic Saint George Street in downtown St. Augustine, has launched the first two flavors of their long-awaited whiskey line! . The brand-new whiskey offerings complement their existing line of easy-sipping spirits — including rum, vodka, and moonshine — inspired by Florida’s most memorable flavors. City Gate Spirits recently celebrated their first anniversary in October 2020.  As distillers bring the spirits to life, visitors are invited to observe the distilling process and participate in daily free tastings hosted by friendly “Spirit Guides.” The new whiskeys are available two seasonally inspired flavors: Smoked Maple and Cinnamon. City Gates Spirits is open seven days a week and is located at 11 St. George Street, St. Augustine, Florida. Visit or call 904-454-8006. Follow City Gate Spirits on Facebook and Instagram.

St. Augustine Sailing Charters

Float away from the crowds and enjoy stunning views of Nights of Lights from the water. St Augustine Sailing offers three options aboard a luxury sailboat ..

✨ TWINKLE PACKAGE: A one-hour charter for $79 per person, with a total of six people on the sailboat. The cruise includes delectable desserts, festive beverages served in a commemorative mug, and a photo to highlight your special memory.
✨ SPARKLE PACKAGE: A private two-hour charter (up to six guests) with sweet and savory bites, festive beverages in a commemorative mug, and a photo to highlight your special memory.
✨ GLITTER PACKAGE: A three-hour experience that includes a 4-course dinner prepared by a private chef, wine, signature beverages in a commemorative mug, and a photo to highlight your special memory.
Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida runs each evening through January 31, 2021. To book a charter, visit or call 904-829-0648

Candles, clothing and accessories are available at Merry Tate’s at Airstream Row in Vilano Beach.

Merry Tate’s Airstream Shop

Did you know about The Shops at Airstream Row at Vilano Beach? Merry Tate’s is open Friday-Sunday from 12 to 5 PM at 190 Vilano Road, just before Beaches at Vilano restaurant. Fall and winter fashions, accessories, candles, beach blankets, sunglasses and other fun items are available. Follow @merry.tates

Photo by Suzanne Henry shows St. Augustine police officers on the lawn of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Essential Workers 2021 Calendar

Essential workers are featured in a 2021 calendar created by the The Junior Service League of St. Augustine. In the spirit of giving back to the community, the calendar photos were taken at well known locations and landmarks in the nation’s oldest city, and funds raised will go back to nonprofits in St. Johns County! The 2021 St. Johns Essential Heroes Calendar will be available for purchase online and in local businesses in November. Orders can be made by visiting the Junior Service League’s website:

Sabrage Custom Catamaran Charters. Photo Credit: Monarch Studio

Sabrage Custom Catamaran Charters

Sail under the Bridge of Lions at sunset, catch a one-of-a-kind view of the Nights of Lights, or look for dolphins along the Intracoastal with Sabrage Charters in St. Augustine, Florida. From Old City PR: Guests will take an adventure on a 63-foot Custom Cooper Catamaran equipped with high-end finishes, spacious decks, and comfortable seating.

Sabrage specializes in daily excursions for individuals and group charter events including Sunset Cruise, Eco Cruise, Wine Tasting Cruise, private events and a Nights of Lights Cruise.

Nights of Lights runs each evening through January 31, 2021 in historic St. Augustine, Florida, and has been listed among the top ten holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic.  

ABOUT SABRAGE CHARTERS: Sabrage Charters offers a variety of water excursions along the San Sebastian, Matanzas, and Tolomato Rivers in downtown St. Augustine and Vilano Beach. Docked at 117 Dockside Drive, St. Augustine, and currently picking up passengers at the dock in front of Culinary Outfitters, 173 Shipyard Way, Sabrage Charters hosts excursions seven days a week and in accordance with CDC guidelines, is operating at 50 percent capacity and thoroughly cleaning the boat between each trip. To learn more or to book a trip, visit or call 904-310-4999.  

Scallop risotto from Amici Italian Restaurant, one of the locally owned restaurants that is part of the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association.

SAIRA Restaurant Gift Certificates

Skip the chains and dine local at St. Augustine Independent Restaurants! Purchase a gift certificate and dine at any of the locations. To see the list of locally owned, non-franchised dining hot spots in St. Augustine and St. Johns County, visit

STA Nutrition Gift Cards

Gift cards for healthy treats is the perfect holiday gift option. Lit teas at STA Nutrition gift an energy boost and clarity, boosts metabolism, and burns 80-100 calories per cup! In addition to the teas, STA Nutrition offers healthy shakes, baked goods with protein, and health, fitness, and lifestyle results and coaching. Located at 2475  U.S.1 South, it’s St. Augustine’s healthy hangout. Visit or call 904-540-7415.

Photographer Jackie Hird offers notecards of her St. Augustine images.

St. Augustine Photography Notecards

Local photographer Jackie Hird offers her beautiful St. Augustine photos on notecards – just in time for the holidays! These holiday notecard packs make the perfect gift. Nights of Lights cards feature the Plaza de la Constitucion gazebo and holiday tree, Lightner Museum, Flagler College and the bay front. The “Sand Snowmen” cards shoe six different versions of snowmen made out of sand with stunning view of St. Augustine Beach! ORDER ONLINE:


Wednesday Market at the St. Augustine Beach Pier

Every Wednesday: Fresh produce, arts and crafts, and prepared food from local vendors is available from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. More than 40 vendors offer a variety of items including paintings, photography and jewelry. Facebook page

Coconut Barrel Farmers Market

Every Thursday: Coconut Barrel will hold a Farmers Market from 5 to 8 PM every Thursday at 3175 US 1, Saint Augustine, FL 32086. This artisan market opens its parking lot each week for produce vendors, food trucks, artists and artisans. Facebook page

St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market

Every Saturday: Find fresh produce, plants, bread, cheese, handmade products, fine art and crafts from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, just south of the lighthouse. Also at the market, art classes and live music. Free parking and admission. Facebook page

STA City Market 

Select Saturdays: STA City Market runs 10 an. to 3 p.m. select Saturday at Eddie Vickers Park, 399 Riberia St., in the Lincolnville area of downtown St. Augustine. Food trucks, live music, organic produce, coffee, locally made soaps, artists offering paintings and photography, hot sauces and more are offered. More details at or on the Facebook page 

Salt Air Farmers Market

Every Sunday: The Salt Air Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday year-round at the Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, from A1A South, across the street from Marineland Dolphin Adventure. The market features locally grown produce, seafood, bread, fruit, honey, soaps, tide clocks, art and more. Free admission and parking. Go to or the Facebook page

Handmade chocolate shops

Creme de la Cocoa

299 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine FL 32084, 904-466-9499,

Signature chocolates, wedding and occasion cakes, seasonal pies, artful desserts, French macarons, marshmallows, cookies, and more are available at Creme de la Cocoa, owned & Operated by Nils and Bailey Rowland.

Claude’s Chocolate

145 Hilden Road, Suite 122, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081, 904-829-5790,

Claude’s Chocolate offers gourmet Belgian chocolates created by Chef Claude Franques and wife Nicole.


47 Cordova Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-436-5813,

Formally known as The Chocolate Turtle, ChocoLattes is the sweetest spot downtown, located next to Scarlett O’Haras!

Whetstone Chocolates

139 King Street, St. Augustine FL 32085, 904-217-0275,

Henry & Esther Whetstone started Whetstone Chocolates in 1967 with 13 flavors orr handmade fudge and an assortment of hand-dipped chocolates. In addition to a wide variety of Whetstone chocolates, they offer St. Augustine’s “Original Chocolate Tour,” and guests are introduced to the history and making of chocolate and the Whetstone story. A 4-tiered tasting distinguishes the characteristics of dark, milk and white chocolate, cocoa nibs and more.

Melli Chocolates & Ice Cream

5120 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, 904-342-8884,

Since 1940, Melli Chocolates has handcrafted chocolates and candies in Wisconsin. Now, a new generation of confectioners have brought their culinary tradition to St. Augustine. Melli Chocolates mixes up hand-dipped chocolates and candies in small batches to ensure optimum freshness and quality. Visitors can find a wide array of chocolate-drenched fruit and nuts, toffee, caramels, creams, truffles, and chocolate bark — all made with only natural ingredients, without preservatives.

Kilwin’s St. Augustine

6 Saint George Street and 140 Saint George Street, St. Augustine FL 32084, 904-826-0008,

Handmade chocolate, confections and ice cream, with two downtown St. Augustine locations.

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