Our local treasure hunt guide for the holidays makes shopping simple and fun By Kirsten Koza Reed and Anne Hunter
As the holiday season approaches along the Gulf Coast, it is easy to struggle to keep a sense of peace and calm. The busy season brings pressures, with mental lists of things to do, endless food shopping and party planning. One way to navigate an easier path, is shopping local for those gift items on your holiday lists. Try this treasure-hunting guide of interesting finds for those on your gift lists.
For the beach lover on your list— No Bah-HumBAG here
Consider buying a Bogg Bag from Duckies Shop of Fun for the beach lover on your list. These bags make a perfect gift, because they are not your ordinary beach tote — they have all the features you need in one bag. The Bogg bag is large enough to carry everything for a day at the beach or pool; sturdy and durable enough to not tip over and spill everything; and easily cleanable with a quick rinse off. Touted by Coastal Living magazine and featured on Good Morning America, this spacious workhorse allows you to stuff several beach towels in the bag, as well as other items. No more tipping bags with valuables spilling out. This mom-made tote combines style and functionality with useful features like a plastic zipper pouch insert to secure personal items like keys and cell phone. At the end of the day, the bag can be hosed down, cleaning off that sand pit in the bottom of your bag. Each original sized Bogg Bag measures 19”x15”x9.5” and sells for $68, and comes with two clear insert bags to help keep smaller items in reach. Purchase your Bogg Bag at Duckies Shop of Fun in Seaside’s Central Square. Shipping and free holiday gift-wrapping available.
Duckies Shop of Fun (850) 231-4800 45 Central Square; shopduckies.com
For your true love, mother, sister or BFF—a day of beauty always fits
Who doesn’t want to open up a gift that is truly tailor-made for them? That is exactly what you can give your special someone when you purchase a Beach Ready Spa gift certificate for him or her to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Beach Ready Spa offers several packages to pamper and please. Consider treating your wife and her friends to the Party Time package, which allows groups of four or more to create their own day of rejuvenation from their most popular services including custom massage, facial, hydrating ritual or the too-much-sun ritual. Each participant can select two services for $200. Or consider buying a certificate for customized select services and pairing it with one of the luxurious products from the Beach Ready Spa line, including Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub ($22), Goat Milk & Honey Lotion ($20) or a Nourishing Scalp and Hair Treatment ($18), all made locally in Santa Rosa Beach by the Blue Mountain Balm Company. All these services and spa pampering products will leave your special someone beach-ready.
Beach Ready Spa (850) 468-0925; 29 Quincy Circle; beachreadyspa.com
For the women in your life who enjoy a bit of charm—locally made jewelry gives a bit of sparkle
Inspired by change in the air and colors of the season, local artist Melissa Rovner has designed an exquisite jewelry line for the 2018 holidays with her Blessings In Disguise jewelry. Her handcrafted designs reflect Mother Nature’s subtle transformations with designs and stone choices that reflect neutral metallics and a bit of magic. Rovner combs the world for unique vintage finds such as European religious medals, authentic relics and semi-precious stones that she incorporates into her thoughtful designs. These best-seller stackable bracelets are priced at $88 or 3 for $200. They continue to prove to be a popular gift item at Mercantile in Seaside, so plan to pick yours up early in the season. The staff at Mercantile will wrap your jewelry for free and they do offer shipping.
Mercantile (850) 231-0010; 35 Central Square; shopmerc.com
Give Your Walls A Little Love
For those savvy purveyors of coastal fine art, consider the colorful creations of Kirsten Koza Reed at Anne Hunter Galleries in Central Square. Painting coastal scenes and her signature butterflies in a spectrum of bold and vibrant colors, Reed, who is well known in Nashville for her signature works, draws inspiration from Florida’s emerald coast.
Give your walls a little love. If you are dreaming of white beach sand and sunshine all winter long, call your interior designer and tell him or her you are bringing the beach back to your home. Reed’s art is creative, bright and original, inviting the style and personalities of her collectors to shine. Her layers of color and texture create a statement piece of art accenting an otherwise understated room. Select from her current solo exhibition, Coastal Senses Collections to adorn the walls of your beach, or contact her for a special commission piece to wrap up for the refined art collector on your list. Whether urban or suburban home, the vibrancy in her style distinguishes this artist and her well regarded works. You will also be happy to know a portion of your purchase will benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Find Reed’s Coastal Senses Collection at Anne Hunter Gallery located at 25 Central Square through the end December.
Anne Hunter Galleries (214) 641-1048 / 25 Central Square; annehuntergalleries.com