Naples Puts the Ho, Ho, Ho in Your Holiday Shopping

Naples celebrates the holidays with all kinds of Santa Claus, parade and musical events at its various shopping centers throughout the area. So if you believe you need snow to get in the holiday mood, just try doing your holiday shopping here to experience festive in a whole new way. Fifth Avenue South in particular makes the holidays jolly throughout the month of December with special events. Most shopping centers extend their hours. Coastland Center imports Santa for pictures with your kids or pets. The Village on Venetian Bay hosts a tree-lighting ceremony with a snow show, photos with Santa and stories with Mrs. Claus. This list leads you to the best shopping arenas for holiday spirit and buys, and it also ferrets out a few stand-alone gems you will not want to miss when you are shopping for friends and families – particularly the kids. The Naples area does not have a lot of non-chain toy stores, but you will find one of a kind toys and clothing for the little ones at stores throughout the region. When it comes to jewelry, you will not have to look far for stunning variety and quality. With its complement of unique stores, Naples is the place to shop for someone who has everything.

Cleopatra's Barge Fine Jewelry
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Nothing says "Naples" like jewelry. The town is virtually dripping with gold, diamonds and precious gems. Nothing says "Naples jewelry" more specifically than downtown's Cleopatra's Barge. When Marilyn Janss first opened her jewelry shop on...  Read More

Ship's Store
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Marco Island, as the jumping off point for Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, runs on boat horsepower. So it follows that the most apt souvenirs you can buy would be found at a marina. You will be surprised to discover that the ship's store at...  Read More

Coastland Center
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

With more than 150 stores - including anchor stores Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears and Macy's - the indoor, air-conditioned mall is a good place to shop on hot summer Naples days – if you are looking for chain stores. You will find...  Read More

Old Naples
Tin City
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Once a tin-roofed dockage facility for the downtown Naples area, Tin City retains its rustic, salty charm and its dockage. What's changed is its reinvention into a fun shopping and dining complex. Most of the shops and eateries carry...  Read More

Village Shops on Venetian Bay
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Lining the waterfront on two sides of the road (a tunnel allows you to drive or walk under the bridge instead of having to cross the busy road), it effects European style architecture. A well traveled district for shopping and dining, its...  Read More

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Sometimes you find the best souvenirs at attraction gift shops. The Nature Store at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is one of the best for nature-lovers and souvenir-seekers alike. Set at the edge of Everglades habitat, the attraction celebrates...  Read More

Blue Mangrove Gallery
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

This small gallery is packed with goodies that will inject a sweet, potent taste of Marco Island into your home decor. Gifts and souvenirs range from simple "Gone To the Beach" signs to original landscapes and painted furniture. In between, you...  Read More

Norman Love Chocolate Salon
Photo courtesy of Norman Love Confections

Norman Love equates to the most luscious chocolates, truffles and other beautiful desserts in Southwest Florida. Possibly the country – he and his staff of merry chocolate makers regularly win awards nationwide. Started in neighboring Fort...  Read More

Coconut Point
Photo courtesy of Chris Griffith

This mega-complex north of Naples combines residential condos, big-box stores, great dining, movie theaters and name boutiques. Its 140 stores include Dillard's department store, Target, Barnes & Noble, Apple Store, Best Buy, Yankee Candle,...  Read More

Fifth Avenue South
Photo courtesy of Fifth Avenue South Association

Old Naples' comeback story is one of the most successful in the annals of downtown redevelopment. Reinvented in 1996 with careful planning, Fifth Avenue South was at the heart of the renaissance. What has resulted is a tony street lined with...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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