Elf Yourself! Best Christmas Shopping in Orlando, 2015

They call that briskly shrinking shoulder season between Thanksgiving and Christmas “the Christmas creep,” but it’s a slice of retail that’s already on the endangered list. Some stores get their holiday gear up the day after Halloween. Most people don’t mind the festivity. That’s why stores like Disney’s Days of Christmas exist! This boutique – loaded down with all things Mickey & Co. for the holidays – is open all year. Custom ornaments and other goodies delight visitors on the hunt for special keepsakes, but families cannot exist on “Christmassy” gifts alone. That's why we’re including lots of variety in this Orlando shopping round-up. For the dog lover in your life, we submit Winter Park's Doggie Door, though their wares reach beyond the pet passionate into the realm of travel, wine and more. And speaking of wine, sommeliers at the Wine Barn are happy to recommend you an ideal bottle at a perfect price point (and a gourmet brick-oven pizza while you consider). Are there any cigar aficionados in your circle? Look no further than Corona Cigar. Make its downtown location the last stop on your excursion. It not only has just about any gift your tobacco enthusiast might want, you can reward yourself with a smoke and a drink once all the shopping's done.

Arturo Fuente to ACID, Cohiba to Macanudo, the cigar aficionado – or a shopper who aims to please one – will find hundreds of stogies in this giant humidor of a store. Buy singles, tins, boxes and gift sets. Pick up cutters, ash trays and...  Read More


Gotkarma is one part vintage shop (for clothing, jewelry, furniture and more), one part hippie haven, one part art gallery and one part chill fun. This Mills50 neighborhood shop has impressively affordable price points and truly unique items in...  Read More

Welcome to the Doggie Door, a great place to pick up a gift for the pet lover in your life (or the pet in your life for that matter). Pop in and have fun browsing amid the wares - leashes, collars, T-shirts, gourmet biscuits, beds, pet-themed...  Read More

Boom-Art by Rogers Studio
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Situated in Orlando's hip Ivanhoe Village on Antique Row, Boom-Art by Rogers Studio is a funky shop offering everything from gift items, like jewelry boxes, to furniture and home decor - sure to make for fantastic conversation pieces. Not only...  Read More

Washburn Imports
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Magnificent home furnishings from Thailiand, Bali, Indonesia, India and China, among other places, impart this Ivanhoe Village store with exoticism, yet its knowledgeable staff remains down to earth and helpful. Though price tags can get pretty...  Read More

Wine is one of those things that can be intimidating to shop for. At Winter Park's Wine Barn, dispense with the fear and embrace the expertise of its affable staffers. They'll guide you to your ideal bottles without a trace of hard sell or...  Read More

Downtown Disney ®

For many people, being at Disney – at any time of year – is the non-holiday version of Christmas, so it's hardly a stretch to dedicate a Disney Marketplace shop to "the most wonderful time of the year." Days of Christmas is a one-stop haven...  Read More

Audubon Park

With the opening of East End Market, Orlando's already-cool Audubon Park neighborhood got a little more so. Artisan foodstuffs such as cheese and produce, hot sauce and house-made kombucha notwithstanding, there is much to be found in the realm...  Read More

Fans of farmers' markets, rejoice. Orlando's newest center of commerce is a "shop local" paradise of truly epic proportions. Artegon Marketplace brings together a vast cornucopia of Central Floridian artisans whose stalls are bursting with...  Read More

Orlando Farmer's Market
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Orlando residents have been delighting in this weekly Lake Eola event since 1987 and it just keeps growing. The market features more than 50 vendors all year 'round, creating a veritable cornucopia of Florida fruits and vegetables. Also on tap:...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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