Probably one of the last things people think of when they plan their trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is holiday shopping. This is the place where visitors and locals come to soak up the sun on the beaches; wear t-shirts, shorts and flip flops; and eat al fresco any time of the day and most any time of the year.
The Fort Lauderdale Galleria — Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.
But take note that there's a little secret: holiday shopping is one of the favorite things to do here. As so many northerners arrived in South Florida before the holidays, they have learned the convenience of avoiding the wait of hours for the shop doors to open, standing in freezing temperatures and trying to keep warm with a gallon of hot chocolate.
Instead, you can enjoy the balmy temperatures, amazing selection of gifts from the world's finest retailers and then sit outside your favorite coffee shop and enjoy that favorite drink.
Get ready to see sparkling Christmas lights on palm trees and hear the birds sing and even get a whiff of freshly mowed grass as you hum holiday songs. This is true Fort Lauderdale living, so enjoy!
Zola Keller's unmatched selection on Las Olas Boulevard — Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.
One of the first stops on your shopping journey must be Las Olas Boulevard. This is the city's most famous street, and it's unmatched in its number of unique boutique shops for those ideal gifts, with just the right restaurant to rest at afterwards.
As the holidays are approaching, stop at Zola Keller and be ready to be dazzled by this shop's amazing selection of evening dresses, bridal gowns or any other special occasion wear.
Classic styles at Maus & Hoffman — Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.
For men's classic styles, stop at one of the city's most respected retailers: Maus & Hoffman. It's perfect for the gentleman who is looking for classic casual or elegant formal ware, and just in time for the holidays.
Elegant jewelry selections at Windsor Diamonds — Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.
There's no better gift than jewelry, and one of the finest jewelry selections can be found at Windsor Diamonds on SE 17th Street, just blocks from the airport or Port Everglades. The experienced and highly skilled jewelers at this local landmark are experts in creating and carrying just that right piece that appeals for any occasion. They can also assist you in finding that perfect gift.
For great retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Dillard's, the Apple Store, Pottery Barn and Banana Republic, head to The Galleria Mall at Fort Lauderdale on Sunrise Boulevard. This upscale shopping mecca draws crowds for its world-class shopping, list of great restaurants and convenient location.
One season here shopping for holidays gifts will prove addictive, so go ahead and make plans for next year. There's simply nothing like it!