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Give the Best of Jacksonville: Local Businesses Supply Your Christmas Shopping Wishes

Jacksonville, FL is a city full of cultural diversity. As the largest city in the continental United States, it’s interests spread as far as it’s geographical boundaries. Poised as the “First Coast” in the state of Florida, Jacksonville enjoys great temps year around and a sweeping landscape full of palms, live oaks, sand dunes and riverfront.

When Christmas shopping in Jax, you’ll discover gifts that celebrate the lifestyle this Southern city is famous for. Look for family friendly stores like Natural Life and Rethreaded to offer unique gifts that give back and focus on bringing the community together. At Echo at the Beach you’ll find coastal chic designs brought to you by local artisans at a competitive price offering everything from wall accents, to dinner tables, and don’t forget that starfish ornament for your tree.

Foodies will find unique to the Bold City goodies at Sweet Pete’s all candy shop where old fashioned values still reign supreme. At the Riverside Arts Market be reminded of the simpler things in life when you take home local honey and fresh preserves just like Grandmas.

There is no denying the fresh salt air at the beach that draws you outside to play. Get moving with Black Creek Outfitters where you can score a kayak, or stand up paddle board. 

Whether your Christmas shopping list includes an athlete, fashion maven, philanthropist or foodie these Jacksonville shopping destinations will supply the answers to all your holiday wishes.



A gift is as valuable as the thought put into it. Why not consider a piece of art crafted by an inspired artist on display at Stellers Gallery of Ponte Vedra? Stellers specializes in making passionate pieces of fine art accessible to more...  Read More



Locally owned Black Creek Outfitters is the ultimate destination to get outfitted for your next outdoors adventure. If you're wondering what to get for that hard to shop for person on your list, Black Creek may have just what you need. Their...  Read More



Locally crafted furniture, home decor, and the best in coastal chic style abound at Echo at the Beach. Deck the halls in style with rustic holiday decorations and beach themed ornaments or shop for unique gifts perfect for the stylish design...  Read More



Jacksonville is an active city with nearly year round perfect weather for hitting the pavement, or better yet the beach for an invigorating run. Any given week there is a 5k, triathlon, mud run, or marathon happening on the First Coast and the...  Read More



The Riverside Arts Market (RAM) is an eclectic craft and farmers market in the ultimate location. Situated under the Fuller Warren bridge right on the St. Johns river this weekly market makes a fantastic destination for holiday shopping.There...  Read More



Make your gifting even more meaningful by shopping with Rethreaded this holiday season. By providing creative and viable work for those affected by the dark underworld of the sex trade, Rethreaded makes a positive impact in lives on both a local...  Read More

Jax Beach


Fishing, surfing, and water play of all kinds thrive in the coastal city of Jacksonville. It's no surprise the national brand, Salt Life, found roots here. Celebrating all things water related the Salt Life flagship retail store is located in...  Read More



Looking for a distinct gift this holiday season that is as elegant as it is unique? Ellie Bing's vintage and modern fashions impress all levels of taste. Conveniently serving Jacksonville from locations in historic Avondale as well as...  Read More

Sweet Pete's Candy
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Sweet tooth on your list? Sweet Pete's candy store has just the thing. This locally owned favorite is famous for their small batch sea salt caramel corn, jelly beans, lollipops, chocolates and more. Distinctive and addictive, the wholesome...  Read More



Natural Life is so much more than a store, it's a life philosophy. Their mission is to inspire girls and women to dream big dreams and pursue what they love. It's a happy, wholesome brand that is packed with tons of feel-good products that make...  Read More


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