Elf Yourself! Best Christmas Shopping in Orlando, 2018

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 we’re including lots of variety in this Orlando shopping round-up. Shoppers with a lean toward tony surrounds and upscale items could do worse than the many fine shops on Winter Park's Park Avenue. Nearby at the Wine Barn, sommeliers are happy to recommend you an ideal bottle at a perfect price point (and a gourmet brick-oven pizza while you consider). And if you're looking to shop in an area rife with post-shopping eats and drinks within walking distance, consider Magpie's Modern General Store, located in charming downtown Sanford, or the many shops of Ivanhoe or Park Ave, where bars and bistros abound!

Disney's Character Warehouse


Disney merch at 50, 60, 70 percent off?! It's not a fevered dream or a Dole Whip brain-freeze-inspired hallucination. It's the Disney Character Warehouse. In fact, there are two of them, one each in the Orlando Premium Outlets shopping centers....  Read More

Mills 50


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



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



With only four stores (three in NYC, one in Orlando at the always-fun UniversalCityWalk) online shopping is all that most people can do when it comes to PiQ – and while they have an astonishing cyberinventory, we recommend heading to the...  Read More



Craft beer and wine and food and furniture and boutiques and antiques and vintage shops and boutiques and sporting goods and art and music and...and...and.... Ivanhoe Village has been called up-and-coming for more than a few years at this point....  Read More

Audubon Park


A few years back, East End Market made Orlando's already-cool Audubon Park neighborhood a little more so. Artisan foodstuffs such as cheese and produce, craft-level cookies, hot sauce and house-made kombucha notwithstanding, there is much to be...  Read More

Disney Springs ®


Downtown Disney is the umbrella name for this walkable, lakeside strand of shopping, dining and entertainment within the Walt Disney World complex. And its ongoing expansion into the widely anticipated Disney Springs has brought with it a host...  Read More



Winter Park's famed Park Avenue and its surrounds have been delighting shoppers for ages with quaint, cobbled, oak-shaded lanes and top-of-the-line boutiques. Here you'll find names you recognize (Lily Pulitzer, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn,...  Read More

Orlando Farmer's Market
Photo courtesy of Orlando Farmer's Market


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



Magpie's calls itself a "modern general store," which means you will find things every home needs. Now your needs (or that of the person for whom you are buying a gift) are subjective. Everyone needs soap for the bathroom, for example, and so at...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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