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'Tis the season for gifting and giving, and this year we're taking the shop small, support local theme to a whole new level.
We're introducing you to some of our favorite local designers and makers in Miami. There's something for the mystic hippie in your life and something for your bestie with a Pinterest perfect pad. We have a few ideas for your favorite men, and a little something for that friend who's always on vacation. Gather round, gifters, because there are over 50 products to go through, and you're bound to find a few you love.
The Friend With a Pinterest Perfect Pad
Eberjey 'Gisele' PJ set, $120
You don't spend a lot of time in your own apartment. Why? Because you're always at your friend's place. The candles are always on, the pastel artwork is arranged in perfectly symmetrical squares around her home, and the table is always set for good company and conversation. You'd do well to gift her something for her humble abode, or at least something luxe she could lounge around in, like a PJ set from local label Eberjey. It comes packaged perfectly and is so soft and delicious you might be tempted to buy one for yourself (in which case, you should definitely give in). Find it online and at one of Eberjey's two boutiques– in Sunset Harbour and in South Miami.
Please Don't Tell French macaron limoges trinket box, $12; Foxtail Collection large glass candles, $70; Please Don't Tell marble cheese platter, $98; Architect of Style, NY Soho Girl, $15; Architect of Style 'Palm Leaves No.2', $30
If you're looking to get her something to spruce up her pad, then you can't lose with one of Foxtail Collection's hand-poured wax candles, available in scents like moss and cedar wood, or citrus blossom and açaí. More privy to wine and cheese nights? Please Don't Tell Shop's marble and foil-lined platters will definitely upgrade your tête-à-têtes, and a pastel macaron from the brand might makes the perfect stocking stuffer. But if she's been dying to finish off her collage of artwork on the wall, then frame her a set of endearing prints illustrated by local blogger Gissi Jimenez.
But of course, a girl's got to step out every once in a while, right? Earthy Chic has an array of under $100 jewelry options that are perfect for gifting. Available both online and at its Buena Vista boutique, the brand has simple necklaces, earrings and rings for practically every babe on your gift list.
Gee Beauty lipsticks, $24-28
And if she's a total beauty junkie, then head over to Gee Beauty at Bal Harbour Shops and score her a few shades of the brand's signature lipstick. They really are the perfect matte shades, whether she's more of a nude and creamy or a pretty in pink.
The Friend Who's Always on Vacation
This girl's Instagram account looks like something out of a tropical fairytale. She lives her life in bikinis and sundresses, with a coconut in one hand and a ticket to Trinidad in the next. She's swapped her laptop case for a beach bag, so why not help her fill it for a change?
Swim to the Moon 'Rey' ring, $40; Swim to the Moon 'Psarrou' ring, $40; Swim to the Moon 'Perissa' ring, $45; Swim to the Moon 'Santi' necklace, $105; Swim to the Moon 'Dorea' necklace, $115; Swim to the Moon 'Sarakiniko' necklace, $80
Stefani Stoyanof crafts her earthy jewelry line, Swim to the Moon, straight out of her living room in Miami Beach. Her pieces are bold without being over-the-top, nature-driven without losing their boho glamour. From stackable rings to fringe and seashell-inspired necklaces, this is one up-and-coming label that makes a gift-worthy statement.
No beach accessory is as versatile as a scarf, and those from SCW Designs are perfect to tie around your body or float behind you in the wind. Inspired by the idiosyncrasies of her native Venezuela, local designer Sigal Cohen Wolkowiez ensures that every one of her 100 percent silk, Italian-made scarves is uniquely bold and ready for the next getaway. You also can't go wrong with a beach hat, and Artesano offers an array for both men and women, each handwoven by an artisan in Ecuador and finished right here in Wynwood. But sometimes it's the simple gifts that mean the most, and Wynwood Letterpress's house-made Cuba notebook will give your friend 72 pages of uninterrupted space to sit on the sand and scribble away.
Why not introduce your travel companion to a new local swim brand? Handmade right here in Miami, Maheli Heli is a label that fuses bold colors and prints that you can mix and match. Find it online or at many of your favorite boutiques around town. If your friend is more of an adventurer, then there's no better travel shoe (besides sneakers) than espadrilles, and Cavilani's Spanish-made, leather versions are perfect for meandering through beach town streets, even if she's just sticking to South Beach. Throw in one of Gee Beauty's creamy matte lipsticks and you're ready to go.
The Urban Gentleman Who Wants Something Fresh
Swagger Fishing 'Fish With Me' tee, $53
So you're stuck on what to get the guys? Miami boys are seafaring gents, and what man can resist a comfy crewneck? Swagger is the fishing world's most street brand, and this its Wynwood shop and gallery is filled with plenty of urban-inspired shirts and hats to gift to those catches in your life. Plus, the shirt featured above is made with UPF, which keeps you a little safer from the sun's harmful rays.
With a stamp of approval from the CFDA, Miansai is your one excuse to get your man a piece of jewelry that both you and he will love, (so much so that he may have to hide it from you when you're not looking). Also great are Miansai's leather goods and watches, but you can never go wrong with the brand's signature hook or anchor bracelets. And for the men who haven't quite scrapped their No Shave November scruff, a little beard oil goes a long way. Gentlemanly Inc.'s organic products are concocted in Wynwood and aim, not only to make his jawline smell like spearmint and eucalyptus, but to nourish, condition, and keep that beard growing. There are four different scents and, as the label states, they really do smell "good as shit."
Del Toro 'Nabuk' boxing sneaker, $365
A man gets just as excited about shoes as a woman does, but only if you get him the right pair. Truly you can't go wrong with Del Toro, and these hunter green 'Nabuk' boxing sneakers might just be the perfect fit from this Wynwood-based brand.
The Mystic Hippie, Earth Babe Friend
Purdy Ave 'Rise and Shine' racerback, $32
She's been to every yoga studio in Miami, she prides herself on her collection of healing stones, and she has the 411 on every natural beauty treatment on the market. She practically lives in Sunset Harbour, Miami's most wellness centric neighborhood, and Yogi husband and wife team Amy and Mike Dannheim have produced line of conscious tees and tanks, Purdy Ave, that represent the area and Miami.
It doesn't take an earth babe to know that succulents are all the rage and, with the right vase, a little plant makes a great gift . Espresso pots, mason jars, even toy dinosaurs– La Succulenta is a small Instagram brand that works to bring you the right botanical set up at a highly reasonable price.
Stacked rings and layering necklaces are probably your go-to gifts with this friend, but why not get her something for one of her other piercings? Patricia Guarch Wise, local influencer and founder of Miami Nice Mag, set out to create her own line of earrings, Patricia Necesita. "A little less punk, a little more pretty," her gems are reserved for those second holes and are named after some of her favorite places in New York, Panama, and of course Miami.
And of course, every mystic mama needs a little structure, and Nocturnal Press creates handmade, leather bound notebooks, sketch books, and fine art prints. We're obsessed with Ingrid Schindall's daily planner which is so pretty, anyone would be excited to wake up and jot down their to-do's. They aren't quite yet available on the brand's Etsy shop, however your friends next favorite planner is just an email or phone call away.
My Inner Master intention cards, $20
It doesn't get cuter than My Inner Master's intention cards, which are great for just about anyone on your list. Designed by local artist Claudia Calle, the cards features some of the world's most influential icons like Frida, Steve Jobs, Gandhi, and John Lennon. Each represents a specific quality– just pick up a card and write down your intention on the back. She also has prints and notebooks, and they're available online and at The Bodhi Tree House.
Miami has a budding small batch beauty market and taking the effort to source out a cool new brand for the organic junkie in your clan definitely beats a last-minute run to Sephora. Bird & 98th's products are as epic their packaging and feature all natural ingredients like lavender or matcha, no preservatives, and really do make your skin feel new. If you're not sure about her skincare preferences, Sakura Soap Co. makes the richest, most delicious soaps you've ever smelled. With scents like patchouli lime and rosemary lavendar, the Miami-made bars can appease even the most discerning noses. We're fans of the soap and sugar scrub gift set, which features a pumpkin spice brown sugar scrub that smells so good, you might be tempted to eat it.
Earthy Chic mini satin star necklace, $30; Earthy Chic opaline hamsa necklace, $45; Earthy Chic diamond and sapphire evil eye bracelet, $130; Earthy Chic red silk string hamsa bracelet, $24; Nocturnal Press monogrammed notebook, $12; Earthy Chic elephant bead bracelet, $58
But of course, you can't go wrong with jewelry that taps into her inner spirituality. Earthy Chic has quite the array of options, from simple hamsa necklaces to evil eye bracelets, that you can find both at the store and online. And finally if you're looking to top off the gift, Nocturnal press makes great mini notebooks for under $12.
Creative Direction: Ashley Brozic
Styling: Ashley Brozic and Alejandra Torres
Photography: Luccia Lowenthal