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Places to Shop for Unique Gifts:
You can find an array of merchandise from local Sanford merchants, from art to instruments, furniture to home-brew supplies. On your next trip to town, check out these top shopping spots and get just the right thing for everyone on your list.
Shop at these local stores for Unique Gifts, Stocking stuffers and be sure to ask about Gift Baskets & Gift Cards!
278 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL – 407-323-6060
Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm|Sun. 11am-4pm
For a truly sophisticated shopping experience, you can’t top Boxelder. Slightly off the traditional Sanford beaten track, this refined gift shop is worth exploring for its selection of American made cards, jewelry, glasses, candles, soaps, and spa items. And with complimentary gift wrapping for every purchase, you can cross one more thing off your list!
215 E. 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 495-8549
Tues.-Thurs. 10am-6pm|Fri.-Sat. 10am-8pm|Sun. 12pm-5pm
New to Sanford this store is a must as your stroll through the streets of Downtown. Offering fun items such as unique flavored cotton candy with flavors in Jalepeno & Merlot, crazy socks, beautiful handmade jewlery and fine leather purses you’re sure to find the perfect gift at Magpies.
Magpies will be offering fun stockings full of goodies for the holidays as well as gift cards!
211 East First Street, Sanford, FL – 407-323-2774
Tues.-Sat. 10am-6pm|Sunday 12pm-5pm
Calling Sanford home for over ten years, the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery celebrates the work of contemporary folk artists who all bring a unique flair to the eclectic space. Their fun, off beat holiday window displays and interior décor will draw your eye and raise your spirits as you shop for the perfect pieces for the art enthusiasts in your life. The gallery sells everything from felted scarves and ornaments to jewelry and jarred jellies.
201 E 1st St, Sanford, FL – 407-321-6504
Mon.-Wed. 10am-5pm|Thurs.-Sat. 10am-7pm|Sun. 12pm-5pm
A trip through Maya Books is a treat for any literature lover. Shop the towering stacks of gently used books, vinyl records, and eclectic clothing with a friend before you grab lunch in Downtown Sanford or take a secret trip and buy a bevy of her favorite author’s books! Maya is also a great (and sometimes the only) place to buy certain books by Sanford authors, such as Bill Belleville.
116 E 1st St, Sanford, FL – 407-322-1449
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm|Sun. 11am-5pm
John Washburn chose Sanford for his second exotic imports store location almost ten years ago– and it’s been a staple ever since! From beautiful glass front cabinets from India to Thai Buddha statuettes, the store overflows with colors, textures, and shapes of Asia. A Washburn piece is the best gift for those with the travel bug, whether it’s a small decorative vase or a showpiece opium bed. The best part is that you can really get to know the furniture as you sip cocktails at the Imperial; consolidation at its finest!
230 E. 1st Street, Sanford – 407-302-2586
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am – 5pm|Sun. Noon – 5pm
Shop local this holiday season at the Historic Sanford Welcome Center Gift Shop. With a variety of items, many locally made or hand-crafted, and others that celebrate the Florida lifestyle, 100% of the profits stay right here in Sanford and benefit the non-profit that makes Alive After 5 possible. They also offer convenient gift wrapping of your purchase.
209 E Commercial St, Sanford, FL 32771 – 407-322-1822
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm|Sat. 8am-12pm
Not only offering their expertise in flowers, the Sanford Flower shop also has a small gift shop offering ornaments, candles and other fun gifts for this holiday season. They carry gorgeous holiday blooms, which can be made into a gift basket or used as décor. Ask for their advice in making an eye-catching centerpiece or wreath for your guests to admire. Just take a look at their gorgeous front window display for proof of their expertise!
Have a family member or friend who wants to learn guitar? Want to get back into saxophone but need a repair? Stop by Tuned Up and let the professionals there help you give the gift of music this season. The store carries a full range of instruments, from trumpets to drums, clarinet to banjos. You’ll also find supporting equipment, such as microphones, speakers, and amps. Tuned Up offers lessons in every instrument, as well as repairs and even recording services!
Hours: Tues. 11am-7pm|Wed. 10am-8pm|Thurs. 11am-7pm| Fri.&Sat. 11am-10pm|Sun. 12pm-6pm
For all your comic loving friends and family members this is the perfect spot to find all of your nerd needs from comics, games, toys, statues, Pokèmon, D&D, MTG and more!
Every Saturday from 10am-3pm on Magnolia Square
Right in the heart of Historic Downtown, this collection of local vendors will help make your holiday entertaining extra special! Pick up fresh produce from State of Harmony Farm and handmade bread from Chad to fill your table with a local cornucopia. For a hostess gift, local honey and handmade soap are great choices, and any Sanfordite would be happy to receive a bat house made from upcycled materials to keep the mosquitos away. Shopping around in beautiful Magnolia Square with Sanford’s giant Christmas tree will also help get you in the holiday spirit.
Gifts for the Health Nuts:
For those who enjoy getting up at the crack of dawn to hit the gym and take pride in their health, these places are a must for their gifts!
121 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771 – 407-463-5215
Everyone in your life probably makes resolutions to get in shape…help them keep their promise with a Seminole Crossfit membership! Crossfit is a fitness program designed to condition the body for life’s everyday challenges, such as lifting, squatting, and running. If someone in your life is searching for a new fitness addiction, this is it!
Gifts for those who love something to do:
The winter season always takes a lot of all of us, so it’s important to reconnect with family and the community. Here are some local activities to enjoy this season!
Dinner and a Show
Winter is a great time to experience Sanford’s theatre community! For a family outing, try an early dinner at one of Downtown Sanford’s many restaurants such as Buster’s Bistro, Fuel BBQ, Smiling Bison, Hollerbach’s Willow Tree, Jimotti’s Japanese Restaurant, The Corner Cafe, Negril Spice Jamaican Restaurant, Christo’s, Taste of Thyme Cafe, Riverwalk Pizzeria, Chianti’s Pizza and Pasta, St. John’s River Steak and Seafood, Zorba’s Greek Restaurant, The Breezeway followed by a classic performance of the Nutcracker at the Wayne Densch (203 S Magnolia Ave, 407-321-8111). For a cozy date night, start with the afternoon performance of the Sanford Jazz Ensemble: Winter Edition, then jump across Magnolia Square for a quiet dinner at any of the above restaurants and a night cap at The Imperial (116 E 1st St, 407-732-6956).
Also available at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is a special GIFT CARD PROGRAM: You can purchase gift cards at their box office for any of their (restaurant) business partners and they will donate at least 20% of the value to the theater! Support your local Community Theater and your local businesses at the same time.
204 E 1st St, Sanford, FL – 407-732-7801
Hours: Wed.&Thurs. 10am-5pm|Fri.&Sat. 10am-8pm
If you want to create custom gifts for the ladies in your life but aren’t sure how to get started, dive in with a beading class at String Theory Creations! Not only will you learn a new skill and leave with a handmade gift, but you will also spend time getting to know irreplaceable Sanfordite mother-daughter team, Linda and Christina Hollerbach. If you’re looking for a festive girl’s night, try booking a party!
303 W 3rd St, Sanford, FL – 855-756-9386
Hours: Tues-Sat. 10am-10pm|Sun.10am-5pm
Pedaling around town on the Limocycle is a great way to keep warm, spend time with friends, and work off some of those Thanksgiving calories! Pick fourteen of your favorite drinking buddies and your favorite libations and tour Sanford from this unique perspective.
Through Saturday November 28, 2015, Limocycle is offering an amazing BOGO deal. Don’t miss out!
Read here about Sanford365’s adventures on the Limocycle…
Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 11am
The Sanford Food and History Tour is a three-hour walking food tour through the heart of Downtown Sanford. We’ll “walk” you through the timeline of events from the Seminole Indian wars, the arrival of Henry Sanford, the haunting tales of the I-4 dead zone and the evolution of this quaint town.
You’ll enjoy large, sample-sized portions of food with roots in the Deep South and Europe. You’ll also see live demonstrations and taste the finished product. You’ll learn the stories behind the venues, hear from the folks that created the concepts and understand why they all chose Sanford.
Gifts for those with a Sweet Tooth:
Well, who wouldn’t want to find some of the most uniquely flavored marshmallows under their Christmas tree. How about a Boozy Set for Dad? That’s Bourbon, Beer, Fireball and Gin. You could also keep it more Christmas like with Peppermint, Sugar Cookie and Eggnog. Stop by today and pick up some boxes…
108 S Park Ave, Sanford, FL – 321-363-4937
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am-6pm|Sun. 1pm-5pm
Keep yummy snacks at hand all season from the Park Avenue Popcorn Shoppe! From gourmet flavors like caramel corn with pecans and heath bar to candied flavors like banana split and green apple, the Shoppe carries popcorn to spark anyone’s obsession. Offer your guests a mix of savory and sweet treats to munch on between meals or give one of the Shoppe’s holiday themed tins as a gift. (Always a hit!)
Gifts for those who love all things German:
117 S Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL – 407-878-4942
Hours: Mon.-Thurs.10am-7pm|Fri.&Sat. 10am-8pm|Sun. 10am-7pm
So many of our holiday traditions come from Germany, so don’t forget to stop by Magnolia Square Market! Get a loaf of stollen to share with friends, and pick up advent calendars filled with German chocolate for the little ones. The Market’s house-roasted meats and imported cheeses make an enviable appetizer platter, especially served with their fresh baked pretzels and some pickles. Pair it with some wine or beer for your celebration, whether at home or abroad. (And don’t forget that the Market carries gluten-free bread, muffins, cookies, flour, and cake mixes!)
They pride themselves in providing you with an authentic German Food Experience based on recipes from the 80’s and Gemütlichkeit (that feeling you have when enjoying great food and drink amongst friends and family). Looking for an authentic German meal and atmosphere, this is the place!
Gifts for Coffee Lovers:
307 E 2nd St, Sanford, FL – 321-926-3417
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7am-9pm|Fri.7pm-10pm|Sat.9am-10pm|Sun.9am-6pm
What better way to warm up and wind down during the holiday rush than with a yummy hot beverage at Rabbitfoot Records? Pick a record, sip a latte, and enjoy the conversation at Downtown Sanford’s favorite place to run into friends. Who knows, with their huge selection of vinyl records, you may walk out with a few gifts for loved ones (or yourself)!
Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with your breakfast or lunch with the serene view of Lake Monroe on Caffe Di Riverwalks patio seating and relax!
Gifts for Beer Lovers:
419 S. Sanford Ave. Sanford,FL 32771 – (407) 878-7819
Hours: Wed. 4pm-10pm| Thurs. 4pm-11PM|Fri. 4pm-12am|Sat. 1pm-2am|Sun. 11:30am-9pm
Take a visit to Sanford’s very first microbrewery this holiday season! Sample handcrafted beer in the beer garden and enjoy Florida’s mild winter weather. Try the vanilla cream ale or the scottish ale, both made right here in Sanford!
114 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL – 407-915-5541
Mon.-Wed. 11am-12am|Thurs.-Sat. 11am-2am|Sun. 11am-12am
Want to kick your holiday party beer selection up a notch? Try picking up a few growlers and bottles of Florida craft beer from Celery City Craft. With a few stouts and ales from different breweries around the state, you’ll keep your guests tipsy and impressed through the whole night! If you want to get fancy, pick up a few snifters for your guests to sip from and take home. And let’s face it, no one has ever complained about receiving Celery Bucks or one of Celery City’s all cotton V-neck shirts as a present! Go #sanfording 😉
115 Magnolia Ave – Sanford FL – 407-732-6931
Hours: Mon.&Tues. 11am-7pm|Thurs.&Fri. 11am-7pm|Sat.10am-7pm|Sun.10am-2pm
With the explosion of craft beer and microbreweries across the country, you probably know one or two beer lovers who want to learn to brew! Fortunately, the Sanford Homebrew Shop has everything a brewing neophyte could need, including classes and starter kits. You can even purchase classes with open dates as gifts. For a seasoned brewer, try a gift certificate so they can pick up their own hops and malt. You might just receive the fruits of their labor as a thank you!
Enjoy a 100+ seat taproom with a 15bbl brewhouse and a 3bbl pilot system. Part eatery, part pub, part brewery – Sanford Brewing Company is your community brewhouse. Savor handcrafted beer, meads, ciders and specialty sodas. Taste the freshness of locally sourced ingredients. Relish the company of local musicians. Soak in quintessential southern hospitality.
Offering Gift Cards, perfect for this holiday season!
300 S. Sanford Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 732-6880
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11am-10pm|Fri.& Sat. 11am-1am|Sun.11am-10pm
Belgium has more breweries per head than any country in the world, over two thousand to put a number on it. Of these many about seven-hundred sell beer outside Belgium’s border. Of these we have a vast selection of styles and history to choose from. Like kids in a candy store we here at Buster’s do our best to choose the best eighteen draught beers and fifty bottles to best represent the pride and heritage of the motherland of beer. We then do our part to ensure that each beer is served in it’s proper glass designed and provided by the brewery to ensure the flavor is perfect from the luscious head all the way down to the last drop. We top the experience off with traditional Belgian pub fare and an educated staff to compliment the variety of complex and artistically crafted beers we have to offer. We hope to see you soon. Cheers!
Gifts for Wine Lovers:
Gifts for those who can’t get enough of Office Supplies:
102 E 1st St. Sanford, Florida 32771
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-5pm|Sat. 10am-2pm