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The Best-Kept Secrets of Tallahassee Gift Shopping


You’ve got a lot of shopping to do and you want the best that Tallahassee has to offer. But maybe you’re tired of the typical gift fare and want something special, something different. And you want to keep your dollars local. Just between us, here are some of the city’s best gift shopping opportunities close to Onyx and Florida State University.

Where Do I Find Gifts That Are Unique to Tallahassee?

Create a unique gift opportunity by making a gift basket filled with goods from Deep Brewing Company on Cathay Court. Include a variety of beers from Hydrospace to Slow Down Brown, as well as some fun swag like a Deep Brewing Co. T-shirt, stickers, and neck gaiter. Or how about some gourmet olive oil or artisan condiments from Tallahassee’s premier oil and vinegar tasting room, Smashing Olive? (Don’t forget to pick up some for yourself that you can enjoy with friends in Onyx’s modern kitchens.)

What Do I Get for the Person on My List Who Has Everything?

Opt for experiences. Buy them a membership to the Tallahassee Museum, which features 52 acres of educational experiences and countless events for those interested in learning more about the area, its history, and local wildlife. Get someone who deserves a little pampering a gift card for a spa package at Chelsea Salon and Spa on Mahan Center Boulevard. Their facial treatments, manicures, and massages are considered some of the best Tallahassee has to offer. And for the fitness buff, how about a training program through Fleet Feet, one of Tallahassee’s top spots for fitness gear, shoes, and personal coaching?

How Can I Support T-Town Businesses This Season?

Try Coton Colors for quaint items for the home like candles and dishware. This company was founded by local mother, designer, and entrepreneur Laura Johnson in the late 1980s when she couldn’t find the types of housewares that she wanted in her own home. Don’t forget Midtown Reader, the only independent bookstore in Tallahassee selling new, general subject books. They showcase the work of Florida writers, build partnerships with local universities and colleges, and offer amazing cultural events that are still so important to the literary scene.

When you’re done with your shopping expeditions, head home to Onyx and relax in the hot tub or sauna, or get busy wrapping in your sophisticated, modern apartment. Just like Onyx, Tallahassee is more than meets the eye. Give these gift ideas a try and share the best of Florida with your loved ones this holiday season.


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