Downtown Vision’s Staff Holiday Gift Picks 2021

Author: Alexa Andino, Downtown Vision Marketing and Events Intern

Are you still gift hunting for friends and family? Do you want to explore and support #DTJax’s local businesses this holiday season? Downtown Vision’s staff shares their top picks on gift ideas to make your holiday shopping season simple and fun!

Staff Picks For Local Holiday Gift Ideas:

Jake Gordon, CEO, picks adopting a seat at the historic Florida Theatre as a meaningful gift that creates a lasting legacy. Adopt-a-Seat provides a beautiful brass commemorative plaque, engraved with your name or to honor a relative, friend, or organization of your choice that will remain on the seat for its lifetime. Do you want to include tickets to a show with your gift? Check out our blog on the remaining Florida Theatre events for this year!

Additionally, a stop at The Bread and Board Provisions is a must. Be sure to pick up some locally made Florida honey from Bee Friends Farm. Local honey is the best and does wonders in hot tea when it is cold and chilly outside. Overall, The Bread and Board have an amazing range of local and hand-crafted gifts for all of your loved ones!

Bonus Tip: If you want to make the holiday season even more special, Jake recommends sharing a Cinnamon Roll Brûlée at Cowford Chophouse. Cowford has amazing rooftop dining that provides stunning views of #DTJax.

Pictured: Crème Brûlée with seasonal fruit. The Cinnamon Roll Crème Brûlée is a house-made cinnamon roll, vanilla bean crème brûlée with powdered sugar icing.

Katherine Hardwick, Vice President of Marketing, picks anything sparkly from Hemming Plaza Jewelers. Diamonds are not just a girl’s best friend, they’re everyone’s best friend. Whether you are in search of a simple piece of jewelry or a stunning engagement ring, Hemming Plaza Jewelers has it all.

Eric Miller, Vice President of District Services, picks a bottle of Rye Whiskey from Manifest Distilling as the perfect gift. Manifest is DTJax’s only full-scale organic distillery! When you stop by to buy gifts and/or treat yourself you might even see Ginny, their distillery cat!

Eduardo Santos, Director of Stakeholder Support, picks a cool tie or grooming products from Kalypso Couture. Kalypso Couture covers all of the bases, from custom fittings and suit audits to recreating personal wardrobes and recommending accessories.

Lexi Brantman, Director of Communications, picks a floral arrangement from The Bread and Board Provisions. You can’t go wrong with lovely fresh flowers! The Bread and Board also have festive workshops coming up that can serve as the perfect way to spend time with someone, create a gift, or keep your holiday creation as decoration!

Glass Etching Workshop on December 2nd, 6-8 PM⁠⁠

Winter Wreath Workshop on December 3rd, 4:30-7 PM⁠

Haley Tinkle, Events Manager, picks candles and/or skincare from Wolf & Cub. This cute little shop just recently dropped some really fun curated gift collections on their website that combine a few of their lovely items (one of the collections is displayed below!). Wolf & Cub is a great place to find a unique gift as they proudly offer one-of-a-kind jewelry, hand-screenprinted clothing, unique vintage finds, and curiosities that stand out in a crowd.

Laken Chaney, Marketing and Events Assistant, picks a pair of handmade earrings from Jasper and Elm. You can find a beautiful pair of earrings like the festive ones shown below and more jewelry at Art Walk and Riverside Arts Market! Find the cutest pair of earrings and finish up your holiday shopping while supporting an amazing local artist at the same time!

Check out our Holiday Guide for more information on amazing local businesses and festive events happening Downtown!