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Orlando Gift Giving Guide


Need a unique gift for that special someone? Here are a few ideas for where to shop in the Orlando area for specialty gifts for any occasion.

1. Favorite Specialty Stores in Orlando

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One of a kind shopping adventures.  There may be one or two stores in the area, but most were seleced because they are unique to the Orlando or Florida markte.  Specialty stores are great places to find unique gifts. This is a list of my top specialty shops in the Orlando area.

Favorite Orlando Specialty Stores

2. Top Shopping Areas in Orlando

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Not your typical mall or department store shopping. This is a list of my top 5 places to shop for specialty gifts, something out of the ordinary, over the top or just creative.

Tops for Shopping in the Orlando Area

3. Museum Shops

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Gifts that you won't find anywhere else, museums often have items related to special exhibits or themed for the type of museum. One of my favorites is the Morse Museum of American Art. Often museum gift shops have a wonderful selection of creative and beautiful items - everything from artwork and books to toys and jewelry. Other choices include the Orlando Science Center, the Orange County History Center and the Orlando Museum of Art. Museum admission is generally not required to visit the museum shop. Call ahead to verify.

4. Flea Markets - Farmer's Markets

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Old, new and everything in-between. Great prices, great stocking stuffers. Need a few hostess gifts for an upcoming party How about a beautiful orchid or a hand-made necklace? Orlando area Flea and Farmers' Markets are also a great place to pick up holiday decorations and fresh produce for your family gatherings.

Top Orlando Area Flea and Farmer's Markets

5. Tickets for Shows & Plays

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The Central Florida area offers a wide range of theatrical performances. Local colleges and community college to the Broadway Series at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. Local venues in Downtown Orlando, Sanford and Winter Garden have a wonderful selection of plays, shows and performances.

6. Gift Cards

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More than just face value, these gift cards and certificates for Orlando area restaurants and vendors offer deals at a discounted rate or include a bonus perk for the giver.

Tops Gift Cards with a Bonus

7. Antiques & Collectibles

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One of a kind gifts for that special person on your list. Some of the area's antique districts also contain trendy little boutiques with new specialty items that you won't find at your local mall.

Top Antique Districts in the Orlando Area

8. Annual Passes

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The gift that gives all year round! All major theme parks including Disney, Universal and SeaWorld offer annual passes. Be sure to mention if you are a Florida resident, as additional discounts may apply.
How about something a little closer to home? Family passes are available at the Orange County History Center, Orlando Museum of Art and the Orlando Science Center.

9. Orlando Malls & Shopping Areas

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When all else fails, head to one of the Orlando area's many malls and strip centers. Mall gift certificates are always appreciated and many can be used at other malls across the country.

Orlando Area Mall listing
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