Holiday Shopping Tips on Florida’s Historic Coast

There are many kinds of unique gifts items you’ll find only in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. Whether you are shopping for gifts to bring back from your vacation for friends and family, gifts for the holidays, or just something for yourself, there are distinctive items that reflect the history, flavor, arts and culture of Florida’s Historic Coast.
 
History and Culture
Be sure to step into the gift shops of local museums and attractions. You’ll find books, jewelry, textiles, photography, paintings, prints and even coffee table books that illustrate the treasures and artifacts found within the museum’s walls. 
 
Florida’s Historic Coast has a long history as an artists’ community. Shop in dozens of galleries in St. Augustine, Anastasia Island and Ponte Vedra Beach.
 
Epicurean Delights
The secrets behind dishes in popular restaurants can be yours. The Columbia Restaurant offers its Sangria mix. Locals love the unusual dressing at Gypsy Cab restaurant on Anastasia Island. Growers Alliance sells a variety of organic fair trade sustainable coffee. The Spice & Tea Exchange sells special mixes named after the men and women behind the 450 plus year history of St. Augustine, such as the Menendez spice mix.
 
The Datil Pepper is the signature varietal in the area’s dining scene. The Datil Pepper’s heat is similar to the habanero. But the bright fruity flavor, and the fact that it grows nearly exclusively in St. Augustine, sets it apart and makes it a popular item suited for hot sauces, spice mixes, chowders and more.
 
Take home a sweet treat from Whetstone Chocolates, crafted in its downtown St. Augustine factory. Factory Tours take place daily. Claude’s Chocolates sells Bonbons and Truffles made in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine.
 
Lively Libations
Wine lovers will have plenty of purchasing options. Try Carrera Wine Cellar, Bin 39, San Sebastian Winery and DOS Coffee & Wine Bar. The St. Augustine Distillery is an award winning small batch distillery that uses sustainable products. Take a free tour of the distillery then select from among small batch vodka, gin, rum and whiskey.
 
Boutiques off the Beaten Path
In the Heritage Walk off St. George Street is Aunt Matilda’s Steampunk Trunk, a boutique filled with handmade jewelry, clothing and gadgets that reflect Victorian science and the American Wild West. JC Cuban Roller Cigars makes the best Cuban seed tobacco cigars, which are always hand rolled on the premises. The Casual Warrior Kimona - Ya sells Kimonos, textiles, Bento boxes and accessories.
 
The Uptown Shopping District on San Marco Ave. is one of the city’s best kept secrets. This walkable area features antique shops, vintage clothing, home goods, furniture, women’s and children’s wear, handmade jewelry and beading, homemade cupcakes, wine and more. 
 
Village Finds in Ponte Vedra Beach
In Ponte Vedra Beach the Sawgrass Village is the place to spend the day. Shop ‘til you drop then refresh at one of a nearly dozen restaurants. Shops include John Craig Clothier, Clean Ocean Surfboards, Mon Amie Boutique, Calvet Couture Bridal Boutique, Lemon Twist and Peterbrooke Chocolatier.
 
Sought After Golf Gifts
Florida’s Historic Coast is home to famous championship courses including the The PLAYERS Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Pro Shop at the TPC Clubhouse carries PGA Tour merchandise. Greg Norman at St. Augustine Premium Outlets is the place to get performance golf-inspired apparel.
 
Outlet Shopping in St. Augustine
Just 15 minutes outside the historic district are two high-end outlet malls: St. Augustine Outlets and St. Augustine Premium Outlets. Savvy and stylish shoppers can find gifts from Cole Haan, Michael Kors, Coach, Adidas, Converse, Bose, Eddie Bauer, Direct Tools, Kate Spade and Saks Fifth Ave Off 5th. Both shopping centers, located on the east and west sides of I-95 at Exit 318, offer everyday savings of up to 65 percent off retail prices on premium brands.