Local Gifts

1. Claire Sommers Buck Jewelry
Claire hand-smiths metal into unexpected organic shapes, resulting in a variety of styles. Her primitively hip pendants dangle, bright and tooth-like. A ring might use the curve of a leaf, or a tribal motif you might find on a shield in South America, where she traveled. At Violet Boutique in 5 Points. You can also see her work on www.clairesommersbuck.com (photos by jeanne ciasullo) – ERIN
2. Original Fuzz
Guitar straps, bags, and cables for musicians. Co-Founders Lee McAlilly and Zach Lever launched the company in 2012 with the idea that guitar players would welcome high-quality, responsibly-made gear. Demand for the straps exceeded the initial supply, selling all units from the first production run before inventory was even available. They have been used by artists including Built To Spill, and Frightened Rabbit, a group recently signed to Atlantic Records. Backed by a lifetime guarantee. Visit OriginalFuzz.com for more information or call 701-8204. Located Downtown at 315 E. Bay Street. http://www.originalfuzz.com/ – WILL
3. f.l.a. Villein clothing
George E. Deacon brings us fresh Jacksonville designs. His tees and sweatshirts are locally printed at CoRK Arts District and range from $10 -$30. Order directly from George via email [email protected] or 626-8461. – NATHANIEL
4. a different kitchen
While you may have seen hand-made wooden beer crates this season at Anthropolgie, A Different Kitchen’s version is not only a better price, it includes a bottle opener and is made locally. This gift would be perfect paired with one of the local cookbooks we mention (to the left) and filled with beer. Our good friends at Beer:30 would be perfect for helping you pick the right mix of brews for your gift receiver’s palette. (Three local gifts all in one. GoLo!) http://etsy.com/shop/adifferentk…. – RACHEL
5. BURRO Bags
Evolving with times, Burro Bags has been manufacturing handmade messenger bags, backpacks, cycling accessories and apparel in Jacksonville for six years. Today they offer the first fully adjustable holster for transporting the u-shaped bicycle theft prevention device of your choice. There are other U-lock holsters out there, but none like this. It adjusts to any size belt, any size U-lock and can be easily removed without taking off your belt. We also like their other bicycle accessories like pedal straps, underseat bags and the Grundle bag that straps on a cross bar for easy access. www.burrobags.com – WILL
6. Etched in a Tree
Local artist Courtney Hardy sells custom made prints perfect for a personalized holiday gift. Customize the “Etched in a Tree” with initials for you and your special someone. “What’s your Number?” is the perfect gift for anyone who just moved into a new space and wants to hang their address proudly. Free Shipping for all Jax residents courtesy of the JAXSHIP promo code! www.etsy.com/shop/hardycourtney – SHANNON
7. N.A.I.W.BE
Aka: Natural As I Wanna Be, explains founder Sylvia Walker. The product line consists of shower gels, lip balm, men’s shaving cream and the popular body crème made from lemongrass. This cream can be used on your hair, hands and feet. All of the products are eco-friendly and made with natural ingredients.The licensed staff at N.A.I.W.BE also offers services such as reflexology, facials, scrubs, manicures, pedicures and massage therapy for singles and couples. N.A.I.W.BE is located inside the Jacksonville Landing near 9 West Show Store Customer Service 404-7862 – JEWELL
8. Third Kind Skate Lights
Safety is priceless, but at only $54.98, it’s even sweeter when it retails for less than the cost of a video game. Third Kind Skate Lights are rugged, water-resistant, rechargeable, safe and rad. They are mountable to any skateboard and require no modifications. Comes with battery, charger and your choice of LED strip in red, green, blue and pink. The kits are also great for bicycles. Available through their website and select shops, including SB Skate Co. in Jacksonville Beach and Skateboard City in the Beach Blvd. Flea Market. Visit the website at http://thirdkindbeyond.com – LIZA
9. Almost Ancient Pots
Need something special and unique for the gardener on your gift list? Try Almost Ancient Pots. Hypertufa pots look old, but they’re not. They’re surprisingly lightweight handmade works of art. They have “feet” to help prevent moisture damage to your patio or deck. Long-lasting and reasonably priced, many have unique, colorful tiles on the side. These are special order items sold through their website at: www.almostancientpots.com or you can contact Melanie at [email protected] or call 744-1890. – ALINE
10. I.M. Cookie
Give your friends, family or business associates fresh, home baked cookies. The I.M. Cookie is named after I.M. Sulzbacher, a man who spearheaded the effort to build a comprehensive campus in Jacksonville to help homeless individuals find their way home. I.M. Sulzbacher’s generous spirit of giving lives on at the Sulzbacher Center. Help the Center by purchasing these delicious cookies. Each cookie is chock full of white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts and baked fresh to order for your holiday gift giving. Pick up the cookies or have them shipped. Boxes and tins available in different sizes, $20-35. Place your order at http://www.sulzbachercenter.org/…. – SHELLEY