Your Ultimate Local Holiday Gift Guide


By Rita L. Sherwood

It’s that time of year again, time to spend with family, time to enjoy the Christmas season, time for all of the parties, and don’t forget, it’s also time to shop for everyone on your Christmas list. Why not shop like a local and give back to our many small businesses right here in Destin? The following is a gift guide that will sure to please even the fussiest on your list:

Gifts $25 and under:
Shelly the Sea Turtle book $14.99 at Emerald Coast Scuba, Destin Pearl Art in Destin Commons, Barnes and Noble in Destin; for your grandchild, niece or nephew; see Destin Life November issue.

Just Love Coffee Café, $25 gift certificate for that coffee lover on your list, call (850) 353-2232.

Currents Resale & Boutique, check out their cute jewelry for under $25, located at 4507 Furling Lane, Suite 104, Destin.

Local Raw Wildflower Honey, $11.99, from Freeport’s Register Family Farm; shipping available at

Gifts $50 and under:
Timberview Helicopters Destin Harbor Helicopter Tour $49 per person for 10 miles of unforgettable views of the Destin Harbor and jetties of East Pass, call (850) 774-0991, or

Beach House, $50 gift certificate for lunch/dinner with an amazing view of the Gulf, 4009 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach.

Otto’s Express Car Wash Membership $29.98 per month, or the Supreme Car Wash Membership for $43.98 per month; both include unlimited washes and free vacuums,

Paddle Tribe Company, one-hour paddle board rental at Lulu’s for $30, locals get BOGO free hour, back to business in March, call (850)797-2232 or

Destin Yoga by the Sea Beach gift card $32 for four classes at the Crab Trap pavilion, year round at

Destin’s Founding Father: The Untold Story of Leonard Destin book for $33, available at the Destin History and Fishing Museum at 108 Stahlman Avenue, Destin. Also, be sure to check out their cute starfish ornaments!

Gifts $75 and under:
Beverly Hills Day Spa Kids Spa Party, ages 4-12, $75 each includes facial, manicure, pedicure and massage, sparkling grape juice and ice cream, 114 Palmetto Drive, Suite 6, Destin, or call (850) 654-8544.

Hand & Stone Massage, facial for $59.95, call (850) 462-5603 or

Gifts under $100:
Theo the giant 36” stuffed turtle for $99, all proceeds go to the Turtle Conservation Society; see SoWal Life front page in the November issue, or purchase at Pecan Jack’s on 30A, (850) 622-0011.

Village Door Destin New Year’s Eve Party tickets $99 each includes Journey and Bon Jovi Tribute bands, a welcome drink, dinner buffet, champagne toast at midnight, and $1000 in chips to gamble with poker, black jack, craps, roulette and Texas hold’em. Call (850) 502-4590 or

Party Boat Fishing Charter on the Destin Princess or Destiny, 6-Hour Trip | Adult $70; 6-Hour Trip | Military/Senior/Child/Rider $65. 850-753-8667,,, Destin Harbor.

Luxury gifts:
Miramar Beach Dental & Orthodontics BOOST Teeth Whitening Treatment In house $450 ($150 discount) includes take home trays; Or $250 take home bleach and custom fit trays, bleach is free for lifetime with regular cleaning appointments call for appointment (850) 650-2070.

Lions Tale Adventures Shark Fishing Charter $600 for four hours, includes up to four people, call (850) 585-4747, or

Emerald Coast Luxury Transportation Holiday Special, $400 for four hours in their luxury stretch limo call (850) 774-8345.

A private fishing charter on Outta Line, 1-6 passengers, half day (6 hours) $1,290. (850) 837-2320, book online at

Rockwell Tharp boots $498 and up for that unique, European artistic boot statement, 141 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach,

Destin Pilates Gift certificate $250 for 10 reformer classes, two private sessions included for free, (850) 460-2828,

What’s Up Dog Puppy Kindergarten Training Class $129 for four sessions with your puppy starting at 16 weeks old, (850) 420-2894,

A new performance fishing or pontoon boat, 2019 closeout deals, from The Ships Chandler, 646 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, (850) 837-9306,

Zilis CBD Oil and CBG Two Bottle System – 1 CBG and 1 Berry, Christmas Special $119 reg. $149.95. Call Cris Ponce (Ambassador #7162217) at,, (850) 830-3996.