2018 Orlando Gift Ideas Holiday Wish List


We love the locally-owned businesses we have here in Central Florida, and the best time of year to take advantage is during the holidays! From gifts of experience to lovely accessories, we have something for everyone on your list.

To help you keep your dollars local and tackle your holiday shopping, we have put together this wish list filled with Orlando gift ideas from some of the best businesses around. Each gift on our list has been hand selected by our contributors and readers as an Orlando must-have, and we just love this year’s Orlando gift ideas!

City Samplers Orlando Box

If you want to capture The City Beautiful in one great gift, a City Samplers box is just what you need! City Samplers explores the feeling behind the city of Orlando by offering customers local products and experiences made in sample sizes. All products are created by artisans that make Orlando unique. Products include coffee, tea, bath and body, candles, kitchen and cooking, and local experiences with restaurants and breweries.

OMB Gift Pick

The Cup of Tea box showcases the many local tea shops, including AntiquiTEAs, Infusion Tea, and Tea Tea and Co. Each box features loose leaf teas in a variety of complimentary flavors and blends as well as a stainless steel tea strainer. The perfect gift for anyone who appreciates a good cup of quality tea. 

West Orange Creamery and Soda Fountain

If you haven’t visited this old fashioned soda fountain with a modern twist, you are missing out on a fun and delicious experience! Their soda jerks offer up ice cream, sodas, cakes, and coffee, each one crafted with love the old fashioned way. A rotating menu of specialties and over-the-top toppings (like toasted marshmallow fluff!) makes every trip a new discovery. Their shop also has a mini marketplace filled with locally-made treasures. It is the perfect spot to host a party, bring the family, or celebrate the everyday. 

OMB Gift Pick

Everyone on your list will love a gift card to West Orange Creamery and Soda Fountain! Their gift cards can be used on any of their treats or on goods in their marketplace. Pick up a gift card in the shop. 


Goldfish Swim School of Winter Park

Goldfish Swim School is proud to provide state-of-the-art aquatic facilities that are dedicated to year-round, indoor swim classes and programs for children, ages 4 months and up. From Jump Start Clinics to their competitive team known as Swim Force, Goldfish Swim School is committed to helping your child develop important life skills so he or she can make waves in life.

OMB Gift Pick

Goldfish Swim School’s Holiday Gift Package is the perfect way to give a gift of experience with swim lessons! This includes two months of group lessons, annual membership fee, two family swim passes, an adorable “The Fish Who Wouldn’t Swim” Book, a 5.5” Bubbles Bath Toy and clear Goldfish tote bag. Goldfish has lessons perfect for all age groups and experience levels, so there is something for everyone!

Lizard Thicket Boutique

Lizard Thicket, located at Waterford Lakes, prides itself in selling the latest, most fashion-forward styles and accessories at surprisingly affordable prices.  Our stylish clientele can wear our threads with the confidence that their wardrobe is as unique as they are.  We carry a limited quantity of each piece, and with fabulous new merchandise arriving almost daily, our selection is constantly changing. From jewelry to candles we have the PERFECT gift for anyone on your Holiday list! Have fun with fashion- we do!

OMB Gift Pick

Earrings, Candles, latest trends and more! Come shop for the holidays!

Debut Cookbook from First Watch

Yeah, It’s Fresh, the first ever cookbook from First Watch Restaurants, Inc., is now available at each of its more than 290 nationwide locations. Created to celebrate the award-winning breakfast, brunch and lunch concept’s 35thanniversary, the 160-page book (Story Farm, $23.95.) shares 75 signature recipes including beloved favorites like Rainbow Toast, Everything Smoked Salmon Benedict, Superseed Protein Pancakes and the Chickichanga. 

For home chefs planning their holiday menus, Yeah, It’s Fresh offers a variety of seasonal recipes ideal for family gatherings such as Carrot Cake Pancakes, Pumpkin Pancakes, Turkey Dill Crepe Eggs and Chilled Pear Cider.

OMB Gift Pick

Yeah, It’s Fresh features 75 signature First Watch recipes including beloved favorites like Superseed Protein Pancakes.

Wildflower Beauty by Jessica LLC

Wildflower Beauty by Jessica is a skincare, bath & body company offering 100% natural products, handmade from scratch right in Winter Garden! They scent their products with essential oils, and never include any toxic chemicals, fillers or additives. Wildflower Beauty is known for their anti-aging skin care collection as well as their baby care line and was just awarded best beauty products of Orlando for 2018.

OMB Gift Pick

Wildflower Beauty by Jessica offers lots of gift sets and stocking stuffers under $20, perfect for babysitters, teachers, and coworkers. The Facial Kit Sampler is a customer favorite because it lets you pamper yourself right at home with everything you need for an all-natural DIY facial. It makes a perfect gift—or treat for yourself!

Beaux Studios

A chic and boho shop with loads of charm, Beaux Studios is a local gem. They handcraft luxury, everyday jewelry and curate a boho clothing collection (in a wide size range: S – 3xl) that highlights vintage design details in modern fabrication.

OMB Gift Pick

Handcrafted in their Downtown Orlando maker studio, their leather wrap bracelets & matching leather earrings make a sweet gift for your friends who love understated fashion. Simply designed but made with beautiful luxury leather and silver, these pieces will become their everyday, timeless go-to jewelry.

August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

A retrofit smart lock that allows you to lock, unlock and monitor your front door right from your phone, giving you increased control and peace of mind over home security.

OMB Gift Pick

The August Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle grants remote access, which is great to let the dogwalker, delivery personnel or family/friends in while you’re away. It gives you total control—lock and unlock your door, grant keyless access and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your August app. Price: $279. Available online at August.com, Amazon and major retailers.


Reader & Contributor Nominated Gift Ideas

For Friends and Family

Orlando gift ideas holiday wish list

Jam From Smiling Goat


Marshmallows From Wondermade


Coffee From Lineage Coffee Roasting

For Your Bestie


Queen Anne Canteen From Rifle Paper Co.

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Happy Days Basket From Quantum Leap Winery 


Movie Tickets To The Enzian Theater

For The Men

Orlando gift ideas holiday wish list

Growler from GB’s Bottle Shop and Tasting Bar

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Gift Certificate to Paddleboard Orlando


Black Ivanhoe Leather Belt By Freehand Goods

For The Kids


“This Is My Sports Shirt” From Swan City Shirts

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Passes To The Central Florida Zoo

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Tickets To Gatorland

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