Merrick Park has put up its massive Christmas tree. Bayfront Park has been transformed into a sprawling holiday village. Store windows from Lincoln Road to Brickell City Centre are decked out with tons of tinsel and festive displays. They’re all signs that if you haven’t yet finished shopping for all the peeps on your holiday gift list, you’re way behind schedule. Never fear, though. For those who are stuck on Miami time even when it comes to holiday shopping, we’ve put together a list of our favorite last-minute holiday finds for all kinds of personalities, from fitness-friendly fashion and CBD oil essentials, to great bottles of booze.
Got a fashion-forward guy in your life who’s all about looking luxe? Jaxson Maximus offers a spectacular selection of custom made-to-measure suits and shirts, plus cutting edge salon products and ready-to-wear jeans, shoes, socks, and ties by coveted brands — think Paige Denim, Hook & Albert, DiBanco and more. Sound like the perfect selection of gifts for your man? Head to Jaxson Maximus’s new 4,000-square-foot showroom (which also doubles as a salon space) in Brickell’s Panorama Tower and pick out something he’ll love.
This locally-loved brick-and-mortar boutique at 68 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables is fully-stocked with all kinds of beautiful apparel and accessories. Designer sunglasses? Check. Luxurious bath and body products? Check. Too-cute purses and clutches? Check. There’s even a rack of evening gowns for the gala-gal in your squad, plus a whole section of stocking stuffers and fashion-forward gifts. If you can’t make it in person, order anything you like off their website, www.mybestfriendscloset.com.
There’s only one season in Miami — summer, with a few cool days layered in from November through February. And with endless sunshine and beautiful beaches, great swimwear is as essential as underwear. So this holiday season, gift your bestie a hot new piece by local swimwear brand Maheli Heli. They do alterations at their warehouse in Miami, so you can tailor pieces to every body type.
We’re fortunate enough to live in a city brimming with great museums and other cultural institutions. Gift your favorite creative a membership to the PAMM or the Miami Museum of Modern Art. Or treat a budding botanist to a membership at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. And if the person on your list is into music and theater, you can’t go wrong with a membership at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Lessons at Wynwood School of Music
A month of private or group lessons at the Wynwood School of Music is the perfect gift for an aspiring musician. You can choose from one-on-one sessions starting at $175 for 30 minutes and $225 for an hour across a range of instruments and genres. Or opt for group ensembles. The school is also running a winter special right now that includes a free first lesson if you sign up.
She’s got it all — sneakers for every type of exercise, from running to kickboxing, the hottest workout clothes, the latest gadgets for tracking fitness goals. But does the workout queen in your life have a pair of Cool Feet Socks? These one-of-a-kind no-show socks by Shashi are the only performance mesh studio socks that use COOLMAX technology — specially designed fibers that wick moisture away from your skin and evaporate it. But these socks aren’t just about functionality — they also come in five different styles that also look great outside the gym. You can purchase a pair at www.sashionline.com or on Amazon.
An Gym Membership
A local option is Anatomy, which has two new locations in Midtown and Miami Beach and is quickly becoming a Miami favorite with its pristine and low-light workout spaces, extensive class schedule, and top of the line spa. Equinox is one of the most iconic brands in the gym world, and for good reason. Their equipment is state-of-the-art, their classes are cutting-edge, and membership comes with all kinds of perks that make you feel like you belong to a club, not just a fitness center. New members get to enjoy a slew of benefits, including a complimentary Equifit fitness assessment, a complimentary personal training session, and one-on-one Studio Pilates session, discounts on their first purchase at The Shop and their first treatment at The Spa, and more. For more information, check out the Equinox membership page here.
Veritas Farm is one of the few brands out there that uses whole hemp oil and top-quality ingredients in its products — all sourced directly from their 140-acre farm in Pueblo, Colorado. Launched just in time for the holiday season, their new Full Spectrum Starter Kit is the perfect way to introduce a friend to their incredible line of products. It comes with all of its bestsellers, including calming tinctures, skin-soothing salves, CBD capsules and lip balm. Flavors and scents are completely customizable. Order one here.
Another beloved brand in the hemp oil product market, PurWell focuses on all-natural solutions for promoting better sleep. Their award-winning hemp oil, PurSlep, is lauded among healthcare professionals and personal care experts. It’s blended with a proprietary mix of holistic sleep supplements and rich in beneficial cannabinoids to help the workaholic in your life enjoy deep and restful sleep. You can order some online here or through healthcare professionals.
The Ultimate Facial
If someone on your holiday gift list is a Florida local, help him or her recover from the season’s stress and stride into the new year with healthy, glowing skin by sending them a gift card for Steiger Facial Plastic Surgery. Renown double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob D. Steiger, M.D. is offering an exclusive holiday special at his Boca Raton practice that includes a deep cleaning facial, microdermabrasion and a specialized mask for just $150. If your giftee is from out of town, treat them to a care package of Steiger’s favorite skincare essentials, like EvenTone Brightening pads, a defense balm that acts as a 3-in-1 primer, sunscreen and BB cream, stem cell restoring night cream, and more. You can browse the complete collection here.
A Collector’s Club Membership with Wine By the Bay
This hidden gem on NE 4th Avenue is where Miami’s true wine connoisseurs go to get their bottles — and their Collector’s Club membership is perfect for the vino lover in your life. For $100 a month, Wine By the Bay’s sommeliers will ship your giftee two expertly selected wines — a red and a white, or two reds. The bottles can come from all over the world and are usually boutique, hard-to-come-by limited production vintages. Learn more about the Collector’s Club here.
Have a friend who’s all about discovering new blends and vintages? They’ll make great use of a wine club membership with Cooper’s Hawk Winery, which offers access to award-winning wines and invitations to exclusive events hosted by celebrated food and wine personalities. Purchase a gift subscription here.
FOR A SPIRITED SPECIAL SOMEONE
Anyone who knows his or her way around good tequila will fall in love with this expression by El Tesoro. Launched this fall as a permanent member of the brand’s beloved portfolio, this balanced agave-forward tequila is aged four to five years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels. The taste is a combination of coffee, dark chocolate, dry fruits and roasted almonds. Total Wine carries it for under $100.
Japanese spirit brand Suntory has been killing the whisky game, winning awards for expressions across its portfolio. And this holiday season, they’ve debuted the perfect gift for the whisky lover in your life: a set that comes with a custom Japanese highball glass, a wooden bottle glorifier, a Highball recipe card, and a 750ml bottle of Suntory Toki — a unique blend of whiskies that works wonderfully when used in a traditional Japenese highball. The set is available via Amazon in select markets.
Whisky isn’t the only spirit Suntory does well — the brand’s Haku vodka is also exceptional. Made from 100% Japanese white rice in a process that is completely unique to Suntory, this premium craft vodka is filtered through bamboo charcoal to enhance the spirit’s slightly sweet and delicate flavor profile. What’s more, the bottle is super sleek, too. Purchase one as a gift for a vodka-loving friend via TotalWine.
Amanda Mesa has covered Miami’s restaurant and bar scene for more than five years. She loves to write about her four biggest passions: cocktails, food, music and travel. When she isn’t penning pieces for publications like Culture Crusaders, Indulge Magazine and Miami.com, she’s usually planning her next trip. Ask her where to find a great meal or cocktail anywhere in the world, and she’ll point you in the right direction.