Share the Bradenton Area With Everyone on Your List
The secret to finding the best holiday gifting is knowing where to look. And just a quick look around the Bradenton Area will fill you with gift ideas for even the most hard-to-shop-for people on your holiday list. With these tasteful and good-tasting gift ideas, holiday shopping has never been so much fun and oh-so-easy!
Fresh Florida oranges under every tree
Placing an orange in the toe of stockings is a holiday tradition dating all the way back to the 1800s. But imagine the excitement on the faces of your friends and family when they unwrap a whole basket of fresh Florida oranges (and more) from Mixon Fruit Farms.
Our friends at Mixon’s offer an assortment of delicious citrus gift packages. There are wreaths of citrus – Plump navel oranges, intense mandarins, sweet Honeybells and even grapefruit) or citrus and fruit, and crates of luscious oranges. All wrapped up in festive packaging. Prices range from $20 to $100.
Mixon Select Wines are made especially for Mixon’s by Aspirations Winery in nearby Tampa. Bulk juices from several types of grapes are imported from around the world — including muscadine grapes grown at Mixon’s. The juice is processed and fermented using time-tested blends to produce top quality wines, and then infused with natural Florida tropical fruit juices for uniquely delicious table wines any wine-lover will enjoy.
For the food lovers on your Christmas list, Mixon’s has it all: Jellies and marmalades; salsas, sauces, spreads, dressings and honey; and even orange blossom perfume. There’s also kettle Korn and roasted sweet nuts – including fresh Almonds and Pecans covered in a glaze of sugar, vanilla and cinnamon roasted to perfection – bagged in perfect little snack totes
Manatee A to Z Children’s book
Here’s the perfect gift for the parents on your gift list. The children’s Book “Old Manatee A to Z” showcases the history and natural environment of the area where the City of Bradenton was founded. It’s fun to read, beautifully illustrated, and offers a rare glimpse into the way Bradenton used to be! The book includes 26 facts about the City of Bradenton dating back to the 1800s, covering historical landmarks, the natural environment and local culture. Every purchase benefits Realize Bradenton, an non-profit organization that develops downtown Bradenton as an attractive and healthy community for residents, visitors, young talent, and businesses, and as a model for other cities.
Books are limited so be sure to buy yours soon!
Unwrap a unique work of art
The Bradenton Area is filled with local artists who draw inspiration from the beauty that surrounds them. And the results of their creativity can be found and purchased at Art Center Manatee, the perfect place for handcrafted gifts that engage. There really is something for everyone, including jewelry, pottery, woodwork, glass, clothing and one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments that turn every tree into a unique work of art.
Naughty and nice: Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery
Give a gift from Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery, aka “The Greenest Winery in America.” This family-owned operation has been serving sustainable spirits for nearly 20 years now and is truly a taste unique to the Bradenton Area. The grapes are native to the area, reducing any carbon footprint caused by shipping in fruit from elsewhere. And 100% of the sediments created in the winemaking process are composted back into the land. Every bottle has been recycled from a past bottle. And whoever you give a bottle will surely be one of the 26,000 customers who send back their empties to be refilled again and again. All shipments are sent early in the week so that they arrive by the weekend. So, you know they aren’t sitting in a warehouse over the weekend and that you’re giving only the freshest wines possible.
The right gift for all: Gift cards
Sometimes it’s the smallest gifts that make the biggest impact — like gift cards to some of the most popular restaurants in the Bradenton Area from Chiles Restaurant Group, including the Sandbar Restaurant, the Beach House Restaurant and Mar Vista on Longboat Key. Card amounts are available from $25 to $500! Other popular restaurants like Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Mattison’s also have gift cards for purchase. For locals, it’s a great way to support local businesses and take a break from the kitchen. For out-of-towners, it’s an invitation to join you on your next vacation to the Bradenton Area!