Top Unique Shops in Miami for Holiday Gifts for Women! #BuyLocal
Updated: Dec 23, 2020
What do you gift to those special, unique women in your life for Christmas? Your business partner, your sister, your aunt, your partner in crime. Social Girls are full of that independent-spirited woman and we have a special eye for niche or little-known stores where you can find truly unique gifts for loved ones - or yourself!
Note that 95% of the businesses listed here are owned by Social Girls in the Miami area. This year, your support of small, women-owned businesses matters even more. Also listed is one non-profit thrift store that supports women transitioning from prison to life outside as well as a few very select chains that specialize in unique, women-centered products.
We'll start with one of our Social Girls Partners!
An invention from another brilliant Social Girl, these little snack balls are all natural, vegan, gluten- and guilt-free!
Their goal is healthy eating and with the popularity among their family and friends, they knew they were on to something.
Naturelle is offering a 7-sample snack ball set (until supplies last) that makes a wonderfully tasty gift for your friends with delicate stomachs and a sweet tooth. Beautifully wrapped, it's just a pleasure!
Don't take it lightly just how difficult it is for your gluten-sensitive and vegan friends to participate fully in the holidays.
And don't underestimate what a thoughtful, healthy gift this makes!
2. ACV Gummi
For some customers on a Keto kick, these gummies have helped reduce bloating, has curbed appetites, improved digestion, energy and even skin tone! Generally, vinegar helps balance sugar levels.
This site is not just about beautiful jewelry and clothing, but wellness. Check out their tumble crystals for your friends who are looking to "re-align."
This store is love at first sight for many. From the smells of candles and lotions, generous layout and natural feel, you'll never forget the first time you stepped foot inside Anthropologie. For any woman who is drawn to one of its various styles, it will remain at the top of mind.
The man who founded the chain got the inspiration from a female friend who wasn't finding clothing that fit where she was mentally and in life. Traveled. Experienced. Seeking. Relaxed. Yet accomplished.
The story on the Anthropologie site states it beautifully:
"Our customer is a creative-minded woman, who wants to look like herself, not the masses. She has a sense of adventure about what she wears, and although fashion is important to her, she is too busy enjoying life to be governed by the latest trends. To her, Anthropologie is a portal of discovery—a brush with what could be. A place for her to lose—and find—herself. Our product offering consists of women’s apparel and accessories, intimates, home furniture and décor, beauty and gifts. Each caters to the lifestyle of our five muses: soft & delicate; boho chic; easy cool; elegant classic; and modern sporty."
While their advertising is heavily boho chic, if you enter their store and view their collections with your own eyes, the designers are constantly delighting the customer with unique pieces that speak to that confident woman.
Anthropologie gives these women the space to be themselves.
If you know a fabulous woman in this category, head straight to Anthropologie.
Have you been disappointed in your gift search, entering store after store only to see the same products repeated in each?
Check out Aliss. With the only store in the continental US in downtown Miami, you will have unique home goods gifts for friends and family. For yourself, you might even eye a sofa, an amazing wall mirror, a set of kitchen towels you love, and more.
During the holidays, the Miami store becomes almost exclusively Christmas central, where you can get all of your décor in one stop.
Yoleisis, one of our Social Girls has just opened a shop and it's already sizzling hot! Check out her lingerie! This is more like gift for yourself and your partner ;)
From one of our Social Girls' Indian raw hair website, you could definitely gift some natural hair care products!
One of our Social Girls, Mendy Dos Santos, is a franchise owner and partner at this popular hair salon in Brickell! Known for a professional but friendly atmosphere and happy customers.
9. Bluff Agency
Social Girls Kelly KP Paige has her edgy style on Etsy! Bikini's, crop tops, bandanas and more.
10. Dabush Toys
Your friends with kids will appreciate these highly sensory toys for their littlest ones, brought to you by one of our Social Girls, Stephanie Dabush.
The hot gift item for dancers is a 100% cotton tote bag for dance shoes. And as soon as the pandemic permits, the next step for the owner, a dancing nomad, is to take people along on her dance-intensive adventures! Dalia has also authored a rom-com book/screenplay perfect for Kizomba addicts.
12. Dragonfly Thrift
Peruse a shop of trinkets from past and present. An intimate world that you can take your time to explore and you will always find something interesting to look at... and imagine in your home.
Warning: you'll want to purchase something. Anything. Not just because it'll be a little - or big - treasure for you, but because the second-hand store has a greater purpose.
Profits go to LeapForLadies.org, which helps women who are re-entering society after incarceration. The stigma alone is tough enough.
Buy something every time you enter; quality, brand name clothing, books, the occasional retro piece, natural soaps and simply enchanting home décor.
We all have at least one friend that is a wine connoisseur, so buy her a bottle (or two) and have a girls' night in! This business is especially heart-warming as it's a mother-daughter endeavor! Yay, Social Girls!
One of our Social Girls has loves to sell her gently used brand name gear on the famous Poshmark site.
15. Gigi on Poshmark
ANOTHER Social Girl - with good taste - is on Poshmark!
16. Hidden Relic
We all deserve a tiara and our Social Girl, Joy Vest, can hook us up with one that looks straight out of the times of gentlemen and ladies. Only these ladies rock ;)
17. House of Jameel
Social Girls Tasha Epps owns a women's clothing boutique with show-stopping fashion perfect for a night out in Miami.
Bio-friendly swimwear. "How" do you ask? By removing discarded nylon fishing nets from our seas and turning them into durable fabric. Ingenious! We love it.
At Iloshe each bathing suit is made to order, so you can expect a turnaround time of a week or two for the sewing and then add to that the shipping time. Keep this in mind as you're gifting these fabulous bathing suits for the holidays.
Being in sunny, warm-weather South Florida everyone needs multiple bathing suits to enjoy the beach life. And by the way, this is another Social Girl! So support a small, woman-owned business, support the environment and have fun at that beach party ;)
Cas, quality clothes, bodysuits & accessories. In step with the times, you can find comfortable and sexy bodysuits and even t-shirts that help remind you to keep it clean during Covid-19!
This company that had its origins in England takes consciousness to the level where it should be. Let us count the ways:
Not tested on animals.
Handmade. They employ individuals, not huge factories.
Lush takes reducing packaging very seriously and stocks large chunks of many of their products, charge the customer by weight and wrap it in paper made from biodegradable, natural materials.
Everything, from makeup to deodorant, is made with the freshest, most natural ingredients.
Vegetarian and ethical sourcing.
Rarely do you ever see a company that is so transparent with their ingredients. You'll find a "see ingredient" button on every product.
Natural & Pretty as can be!
Instead of using only the bland colors of nature, they source the most vibrant pinks, greens, purples, making any gift a beautiful surprise, as well.
Stand by a company committed to creating products in a conscious manner not just during Christmas for gifting, but for a lifetime! LUSH.
21. Rook Apothecary
Huh? Most people have never heard the word apothecary in their lives. But once you've passed the threshold and into that time warp of herbs, natural soaps, vitamins, ground barks, all-natural beauty creams, secret essential oil formulas and drinkable concoctions, "apothecary" will be unforgettable. All of those wonderful aromas of nature remain embedded in your clothes for hours and in your mind for a lifetime.
Let's get even geekier and graze the etymology of the word "apothecary." Where did such a strange word come from? If you thought Greek or Latin, you're right. From the Greek apothēkē for meaning "a place where things are stored" to Latin apotheca, then into Old French apotecaire, the word in English is found in it's current form all the way back to the 14th century where it meant "shopkeeper," especially "pharmacist; one who stores, compounds, and sells medicaments."
Present day, however, the entrepreneurial spirit has moved these shops online. Rook Apothecary is one of those and her online shop specializes in hand-poured soy candles.
Susanne Duran, the owner, is a fellow Social Girl, so if you're looking to support small businesses, and especially your Social Girls, candles always make a wonderful gift. Your friends will love them as décor and as a nice ambiance-maker... and they will appreciate knowing that you are supporting a female entrepreneur!
Tammy Díaz was inspired in LA, and found herself attracted to the artistry and fun in designing weaved accessories, from purses to belts and more.
The unique women in your life are the ones you cherish the most. In any of these stores you'll find a Christmas gift as unique as they are. Enjoy shopping and do it with all of the joy of the season!