Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
While the holidays are typically a time of festive celebration, they can also bring on the need to find great gifts for everyone.
Fortunately, like most things in Walton County, even shopping can be stress-free! Shopping here is actually quite fun, especially if you have a little guide to some of the amazing small businesses to look for.
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Want to spoil someone special? McCaskill & Company in Miramar Beach has beautiful jewelry and watches to make just the right statement. Pish Posh Patchouli’s in Rosemary Beach is a high-end apothecary boutique offering everything from luxurious bath and body products and exclusive fragrances to comfy loungewear and decorative candles. Browse for designer clothes and accessories at Willow + Mercer in Inlet Beach or Alys Shoppe in Alys Beach.
If you have a loved one whose house is their heart, head over to Bastide Home & Garden in Dune Allen. Their selection of curated gifts and goods will add a tasteful twist to any residence. Next, stop by Seagrove’s Bungalow Home & Life to peruse their collection of unique furniture, home decor, boutique apparel and jewelry. They also feature colorful crafts from talented local artists. In search of a unique work of art for that creative friend? Look no further than the assortment of shops and art galleries at The Big Chill in Inlet Beach.
With several local breweries, Walton County serves up specialty varieties for all the beer-lovers on your list. Grayton Beer Company captures the laid-back essence of its namesake neighborhood with balanced, refreshing beers. Meanwhile, Idyll Hounds Brewing Company also pays tribute to its beach roots with options such as the Ghost Crab Pilsna’ and the Divide and Conch’r Double IPA. If you’re feeling uncertain about what to choose, both these stops have taprooms where you can savor a few samples.
To complement these tasty suds, pick up something from 30A Olive Oil Co. at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach. They have a great selection of gourmet foods, wine, olive oil, jams and honeys, as well as kitchen gifts like handmade wooden charcuterie boards.
For the little ones in your life, Gigi’s Fabulous Kids Fashions & Toys in Rosemary Beach has art supplies, beach toys, costumes, puppets and more to celebrate every child's individual creativity and style.
And don’t forget to explore beyond the beach! Main Street in DeFuniak Springs is a fun place to stroll, popping into shops along the way. Katie Beth’s Boutique & Spa carries a wide range of stylish women’s apparel and accessories. Nearby, Vault 46 has eclectic home decor, as well as unique objects, art, candles and gifts – including one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Freeport is also home to an amazing assortment of boutiques. Lou Lou Bean’s Gift Shop has everything from whimsical decorations to playful jewelry. Just being in their shop feels uplifting! And if you want to pamper a friend, The Little Yellow Bench Company has a full line of handmade skin products, spa products and candles. They also custom design and produce incredible wood furniture (hence the name).
So, embrace the shopping-as-exploration mentality of Walton County by setting out on retail adventure. Even if you don’t have a formal gift list prepared, you’re sure to find treasures you didn’t even expect!