Here’s a selection of amazingly cool, Space Coast gift selections we wanted to showcase for your holiday consideration.
Whether you are searching for a unique, handmade item, a gift for those who seek adventure, something antique or coastal themed, gift certificates for dining out, a one-of-a-kind piece of art or to purchase a gift with the goal of donating to a favorite charity, the options are endless on the Space Coast.
CANDLELIGHT SHOPPING: A GREAT WAY TO ENJOY SHOPPING & DINING IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN MELBOURNE
Saturdays beginning Thanksgiving through Christmas 2021
Visitors are invited to stroll the historical district, shop, dine and enjoy the festivities. Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy the tree lighting ceremony and take a free ride on the horse and carriage adventure. The many shops in downtown Melbourne have a wide variety of interesting and unique gift ideas from clothing, to wine, spirits, food edibles, jewelry, souvenirs, antiques and more. Gift cards are also available. Time and dates: 5-9 p.m., Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. For more information: Visit www.downtownmelbourne.com
GIVE THE GIFT OF HOPE & HEALING FROM THE TRANSFORMED SHOP
Within the walls of the Transformed Shop sewing center in Melbourne, former homeless moms in Brevard County are finding hope & healing by creating unique items out of denim and other fabric scraps.
The Transformed Shop is a social enterprise of Melbourne’s New Life Mission, a long-term transitional housing for homeless women and children working toward self-sufficiency.
In the Transformed Shop, the women, who are called students in the New Life Mission program, work with staff and volunteers to cut and sew the repurposed fabrics. Like the materials they work with, their lives gain new purpose as they rearrange the scraps of the past into new and beautiful things.
Their creations range from denim key chains, bracelets, earrings to placemats, coasters and wine tote bags. The items are sold online www.transformedshop.com or at the store located at 1230 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, during community events.
All sales go toward supporting the work of the Transformed Shop and New Life Mission. By purchasing these products, you are empowering women to gain valuable skills to break their cycle of homelessness. For information on how to purchase these gifts, contact Amy Lyons at Amy.L.@NewLife-Mission.org; visit www.transformedshop.com; or call 321.480.9100.
VINTAGEFUSION — SUNTREE’S UNIQUE BOUTIQUE OF VINTAGE & HOLIDAY DECOR
VintageFusion offers a unique shopping experience for home décor and more. Located in the heart of Suntree, the charming shop is nestled under the portico in the Boardwalk at Suntree shopping plaza.
The shop offers a wide selection of upscale, high quality home décor, including home accents, lamps, mirrors, small furniture, and fashion jewelry along with gift items and gift baskets all very affordably priced. What makes VintageFusion different from other vintage shops is the fusion of where old meets new.
Christmas is in full swing with holiday accents large and small. More than 10 decorated theme trees are laden with ornaments galore. Whether you are looking for a gift for your home, a unique Christmas ornament or just looking, VintageFusion is a must stop for a holiday shopping experience. For more information, call 321.326.5608 or visit VintageFusion at 7720 N. Wickham Road, Suntree.
REINVENTED INC. OFFERS 2021 CALENDARS:
If you’re looking for a gift that is not only practical but will help support the nonprofit, Reinvented Inc., a Princesses with Power Tools calendar may be the perfect choice for a relative, friend or colleague.
Though often depicted as demure and helpless, princesses have captured the imaginations of children for centuries. Reinvented Inc. is a nonprofit that aims to create a more empowering narrative with its Princesses with Power Tools calendar, featuring 12 women who work in science, technology, engineering and math [STEM].
Knowing firsthand the setbacks women face when trying to enter STEM fields, aerospace engineer Caeley Looney, founder of Reinvented Inc., launched in 2019 Reinvented magazine, the nation’s first print magazine for girls in STEM. The organization strives to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue their passions in science and technology.
“When less than 28% of the STEM workforce is women or minorities, we know something needs to change,” said Looney. “I hope that we are able to get these calendars into homes and classrooms all over the world, so girls know that they can do whatever they set their mind to.”
The calendars feature volunteers, dressed as princesses, who teach children how to use their first power tool. To date, Princesses with Power Tools has reached more than 5,000 children, primarily girls between the ages of 5 and 13.
This year’s lineup features one Department of Defense 30 under 30 awardee, two social media content creators, four Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates, one AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador and seven women of color. Go to www.reinventedmagazine.com/princesses-with-power-tools for their biographies.
The calendars will be released Nov. 26 and can be purchased at www.reinventedmagazine.com for $20.
BREAKERS SURF ART GALLERY: SEALIFE & COASTAL TREASURES
If you’re looking for a gift for the beach or ocean lover, the artists at Breakers Surf Art Gallery have you covered.
The only surf art gallery on the Space Coast, 20 local artists create coastal art of varying styles. From custom designed wall murals, one-of-a-kind paintings, photos, pottery, wood surf art sculptures, furniture and home accessories, to surfboard wall hangings, sculptures, exotic and precious gemstone and metal jewelry designs, shell and sand dollar ornaments, sea glass art, tote bags and custom picture frames, the choices are endless.
Owner and artist Dawn Harrell, a Brevard native, is a proponent of all ecological and environmental programs that protect the beaches and environment.
“Many of my featured artists also donate a portion of the proceeds from sales to many environmentally friendly initiatives,” she said.
The one-of-a-kind art is priced to accommodate every budget and all artists at the gallery are available for commission projects upon request.
The Breakers Surf Art Gallery is in the Skyview Plaza at 206 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach
For hours of operation and more information, visit www.facebook.com/BreakersArtGallery or call 321.779.6059.
AN ADVENTURE AT THE BREVARD ZOO: A GIFT THAT CONNECTS VISITORS WITH NATURE
If your holiday gift list includes children, grandchildren or someone who loves nature, an annual membership, a gift from the Brevard Zoo’s gift shop or even daily passes to the zoo are all appreciated.
The zoo connects visitors to the world of nature through relevant, unique and enjoyable experiences. Whether exploring and viewing the many animals, participating on a tree top trek, train ride or a kayaking adventure, there is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy.
Tickets can be purchased online or on site, and there are tons of souvenirs and zoo merchandise available at the gift shop that make great stocking stuffers for anyone.
Check out the hours of operation and special events at www.brevardzoo.org or call 321.254.9453 for information. The Brevard Zoo is at 8225 North Wickham Road, Viera. Visit the gift shop online at www.muzemerch.com/partner/brevard-zoo to purchase paw-some gifts for the animal lovers in your life.
ONE-YEAR GIFT SUBSCRIPTION TO SPACE COAST LIVING
For a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year, consider a one-year gift subscription to Space Coast Living magazine. If you are already a Space Coast Living subscriber, you can purchase a one-year gift subscription for $20, $10 off the regular $30 price. Letters will be mailed out Dec. 10 to your recipient announcing the holiday gift from you, followed by the first of five issues in early January.
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