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Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 10:54 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 10:54 a.m.

There has been much to do in recent years about the boom in holiday shopping on the Internet. It is a convenience, getting all of your shopping done without leaving the house.

But the feeling you get when you click the enter key can't replace that of perusing all the bright goodies in a store playing holiday music, then walking out to the car in the brisk December air, carrying a booty of shopping bags filled with presents for your loved ones.

Yes, it demands effort, going from place to place, trying to find just the right thing for the dozen or so people on your list. That's why we did some of the work for you, highlighting a few of the gems nestled on the shelves of locally owned stores and organizing them by price.

It's the kind of shopping list that pulls double duty — gifting not only the recipients of the presents, but also supporting the beloved, community- oriented business owners and artists so precious to our local economy.

UNDER $40

“WASH AWAY YOUR SINS” TOILETRIES ($5.50-18.50, Paddiwhack)

Someone been bad this year? A cute gift idea for beloved “liars, cheaters and wrong-doers.”

LOOFAH LOAFERS ($32, Paddiwhack)

Slip them on around the house and exfoliate with every step.

APRICOT AND HONEY SOAP BY EUROPEAN SOAPS ($12.50, Paddiwhack)

Fine European soap that goes on silky smooth.

SKY CAMPBELL GLASS NECKLACES ($15, Artisans' Guild Gallery)

Delicate hand-blown jewelry made with love by a local artist; Each ornament contains a unique little universe of color.

FLORIDA-THEMED MINT BOXES ($5.50 each, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens gift shop)

Decorated with retro images of Florida's bygone days; A nostaligic gift to send to someone you're missing or who may be missing Florida; Comes with a bag of mints.

SUSHI AND SAKI SETS ($20-28, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens gift shop) Imported from Asia, a great gift to pair with a gift certificate to a sushi restaurant or a bottle of sake.

ALPHABET KEY RINGS ($12.50 per letter, key ring included, Paddiwhack)

FLOWER LUGGAGE TAGS ($5.50 each, Paddiwhack)

Attach a little flair to keys and luggage to make them stand out in a hurry.

SCENTSATIONAL CANDLE ($14, Simply Gorgeous)

Produced by a company near Clearwater, each candle is made of soy and burns for up to 80 hours. The wax can be used as a beauty treatment on cuticles and skin.

LOLITA “LOVE” MARTINI GLASS ($21, Simply Gorgeous)

A little Valentine's Day during Christmas for a cosmopolitan woman.

ARTHUR COURT SERVING WARE PIECES ($12-165, The Perfect Gift)

Perennial Gainesville favorite for his gator-themed servingware; Arthur Court's pieces are reasonably priced and perfect accompaniments to holiday entertaining. Line includes all manners of platters, utensils and party accoutrements.

MATTED PRINTS FROM LOCAL ARTISTS, like Stacey Breheny ($20 and up, Harn Museum gift shop)

Take advantage of the immense local talent by buying these pre-matted and incredibly affordable pieces.

LARGE DECORATIVE GLASS CANDIES ($4 each, Thornebrook Gallery)

A pretty embellishment for gifts that need a little extra something sweet; Pair with an ornamental bowl or serving dish for a polished gift.

HOT FLASH HONEY BUNS KIT ($20, The Perfect Gift)

Made by Gainesville's own Hot Flash Honeys, three women who commemorate "The Joys of Midlife" with pre-made Honey Buns kits as well as a line of reaf- firming mirror magnets, greeting cards, pins; Honey Buns kit includes all ingredients except milk for making gooey sweet Honey Buns.

EQUAL EXCHANGE FAIR TRADE ORGANIC COFFEE AND TEA ($5-8, Alternatives Global Marketplace)

A globally-sensitive, organically delicious gift perfect to bring along for holiday dinners.

SILVESTRI ORNAMENTSHAPED PICTURE HOLDERS ($21, Simply Gorgeous)

Glittering and festive; pictures of cute kid and dog not included.

JADE “GOOD FORTUNE” FROG ($22, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens gift shop)

A traditional Asian gift with a message of good-will and prosperity.

HAND-WOVEN VICTORIA DEERE THROW PILLOW ($37, Artisans' Guild Gallery)

Made by a Gainesville artisan, a beautiful home accent for those who appreciate fine detail and a personal touch.

ROBIN'S EGG SOAP AND NEST SOAP DISH ($24, The Perfect Gift)

Vegetable based, French-milled soap in a presentation so cute, you could eat it (but don't).

GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR A FAMILY SESSION AT DOART STUDIO (any amount, DoArt Studio)

A hands-on idea for a family gift; give a creative clan an excuse to spend some quality time creating together by sending them to the DoArt studio, where they can personalize decorative items and ceramic housewares.

FROM $40-60

VERA BRADLEY BAGS AND ACCESSORIES ($25-80, Simply Gorgeous)

Favorite of Gainesville sororities, this line is inspired by classic Northeastern quilting patterns and can be monogrammed — a service Simply Gorgeous provides for free with any purchase.

DECORATIVE BATIK FROM INDONESIA ($46, Alternatives Global Marketplace)

Incredibly fine detail; different styles convey different meanings from the culture that created them.

BIRDSONG “IDENTIFLYER” ALARM CLOCK ($45, Natural History Museum gift shop)

A Natural History Museum favorite: Wake up to the happy sounds of birds. Sound cards change the chirping lineup for that morning's performance.

STAINED GLASS PANELS IN DECORATIVE STANDS ($50, McIntyre Gallery)

Made by a local husband and wife, McIntyre stained glass reflects elements of the local landscape with glowing style.

YE'KWANA HAND-WOVEN BASKETS ($15-60, Alternatives Global Marketplace)

Produced by a women's craft collective in Venezuela, these fair-trade baskets provide authentic accents to your home and sustenance to the women who created them.

CAMBODIAN SILK SCARVES AND BAGS ($34-46, Alternatives Global Marketplace)

Fair trade and hand-woven from the female artisans of Wild Boar Creek village, these elegant and durable pieces have been perfected by centuries of skill.

$60 AND OVER

ED LEVIN STERLING SILVER JEWELRY (Earrings, $83; bracelet, $138; and necklace, $160, Thornebrook Gallery)

One-of-a-kind jewelry line fashioned by a Cedar Keybased jeweler; Levin's jewelry makes the clasp a decorative focal point, not a hidden afterthought.

BILL BOYETT HAND-CARVED CUTTING BOARD ($135, Artisans' Guild Gallery)

The kind of cutting board people will never put into the cabinet; handmade by a local Gainesville artist.

LAURA JO “CLEOPATRA” HISTORICAL RECREATION JEWELRY (Necklaces, $85-100, each; earrings $13, Harn Museum gift shop)

A gift hard-wired with historical flattery for your own highly desirable queen.

STICKS, IOWA LAZY SUSAN ($375, Paddiwhack)

This 20" wooden centerpiece comes hand-crafted with love from the renowned Sticks, Iowa company's table to your own; functional art you’ll want to keep out all the time.

JANET KARLIX HAND-KNIT SCARVES ($60-72, McIntyre Gallery)

Janet Karlix, of Jan's Jems & Threads, is a cancer therapy researcher who began knitting in airports during layovers and waits. People started buying the scarves off of her neck in airports, and Janet's second job was born. Putting amazing thought into each piece, Janet even pens a hand-written note for every scarf, explaining why she made the creative choices she made. A lot of love in each thread.

CRANE PERSONALIZED STATIONERY SETS ($100 and up, Simply Gorgeous)

No present could be better for a person who still believes in the art of the hand-written note. Paper so fine it's as appealing to the touch as it is to the eye.

MOUNTED BUTTERFLY BOXES ($40-218, Natural History Museum gift shop)

Made in Key West, a gorgeous documentation of our environment's natural works of art.

WILDFLOWER SERVING TRAYS ($90-145, Natural History Museum gift shop)

Take time to enjoy the Gerber Daisies at your next party, enlightened with these incredibly vibrant trays.

SID DICKENS COLLECTIBLE TILES (www.siddickens.com, $68.50 each, Paddiwhack)

Well above the new-royalty trend in fashion right now, Dickens' tiles convey a grandiose romance and gentility, with a little bit of rockstar flair.

LIMESTONE MEZUZAH ($265, Thornebrook Gallery)

Intricately designed and made from Jerusalem limestone.

CERAMIC GARDEN ORNAMENTS ($40-180, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens gift shop)

These hand-painted renderings of indigenous Florida wildlife promise to add color and personality to any garden or outdoor patio.

HAND-WROUGHT IRON CANDLEHOLDER ($223, Marianne Coveney European Essentials)

This hearty rendering of the commonplace candleholder makes a dramatic addition to any table.

RED CERAMIC FOX ($138, Marianne Coveney European Essentials)

Sly and inobtrusive, this little fellow's apple green eyes will light up even the most drab of winter days.

“OLGA” GNOME ($166, Marianne Coveney European Essentials)

Made of sheep's wool, she's as soft as she is adorable and visually striking; perfect for Christmas.

73” RONNGARSSLINGA HAND-PAINTED TABLERUNNER ($128, Marianne Coveney European Essentials)

Created in Sweden by a family of designers that goes back four generations, these table-runners are intricately decorated and rich to the touch.

MARIA TINGSUND GLASS BOWL WITH COLORED FLOWER ($460, Marianne Coveney European Essentials)

Sure to be marked a family heirloom as soon as family sees it, a highly collectable, one-of-a-kind piece from this skilled European artist.

STORE INDEX

ALTERNATIVES GLOBAL MARKETPLACE 4203 NW 16th Boulevard, (335-0806)

ARTISANS' GUILD GALLERY 5402 NW Eighth Avenue, Greenery Square, (378-1383), www.gainesvilleartisansguild.com

DO ART 2441 NW 43rd Street #18, Thornebrook Village, (337-0039), www.doart.com

HARN MUSEUM 34th Street and Hull Road, (392-9826), www.harn.ufl.edu

KANAPAHA BOTANICAL GARDENS 4700 SW 58th Drive, (372-4981), www.kanapaha.org

MARIANNE COVENEY EUROPEAN ESSENTIALS 5213 SW 91st Terrace, Haile Village Center, (335-4290)

MCINTYRE STAINED GLASS STUDIO & ART GALLERY 2441 NW 43rd Street #11A, Thornebrook Village, (372- 2752)

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM SW 34th Street, (846-2000), www.flmnh.ufl.edu PADDIWHACK 3842 W. Newberry Road, (336.3175)

THE PERFECT GIFT 5202 SW 91st Terrace, Haile Village Center, (375.8000)

SIMPLY GORGEOUS STATIONERY 201 SE Second Place #112, (376-3266), simplygorgeous.com

THORNEBROOK GALLERY 2441 NW 43rd Street #6D, Thornebrook Village, (378- 4947), www.thornebrookgallery.com

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