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It’s not always the easiest thing to find a gift when you’re in a pinch and on a budget. In Sarasota, where luxury tends to reign supreme, it’s even harder. But look close enough in the region’s most charming boutiques and you’ll find little gems that will bring a smile and gasp to your hostess or family member’s face.
Heart-Shaped Serving Tray at Chasen Reed Local
1425 First St., Sarasota, (941) 363-7975
This heart-shaped and smiley-faced serving tray ($40) from downtown Sarasota’s Stylish Living by Chasen Reed will certainly perk up any dining room table. The red lacquer creates a pop against any backdrop and the cheerful attitude will bring joy to any recipient.
1463 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 366-2457
Is the person you’re buying a gift for more of a Bloody Mary type? Perhaps they favor a Moscow Mule? What about an Italian spritz? Well, purchase a craft cocktail kit ($24) at Mercantile Home & Apparel and they’ll have all the ingredients to whip one up themselves. For a small price to pay, you’ll bring creativity and fun to their bar cart.
SRQ Hat at T. Georgiano's Boutique Local
1409 B First St., Sarasota, (941) 870-3727
For the resident who really loves the Sarasota area, buy these hats from T. Georgiano’s ($35-$39) that sport “SRQ” on the front panel. Seasonal spring colors of pink and blue add a dash of fun to these baseball caps that can be worn either for a jog over the John Ringling Bridge or a day of errands.
Unconditional Surrender Photo from Artisan's Sarasota Local
301 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 388-0082
What better way to commemorate your friend or family member’s love of Sarasota than with a quintessential Sarasota image: the “Unconditional Surrender” statue? This photo print by local artist Nick Donatelli ($50) captures the beauty of the statue on a sunny day.
25-Piece Signature Box by Noela Chocolate Local
1405 1st Street, Sarasota, 941-284-2671
When you don’t want to say it with words, say it with chocolate. This 25-piece signature box from Noela Chocolate and Confections ($42) boasts a selection of artisan chocolates that will wow even the most knowledgeable dessert connoisseur. Chocolate flavors range from espresso and salted caramel to Florida key lime and blueberry rumshine, so mix and match in this one-of-a-kind box to offer variety.