Want to score a perfect 10 in both buying and giving gifts? Think outside the big box stores or online shopping carts. Here are my top ten shopping experiences in Central Florida:
1.) Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Center Gift Shop; this Monday there might be the added bonus of a Mars launch. Let’s do launch!
2.) SPCA Thrift Shop on US 1 in Titusville. Be sure to ask about their wooden nickel program.
3.) Brevard County Main Library Gift Shop; North of 520 and East of US 1 in Cocoa.
4.) Rockledge Gardens; US 1 in Rockledge Florida. Knowledgable and friendly staff will help you with all of your gardening questions.
Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County or Lake Buena Vista:
5.) Animal Kingdom Gift Shops in Walt Disney World. Animal Kingdom is adjacent to a Rainforest Cafe Restaurant and Gift Shop for more shopping fun.
6.) Lakeridge Winery in Clermont on US Highway 27
7.) Orlando Science Center Gift Shop on Princeton Street in Downtown Orlando
8.) All Habitat for Humanity Thrift Stores. Although the stores are all different, the goal of helping the homeless is the same.
9.) All Salvation Army Thrift Store. You feel good shopping until you drop here, because you know that your money is helping those less fortunate.
10.) Most health and nutrition stores in Central Florida. Some stores have calendars available this time of year where the proceeds support micro businesses in developing countries.
Wherever you travel, please have a safe and enjoyable experience. Remember to relax and think outside the box when you are finding a parking spot. Whenever possible, going a few traffic lights out of the way, turning around, and finding another entrance can save you time and frustration. Remember not to block any intersections; the timing of our yellow lights is shorter than in other places in the United States.