The holidays sneak up fast, but no worries because I’ve got your gift giving covered. From adventure-seekers, fashionistas, fitness focused and beyond, this is your one stop Naples Holiday Gift Guide to filling their stockings with cheer from local vendors in 2022. Hurricane Ian impacted so many locals. Now more than ever we need to support our local businesses. Let’s show them how thankful we are that they are back, stronger than ever.
These locally owned small businesses are perfect for gift cards, entertaining out-of-town
Sonja’s Top Picks
Why look to bar hop when you can float along the bar itself!? This is a great adventure for visitors and locals.
Nosh on Naples Bay
Upscale dining, breathtaking views and impeccable service perfectly describes Nosh on Naples Bay. You’re guaranteed to have a memorable experience. A Nosh gift card is sure to impress any foodie on your list.
I’m a fan of everything at Lux! Shop for the fashionista on your list, for a unique holiday party outfit, stylish bags (AKA Haute Shore) and great hostess gifts. Gifts from Lux do not disappoint.
Adventure Seekers on Your List
Naples Princess Cruises
550 Port O Call Way
All aboard the Naples Princess for a spectacular sunset cruise and more! Enjoy cruising Naples Bay into the Gulf of Mexico. My Live Like a Local Facebook group recently met for a sunset dinner cruise and had a fantastic time! Choose from many options – sightseeing cruises, private charters or book a special event. Learn more on their website.
Wooten’s Airboat Tours
32330 Tamiami Trail East
Explore the Florida Everglades with knowledgeable local guides. Learn the history of the area and see wildlife as your airboat glides through the secluded mangroves and grasslands. They also offer swamp buggy tours and more! Check out Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours for your adventure-loving people!
Corey Billie’s Airboat Rides
20610 Tamiami Trail East
A tour of the Florida Everglades isn’t just for tourists, although it’s fun to take visitors here for the afternoon. With native Floridian guides you will be taken deep into their 200-acre preserve, seeing wildlife along the way, hearing stories of old Florida and having old-fashioned fun. Gather a group and enjoy the ride. For more information, start here.
1200 Fifth Avenue South
When in Florida, do as the Floridians do – go boating! I’ve been on a jet boat tour and a sunset cruise with Pure Florida and had a great time. Try it – super fun and something different. They have many boating options, including Bark on the Ark, making it a perfect gift card option for boaters (and dogs) on your list. Learn more here.
The Boathouse on Naples Bay Restaurant & The Fish House Bonita
Hop aboard for a fun tiki tour around Naples Bay and Port Royal/Aqualane Shores areas. This is a great adventure for visitors and locals. Gather a group and book a tiki tour.
1500 Fifth Avenue South
Experience Naples from a totally new perspective – aboard a Venetian gondola! What a fantastic way to enjoy a Naples sunset. I took a tour with them in Providence, RI and had such a memorable time. Our gondolier sang as we navigated the waterways all while we enjoyed wonderful wine and hors d’oeuvres as the sun began to set. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that’s perfect for the entire family. Book your gondola gift here.
Naples-based events business
Picnics have truly never gone out of style and why would they! Being out in nature and surrounded by good people, good food and refreshing cocktails is just all around good for the soul. Having traveled to countries all over the globe and experiencing the way many cultures dine alfresco, we are constantly inspired to bring those experiences back home to the people we love. Natasha, founder of Picnic Cultures elevates your picnics by providing chic decor, design, and foods inspired by the many cultures of the world today.
Local Interactive Game Events
Clued Up offers various adventure games throughout the year. It’s a fun team-building experience, family activity or with a group of friends. Gather clues and unravel riddles as you wander downtown Naples to try and crack the case. Events are often themed – Alice in Wonderland, Smurfs and more.
Naples-based events business
Fizzy Bee is a restored 1991 Piaggio Ape which means “bee” in Italian. She is a customizable mobile bar, ready to bring lively entertainment and sparkling service to your event. Featuring 2 taps, Fizzy Bee serves ice cold, flash-chilled Prosecco, craft beer, wine or custom kegged cocktails. She also serves kombucha, lemonade, iced tea or mocktails and tucks perfectly into any special event space.
Give the Gift of Learning
Naples-based online business
I’m Colleen Kochannek. Founder of Scrappy Frontier™, where I help women from the Typewriter Generation™ become laptop entrepreneurs. When I got sacked at work, I thought my 30+ years of successful corporate experience was enough to set me up as an entrepreneur. Boy, was I wrong. Nobody was teaching me about online business the way I needed to be taught… as the ‘digital immigrant’ that I am. So I decided to disrupt the (millennial) teaching rules and show women like us how it’s really done. Give the gift on creating an online business to the 50+ woman on your list. Learn more here.
The REVS Institute
2500 Horseshoe Drive South
The REVS Institute is known as the premier destination for automotive research. You will have the opportunity to explore such classics as – 1935 Duesenberg,1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Colonial, 1909 Ford Model T and many more. You will be hard-pressed to choose a favorite. This is the perfect gift for any auto enthusiast, as the REVS Institute shares how the automobile has changed the way we live, showcasing a collection of over 100 automobiles. Learn more on their website.
Naples Botanical Garden
4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples Botanical Garden is 170-acres of a magical, memorable respite from your daily routine. It’s a wonderful place to wander without a plan, enjoying the sights and sounds of beautifully curated gardens, art installations and nature. It’s a place to take a deep breath and enjoy the peaceful quality of nature. They have a very active calendar of events including Music in the Garden, Night Lights in the Garden, Yoga & more. An annual membership is the perfect gift for the nature lover, gardener and peace-seeker on your list.
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
15080 Livingston Road
Your children and grandchildren will love the interactive, accessible exhibits, events and camps offered at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Mini Wonders Workshops are designed for 2-5 year olds, introducing them to concepts needed in a formal school setting. They offer half day and full day camps focusing on STEAM activities. Take a look at their calendar for special events throughout the year, too. When you bring your little ones here, you might have a difficult time getting them to leave. Explore membership options here.
Arrive Bearing Gifts
K & A Designs
4910 Tamiami Trail N Suite 304
Looking for furniture and accessories and don’t want to wait months for delivery? Stop in and look around at K&A Designs. You’ll find so many great options for your home, hostess gifts and more.
Naples Soap Company
1200 5th Avenue South (Tin City) and 623 5th Avenue South
Head to their Tin City and 5th Avenue South locations for natural bath and body products including sea salt soap, body butter, candles and essential oils. Their handmade soaps smell amazingly fresh and would make the perfect hostess or housewarming gift for the holidays. Visit their website for full product line and locations.
Give the Gift of Wellness
Cardio Tennis | 475 Seagate Drive
This is not your average tennis clinic. Samantha will keep you moving to the music for an entire hour of fun-filled tennis. She’s a fast feeder and keeps the group moving. It’s time to burn calories on the court – contact Samantha today!
Wellness Design Group
Naples-based online company
We’re ready to support you in achieving your health and wellness goals. We recognize everyone’s journey is unique, so we’ve created a variety of ways we can work together. You can join a group workshop or mini-session, schedule a healthy skill building lesson, or work with a wellness designer to enhance your home or office for greater well-being. And if you’re ready to dive right in, you can work one-on-one with a certified health and wellness coach on designing your own personal journey. Connect with April Raque, NBC-HWC.
Local Naples-based photographer
Jennifer’s main interest is nature photography with landscape photography being her favorite. There are special moments when the light is right and the scene before you wonderous. Her wish is to show others the beauty of that fleeting moment in a somewhat out-of-the-ordinary way. The knowledge that she is also preserving this view so that others will see it for years to come is also important to Jennifer. Many of her landscapes include people. She believe the involvement of people in a landscape is in a way therapeutic to the observer. View Jennifer’s portfolio here.
Local Naples-based musician
Looking for fun party entertainment? Paul is a talented musician that will liven up any event. He plays classics to current music. He played at a Kentucky Derby Party I hosted and was fantastic! Check out Paul’s Facebook to book him!
Date Night Favorites
The Real Macaw
3275 Bayshore Drive
The Real Macaw is a local Naples favorite. And you know when locals love it, it must be great! They offer Key West inspired food expertly prepared and presented. They have been featured in Bon Appétit magazine, on The Food Network and other noteworthy channels. Enjoy a drink or two at the Bamboo Bar while waiting for your table below the stars, softly illuminated by bistro lights. If you plan it right, you can also enjoy top-notch music as you dine.
Mercado | 9123 Strada Place #7135
Looking for a fun, casual place to dine in Naples? Rocco’s Tacos is a great gift idea for your guacamole, taco Tuesday-loving friends and family. They offer great happy hour specials, bottomless mimosas, “margaliters” and more. When you stuff a stocking with a Rocco’s Tacos gift card, they will make reservations in a flash. The location is great, too. Make it a night out and combine dinner and a movie or a little shopping.
The Cave Bistro & Wine Bar
Shoppes at Vanderbilt | 2343 Vanderbilt Beach Road
When you’re in the mood for phenomenal food in a cozy and casual atmosphere, The Cave is a must! The team does an amazing job from the time a guest enters the doors. Not only is the food fantastic, service is friendly and Naples Wine Collection is right next door. Stop in for dinner, choose a bottle of wine and leave the rest up to your server and the attentive kitchen staff. My favorites are the wine flights.
301 Fifth Avenue South
If there’s someone on your list deserving an extravagant gourmet gift, Sails Restaurant is the ideal choice. Their European-inspired Sunday Brunch is sure to impress even the most particular diners. Complete with oysters, omelettes, crepe station, house-baked pastries and a three course brunch menu. Diners enjoy lavish food accompanied by impeccable service. Learn more here.
290 5th Avenue South
Enchanting. Charming. Tranquil. Three words that perfectly describe Veranda E. If you’re in need of a getaway, but have no time, make a reservation at Veranda E. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a quaint European courtyard, complete with bistro lighting, a glimmering pool and abundant Florida flora. If you appreciate intimate dining, request a table under a trellis surrounded by lush ivy, orchids and the soft aroma of lilacs.
HobNob Kitchen & Bar
720 Fifth Avenue South
A favorite on Fifth, HobNob Kitchen & Bar was the first restaurant I dined at in Naples. Eight years later, it’s still on top of my list. It’s a great place to gather for happy hour or with a group for dinner. Enjoy wonderful pre theatre specials here, too. And, while you’re there, order a gift card to go. They make the perfect holiday present.
The Claw Bar
221 9th St South
Located in the Bellasera Resort, The Claw Bar and it’s sidekick upstairs, The London Club, are two of my favorite places to dine. The Claw Bar prepares wonderful seafood and more with exceptional service.On weekends you can wander upstairs and enjoy the harmony and rhythms of jazz music. Enjoy the cozy, dark atmosphere with tucked away banquettes as you sip on your favorite craft cocktail. You’ll completely forget you are in Naples. Stop in for a gift card or make reservations here.
878 5th Avenue South
Experience the charm and cozy atmosphere of a cafe in Italy. La Trattoria is a popular spot even amongst locals. Every time I am there, I always run into people I know. It’s a gathering place where everyone is treated like family. Go hungry – the food is amazing! Visit their website here.
600 Neapolitan Way
Self described as, “Hidden in a tucked away island oasis in the heart of Naples, Hogfish Harry’s captures the essence of tropical dining through eclectic coastal delights and refined seafood creations.” Enjoy your walk to Hogfish Harry’s by crossing a quaint bridge and stopping for a moment to watch the turtles swimming below.
Nosh on Naples Bay
1490 5th Ave South Suite 101
Upscale dining, breathtaking views and impeccable service perfectly describes Nosh on Naples Bay. You’re guaranteed to have a memorable experience. Check out Nosh and make a reservation!
Shop ‘Til You Drop
The Village on Venetian Bay | 4262 Gulf Shore Blvd N
Lux Boutique is the popular modern woman’s essential fashion hub where classy, contemporary style meets the busy demands of every woman’s daily life. The trendiest pieces are on display every day alongside some of the most unique and contemporary styles of clothing available. From the perfect outfit for a night on the town to must-have items to wear at the workplace, Lux Boutique offers everything today’s fashion savvy woman needs for a polished, modern wardrobe. Shop in person or online.
Three 60 Market & Wine
2891 Bayview Dr
Three60 Wine is a no frills store that is the perfect stop on your holiday shopping list. Grab a few bottles for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and some to gift to the wine enthusiasts on your list. Stop in for a complimentary wine tasting and discover some new wines to celebrate the holidays with.