It’s the most wonderful time of the year — until you find yourself frantically shopping for last-minute gifts. Don’t worry, The Lakelander team has you covered. We once again reached out to our team of writers and photographers to curate a gift guide filled with some of the best local picks. Between items found on their own wish lists to gifts they’ve given to others, this comprehensive guide will help you not sacrifice quality gift giving, even if you’re in the midst of last-minute holiday shopping.
Lakeland Pillow $36
It is a beautiful representation of all the places, organizations, and things that make Lakeland unique.
Scout & Tag
244 N. Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801
863.225.2426 | scoutingvintage.com
Temperature Control Ceramic Mug by Ember $79.95
I’m a notoriously slow and forgetful coffee drinker. I also don’t like my coffee piping hot. This temperature-controlled mug allows you to keep your drink at precisely the right temperature for hours.
Holiday Jam Set $25
Urban Canning Company makes the best homemade jams and pickled products using local and seasonal produce. They also offer classes at their flagship store in St. Pete — a great gift idea for friends and family that love cooking!
Mandalina Eco Towels & Blankets $15-55
Luxuriously lightweight but highly absorbent. They wash extremely well and dry quickly (a plus in Florida!).
Madras Dog Scarf $20
I have two dogs whom I love more than most humans. So of course I buy them way too much gear. This Madras dog scarf is handcrafted and comes with the option to add your pup’s name on a leather tag fastened to the scarf.
Lush Bath Bombs $3.25
I’m a sucker for a hot bath and a good book! It’s one of my favorite forms of self-care, and lush bath bombs just make it feel luxurious. I love all the beautiful colors and scents, and that their products are made by hand by real people.
Cuyana Travel Set $110
Colorful, quality, personalized. They are incredibly well made and eye-catching, which keeps me from leaving it behind.
How wonderful would wireless listening be?
Nigeria World Cup Jersey $40
Since I grew up in Africa, I always cheer for the African teams during the World Cup. Four years ago, we watched Nigeria play the U.S. in a pre-World Cup game. They have become one of my favorite African teams to cheer for. I also thought they had the coolest jerseys at the World Cup this past summer.
Binge Mode: Tough Look Tee $24.99
I grew up loving Harry Potter. Now, as an adult, Binge Mode, a podcast by The Ringer, has allowed me to return back to this beloved story. This tee depicts an iconic line from hosts Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion as they journey through the entire series. A perfect gift for the “Binge Head” in your life.
University of Miami 1958 College Ballcap $49
Ebbets has a vast collection of vintage sports memorabilia ranging from hats to jerseys and sweaters. It’s a great gift for the fan who wants to sport a vintage look.
Sand Chelsea Boots from Nisolo $228
Tethered with authentic, silky leather, this pair of Chelsea Boots by Nisolo caught my eye with its minimalistic design and durable heel. They are ethically handcrafted and the perfect shoes to wear during our seasons of cooler weather.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen by Lamy $37-65
Matthew Wengerd from A Fine Press put me on to this fountain pen. A fountain pen is a must for the “pen-and-paper” traditionalist in your life, and the simple and sleek Lamy Safari is the ideal place to start.
230 N. Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801
Dead Sea Mud Masque $20
I love that all of Rafa Natural’s products are natural, organic, and made locally. Masks are one of my favorite facial cleansing routines and they’re perfect for a girls’ night.
244 N. Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801
863.712.7620 | Rafanatural.com
Help, Thanks, Wow $13.15
Because books by Anne Lamott make me a better writer and a better human.
Because I’m a former First Lady fan girl!
Blue Lune in Rose Gold Watch from Nacre $170
With its minimal strap, this leather-crafted watch offers a contemporary style of accessory for the everyday working woman.
My skin has gone through so many changes, and I’m constantly having to tweak my skincare routine to keep up. Getting a facial at Bella Visage would be an amazing refresh and give me a chance to ask some questions about the best care for my skin.
199 Traders Alley, Lakeland, FL 33801
Dear Mushka Jewelry
Jewelry based on favorite Bible passages … simple, beautiful, and intentional. All the women in my family have the same one, which I love!
Gucci Card Case with NY Yankees Patch $270
For the guy who’s just getting his fashion legs, this Gucci Yankees wallet says I’m stylish and a dude at the same time.