Click on a store name to visit their website and view more of their goodies!

Places to Shop for Unique Gifts:

You can find an array of merchandise from local Sanford merchants, from art to instruments, furniture to home-brew supplies. On your next trip to town, check out these top shopping spots and get just the right thing for everyone on your list.

Shop at these local stores for Unique Gifts, Stocking stuffers and be sure to ask about Gift Baskets & Gift Cards!

Marcie Fry Copyright (Full)

Marcie Fry Copyright (Full)


278 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL – 407-323-6060

Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm|Sun. 11am-4pm

For a truly sophisticated shopping experience, you can’t top Boxelder. Slightly off the traditional Sanford beaten track, this refined gift shop is worth exploring for its selection of American made cards, jewelry, glasses, candles, soaps, and spa items. And with complimentary gift wrapping for every purchase, you can cross one more thing off your list!


080a6732 Magpies Modern General Store

215 E. 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 495-8549

Tues.-Thurs. 10am-6pm|Fri.-Sat. 10am-8pm|Sun. 12pm-5pm

New to Sanford this store is a must as your stroll through the streets of Downtown. Offering fun items such as unique flavored cotton candy with flavors in Jalepeno & Merlot, crazy socks, beautiful handmade jewlery and fine leather purses you’re sure to find the perfect gift at Magpies.

Magpies will be offering fun stockings full of goodies for the holidays as well as gift cards!

Jeanine Taylor Art Gallery Holiday Decor Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery

211 East First Street, Sanford, FL – 407-323-2774

Tues.-Sat. 10am-6pm|Sunday 12pm-5pm

Calling Sanford home for over ten years, the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery celebrates the work of contemporary folk artists who all bring a unique flair to the eclectic space. Their fun, off beat holiday window displays and interior décor will draw your eye and raise your spirits as you shop for the perfect pieces for the art enthusiasts in your life. The gallery sells everything from felted scarves and ornaments to jewelry and jarred jellies.


Maya Books and Music Sanford FLMaya Books and Music

201 E 1st St, Sanford, FL – 407-321-6504

Mon.-Wed. 10am-5pm|Thurs.-Sat. 10am-7pm|Sun. 12pm-5pm

A trip through Maya Books is a treat for any literature lover. Shop the towering stacks of gently used books, vinyl records, and eclectic clothing with a friend before you grab lunch in Downtown Sanford or take a secret trip and buy a bevy of her favorite author’s books! Maya is also a great (and sometimes the only) place to buy certain books by Sanford authors, such as Bill Belleville.




Washburn Imports Sanford FL

Washburn Imports

116 E 1st St, Sanford, FL – 407-322-1449

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm|Sun. 11am-5pm 

John Washburn chose Sanford for his second exotic imports store location almost ten years ago– and it’s been a staple ever since! From beautiful glass front cabinets from India to Thai Buddha statuettes, the store overflows with colors, textures, and shapes of Asia. A Washburn piece is the best gift for those with the travel bug, whether it’s a small decorative vase or a showpiece opium bed. The best part is that you can really get to know the furniture as you sip cocktails at the Imperial; consolidation at its finest!


080a6445Antidote Apothecary

500 S Sanford Ave. Sanford, FL 32771
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 10am-7pm, Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-3pmantidote-holiday-packeage
And for those of you who know someone that would enjoy a little relaxation with a wonderful massage, facial or some time in her salt room she offers all of this as well! Although Antidote is known for it’s natural beauty products such as beard oil for your mans itchy winter beard, they also offer beautiful and unique jewelry, bath bombs, all natural teas and more. And for those of you who know someone that would enjoy a little relaxation with a wonderful massage, facial or some time in her salt room she offers all of this as well!
Antidote will be offering salt lamps, gift cards and packages for organic skin care services and salt therapy for the holidays!

sanford welcome center-2Historic Sanford Welcome Center

230 E. 1st Street, Sanford – 407-302-2586
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am – 5pm|Sun. Noon – 5pm

Shop local this holiday season at the Historic Sanford Welcome Center Gift Shop. With a variety of items, many locally made or hand-crafted, and others that celebrate the Florida lifestyle, 100% of the profits stay right here in Sanford and benefit the non-profit that makes Alive After 5 possible. They also offer convenient gift wrapping of your purchase.


flower shop christmasSanford Flower Shop

209 E Commercial St, Sanford, FL 32771 – 407-322-1822

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm|Sat. 8am-12pm

Not only offering their expertise in flowers, the Sanford Flower shop also has a small gift shop offering ornaments, candles and other fun gifts for this holiday season. They carry gorgeous holiday blooms, which can be made into a gift basket or used as décor. Ask for their advice in making an eye-catching centerpiece or wreath for your guests to admire. Just take a look at their gorgeous front window display for proof of their expertise!




Tuned Up Music Center Sanford FLTuned Up Music Store

111 E 1st St. Sanford, Florida – (407) 302-3166
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10am-7:30pm|Fri.&Sat. 10am-6pm

Have a family member or friend who wants to learn guitar? Want to get back into saxophone but need a repair? Stop by Tuned Up and let the professionals there help you give the gift of music this season. The store carries a full range of instruments, from trumpets to drums, clarinet to banjos. You’ll also find supporting equipment, such as microphones, speakers, and amps. Tuned Up offers lessons in every instrument, as well as repairs and even recording services!


smash-comic-and-gamesSMASH Comics Games and Toys

228 East 1st Street Sanford, FL 32771

Hours: Tues. 11am-7pm|Wed. 10am-8pm|Thurs. 11am-7pm| Fri.&Sat. 11am-10pm|Sun. 12pm-6pm

For all your comic loving friends and family members this is the perfect spot to find all of your nerd needs from comics, games, toys, statues, Pokèmon, D&D, MTG and more!









Sanford Farmers Market around the Holidays

Sanford Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday from 10am-3pm on Magnolia Square

Right in the heart of Historic Downtown, this collection of local vendors will help make your holiday entertaining extra special! Pick up fresh produce from State of Harmony Farm and handmade bread from Chad to fill your table with a local cornucopia. For a hostess gift, local honey and handmade soap are great choices, and any Sanfordite would be happy to receive a bat house made from upcycled materials to keep the mosquitos away. Shopping around in beautiful Magnolia Square with Sanford’s giant Christmas tree will also help get you in the holiday spirit.


Gifts for the Health Nuts:

For those who enjoy getting up at the crack of dawn to hit the gym and take pride in their health, these places are a must for their gifts!

roots raw juice bar-2Root’s Raw Juice Bar

516 S Sanford Ave Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 725-2620
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm|Sat. 10am-4pm
Providing only the best of the best with delicious and all natural ingredient smoothies, juices, salads hummus and homemade granola bars, Root’s is sure to provide some tasty options!

THe center of wellnessThe Center of Wellness

116 S. Park Avenue Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 777-6831
Hours: Mon.&Tues. 9am-4pm|Wed. 1pm-8pm|Thurs. 9am-4m|Fri. 9am-3pm
 This upscale collaborative is the first of its kind in Central Florida and addresses the growing need for outside the box thinking when it comes to healing the mind, body and spirit. This fantastic center is owned by a couple that truly cares about your health. They offer am array of feel goods such as pain management, life coaching, avazzia training, business coaching, neuro-feedback, crystal therapy, acupuncture, massage, vedic astrology, nutritional counseling, herbal and supplement pharmacy and corporate coaching and let’s not forget the array of fun exercise classes such as Hula Hooping, Laughter Yoga, Basic Yoga, Meditation and much more.





seminole crossfit-2

Seminole Crossfit

121 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771 – 407-463-5215

Everyone in your life probably makes resolutions to get in shape…help them keep their promise with a Seminole Crossfit membership! Crossfit is a fitness program designed to condition the body for life’s everyday challenges, such as lifting, squatting, and running. If someone in your life is searching for a new fitness addiction, this is it!

trainers-edgeTrainer’s Edge 

770 Monroe Rd. Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 330-4202
Open 24hrs.
Do You Want the Only Total Fitness Option in Central Florida Incorporating Cutting Edge Programs from ‘Down Under Australia’ that Customized to You & Your Goals? Trainers Edge Fitness Center provides a 24-hour Gym with Breakthrough Australian Techniques for Personal Training, Bootcamps & Fitness Programs. Our total body workouts and fitness programs cater for all ages, genders, body types and fitness levels.



Gifts for those who love something to do:

The winter season always takes a lot of all of us, so it’s important to reconnect with family and the community. Here are some local activities to enjoy this season!

nutcrackerDinner and a Show

Winter is a great time to experience Sanford’s theatre community! For a family outing, try an early dinner at one of Downtown Sanford’s many restaurants such as Buster’s Bistro,  Fuel BBQ, Smiling Bison, Hollerbach’s Willow TreeJimotti’s Japanese Restaurant, The Corner CafeNegril Spice Jamaican RestaurantChristo’sTaste of Thyme CafeRiverwalk Pizzeria, Chianti’s Pizza and PastaSt. John’s River Steak and Seafood, Zorba’s Greek RestaurantThe Breezeway  followed by a classic performance of the Nutcracker at the Wayne Densch (203 S Magnolia Ave, 407-321-8111). For a cozy date night, start with the afternoon performance of the Sanford Jazz Ensemble: Winter Edition, then jump across Magnolia Square for a quiet dinner at any of the above restaurants and a night cap at The Imperial (116 E 1st St, 407-732-6956).

Also available at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is a special GIFT CARD PROGRAM: You can purchase gift cards at their box office for any of their (restaurant) business partners and they will donate at least 20% of the value to the theater! Support your local Community Theater and your local businesses at the same time.

String Theory Creations Sanford FLClasses at Hollerbach’s Art Haus

204 E 1st St, Sanford, FL – 407-732-7801

Hours: Wed.&Thurs. 10am-5pm|Fri.&Sat. 10am-8pm

If you want to create custom gifts for the ladies in your life but aren’t sure how to get started, dive in with a beading class at String Theory Creations! Not only will you learn a new skill and leave with a handmade gift, but you will also spend time getting to know irreplaceable Sanfordite mother-daughter team, Linda and Christina Hollerbach. If you’re looking for a festive girl’s night, try booking a party!

Limocycle Birthday Party Sanford FLLimocycle

303 W 3rd St, Sanford, FL – 855-756-9386

Hours: Tues-Sat. 10am-10pm|Sun.10am-5pm

Pedaling around town on the Limocycle is a great way to keep warm, spend time with friends, and work off some of those Thanksgiving calories! Pick fourteen of your favorite drinking buddies and your favorite libations and tour Sanford from this unique perspective.

Through Saturday November 28, 2015, Limocycle is offering an amazing BOGO deal. Don’t miss out!

Read here about Sanford365’s adventures on the Limocycle

sanford-food-toursSanford Food Tours


Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 11am

The Sanford Food and History Tour is a three-hour walking food tour through the heart of Downtown Sanford. We’ll “walk” you through the timeline of events from the Seminole Indian wars, the arrival of Henry Sanford, the haunting tales of the I-4 dead zone and the evolution of this quaint town.

You’ll enjoy large, sample-sized portions of food with roots in the Deep South and Europe. You’ll also see live demonstrations and taste the finished product. You’ll learn the stories behind the venues, hear from the folks that created the concepts and understand why they all chose Sanford.



Escape Artists

115 N Oak Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 – (321) 200-5304
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 12pm-9pm|Fri. 12pm-12am|Sat. 11pm-12am|Sun. 11am-10pm
We here at Sanford365 had a fantastic girls night at the fantastic new Escape Artists that is now offered in downtown Sanford and we can vouch for this being a great gift for this holiday season! Gift cards are available as well as the option to book a room online for a future great gift!

Gifts for those with a Sweet Tooth:

wondermade ice cream launch partyWondermade

214 E 1st St Sanford, FL 32771
Hours: Mon.&Tues. 11am-7pm| Wed.&Thurs. 11am-9pm|Fri.&Sat. 11am-10pm|Sun.12pm-9pm

Well, who wouldn’t want to find some of the most uniquely flavored marshmallows under their Christmas tree. How about a Boozy Set for Dad? That’s Bourbon, Beer, Fireball and Gin. You could also keep it more Christmas like with Peppermint, Sugar Cookie and Eggnog. Stop by today and pick up some boxes…



Sanford Popcorn Shop on Park AvenueThe Popcorn Shoppe

108 S Park Ave, Sanford, FL – 321-363-4937

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am-6pm|Sun. 1pm-5pm

Keep yummy snacks at hand all season from the Park Avenue Popcorn Shoppe! From gourmet flavors like caramel corn with pecans and heath bar to candied flavors like banana split and green apple, the Shoppe carries popcorn to spark anyone’s obsession. Offer your guests a mix of savory and sweet treats to munch on between meals or give one of the Shoppe’s holiday themed tins as a gift. (Always a hit!)

tych-5Dreamy Cakes

114 W. 2nd St. Sanford, FL 32771
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11am-6pm| Fri.&Sat. 11am-7pm
Dreamy Cakes Bakery offers top of the line gourmet creations with fresh ingredients and artistic designs. Our shop in historic Sanford is a cozy place to eat delicious and unique local creations!


080A1801 copyMattie’s Delectable Desserts

110 S. Park Ave. Sanford, FL 32771
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-8pm|Fri.&Sat. 11am-9pm|Sun. 12pm-5pm
Baked from scratch: Wedding Cakes, Celebratory Cakes, pies, cinnamon buns, cookies, croissants, fruit tarts, brownies, seafood chowder, deli sandwiches and more







Gifts for those who love all things German: 

Magnolia Square Market Sanford FL Magnolia Square Market

117 S Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL – 407-878-4942

Hours: Mon.-Thurs.10am-7pm|Fri.&Sat. 10am-8pm|Sun. 10am-7pm

So many of our holiday traditions come from Germany, so don’t forget to stop by Magnolia Square Market! Get a loaf of stollen to share with friends, and pick up advent calendars filled with German chocolate for the little ones. The Market’s house-roasted meats and imported cheeses make an enviable appetizer platter, especially served with their fresh baked pretzels and some pickles. Pair it with some wine or beer for your celebration, whether at home or abroad. (And don’t forget that the Market carries gluten-free bread, muffins, cookies, flour, and cake mixes!)





Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe

205 E 1st St. Sanford, FL 32771
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm|Fri.&Sat. 11am-10pm|Sun. 11am-9pm

They pride themselves in providing you with an authentic German Food Experience based on recipes from the 80’s and Gemütlichkeit (that feeling you have when enjoying great food and drink amongst friends and family). Looking for an authentic German meal and atmosphere, this is the place!

Gifts for Coffee Lovers:

Rabbitfoot-2Rabbitfoot Records Coffee Lounge

307 E 2nd St, Sanford, FL – 321-926-3417

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7am-9pm|Fri.7pm-10pm|Sat.9am-10pm|Sun.9am-6pm

What better way to warm up and wind down during the holiday rush than with a yummy hot beverage at Rabbitfoot Records? Pick a record, sip a latte, and enjoy the conversation at Downtown Sanford’s favorite place to run into friends. Who knows, with their huge selection of vinyl records, you may walk out with a few gifts for loved ones (or yourself)!





palatePalate Coffee Brewery

105 W 2nd St. Sanford, Florida – (321) 363-0661
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 7am-8pm|Fri.7am-9pm|Sat.8am-9pm
Palate Coffee Brewery is family run hometown business in historical downtown Sanford. The freshest beans locally roasted. Best coffee around.




caffe-di-riverwalkCaffe Di Riverwalk

225 W Seminole Blvd, # 106 Sanford, Florida 32771 – (407) 328-8792
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7am-2pm|Sat. 8am-2pm

Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with your breakfast or lunch with the serene view of Lake Monroe on Caffe Di Riverwalks patio seating and relax!





Gifts for Beer Lovers: 

Wops Hops Sanford FL Brewery Beer GardenWop’s Hops Brewing Company

419 S. Sanford Ave. Sanford,FL 32771 – (407) 878-7819

Hours: Wed. 4pm-10pm| Thurs. 4pm-11PM|Fri. 4pm-12am|Sat. 1pm-2am|Sun. 11:30am-9pm

Take a visit to Sanford’s very first microbrewery this holiday season! Sample handcrafted beer in the beer garden and enjoy Florida’s mild winter weather. Try the vanilla cream ale or the scottish ale, both made right here in Sanford!


Celery City Craft Sanford FL

Celery City

114 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL – 407-915-5541

Mon.-Wed. 11am-12am|Thurs.-Sat. 11am-2am|Sun. 11am-12am

Want to kick your holiday party beer selection up a notch? Try picking up a few growlers and bottles of Florida craft beer from Celery City Craft. With a few stouts and ales from different breweries around the state, you’ll keep your guests tipsy and impressed through the whole night! If you want to get fancy, pick up a few snifters for your guests to sip from and take home. And let’s face it, no one has ever complained about receiving Celery Bucks or one of Celery City’s all cotton V-neck shirts as a present! Go #sanfording 😉

Sanford HomeBrewSanford Homebrew Shop

115 Magnolia Ave – Sanford FL – 407-732-6931

Hours: Mon.&Tues. 11am-7pm|Thurs.&Fri. 11am-7pm|Sat.10am-7pm|Sun.10am-2pm

With the explosion of craft beer and microbreweries across the country, you probably know one or two beer lovers who want to learn to brew! Fortunately, the Sanford Homebrew Shop has everything a brewing neophyte could need, including classes and starter kits. You can even purchase classes with open dates as gifts. For a seasoned brewer, try a gift certificate so they can pick up their own hops and malt. You might just receive the fruits of their labor as a thank you!



sanford-brewing-coSanford Brewing Company

400 S Sanford Ave. Sanford, FL 32771
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 4pm-10pm|Fri.&Sat. 12pm-2am|Sun. 12pm-pm

Enjoy a 100+ seat taproom with a 15bbl brewhouse and a 3bbl pilot system. Part eatery, part pub, part brewery – Sanford Brewing Company is your community brewhouse. Savor handcrafted beer, meads, ciders and specialty sodas. Taste the freshness of locally sourced ingredients. Relish the company of local musicians. Soak in quintessential southern hospitality.

Offering Gift Cards, perfect for this holiday season!

Buster's Bistro at Sanford Kentucky Derby

Buster’s Bistro

300 S. Sanford Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 732-6880

Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11am-10pm|Fri.& Sat. 11am-1am|Sun.11am-10pm

Belgium has more breweries per head than any country in the world, over two thousand to put a number on it. Of these many about seven-hundred sell beer outside Belgium’s border. Of these we have a vast selection of styles and history to choose from. Like kids in a candy store we here at Buster’s do our best to choose the best eighteen draught beers and fifty bottles to best represent the pride and heritage of the motherland of beer. We then do our part to ensure that each beer is served in it’s proper glass designed and provided by the brewery to ensure the flavor is perfect from the luscious head all the way down to the last drop. We top the experience off with traditional Belgian pub fare and an educated staff to compliment the variety of complex and artistically crafted beers we have to offer. We hope to see you soon. Cheers!

little fish huge pond

Little Fish Huge Pond 

401 S Sanford Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 221-1499
Hours: Mon.&Tues. 8pm-12am|Wed.-Sat. 5pm-2am|Sun. 5pm-12am
AMERICAN, IRISH PUB featuring Beer, Wine and Ciders, live music, art gallery, events.

Gifts for Wine Lovers:


Ellen’s Wine Room

440 S Sanford Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 936-1705
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 4pm-10pm
Visit Ellen and sample Wine and Imported Beers




The Peacock Lounge

405 S. Sanford Ave. Sanford, FL 32771
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 5pm-12am|Fri.&Sat. 5pm-2am
New Upscale Wine bar located in Downtown Sanford.


Gifts for those who can’t get enough of Office Supplies:

doc-paper-scissors-3Doc Paper Scissors

102 E 1st St. Sanford, Florida 32771

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-5pm|Sat. 10am-2pm

With competitive prices, we are your local discount office supply and copy center located in Historic Downtown Sanford Florida.




So this holiday season, before you head to the mall or a big box store, keep in mind what our local Sanford community has to offer. I promise, you will be pleasantly surprised!