A list of local gifts for everyone on your list.
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🎁 ’Tis the season to shop locally and support Miami businesses

A list of local gifts for everyone on your list.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Wednesday, Miami.

With the holidays right around the corner and sale-friendly days like Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday even closer, now’s the time to do some shopping.

Luckily, there’s plenty of cool stuff to choose from in Miami. Here’s a look at some of the local businesses who’ve got the goods this holiday season...

But first, a quick reminder: The New Tropic is taking a break from your inboxes tomorrow and Friday — newsletter editors pause to spend time with friends and family during the holidays too. Don’t fret — the newsletter will be back in your inboxes on Monday. Without further ado...

🎁 The New Tropic’s 2021 holiday gift guide



Merch for Miami music geeks

💦 Sweat Records is supplying the tunes as well as the savings: Don’t miss out on the Little Haiti record store’s Record Store Day Black Friday and Small Business Saturday discounts. If you can’t make it in-person, Sweat’s online store is just a click away.

💿 The good folks over at Technique Records have an abundance of quality merch and music to pore over. Be sure to check out the Miami music hub’s online shop, and make an appointment to score exclusives on RSD Black Friday.

🎶 If you reside in North Miami, Found Sound Records is the perfect place to shop for new sounds without having to schlep across kingdom come. The store is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Shop sustainably

♻️ Stock up on goods and give the gift of zero-waste shopping via Verde Market. This grocery store sells everyday items in an eco-conscious fashion at each of its three South Florida locations.

💖 Keep things thrifty at Out of the Closet Miami. This considerate secondhand store donates 96 cents of every dollar made back into HIV care and services.

For fashionable folks

💍 It doesn’t get much more stylish than SangreMala. This Miami-based operation sells risque jewelry and accessories along with wooden ornaments that’ll spruce up any home.

💜 Get cozy with KREL Tropical Knitwear. This 305 tropical knitwear brand offers sustainable and body-inclusive garments handmade in its Miami Ironside-based studio. You can shop in-person as well as online and even commission custom-made pieces.  

☮️ Spread some joy with Peace Love World. The apparel brand founded by Alina Villasante has built quite the following since opening in South Miami circa 2009, attracting big-name clientele including Pharrell, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, and the Kardashians over the years. The online store sports an abundance of offerings along with sections dedicated to holiday shopping.

Cheers to intoxicating refreshments

🍷 If you’re looking to treat your loved ones aged 21 and older to the finer things, look no further than Lucio/Wine Shop. The Little River store has built a dedicated following for its affordable and plentiful natural wine selections — just peep the praise it's gotten from The Infatuation Miami and Miami New Times.

🍻 It’s hard to top Veza Sur Brewing Co. for quality boozy beverages. The Wynwood hub of culture and cerveza has no shortage of delicious drinks on tap, so try not to sip too generously when searching for the perfect flavor to gift that special someone.

Green thumb goodies

🌱 Sow the seeds of scenic green living with Plant the Future. This “avant-garde botanical art gallery and biophilic design studio” has garnered acclaim for fusing greenery with home decor to produce something altogether sublime — offerings range in size and pricing

💚 Find some lovely flora from Midtown Garden Center. In addition to its plentiful plants and delivery services, this spot also allows customers to share their love of greenery through gift cards.

Take a treat (or two)

😋 Feast on bespoke baked goods courtesy of Michael’s Mandel Bread. This Miami-based den of delights offers several flavorful varieties and bundles

Soak up the silver screen

🎬 Share the gift of movie theater magic with a membership at Coral Gables Art Cinema. The celebrated art-house theater offers multiple member pricing tiers with an array of perks as well as gift cards.

📽️ Know someone who likes to enjoy a cool beach breeze before or after a flick? Treat them to a membership at O Cinema South Beach.

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💻 Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold during a Thanksgiving Eve gathering complete with complimentary wine, beer, signature cocktails, and pizza (Wynwood)

😂 Have a laugh with comedian Brittany Brave during The Lincoln Eatery's latest stand-up comedy showcase (Miami Beach)

💃 Dance like it's 1989 during Sweat Records' annual '80s Prom featuring live performances by The State Of, Ordinary Boys, and much more (Wynwood)


💿 Score some musical deals that'll sound sweet on your ears and wallet during Sweat Records'RSD Black Friday and Small Business Saturday celebrations (Little Haiti)

🌮 Give a gift, get a free taco during The Lincoln Eatery's Toys for Tacos event benefiting Toys for Tots (Miami Beach)


🍻 Indulge in great brews, live music, and good vibes at Veza Sur's annual #HechaEnMiami fiesta (Wynwood)

⚡️ Lace up and dance the night away during the North Beach Bandshell's Beach Skate featuring a DJ set by the godfather of electro music, Arthur Baker (North Beach)

🎸 Listen to sweet sounds by singer-songwriter DeBlois Milledge during a concert at Tropical Audubon Society (South Miami)


📸 Dust off your vinyl records for an open spin with Vinyl Social Club and bring in photos for a hands-on projection workshop during the Reframed: Miami Art Week Kick-off (Opa-locka)

🎥 Join Locust Projects and Miami-based artist Antonia Wright to watch the creative's new video work, "And so with ends comes beginnings," from a floating screen display at UNTITLED ART FAIR (Miami Beach)

💕 Learn tips on self-care during Miami Dade College's Good Health & Well-Being Virtual Symposium (Online)


🖼 Help Locust Projects kick off Miami Art Week by celebrating three new exhibitions and meeting the artists behind them (Miami Design District)

🍸 Clink your drinks during Art Bodega Magazine's cocktail party celebrating the launch of their annual Art Basel issue alongside artist Becky Robbins at the Shelborne South Beach (Miami Beach)

👋 That’s all for this week

Have a wonderful holiday break; try to get some rest and be sure to enjoy good food with the folks who matter most.

Stay safe, enjoy the long weekend, and see you back here next week.


Zach at The New Tropic

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