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Think global, gift local: our 2013 holiday gift guide

RIYL (recommended if you like) gift ideas for everybody on your list

If they covet industrial-chic lighting from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., try a lathe-turned, hand-enameled metal lamp from Titusville’s Barn Light Electric. It’s a bit of a haul over to the coast, but it’s worth it to own a local product that made it to the finals of Martha Stewart Living’s recent American Made contest. (Barn Light Electric Company, 3405 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, 321-269-2299; barnlightelectric.com; $131-$241)

If they like to wear clever T-shirts, have one made for them at Mother Falcon. Design your shirt online with graphics on the site, or upload your own artwork. Your shirt will be ready for gifting in 24-48 hours. (Mother Falcon, 819 E. Washington St., 407-423-3060, motherfalconclothing.com, $24.99)

If they like sleek, modular furniture from Ikea, but don’t necessarily like putting things together with pegs, try something vintage from 1618 Something Different (1618 N. Orange Ave, somethingdifferentretro.com, prices vary wildly).


If your design-obsessed friends are more into the kitchen, they probably long for handmade wooden cutting boards and spoons by San Francisco’s Herriott Grace. For a local alternative, try Hog Eat Hog’s locally sourced wood spatulas/turners. (Hog Eat Hog, 678 Cherry St., Winter Park, hogeathog.com; $45) 

If they adore Broadway shows, get them a subscription to Florida Theatrical Association’s Broadway Across America season. A subscription gets you into six touring shows, as well as priority seating and restaurant coupons. (Broadway Across America, orlando.broadway.com, $196)

If they sigh over Fog Linen Works’ functional but pretty aprons (often spotted in the same photo spreads as Herriott Grace goods), try a locally made apron or smock from Honest Fare – another sideline from blogger Gabi Arnold, who’s also behind La Empanada food truck. (honestfare.com/shop; $48-$58)

If they think April Bloomfield’s A Girl and Her Pig cookbook showcased the ultimate kitchen badass, try Brandon McGlamery’s 9 Courses, the new cookbook from the James Beard Award-nominated chef behind Luma on Park and Prato. Like Bloomfield’s book, 9 Courses explores McGlamery’s personal motivations and betrays a similar obsession with singular protein (in McGlamery’s case, it’s Florida seafood), supported by glorious food photography. (available at Luma on Park, 290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, lumaonpark.com, and Prato, 124 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, prato-wp.com; $35)

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