The rush is over – Treat yourself to a tropical shopping paradise for meaningful gifts that support the arts and conservation

If you’re looking for a break from the pre-holiday rush and a more pleasant shopping experience than Black Friday and Cyber Monday had to offer, treat yourself to a shopping weekend in The Palm Beaches, where you can find gifts that tell unique stories and support the arts.

Palm Beach County is Florida’s Cultural Capital® with more than 200 arts and cultural organizations. In addition to the cultural experiences available to tourists, the area’s arts organizations offer a perfect way to find unusual, artistic and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art gift shop offers functional contemporary art for the home by local ceramics artist Nena Escobar, ranging from $72 to $200. Also available are decorative pillows for the art lover by Jules Pansu, retailing for $178, and fine Italian jewelry using Murano glass from Venice by ITALIANISSIMO for $16 to $175.

The historic Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach offers fascinating gift opportunities with a historic flair. Flagleropoly ($29.95) gives players a chance to build luxury resort hotels, develop the Florida East Coast Railway from Jacksonville to Key West and accomplish the greatest feat of engineering ever completed by a private citizen—Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad. A Panoramic Puzzle ($16.95) depicts Henry Flagler arriving in Key West on January 22, 1912 as he celebrated the completion of the Over-Sea Railroad. The velvet-boxed, meticulously hand-painted Whitehall Glass Ornament ($19.95) depicts the exterior of the historic Whitehall home: a sophisticated addition to any holiday decoration.

The Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth features hand-made products by Palm Beach County artists, including Makerware jewelry in a mix of metal and wood ($30-$80), hand-forged sterling silver necklaces and earrings by Maria Tritico ($150-$200), Jacqueline Kimberly’s fine-metal-and-precious and semi-precious stone jewelry ($100-$500), and tiles and hand-forged steel wine racks ($450) by Timothy D. Carter.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach offers gifts from Japan, including a Crane and Waves sushi set at $35, and an adorable Fat Cat Mug for sipping tea or miso soup at $16.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach offers coastal accessories, home décor, apparel and more, with all proceeds helping the center continue its mission of ocean and sea turtle conservation. In addition to gifts like a mug for $8.99 and a luxury towel for $51.99, shoppers can give the gift of adopting a sea turtle that is being rehabilitated at Loggerhead for $35 to $100.

Palm Beach Zoo offers “Art Gone Wild” paintings created by resident “animal artists” (with a little help from their zookeepers, of course). Each painting ($53-$106) is wrapped in a plastic sleeve with a photo of the animal artist enclosed. All proceeds from the sales of “Art Gone Wild” support the zoo’s conservation and enrichment programs, as well as wildlife care operations.

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Judith Czelusniak
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