Get your happy holidays on with this gift guide for all your beloved friends and family. This guide takes the hard choices out of finding the perfect gift. We’ll have you singing a love song as you go along, shopping in a Kissimmee wonderland.
1. Go Sloth Wild
Our partners at Wild Florida have all the sloth swag you could stash in a stocking. Sloths are special creatures. The handlers at Wild Florida have seen people react all sorts of ways to the friendly, hanging animals. They’ve seen everything from marriage proposals, to screaming, to grown men crying Kristen-Bell-sized tears of joy.
Spread the sloth joy this holiday season with sloth t-shirts, toys, keychains, and more at the Wild Florida gift shop.
If you’re more a gator gal or guy, then Gatorland, a.k.a. “The Alligator Capital of the World,” is undoubtedly where you’ll want to end up on your gift quest this holiday season.
Gatorland’s friendly gators used with visitor interactions are chosen especially for their human-friendly personalities, and are called ‘fluffies.’ Pick your very own fluffy up at the gift shop! Our personal pick is the white gator stuffed animals! These blue-eyed, white, soft, and cuddly toys are the plush personifications of Gatorland’s rare leucistic gators. There are only 12 in the world, and three of them live right here at Gatorland!
You can only find these rare plushies here, so snatch one up on your next trip through, and don’t forget to strike a pose with the iconic gator mouth just outside the store.
Gatorland portraits: Fun for the whole family since 1949!
2. Charming Boutiques & Antiques
Being right next door to Disney world, you can, of course, expect that nostalgia and old-timey American charm are ripe here—and you’d be right!
Pick up an old clock at Chime & Time Antiques in St. Cloud and ensure you won’t be late for Christmas dinner!
All around downtown Celebration’s Market Street you can find fantastic independent boutiques, like Dazzling, where you can pick up Spartina 449, Swarovski, Les Georgettes, Panier Des Sens and APARA gifts. You're also near Little Thimble Craft Studio & Store, and Market Street Gallery where you’ll find totes bags, jewelry, greeting cards, and home art! There’s always holiday cheer in the air thanks to Market Street Gallery’s year-round, dedicated Christmas room where you can find festive décor.
For locally created independent women’s fashion, try Branded B Boutique on Broadway in Kissimmee for unique statement items.
If you prefer to take a walk on the brand side, check out Disney Springs where you can score iconic brands, like Anthropologie, Lucky Brand, Kate Spade, Underarmour, Tommy Bahama, Sephora, Melissa Shoes, and many more.
3. Paw-fect Pastries
Fido, Fluffy, or Ferdinand—your pup is sure to enjoy the many dog-friendly treats Kissimmee has to offer.
First, we suggest stopping by the Woof Gang Bakery in Celebration for one of their handmade ‘pupcakes,’ pastries, or even ice cream made specifically with puppers in mind, although with names like ‘Peanut Butter and Honey Ice Cream,’ we wouldn’t blame you if you tried a bite too.
To wash down your pupperific pastries, what’s better than a puppuccino? Drop by the Starbucks in Celebration with charming pink-facade and order the ‘secret menu’ puppucino item for your pooch.
If all these pup and pastry talk has you craving some treats for yourself, try the nearby Le Macaron for French pastry delights—we recommend the gelato macaron. They’re heaven!
If you used to lick the spoon when making cookies, then Wonderland Cookie Dough Co. is the right place for you. Here, you can eat cookie dough flavors like ‘S’mores,’ ‘Apple Pie Cookie,’ ‘Chocolate Chip,’ and ‘Candy Monster,’ right out of the cup, and Mom won’t say no!
More sweetness can be found next door at Kilwin’s, where custom chocolates and handmade ice cream await, or Sweet Escape for European pastries and sandwiches.
I think what we’re getting at here is that Celebration is a pretty sweet place! And you can find more ‘Yappy Hour ‘ideas for your pup right here.
4. The Gift of Experiences!
Now, we admit it’s hard to try and gift wrap the experience of zooming through the air on a zipline, but by golly, we’ll try!
What says holiday family bonding like treetop adventures? Forever Florida will have you conquering the treetops on the 7 Zip Adventure, then facing rattlesnakes and jumping on the only zipline roller coaster in the U.S.! Afterwards, take it easy on the all-ages Trail Buddy Adventures and kick it old-school like the Kissimmee cowboys of yore while experiencing one of the best-kept natural areas in the state.
If you’re looking for romantic holiday date ideas, a bike ride for two touring the architecture and natural wonders of Celebration sounds like just the thing. Celebration Bike Rentals are the people to see for that.
If you’re a doughnut aficionado, why not try a doughnut crawl of Kissimmee? There’s only one caveat: Please share your photos with us!
Or put a smile on their face while treating them to a cupcake at the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM in Disney Springs.
5. Christmas Citrus + Classics
For longtime friends and returning visitors to the theme parks who want to take a little bit of Christmas magic home with them, there’s no better place to go than the shops where they celebrate Christmas all year long.
At Disney’s Days of Christmas at Disney Springs, you’ll find a marketplace overflowing with ornaments, stockings, and holiday décor featuring all your favorite characters.
If you’re already in the Magic Kingdom, try Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe where they celebrate Christmas every day, and you’ll find unique holiday gifts year-round. You can find it in Liberty Square, just around the corner from the Liberty Bell and Liberty Tree Tavern.
Another Christmas classic is the gift of fresh citrus, and of course where better to come to for this than Florida?
Since 1973 the family-owned Orange World on Highway 182 has been an iconic Florida staple. They offer the finest and freshest Florida Citrus and gifts. Pick up a pack of Florida Oranges, Honeybells, Ruby Red Grapefruits, Navel Oranges, Valencia Oranges, Tangerines, and gourmet gifts to bring a smile to your family’s gathering.
Share your unique Kissimmee gifts with us on social using #MyKissimmee! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
For more vacation ideas, check out our blog, or if you’re planning your best vacation yet, check out our places to stay to choose the perfect backdrop to your Kissimmee vacation. Perhaps you’d like to check out one of our famous vacation homes for the holidays.
May all your holidays be merry and bright.