Fact. Attending a tropical, destination wedding is a delightful opportunity for most, especially those who live in cooler climes. Naturally, heading back home is one of the toughest challenges your out-of-town friends and family will face.
From handmade soaps to sweet libations, we rounded up ten gifts — each crafted in The Sunshine State — to help make saying, “Good-bye, Paradise!” just a touch sweeter for your guests.
Jennifer Reed may be famed for her custom wedding cakes, but fans of the award-winning pastry chef flock to her West Palm Beach-based bakery, The Sugar Monkey, for her “oh-so-edible”, special occasion favors.
Her bridal gown and wedding cake-shaped cookies (pictured above) are made to match the couple’s wedding colors and, for a nominal fee, can also include the couple’s intiials and a personalized note. Wrapped in cellophane and tied with a silk bow, these treats are available in two flavors: vanilla bean and key lime. ($4/each). Call 561-689-7844 or click HERE to order.
Cut from renewable bamboo, AHeirloom’s Florida-shaped cutting board will get your guests thinking about you each time they serve up something delicious, like cheese and crackers. ($48 each; add initials for $4) Click HERE to order.
Gulf Coast Company’s small batch soaps are made in Port Richey and infused with skin-healthy ingredients like Shea butter, distilled water, and olive and avocado oils. Beach Paradise emits a subtle scent that conjures mandarin orange, jasmine and oceanic mist. ($6/4.5 oz soap). Click HERE to order.
These colorful, coastal coasters, designed from photos of vintage Florida maps, were snapped by a popular Ft. Lauderdale photog known as “Beach Girl”. Each coaster is 4 ¼” x 4 ¼“ and sealed with a glossy, waterproof finish. ($28/set of 4) Click HERE to order.
Send guests home with some historical significance. San Sebastian Winery, just steps from downtown St. Augustine (also known as the “oldest city in the nation” and believed to be the birthplace of American wine), produces some of the state’s most provocative vintages. Bottles of Reserva, Rosa, Vintners White and Vintners Red (pictured above) are available. Click HERE to order.
Miami’s had a sweet crush on Alejandra Bigai’s chocolatey confections for more than a decade. Borrowing from her Venezuelan grandmother’s time-tested recipe, Romanicos Chocolates handmade truffles are gluten-free, only 38 calories per treat and come in a range of signature flavors. Our favorite? Floridian Orange, of course. ($34.99/box of 16) Call 877-848-4857 or click HERE to order.
Best of Both Worlds
Made from recycled Starbucks® gift cards, these mini-notepads by Write About It, a paper goods company in Royal Palm Beach, are ideal for impromptu note-taking. They even conjure up two of everyone’s favorite things: a palm-shaded beach and caffeine. ($3.50) Click HERE to order.
Beach Babe-y Skin
Just because Florida’s sunswept beaches may feel a million miles away, doesn’t mean your guests can’t keep their skin skinny dip-ready. Help them get soft, glowing skin with this Panhandle pick: Grapefruit Twist Sugar Body Scrub, a sucrose and Vitamin E-packed exfoliator from Belle Ame’ Bath & Body in downtown Pensacola. Click HERE to order.
Call the Movers
Be careful giving away this colorful keepsake — your friends may take you literally. Sacred & Profane Designs whimsical map of Florida is printed on Epson matte archival paper and available in two sizes. ($20/A4 or $40/A3; frame not included). Click HERE to order.
Squeeze Me A Drink
Citrus is the name of the game at 4 Orange Premium Vodka, the world’s first premium vodka made exclusively from southwestern Florida oranges and available in four robust flavors: Parson Brown, Temple, Valencia and Hamlin. Click HERE to order.
Care to mix up your own cocktail? Here’s a simple recipe you’re sure to savor:
1.5 oz 4 Orange Premium Vodka
1. Pour vodka over ice in a rocks glass.
2. Garnish with an orange twist.