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Unique gift ideas at South Florida attractions

Want to buy the perfect gift all while avoiding the mall? South Florida has great cultural institutions and other attractions with amazing gift shops.

Many of these destinations and venues also offer memberships as a gift. Give the one you love a year-long experience that will truly be unforgettable.

You’re likely to find one-of-a-kind items, handmade items and other interesting items at gift shops that aren't necessarily at the local department store. Plus, depending on who owns and operates the shop — the nonprofit or a concessionaire — your purchase could be tax-free.

Here’s a sampling of five types of venues where you’ll find unique gifts — and chances are the items and experiences can’t be found in a department store. 

Additionally, purchase tickets or a membership to an attraction and wrap them up. Make a memory of it and share the gift of good company!

Zoo Miami

Zoo gift shops

Most items at a zoo gift shop are perfect for the animal lover — and who doesn’t love animals? At many of these shops, you'll typical animal-related clothing, plush animals, toys, books, home décor and many items available only there. And it's not just zoos, we also have animal theme parks and attractions!

Some examples in South Florida:

Museum of Discovery and Science

Science museum gift shops

At a science museum shop, the range of gifts — including books games, apparel, build-it kits, rocks and more — covers everyone. 

Some examples in South Florida:

(Photo: Boca Raton Museum of Art)

Art museum gift shops

Not only is this the stop for the art-lover, it’s often a place to pick up great unusual gifts. Jewelry, glassware, prints and posters are just some of the items you’ll find in art museum gift shops.

Some examples in South Florida:


HistoryMiami Museum

History museum gift shops

From books to antique toys, history museum gift shops also offer a unique array of gifts including T-shirts, prints, tote bags, mugs and other items. Usually, museum gifts shops will also feature items related to their current exhibits.

Some examples in South Florida:

Bonnet House

Garden gift shops

A garden gift shop is a great place to shop. Here you’ll find items such as books, gardening tools, calendars, rain sticks and, of course, plants.

Some examples in South Florida:

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