It’s December, and the race is on for Southwest residents to find amazing holiday gifts for the people on their lists. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Holiday Gift Guide provides a comprehensive listing of various local businesses, as well as gift ideas — from always-handy gift cards to beauty and fashion finds and more — that are sure to please everyone this holiday season.

Axiom Bank

Give the gift of financial security. The holiday season can create a lot of financial stress, so why not build your savings or create an account for your loved ones? For a limited time, Axiom Bank is offering a special 18-month CD at 1.45 percent APY — a great gift idea! Or, you can get an 11-month CD at 1.10 percent APY that will mature before the next holiday shopping season. Visit your nearest branch located in your local Walmart Supercenter, call 800-584-0015 or
visit axiombanking.com. (Terms and conditions apply.)

Buena Vista Family Dentistry

Give the gift that will make everyone smile! Stop by Buena Vista Family Dentistry to get gift certificates for everyone on your list. The staff offers a wide range of teeth-whitening options, as well as restorative and preventative services, in a warm, comfortable setting. Gift certificates can be applied toward any service the receiver wants or needs. Call 407-930-0060; stop by the office at 11444 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Suite 101, in Orlando; or visit familydentistryorlando.com.

Ca Va Chic Boutique

Gifting with style has never been easier. Ca Va Chic Boutique, located at 4757 The Grove Drive in Windermere, is the place to go for an assortment of fashion-trending clothing and accessories for your favorite fashionistas. Items are handpicked in Atlanta by Southwest resident Marie-Christine and her daughter, Aly, so Ca Va Chic Boutique has something unique for everyone. Stop by and check out the great selection of apparel or pick up a gift card today! Holiday hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 407-217-7607 or visit www.cavachic.com.

Drafts Sports Bar & Grill

Give the gift of family fun at Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, located at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa. From an array of delicious food and drink options to a state-of-the-art game room with six lanes of bowling, Drafts offers something for everyone. Check out the private party room for your holiday celebration. Drafts is open daily and located at 9500 Turkey Lake Road in Orlando. For more information, call 407-352-9293 or visit draftssports.com.

Endocrine Associates of Florida Ocoee

José Mandry, M.D., and the staff of Endocrine Associates of Florida Ocoee can work with your busy holiday schedule to get you into the office before the end of the year to avoid the new year copay blues! Also, you may qualify for a clinical trial and receive benefits such as study medicines, supplies, compensation and expert advice to manage your disease. Endocrine Associates is located at 1510 Citrus Medical Court in Ocoee. If you want to help others and yourself by learning about these exciting opportunities, call 407-480-4830. For more information, visit

The First Academy

The First Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school, serving students in preschool through grade 12. Families love TFA for its safe environment, world-class teaching and learning, and life-changing spiritual formation. TFA boasts a 100 percent college-acceptance rate, as well as award-winning technology, arts and athletic programs. There is no better gift than the TFA school family experience. Schedule your personal tour today! For more information, call 407-206-8602 or visit www.thefirstacademy.org.

Gentle Touch MediSpa & Wellness

Go beautifully bare with Gentle Touch MediSpa & Wellness’ laser hair removal or zap vexing veins with its laser vein removal. Banish crow’s-feet and expression lines with wrinkle-relaxing wonders or freshen up with its selection of eager-to-please dermal fillers. Beam your way to beautiful skin with IPL photofacials and laser skin resurfacing, or indulge in Gentle Touch’s extensive menu of facials and skin therapies like chemical peels and microdermabrasions. Whatever your beauty needs
are this holiday season, Gentle Touch has a solution that will have you feeling beautiful and vibrant. Gift cards are available. For more information, call 407-877-7003 or visit www.gentletouchmedispa.

I-Drive Resort Area

Looking for that special something to gift this year? Whether you are seeking to splurge or for a bargain, more than 500 shops and outlets make I-Drive a shopping lover’s dream! Happy shopping and happy holidays!  For more information, visit internationaldriveorlando.com.

Ipanema Brows & Waxing

Ipanema Brows & Waxing, located in Suite 114 at 6735 Conroy-Windermere Road in Orlando, is the place to go for the best brows and waxing in town! Its staff is specialized in eyebrows perfectly handmade, as well as face and body waxing, threading and facials. A microblading artist is also available to evaluate and enhance clients’ brows. For more information, visit 407-270-9102 or visit

Light Up UCF

At Light Up UCF, there is fun for all ages. Running through Dec. 31, this year’s festival offers 45 nights of ice-skating, a world-class choreographed light show with new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like a Ferris wheel, Light Up Express kids train, The Arctic Glide Ice Slide, and the Winter Whirl. Located at 12777 Gemini Blvd. N. in Orlando, Light Up UCF is open Monday-Thursday from 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon-midnight, and Sunday from noon-10 p.m. For more information, call 407-823-3070 or visit www.lightupucf.com.

Molly Maid

Molly Maid, located at 1101 S. Park Ave. in Winter Garden, is a residential home-cleaning service. Molly Maid sends a team of two trained, insured and bonded home-service professionals to clean the home. Whether it is a one-time or regular service, Molly Maid will design a custom cleaning plan with a free in-home estimate. The gift of time is always the perfect present. Gift certificates are available. For more information, call 407-877-0184 or visit

Nannette’s Ballroom Dance

Give the gift of fun this season! Offering fun group classes at five convenient locations, Nannette’s Inc. has the perfect gift to sweep your loved one off his or her feet. To purchase a gift certificate today, dance on over to Nannette’s website at www.nannettesballroomdance.com, or for more information, call 386-532-2624.

Orange City Racing & Card Club

The Orange City Racing & Card Club is “Orlando’s Closest Poker Room,” featuring exciting cash-game poker action, Vegas-style poker games, comfortable seating, tableside food and beverage service. The new Jake’s 29° Sports Bar and Grill boasts an innovative pub-style menu; seven 75-inch TVs; 40-plus huge high-definition TVs; a 52-foot sports ticker; and 29-degree domestic, craft and local draft beers. For more information, call 386-252-6484 or visit

Orange County Library System

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Looking for gifts for your bookish friends? Make a stop at the Orlando Public Library this shopping season and visit “Gifts and Greetings” located on the first floor. The store, operated by Friends of the Orange County Library System, carries a selection of book- and library-themed socks, scarves, jewelry, stationery and more. Best of all, proceeds from sales in the store stay in your community — the store’s sales help support library events and programs not otherwise covered by the library’s budget. Gifts and Greetings is located on the first floor of the Orlando Public Library at 101 E. Central Blvd. Operating hours are Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 4-7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, call

Orlando Premier Music Instruction

Orlando Premier Music Instruction is the place to find the highest-quality local music classes for piano, adult guitar, dance, drama and musical theater, and more with its professional and friendly music teachers, flexible class schedules that suit your style, ability and more! The staff at OPMI is happy to say they have the perfect gift idea — sign up for one of their monthly classes and receive the first class free. In addition, mention this article and get the first class free! For more information, call or text 407-963-5529 or 310-623-2885, email opmi@opmi-lessons.com or visit www.orlando-premier-music-instruction.com.

Orlando Repertory Theatre

This holiday season, Orlando Repertory Theatre presents a classic story that is sure to delight the entire family — The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical. Beware The Herdmans: the worst kids in the history of the world! When they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. In this buoyant, new musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic, will it be a silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes, a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. Ticket prices start at $15 and can be purchased by calling 407-896-7365 or visiting orlandorep.com.
Performances take place through Dec. 30, on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., at Orlando Repertory Theatre, located at 1001 E. Princeton St. in Orlando.

Parbhu Oculofacial Plastic Surgery

Looking for a convenient one-stop for eye care and aesthetics this holiday season? Set your sights on Parbhu Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, and look no further. Dr. Parbhu is taking eye care and aesthetics to a new level by offering services such as eyelid surgery, brow surgery, orbital disease treatment and lacrimal surgery, while also providing a multitude of aesthetic services, including Botox Cosmetic, Kybella, dermal fillers and more. Dr. Parbhu offers great seasonal specials and affordable rates. Pick up the perfect gift for yourself or your loved ones. For more information, call 407-901-9695 or visit

Rosen Plaza

The ice chips are going to fly! Orlando’s coolest family holiday event, Iced Out, will be held Dec. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Rosen Plaza. The area’s top chefs will fire up the power saws as they face off in a spectacular ice sculpture competition. The event is free and open to the public, with festive treats and cocktails available for purchase. Rosen Plaza is located at 9700 International Drive in Orlando. For more information, call 407-996-9700 or visit

Rosen Shingle Creek

The card that gets you in everywhere you’d want to be for the best Orlando staycation — it’s all under one roof at the AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek. Purchase its gift card to enjoy deluxe accommodations, impeccable dining, luxurious spa treatments, challenging golf, poolside lounging and more. It’s all wrapped in one small card that has so much to give this holiday season! Gift cards may be purchased at 9939 Universal Blvd. in Orlando. For more information about Orlando’s top luxury hotel, visit

Royal Landscape Nursery

Celebrate the season with a gift that keeps on growing from Royal Landscape Nursery. Flora and fauna make great gifts for family members and friends. Give them something they can enjoy over and over, whether they are project planning or just enjoy being with the flowers. Royal Landscape Nursery offers the best in landscaping and gardening needs with gift certificates that fit all amounts and any project size. Give the gift that keeps on growing! For more information, call 407-296-3042 or visit royallandscapenursery.com.

The Spa at Rosen Centre

Purchase a The Spa at Rosen Centre gift card for $100 and get a $25 spa gift card free! Enjoy a relaxing day with rejuvenating facials and luxurious massages for the ultimate pampering experience. Included for any spa guest, relax poolside at Rosen Centre and use the spa facilities for the entire day to turn your spa experience into a tropical escape. For more information, call 407-996-1248 or visit

Southwest Orlando Eye Care

Southwest Orlando Eye Care, 7009 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 110, in Orlando, 407-271-8931, offers comprehensive eye care to the Dr. Phillips community and Southwest Orlando. Dr. John Nowell is a board-certified optometric physician who specializes in keratoconus, myopia control and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Ben Konynenbelt is a board-certified pediatric optometric physician who specializes in binocular vision and vision therapy. Southwest Orlando Eye Care has a boutique optical and carries several designer frames and sunglasses. Gift certificates are available. Give the gift of Maui Jim sunglasses this season! For more information, visit southwestorlandoeyecare.com.

Spa Blue

Spa Blue is Orlando’s premier medical spa under the direction of Janet Beres, a board-certified physician assistant and master cosmetics injector. Through the end of December, anyone who purchases a $100 gift card receives $25 Spa Blue Cash. Give your loved one what they really want this holiday! PRP Vampire Facials for skin rejuvenation and PRP Hair Restoration services are also offered. Spa Blue is located in Suite 423 at 6735 Conroy-Windermere Road in Orlando. For more information, call 407-772-2583 or visit
spablue.com. Be beautiful, be you!

Sweet, Sassy & Southern

Sweet, Sassy & Southern is an upscale boutique that offers trendy women’s apparel, jewelry and fashion accessories. It also carries a wide variety of unique gifts and home décor and offers monogramming services. It’s a one-stop shop for many of the holiday gifts on your list! Located in Suite 164 at 4750 The Grove Drive in Windermere, Sweet, Sassy & Southern’s operating hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 407-217-7288 or visit www.facebook.com/sweetsassyandsouthern46.

Theatre South Playhouse

A gift certificate from Theatre South Playhouse, located in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, is the perfect gift of the arts. The playhouse features youth and professional productions, classes and workshops. Students learn from professional performers currently working in their fields, teaching the best of the arts. Theatre South offers private lessons in voice, piano, acting, dance, yoga and boot camp for children, teens and adults. Group classes are available for all ages in theater, music and dance; and gift certificates are available for show tickets, classes and private lessons. For more information call 407-489-4458 or visit

Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency

Give busy moms what they really need — time! With a gift certificate from Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency, moms can enjoy some well-deserved “me time” while knowing their children are in the best hands. All of Twinkle Toes’ nannies have passed rigorous background checks, have excellent references and are only second to mom! For more information, call 407-704-0342 or visit

Villas of Grand Cypress

Are you looking for that perfect gift for Dad? How about a foursome at Grand Cypress Golf Club? With 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus signature-designed golf, he is guaranteed a golf experience of a lifetime. With a Grand Cypress gift card, Dad can enjoy pure golf and pure luxury in the heart of Central Florida. To get Dad a gift you know he’ll love, visit www.grandcypress.com/gift_cards.

Windermere Center for Dentistry

Americans love their cups of coffee in the morning. They also love white celebrity-like smiles. The team at Windermere Center for Dentistry would love the opportunity to brighten your smile! With Christmas celebrations, vacations, parties and photos coming your way, you should be ready to put your best face forward before the madness begins. Surveys show that the first physical feature that 94 percent of people notice when meeting someone is their smile. What is your smile saying about you this holiday season? The office also offers gift certificates for family members and friends that make great stocking stuffers! For more information, call 407-909-1097 or visit

Windermere Medical Center

With the holidays just around the corner, one of the best — and most-forgotten — gifts is the gift of good health. Niral Patel, M.D., and the staff at Windermere Medical Center believe preventative wellness is a vital tool to managing health, yet many people choose instead to be reactive, scheduling an appointment only when something “doesn’t feel right.” The fact is, many of the top risk factors relating to illness are preventable, and that’s why preventative care is so important for the continued health of your family and loved ones. For more information or to make an appointment, call 407-876-2273 or visit

The Woodhouse Day Spa

Give the perfect gift this year — the gift of relaxation — from everyone’s favorite spa, The Woodhouse Day Spa. The spa is located in Dr. Phillips at 8060 Via Dellagio Way, Suite 102, Orlando. The Woodhouse offers a variety of spa packages for everyone’s special someone. Seasonal packages include Holiday Magic, 5 hours, 20 minutes, for $470; Silent Night, 3 hours, 20 minutes, for $300; Winter Wellness, 2 hours, 30 minutes, for $260; and Celebrate the Season, 2 hours, 20 minutes, for $165. You can also give the gift of relaxation without leaving your home by sending an e-gift card through Woodhouse’s easy-to-use website. For more information, call the spa concierge at 407-965-3131 or visit
orlando.woodhousespas.com.    ♥


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