Of course my first suggestion was hard copies of Orlando Weekly's BITE
and Annual Manual
standalone special issues. BITE is our annual deep dive into Orlando's dining scene and Annual Manual is our take on a handbook for the city – I'm biased, of course, but I'd say they're full of essential Orlando knowledge. Both are published in the first half of the year, so you'd have to stop by our office to request copies, but we'd be glad to help you out.
Next up: a beautiful map of Orlando neighborhoods (top). The giant illustration was created by Hillery Brooks and Morgan Walker for the Local Love photo event
that benefited Rethink Homelessness earlier this year; now Mama's Sauce has printed a smaller version, perfect for gift giving. It's a five-color, 18-by-24-inch screenprint in a limited edition run of 500, and $1 of every print sold will be donated to Rethink Homelessness
. Go here
Nathan Selikoff's Local Notebooks (right) use a geographic data algorithm to create detailed maps of cities that are laser-etched onto the covers. Learn more about his process here
, and find the notebooks – beautiful and
useful, the highest form of gift – at Bookmark It, West Elm, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum gift shop, Grandma Party Bazaar on Dec. 13 and at this website
. (Other cities are available, but of course you'll want the Orlando edition.)
Last, a classic Orlando holiday event: driving out past Bithlo to the post office in the tiny town of Christmas, Florida. Mail your Christmas cards from there
and they'll have the most appropriate postmark in the country. While you're there, you can stop in at the Country Craft'n Christmas Gift Shop
A Twitter acquaintance asked me yesterday what to get for a work colleague who's new to Orlando, and it got me thinking about meta-Orlando shopping – like, where in Orlando to buy Orlando-made, Orlando-focused gifts to give to Orlandoans (new or old).