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The Ultimate Space Coast Gift Guide

Unique gifts and experiences Fresh From Florida!

Looking for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this year? How about checking in with your favorite destination, Florida’s Space Coast!  From thrilling adventures to unique gifts you'll only find here, Space Coast small businesses and attractions are ready to send a little Florida sunshine your way this holiday season!

Space Coast Stay! 

There’s nothing better than opening a vacation during the holiday season! From Melbourne to Cocoa Beach, to Titusville, and every city in between there are quaint motels, and familiar hotels perfect for a weekend getaway. Book a room for the holiday or choose another quiet weekend to look forward to in 2022. Looking for a unique place to lay your head after a day at the beach? Vacation Rentals in Brevard County are known for their prime locations along the Indian River Lagoon, Beaches, and quiet neighborhoods where you and your loved ones can enjoy privacy and the comforts of home! 

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Fill Some Space in your Stockings! 

Asstronaut Training Experience
Image courtesy of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Surprise the space-lover in your family with an Astronaut Training Experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex! It’s a unique opportunity for your children to learn what it’s like to be an astronaut for the day and the perfect way to spark the love of space exploration this holiday season.  Will official NASA swag suffice? Check out their online gift shop for apparel, toys, hard-to-find memorabilia, and more shipped straight to your door. 

Astronaut Training Experience : $175 + Admission
 

Space Coast Adventures for the Holidays

These outdoor experiences are perfect for the thrill-seekers in your family. Stuff their stockings with surf camps and water-sport lessons for the next time you take a weekend getaway to the 321! 

Surf Lessons

Surf Lessons & Rentals

The Space Coast is the Surf Capital of the East Coast because it’s a great place to learn to surf and perfect your skills. If you’ve got a grom in the family looking to go pro, surf lessons are the perfect gift. Not only will your little surfer get exactly what they asked for this year, but it’s also a built-in beach vacation for your whole family while they work in the waves! There are many surf schools along our 72-miles of shoreline, check out this blog to see some of our favorites. 

    Learn to Surf on the Space Coast    

Watersport Rental and Lessons

Looking to try something new beyond the surf? Check out the amazing watersport rentals and lessons to spark a new obsession! Kayak rentals and tours, SUP rentals and tours, and kiteboarding lessons and rentals all make great gifts this holiday season  and provide a thrilling escape from the ordinary. Check out this blog to learn what watersport will make the perfect experience for your family!  

            Watersports on the Space Coast 

Golf FORE the Holidays

man golfing

The Space Coast is a golfer’s paradise. With more than 20 courses on the Space Coast, including two par 72 championship courses and a par 67 stretched executive course, you’ll have your pick of the pack this holiday season. Many of these courses offer memberships and discounts for Florida residents, so make sure you ask for any specials when you pop in for your holiday round! Check out these fantastic Space Coat golf courses and choose your tee-time! 

 Wishing you a Fishy Little Christmas

man with big red fish
Image by @captchrisraimondo

Looking for a gift that will blow all the others out of the water? Check out one of the many inshore and offshore fishing charters offered here on the Space Coast. Trips offshore in search of monster Mahi or trophy sailfish are perfect for experienced anglers.  But there are plenty of family-friendly charters both offshore and inshore in the Lagoon that are perfect to spark a love of fishing in your kids or grandkids. Check out these amazing captains leaving out of both Port Canaveral and the Sebastian Inlet

 Dash Downtown! 

Florida’s Space Coast has several unique downtown areas that make our little slice of paradise shine bright - especially during the holiday season! Check out this Shop Local Guide to learn a more in-depth look at our eclectic downtown areas for any unique last-minute gifts if you’re in the area! Here’s just a quick teaser with a few fun ideas from each area. 

Downtown Titusville 

Downton Titusville

For the theater-lovers, foodies, and beer drinkers, Downtown Titusville offers surprises for all. Purchase season tickets for the Titusville Playhouse for a gift that your loved one will be able to enjoy all year long. Or head down to Playalinda Brewing Company which operates out of a historic hardware store for creative brews you can purchase to-go in crowlers and growlers. Make sure you grab a gift card to their second location, the Brix Project, for some inspired pub food that pairs perfectly with their craft beers! You can also pick up gift cards to some great waterfront restaurants such as Shiloh's Steak and Seafood, or the famous Dixie Crossroads, and many more.  

Downtown Cocoa Beach 

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Send your loved ones a bit of surf and sunshine directly from Cocoa Beach! Downtown Cocoa Beach features some unique surf shops and boutiques filled with coastal apparel, decor, and more! Take a break from shopping and stop into Golf'n'Gator for a 2-story Go-kart experience you won't find anywhere else, or stopover to Lighthouse Cove MiniGolf for a quick round and a scoop of ice cream. Restaurants like Coconuts on the Beach, Flavour Kitchen, Fat Kahuna Grill & Bar, and Tiny Turtle are all great places to grab dinner and gift cards for stocking stuffers and gifts you can enjoy with your family next time you’re in town! 

Other Cocoa Beach Gift ideas

Downtown Melbourne 

Downtown Melbourne has an eclectic mix of unique shops, restaurants, and attractions. And, during the holidays you can enjoy a candlelight shopping experience every weekend! Walk down the historic streets popping into shops to find gifts and apparel for the whole family. Executive Cigar Shop and Lounge, Coastal Cloth Baby & Co., East Coast Winery, The Flop Shop, if you need it, it can be found here! Check out the 2021 Downtown Melbourne Directory for a full list of shops, restaurants and experiences! 

Cocoa Village

Cocoa Village

Cocoa Village is a historic town filled with local art, fun apparel, and unique local gifts. Spend the afternoon at the Sand & Sea Gifts and Gallery for the perfect ornament for your tree, grab a croissant to warm up at Ossorio Bakery & Cafe, or head up to River Road Coffee and Popsicles for local art and cool pops. With street performers set up in the square, and holiday festivals at Cocoa Riverfront Park, shopping in Cocoa Village is an experience to get you into the holiday spirits!

The Avenue at Viera 

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At the Avenue Viera you'll enjoy holiday specials at your favorite shops, heart warming Holiday decorations and tons of local gifts and treats to delight everyone on your list. Stop into Grimaldi Candies for a sweet holiday treat and  some of their famous chocolate dipped potato chips. Mosey over to the Thrive Local Pop-up Shop to get some locally-made apparel, accessories and more, then round out your holiday shopping experience with dinner at 28 North Gastropub for a culinary experience you'll come back for!

Made on the Space Coast

We wear our love of the Space Coast on our sleeves, and you can too by checking out these local apparel companies!

Thrive Local Pop-Up | The Avenues Viera

Thrive Local is an organization that helps small Central Florida Businesses sell their wares in a brick & mortar shop. This year they've set up shop in the Viera Avenues! Try on a Space Coast Apparel tee before you buy it, see what other local artisans have created and shop small this holiday season. 

Villon Clothing | Online 

Give the gift of Space Coast style with apparel from Villon Clothing. This local group finds inspiration from all over the Space Coast and creates collections you won’t find anywhere else. Shop online and they ship directly to your door! 

Space Coast Apparel | Online

You may recognize the Space Coast Foodies from your Instagram feed. They’re the ones posting all those mouth-watering food photos. But you may not know they’ve also designed an amazing line of Space Coast shirts and gifts on their website. Check them out and grab a tee for everyone in your family! 

Be a Part of What Makes the Space Coast Great! 

The holiday season is all about giving. And sometimes the best gift is a donation to an organization in a loved one’s name. The Space Coast is home to several organizations that would benefit greatly from your generosity this holiday season. 

Sea Turtle Preservation Society

The STPS is an organization that helps protect sea turtles and their habitats by educating the public about their behaviors and working with local organizations like the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission to rescue injured turtles, protect their nests, and make sure the hatchlings make it to sea. Your donations help further their mission to help sea turtles survive. If you return to the Space Coast during Sea Turtle Nesting Season, you’ll be able to participate in their guided turtle walks to witness sea turtles nesting in their natural habitats! The giftshop for the Sea Turtle Preservation Society is located in Indialantic, they have tons of awesome turtle toys, apparel, reusable dishware and accessories sure to please any turtle-lover on your list. 

Stella Maris Environmental Research

Stella Maris is another Space Coast Sea Turtle Organization that works to help inform county and city officials on the most beneficial ways to protect and conserve sea turtle habitat in Brevard County. Their work educates policymakers as well as provides Eco-camps for young conservationists to learn about sea turtles and the ecosystems they thrive in. During Sea Turtle Nesting Season, Stella Maris hosts, night turtle nesting walks, early morning hatchling digs, and eco-schools for school-aged children! 

Brevard Zoo

The Brevard Zoo is an invaluable part of the Space Coast. Not only were they named one of the top 5 zoos in North America in 2021, they also help to heal sea turtles, release injured manatees, and are working to conserve and improve the health of the Indian River Lagoon through their shoreline restoration program! A donation to the zoo helps to keep the Space Coast thriving, and the animals inside the zoo as happy as can be! 

No matter who you’re shopping for, Florida’s Space Coast can help you find the perfect gift! Make your way to our coast or shop online today.