This holiday season, shop for gifts that take the receiver to Fantasyland. Give a gift that stirs the imagination and replaces the ordinary with extraordinary. It doesn't have to be expensive, but pick something that is remarkable and singular and will be remembered for years to come as being distinct.
Of course, some gift ideas are only for dreaming about, but we hope there can be one or two gifts on your list that will fulfill someone's dream.
Here are some things found around town that have the magic to create flights of fantasy:
Every little girl will fantasize about being a ballerina or princess each time she slips on this tutu from Vintage Charm ($35-$45). Our ballerina models attend Charyn Leyva's pre-ballet class for 5-and 6-year old children at Naples Academy of Ballet. They are, from left to right: Mia Painter, Katherine Learakos, Laura Raphael, Brigette O'Leary, Ludnie Saint-Juste, Ella Riley and Kylie Oakley.
Boys from 12 months to 7 years old will be off to the far blue yonder when they wear this faux leather bomber jacket (starting at $51) and hat ($21) from Paper Merchant
Place this colorful Morano glass perfume bottle and atomizer at Danieli ($140) on a woman's dresser and she will be dreaming about romance.
Back up your files and photos to keep them safe with a whimsical animal hard drive from BR uno ($35 each)
Living in Southwest Florida we can still dream about snow, and this miniature sled ($47) from Naples Lamp Shop will let everyone have a white Christmas. They even have various sizes of moose that can sit on the sled, starting at $33 each.
Where to shop
BR uno, 1193 Third St. S., Naples, 239-261-9806
Danieli, Village on Venetian Bay, 4252 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, 239-435-1448
Golisano Children's Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Road, Naples, 239-514-0084
Marissa Collections, 1167 Third St. S., Naples, 239-263-4333
Naples Lamp Shop, 4010 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-262-1524
Paper Merchant, 3609 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-261-5466
Random Acts of Art, 505 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 239-435-0668
Tin City Magic, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 239-206-3441
Tourneau, Waterside Shops, 5555 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-591-1342
Vintage Charm, 360 12th Ave. S., Naples, 239-200-2799
Yvonne's House of Shoes, Village on Venetian Bay, 4350 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, 239-262-2010
Naples resident Elaine Murphy gets her inspiration for her whimsical pieces from her childhood in Ireland and this abstract wire necklace ($250) is a one-of-a-kind fantasy available at Yvonne's House of Shoes at the Village on Venetian Bay.
Every man will be enchanted with this limited Capeland watch by Baume & Mercier ($7,900) available at Tourneau. The back is as interesting as the front and only 250 have been made.
Children and adults will be amazed with the magic tricks from Tin City Magic (all are $14.95 each). Add the wand ($7.95) to set the mood. Shown from left to right are color-changing scarves, a card trick, a finger chopper, a magic box, a rope trick that cuts the rope and then restores it, a light bulb with a magic control and the mighty magic wand.
Have snow during the holidays and all year long with this Reed and Barton Snow globe ($55) that plays the Toy Symphony when you wind it up from BR uno.
Entertain in style with this petrified wood cheese board ($250) from Danieli that will have you yearning to know how it came to be.
This Josh Simpson Planet paperweight ($275) is a work of art that will tweak your imagination. The artist planted several around the country for people to find, but you can have your very own from Random Acts of Art.
Children and adults will want to paint with the miniature Buddha Board ($12) from the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples. You only use water and the color of your cover is the color of your drawing. When the water dries your painting disappears and you can start over. Let your imagination run wild every time you paint.
Women will never want to take off this bracelet by Mattia Cielo ($12,000) from Marissa Collections new Jewelry Gallery. This flexible titanium-and-18K rose gold piece with Tahitian black pearls and diamonds will send the wearer to fantasy land every time she places it on her wrist.
If you ever dreamed of running away to the circus but didn't, this purse ($358) from BR uno is the one to make dreams come true.Little Boys will take fantasy trips in their own red Bruder jeep ($35) from the Paper Merchant. This one has a soft top and an extra wheel attached in the back. There are a fleet of others so they can keep adding to their collection.
Toobers & Zots Pretend Foamstruction Sets for boys and girls ($25) from Golisano Children's Museum of Naples will have your kids using their imagination to make costumes and toys. There's no limit to what they can do with the foam shapes.
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