Gables Style & Bites: A Very ShopCoralGables Christmas


Style giftsBy: Patricia Guarch Wise of Miami Nice

Gift shopping can feel a little routinized after years and years of stocking stuffers, ties and the same ol’ same ol’. Shake it up a bit this year and set some gifts under your tree that keep giving long after that magical morning. Pick some presents that are an experience, something you can do with your loved one and enjoy together – right here in Coral Gables, of course.

Book Signing at Books & Books
Books & Books is not only a great place to score gifts for bookworms, design enthusiasts, history buffs and art lovers, it’s also the host of weekly, if not daily, books signings. Check the schedule in advance and see if there are any authors of interest coming in town. Pre-order the book or buy it for under the tree if it’s already released and take your friend or family member out for a night with the author to have it personally signed.

Don’t forget you can get there a little early and enjoy a glass or Pinot from the Café at Books and Books. Click here for a list of upcoming signings.

Cooking Lesson at Aragon 101
Aragon 101 is a home décor boutique and cooking school, so this year, give the gift of food knowledge to the novice or seasoned foodie in your life. Take a class together in Aragon101’s beautiful space and sparkling white kitchen. Classes are usually thematic (think: Brazilian food, hors d’oeuvres, or Italian food) and taught by a rotating roster of specialty chefs.

Pass by Aragon 101 and chat with them about setting something up, while you’re there you’ll surely be able to check off some other gifts from your list from their thoughtful collection of stylish and useable things.

Pssssttt… have a big family? Get all your gifts done at once and book the whole kitchen for a group lesson (8-15 people). Voila! Christmas shopping done!

Beer Tasting at The Local Craft Food & Drink
Esquire Magazine named The Local one of the top beer menus in America, we’re pretty sure if it’s good enough for them, it will satisfy the craft beer itch for any beer snob in your life.

Even if The Local is one of your go-to spots (and it should be – everything from the kale salad to the burger are winners) you can hop up your experience and give the gift of beer tasting.

The Local’s knowledgeable staff will help you put together a flight of beers (or maybe a few flights of beers) that will challenge the taste buds of even the most seasoned beer drinker. Take your tap loving loved one to The Local and have a memorable time over great food, beer and conversation – it beats the heck out of another tie.


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