Gifts for the Season

Monica Parpal |
Food And Dining

Salumeria 104 {3451 Northeast First Avenue #104; 305.424.9588}

Gift baskets make wonderful presents, and Salumeria 104 can assemble the perfect selection of treats for a variety of occasions. From the traditional artisan panettone to gourmet baskets of delicious sweets, these baskets will make it a merry holiday or lovely gift for the recipients, as well as their friends and family! Gift baskets are customizable for the holidays, with different sizes and prices to accommodate the occasion. Basket items might include artisan panettone, homemade cookies, Prosecco, extra virgin olive oil, and a variety of pastas, honey, and sweet and savory spreads.


Four Seasons Hotel Miami {1435 Brickell Avenue; 305.358.3535}

For a memorable getaway this season, book a private dining experience with Executive Chef Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar. This exclusive dinner is hosted in the Four Seasons Hotel Miami's Presidential Suite—an exquisitely furnished room seating 10 and overlooking the Biscayne Bay from 29 floors up. Dinner includes a customized 10-course menu paired with exclusive wines of special vintages, hand-selected by local wine expert Andrew Lampsone, in partnership with Wine Watch wine boutique. The VIP experience with Chef Brooks is available for $25,000 and may be reserved upon request by contacting Melinda Redling, Director of Catering, at 305.381.3065 or [email protected].

Designer Eyes {708 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305.532.0070}

Give the gift of chic with timeless designer frames. One of our favorites this season is the Thierry Lasry frame, available from Designer Eyes. These D-frame glasses exemplify the label's balance of futuristic-vintage, with handmade black and blue acetate frames and a gradient effect on the 100-percent UV-protected lenses. The silver-tone metal arms have black tips and a designer stamp inside, so you can feel confident in your frames. Get these particular frames for $290, and view other brands and glasses online.

Scratch Bakery {288 Northeast Second Street; 786.877.1426}

In our opinion, cake is always in vogue. This holiday season, give a carrot cake or a box of carrot cupcakes from the talented pastry masters at Scratch Bakery. Elegant gift baskets are also available, featuring selections of wine, cheese, and charcuterie, complete with miniature carrot cakes. Scratch Bakery also loves to put together specialty tea and wine baskets—think chocolate-covered strawberries paired with Champagne, and Port wine paired with single-origin chocolates from artisan chocolate makers. Cakes and customized gift baskets start at $30.


Dry De Luxe {2000 Collins Avenue, Suite 4, Miami Beach; 786.484.4260}

Florida's elite blow-dry lounge will open before the end of 2013 to offer a luxurious hair and makeup experience like no other. Located beneath the Boulan South Beach Hotel, Dry De Luxe offers a lavish experience complete with Champagne cocktails and chandeliers on the ceilings. The menu of services includes unique blow-out styles like Retro Old Hollywood and Beachy Waves, as well as up-dos and make-up application. Hair styling includes relaxation in the spacious lounge, cocktail service, shampoo and specialty blow-out, and overall celebrity treatment starting at $39—all in about 30 minutes. Dry De Luxe is the perfect start to a fun girls' night out, a New Year's Eve extravaganza, or a fancy Valentine's date. Gift certificates are available online, including VIP memberships and point programs for “frequent dryers.” You're guaranteed to walk out looking like a movie star.


Coco Bella {305 Alcazar Avenue; 305.444.1334}

Bring a smile to someone's face this season with a heartfelt gift basket. And believe us, no one does gift baskets like Coco Bella. From wine accessories to baby pillows and gourmet chocolates, there's something to fit any occasion. Whether you're looking to congratulate a colleague, top off a romantic weekend, or just give a special holiday gift, you're sure to find lots of great ideas at Coco Bella.