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How to Shop Small in Mount Dora This Holiday Season

We’re so excited to share all of the amazing options for shopping small in Mount Dora!  When I started writing this post, I immediately thought of our amazing downtown shops and restaurants.  But I decided to dive a little deeper.  If it weren’t for “real work” and family commitments, I would still be exploring.  I was blown away by the number of talented and dedicated people in our community.  I’ve put together a list, but have barely scratched the surface. 

We’ve included several categories, but please peruse and tell us what we’ve missed.  Let’s make it easy for our community members to shop small this year! 

Oh! And don’t forget to check out our post with All Things Christmas in Mount Dora!

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We’ve gathered a few upcoming shopping events and local gift shops where you are sure to find unique gifts.  Did we miss your favorite?  Add it in the comments!

Annual Christmas Open House at The Ol' Packing House

Location:  The Ol’ Packing House    More Info
Date:  December 11, 2021    Time:  9 am – 6 pm   

Renninger's - Christmas at the Market

Location:  Renninger’s Florida Twin Markets    More Info
Date:  December 18, 2021    Time:  9 am – 5 pm   

Artisans Mount Dora

Location:  Artisans Mount Dora   More Info
139 E. 4th Avenue, Mount Dora

Upcoming Events:
Dec. 8 – White Christmas Girls Night
Out 5 – 9pm with drinks and snacks. 10%discount during event.
December 11– Holiday Pop Up Show at Foxtail Coffee 9a-3p
Dec. 11 – Snow in the park 3 pm – 8pm.
During the event, up to 30% off purchases. Pop a balloon to reveal your discount!
Dec. 18 – Holiday Wishes – offering free gift wrapping
Dec 24– last minute shopping- 10% discount


Leesburg Christmas House

310 W Main St.
Leesburg, FL 34748
 More Info
Gifts • Decor • Dolls & Toys • Quilts • Baked Goods & More!

Papilio Mount Dora

439 North Donnelly St.
Mount Dora, FL 32757
More Info
Nature Inspired Plant, Art and Gift Shop. Specializing in beautifully hand-crafted butterfly artwork.

The Dona Vista Market

16209 Eustis Place
Umatilla, FL 32784
 More Info
The Dona Vista Market is a Co-Op of Farmers and Handmade & Homemade Vendors collaborating in one convenient location and hosting open air markets for others to join.

Through The Years Vintage Market

102 East Alfred St.
Tavares, FL 32778
More Info
Vintage Christmas decorations, mid-century modern furniture, and home decor of all types.


I can’t get over the talented artists we have in Lake County!  If you want it customized or personalized, you will find it here!  And when I say “it”, I mean pretty much anything…shirts, hats, tumblers, doormats, ornaments, cutting boards, the list goes on and on!

Sassy Raes Decor and More

Sassy Raes Decor and More
Custom signs, ornaments, tumblers and so much more!  All items are made to order.

Greenwall Woodworx & More Greenwall Woodworx & More

Greenwall Woodworking 

Greenwall Woodworx & More
Personalized Laser engraved gifts.  Cutting boards, signs, names, coasters, ornament, etc.

South Country Candle Co.


South Country Candle Co.
Candles and wax melts crafted and hand poured from natural wax blend and high quality fragrance oils.  Free drop off or you can pick up for local orders within 10 miles radius.

A Bit Creative

A Bit Creative
Door signs, ornaments, cutting boards, and custom gifts!

Maegan Benton Art

Maegan Benton Art
Wood burned and hand-painted earrings!

Towne Creative

Towne Creative
Custom tumblers, shirts, hats, and bath bombs.

Unique Pen Creations & More Unique Pen Creations & More

Unique Pen Creations and More
Use these customized pens and pencils for a little inspiration at work!

From Wood to Wonderful

From Wood To Wonderful

From Wood to Wonderful
Handmade customized gifts using a scroll saw.

For You By Rew


For You By Rew
Custom wreaths, door hangers and hand-painted denim jackets for kiddos!
BHaller Mats BHaller Mats
Impressive handpainted doormats.
 Artisans Mount Dora Artisans Mount Dora
Artisans Mount Dora is a non profit artist’s co-op Art gallery in Mount Dora, Florida and offers unique handcrafted Art, home decor and gifts by local Florida artists.

Stick and Stain Crafts

Stick and Stain Crafts
A great variety of handmade custom crafts.

Two B's Studio

Two B's Studio

Two B’s Studio
Silver fabrication and jewelry-making classes.

There is something extra special about receiving a homemade food gift, especially during the holiday season. It seems like such a personal gesture, and it’s always so appreciated, even if you’re not the one making it!  😉  Check out our suggestions below and gift something extra tasty.  

Our Vision Farm & Beatz Sweets

Wow!  This farm produces amazing jams, baked goods, candles gift packages and so much more!   
Meem’s Fudge ShoppeA variety of creamy melt-in-your mouth fudge options.
Mama Joy’s Jams , Jellies and RelishesIf you have a flavor preference, Mama Joy’s got your jam!

Yum’s Canning Shed

Gourmet Sweet or Savory Jams & Jellies. Scrumptious Relishes, Pickles & Salsa from Mild to very Spicey.
Give the Gift of Service

Do something special for your loved one that they may not do for themselves.  

Personal Touch Cleaning Service of Central Florida, LLCSign up for a cleaning service and give the gift a clean house!  
Float First Aquatics
Gift certificates available for SURVIVAL SWIMMING LESSONS.
Season starts March 2022
Hollywood Animal Training
New puppy for Christmas?  Don’t forget the training.   In-home dog and puppy obedience training!
Ponder the Chef

Who wouldn’t love a personal chef?!  Hire this personal chef for the night and enjoy a romantic meal!

Give the Gift of Experience

We’ve put together some of our favorite gift shops in Mount Dora and surrounding areas.  We’re sure you will find the perfect something for your someone special!

Palm Gardens Boat Rentals

Make a memory and gift a day on the Harris Chain of Lakes!

Adventure Outdoor Paddle

Adventure Paddle

Customizable gift certificates for all guided paddle tours, rentals, and lessons! Located in downtown Tavares on the waterfront.

Lil’ Bit of Life

Lil' Bit of Life

Got a horse lover? The Lazy H offers birthday parties, playdates, riding lessons! 

Lil' Bit of Life

 Two B’s Studio  Silver fabrication and jewelry-making classes.

Yada Yada Pottery

Yada Yada Pottery

Offering Pottery Wheel classes for adults at all levels – Clay Hand-building Classes, Macrame Classes, Pottery Painting for all ages, Unique Boutique Gift Shop.

Yada Yada Pottery

The Jones’ Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures

Explores the skies!  Seaplane tours, charters, and training.  

Artisans Mount Dora

Artisans Mount Dora 

If your loved one has ever expressed an interest in art, this might be the perfect gift!  Artisans Mount Dora offers lessons and workshops on a variety of techniques and medium.
Anastasia Ballroom & Dance Give lessons, but be prepared to join!  A unique dancing experience, blending fun fitness techniques for all ages with quality and personalized dance instruction. 
Monster Bass Fishing Charter Travel down hidden waterways of Harris Chain and test your fishing skills.
Plan a Date Night Go out to a local restaurant then enjoy one of the memorable activities above.
Local Photographers

Gifting a photography session is one of the best gifts you can give.  It is a gift that will capture a moment in time and truly last a lifetime.  We have dozens, if not hundreds of photographers in Lake County, but here is a list to get you started.  


As I was gathering information, I repeatedly came across the question of where to find hot chocolate bombs.  So, here we have your answers!

It’s fun to think outside of the box when it comes to Christmas shopping!  Shopping local doesn’t have to be cookie-cutter.  Use your imagination and explore something new in Mount Dora & Beyond!  

Still want more?  Stay updated with our list of Mount Dora Events updated weekly!

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Stacy Bracewell & Shannon King
Author: Stacy Bracewell & Shannon King

Hi and welcome to Life in Lake! We are excited to share our amazing community with you. If we can help in any way, don't hesitate to reach out. Stacy Bracewell and Shannon King, REALTORS®

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