The 5 nicest boutiques for unusual gifts

1) INIVA Miami

Stylist Sandra Bellon and designer Sophie Pozmentier run this concept store dedicated to African artists and artisans from countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Senegal. Sibling to two boutiques in Gabon and Burkina Faso, the INIVA Miami location stocks photography, handmade bronze jewelry, juju hats, limited edition masks, eco-friendly wax print clothing and more.

Miami - Iniva

At: Upper Buena Vista, 5010 NE 2nd Avenue, Store 202, Buena Vista

+1 786 614 8380

2) Coco Bella

Sometimes you find the gift you’ve been looking for (like presents for bridesmaids/ groomsmen, or a trinket for a beloved teacher, or something for that person who collects holiday paraphernalia) when you’re not looking for it. Coco Bella houses so many cute items that you leave with an armful of them.

Miami - Coco Bella

305 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables

+1 305 444 1334

3) La Isla

One-third gallery, one-third gift shop and one-third artist hangout, La Isla is run by freelance textile designer, Eliott Prada. The products range from a line of T-shirts and mugs with screens of Frida Kahlo to original artwork and jewelry to custom fedoras. Make this a stop on your Calle Ocho tour.

Miami - La Isla

1561 SW 8th Street, Little Havana

+1 786 317 3051

5) Frangipani

Kids. If you’ve got ‘em, check out the adorable selection, from flamingo necklaces to Keith Haring placemats, that this whimsical store stocks. The quirkiness doesn’t end with the children, though – the women’s, men’s and home sections all reflect the eye of owner Jennifer Frehling, who selects products for the joy they’ll bring.

Miami - Frangipani

2516 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood

+1 305 573 1480


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