Find it in Florida

By: Dalia Colon

Save your pennies for these one-of-a-kind Florida souvenirs – a reminder of your fun Sunshine State vacation.

Hats Off

Life’s a beach when you throw on a men’s cap ($15) made by Ron Jon, a cult favorite among surfers, with seven Florida store locations. Styles vary by store. Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cocoa Beach, 321-799-8888,

In the Bag

South Florida resident Diane Eidelstein celebrates the state’s Cuban heritage with cigar box handbags ($250-$500). Each one-of-a-kind purse features exquisite details inside and out, such as handles made from semiprecious stones and interiors lined with a mirror and luxurious fabric. Styles vary. Bags to “Di” For, Miami, 305-798-1288, 

Wing’s the Thing

Go colorful-yet-elegant with a rhodium-plated sculpted porcelain butterfly necklace ($65) by Franz Jewelry. It hangs on an 18-inch silver chain. Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, 305-296-2988,

Tasty Treat

Chocoholics rejoice! Visit any of three Whetstone Chocolate stores in St. Augustine (St. George Street, King Street and Anastasia Island) or take St. Augustine’s Original Chocolate Tasting Tour led by Whetstone Chocolatiers, and then take home some locally crafted, mouthwatering chocolate shells ($12) in such flavors as mint or toffee crunch, Valencia orange and Key lime pie. 904-825-1700,


Your dinner guests will get along swimmingly when you serve their food on the Caskata Sea Life Collection ($45 plus). The line of bowls, platters and other tableware gives you a taste of underwater life -- minus the saltwater. N.S. Merill & Company, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-776-5898,

Blastoff Cook

Send a clear message at mealtimes: “I need my space.” Pick up a cheeky apron ($19.99). Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Space Shop, 866-737-5235,

Potent Patch

Show your Hogwarts school spirit by affixing an embroidered cotton patch ($6.95) to your backpack or favorite garment. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando Resort, 877-318-2732,

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