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Your essential gift guide for shopping local this season

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Go big or go home

Market on South 2603 E. South St., 407-613-5968, marketonsouth.com

What's special about quaint new contender Market on South is that from the moment you step inside, it feels lovingly shaped, like entering the foyer of an emotionally invested homemaker. Fittingly, the gift items you'll encounter on the market's modest shelves would work for any such type you've got on your gift list this year. What's more, the crafted offerings that form the core of the market resonate with the kind of care and attention we always hope our gifts will convey.


Live Edge Designs cutting boards, $65-$75

Live Edge Designs reclaims trees destroyed by storms or left behind by man's intrusive force and crafts them into gorgeous furniture and home accents imbued with craftsman John Lore's awe of the trees he cuts from.


Ten10 Brewery's Spent Brewer's Grain, $6 for a half-pound

Brewer's grain has a variety of domestic uses that could inspire the project-fueled homemaker, including baking, composting, gardening and for any dog lovers, making dog treats.


Joy of Garlic's Mediterranean Specialties, $10 for 10 ounces

Sharing old secret family recipes, Joy of Garlic's Mediterranean Specialties, from olive tapenade to fire-roasted tomatoes bruschetta, can be either go-tos for entertaining or inspiration for home kitchen experimenters.


Collective Kindness candle, $12-$25 (or $30 for three)

Candles aren't the most inspired gift, but if you find the right scent, you can legitimately shift a person's lifestyle because scent tugs on memory hard. Consider gifting these more imaginative burns, like Bamboo & White Grapefruit, Sea Salt & Lotus, and curious blends like Dragon's Blood or Harvest Moon.