by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
It's never too early to start checking off names from the holiday checklist or finding that special gift for that special someone. From designer European dresses in SoBe to thrifty consignment wares that are still worth wrapping proudly, we've got some of the best shopping ideas regardless of your budgetary restrictions this season.
Updated: October 19, 2009
If he's into fine duds, this Lincoln Road hotspot is the place. From the citrusy scent sprayed into the air to the latest electronica thumping, this is a feast for the senses. More of the unique clothing items are for men, though there's also a modest selection of dresses and accessories for women.
Some boutiques draw celebrities, but this one is a star itself. The Kardashian sisters opened this South Beach apparel store in 2009, serving as the backdrop of their Miami-based reality television series. Thrifty souvenir shoppers can snap up Kardashian water bottles or Junk Food t-shirts, but the real draws are the high-end designer duds handpicked by the stylish sisters.
Even pooches like to be pampered. This upscale pet accessories store stocks stainless feeder bowls, imported doggie snacks and even canine strollers. There is also a limited selection of gear for fancy felines, but it's a dog's world here.
The Village at Merrick Park offers three floors of temptations to max out those credit cards. This is a popular choice for fancy Italian footwear, whether the shoes are crocodile skin with soft leather soles for women or Euro-inspired loafers for men.
When there's a $540 twisted bodice lace floral dress on display, it's there to shoo away the penny pinchers and vet the crowd. From daytime glam to nighttime dresses that will turn heads, this South Beach boutique makes no excuses for its price tags. It doesn't have to.
Mickey Mouse may be the golden standard in licensed kid wear, but there's no point in overpaying for stamped or embroidered Disney merchandise at the ubiquitous Disney Stores in nearly every mall in town. This Dolphin Mall outlet store is the final resting place for overstocks from Disney's theme parks and the namesake retail chain.
Miami's humidity makes these Cuban pleated shirts popular nighttime wear, regardless of the wearer's ethnicity. The traditional linen or cotton varieties aren't cheap, but the perfectly acceptable poly cotton lines start at just $24 for a stylish look that fits in for all social outings short of black tie fetes.
This small Little Havana footwear shop makes Payless and DSW look like gougers. After all, paying $5 for a pair of shoes in a wide range of colors and styles is a bargain. Some of the shoes are more fashionable and sturdier than others, so take the time to find the diamonds in the rough.