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Anna Maria Island Holiday Gift Ideas

The holiday season is about much more than gift-giving. But, if you’re going to take part in getting gifts for your loved ones… Why not spend money to support local? Whether it’s through a small business or helping lift up Anna Maria Island or a fun activity to explore the area – It’s always a good idea to shop small and remind your loved ones of this special place. Plus, bringing some sunshine to the chilly holiday season is just an added plus!

Here are some ideas we have to bring some Anna Maria Island area to your holiday gift lists:

Shop at a Local Boutique


Some of the best shopping on AMI can be conveniently found on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach and Pine Avenue on the North End of Anna Maria. Both streets host plenty of walkable shopping! We’ve compiled some of our favorite island shops to get everything from sunglasses to surf gear and art to attire.

Tickets to an Amusement

From theme parks to museums to sporting events, the quick day trip from AMI is certainly worth the hike. We’ve compiled a variety of popular recommendations, all within a reasonable driving distance from our little slice of paradise on the Gulf of Mexico.

Membership to a Local Museum

Sarasota, Florida is known for its emphasis on the arts. You could certainly spend many days just checking out the museums within 20-30 minutes within Anna Maria Island. A museum membership is the gift that keeps on giving all year long.You can check out our Sarasota museum recommendations or even gift a membership to one of St.Pete or Tampa’s excellent options!


Local Art

Thoughtfully gifting some art and supporting local artists is a win/win. It’s a beautiful gift for the recipient and caring investment for a local artist or creator. Especially if it’s art depicting or celebrating our gorgeous beaches! These pieces can act as a reminder all year that paradise awaits on AMI. Head to a nearby gallery on the island or make the trip to the many artisans in Bradenton’s famous Village of the Arts!

Gift Certificates to Restaurant

Maybe you can’t sync schedules, you want to send a gift from afar, or you want to give a thoughtful recommendation to someone planning their next trip to Anna Maria… Gift certificates to local restaurants are especially a hit! You can send your recipient on a day out, date night, or dinner without even having to leave the house yourself! Plus, gift certificates are always valuable support for small businesses during the holidays.

A Vacation or Staycation on Anna Maria!

The BEST gift of all – some time on AMI. It’s been a long day (week, month, year, etc.) for everyone. Coming to the crystal clear waters and powdery-sand beaches of Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation to kick back and unwind. Surprise your loved one by booking a vacation (or staycation) rental!

Toys For Tots!

Giving back is a major part that makes the holiday season so lovely. Toys for Tots is an incredible initiative that we at A Paradise are happy to partner with each and every year. Just drop off a toy to either our Ellenton or Anna Maria Island office to take part in making someone’s Christmas special!

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Home Decor Trend Predictions for 2022

While you may be listing out your New Year’s Resolutions, our team is researching the greatest Home Decor Trend Predictions for 2022. It’s a great time to be ahead of the curve and add some elements that will make your space feel fresh, fun, and functional. Check out the list of top decor trend predictions below and let us know if you’d like to add some pizzazz to your rental or have our expert home maintenance team assist in the process!


Natural Elements

When asked the number one interior trend predicted for 2022, the overwhelming consensus was an emphasis on natural elements. Whether it be creating calming environments with natural lighting and ventilation, incorporating plants and creating a visual connection with nature, or a forest green statement wall. 2022 will see more designs bringing in those muted nature colors such as leafy greens, bark browns, ocean and sky blues, sandy beiges, cloudy whites, and more into the home.

‘70s Inspired

Seventies decor and colors are back and groovier than ever! Expect to see more terracotta, teal, sage, and mustard colors. With lots of mid-century modern furniture trademarks — peg legs on cabinets and tables, teakwood tones, and highly textured fabrics.

Emphasis on Home Classroom/Office

Of course, by now we all understand the functionality and importance of a place to work from home. This year, we will see a rise in making specific spaces for these home offices and classrooms to not only just make them somewhere to focus but somewhere to thrive. That starts with an updated interior.



This trend is really a win/win because it’s environmentally conscious and sustainable AND you get to avoid any shipping delays! Expect to see English roll arm sofas, wingbacks, simple dining tables based on antique styles and pieces with detail and some history. Thrift stores will be your friend!

Colorful Window Treatments

In 2022, we’re going to see a lot of color and patterns, especially within window treatments. They play a key role within design because they are the jewelry of the room and can really make an impact. Whether it be drapery, shades or sheers, patterns with a burst of two to three colors will play a strong role in design next year.



Even the most basic neutral palettes can feel layered and exceptional when lots of different textures are incorporated. In the coming year, mastering that mix is going to be paramount. Various textures can really add depth to any space.

International Inspo

Our passports may be collecting cobwebs as of late, but that doesn’t mean that our homes can’t be a transportive experience all their own. You will see many take inspiration from their favorite vacation spot, or dream location. Like Parisian furniture, English kitchens, Italian outdoor dining areas, and of course… anything beach for our favorite paradise, Anna Maria Island!

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