It’s holiday shopping time, and time to think of those we love. For gifts, we shop locally, and we encourage others to do the same. Not only are you buying your loved ones unusual and often hand-made items, you are supporting local businesses! Your gift dollars are helping Crucians to pay their rent, send their children to school, buy food and gas, and cover other expenses. Small businesses depend on our business. Think of it as giving twice – one gift to your loved one, and the second to the small business owner. We have such a variety of shops and services here! To get us in the holiday spirit, there are many holiday events where shopping is a delightful adventure! Below are some ideas for local shops where we have found wonderful gifts! If you can’t choose a present, another way of giving is a gift certificate to a shop or restaurant, or a donation in that person’s name to one of the island’s many organizations who help make a difference on St. Croix!

Chris and I hope you have a wonderful holiday, enjoy the colorful lights, eat yummy food, and connect with friends and family in the heartfelt warmth of the season. Of course, if you are on St. Croix, you are already warm and surrounded by the smiling faces of those of us who are blessed to live here! It’s a wonderful time of the year! Happy holidays!

Chaney Chicks & Island Gifts, LLC –

Crucian Gold –

Cultured Naturals Body Care –

Dive Experience –

FantaSea Jewelry –

From the Gecko Boutique –

ib designs –

Joyia-Inspirational Jewelry-

Many Hands Gallery –

Mitchell Larsen Studio –

Riddims –

RJS Handmade Designs –

Sonya Ltd. –

Southgate Corner Farmers’ Market –

St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures –

Susan Mango St Croix –

Sweet Lime Furnishings –

The Frame Up –

Tropical Bracelet Factory –

Undercover Books & Gifts, St. Croix –

Nonprofit Organizations:

Lion Haven St. Croix Community Center –

My Brother’s Workshop STX –

REAL Cruzan Cats –

Ruff Start STX –

St. Croix Animal Welfare Center –

St. Croix Environmental Association –

St. George Village Botanical Garden –

The Nature Conservancy in the Caribbean –

World Ocean School –

YAG Breast Cancer Foundation –