Bright IdeasThe various areas of Florida all have distinct "personalities," so try looking online, asking a friend who lives or vacations in the area, or leafing through a Florida home decor magazine.
Florida Style Home Decor
Not surprisingly, home decor that reflects the Sunshine State generally reflects the tropical and beachy portions of the state. Wall decor can make a room and needn't be pricey; most styles of home decor can be found at a discount.
Palm leaves are very popular in many areas of Florida, particularly in the southern portions, so try home decor that matches this natural idea. This style of gift is perhaps best served as a wall decoration. Try a palm leaf wall sculpture or a realistic potted "palm" tree. Both add upscale charm to any room.
Another option is seashells and seashell-decorated decor. Try a glass vase filled with seashells (you can even make this yourself!) or a seashell wall hanging art piece.
Florida Gift CertificatesIf you know the happy couple will be honeymooning in Florida (or if they're marrying there), a gift certificate to a locale they'll be visiting is ideal. Couples vacationing near a theme park will be thrilled with admission tickets or certificates to various in-park restaurants at Universal Studios or SeaWorld.
Most areas of Florida are also chock full of spas and resorts. Find out where the couple will be staying and surprise them with a gift of one free night's stay or a relaxing and rejuvenating facial or body wrap.
For the Bride- and Groom-to-Be
If you're the bride- or groom-to-be, help your guests out by creating a Florida gift registry. Nearly all national chains and many local Florida stores offer these, often including an easy, online ordering service. Be sure to include a range of price items so your guests can feel comfortable with their gift choice. You're sure to appreciate the selections, and your guests will wind up happy, too!