Top 10 Anna Maria Island Holiday Gifts Guide

Anna Maria Island Holiday Gifts are a great way to show your family and friends you love them during the season of giving. Check out our list of the hottest top 10 holiday gifts to pick up on the island. While you’ll not only support local island shops, these gifts are sure to please.

Top 10 Anna Maria Island Holiday Gifts Guide

Forget the fruit cake and seasonal sweaters, get your loved ones something really great! Not only will they love these gifts, but these items will always remind them of time spent on AMI!

Leather Wallets from Salt Air

These ladies leather wallets are super cute! They have several different colors to pick from along with a nice gold detail for $26.95. Pick them up at the Salt Air Boutique in Holmes Beach at 5508 Marina Drive.

Salt Air AMI
Ladies Wallets at Salt Air AMI

Quay Australia Sunglasses from Pink & Navy Boutique

Pink and Navy Boutique is one of the islands trendiest stores offering items for both men and women. Pick up a pair of these super hot Quay Australia sunglasses for a special person in your life. Find the Pink & Navy Store on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

Pink & Navy Boutique Anna Maria
Quay Australia Sunglasses with all the most popular styles at Pink & Navy.

Donate to Wildlife Inc. in a Loved Ones Name

This is a fantastic gift idea for that someone who has everything! Wildlife Inc. is an Anna Maria Island based non-profit that rescues and rehabilitates birds and animals. They provide an amazing local service, and will come out to rescue any injured wildlife big, small, sick or even venomous. Wildlife Inc. operates exclusively by donations.

Head over to their website and make a donation. You may even be able to set up a tour of their Bradenton Beach facility for your loved one too.

Wildlife Inc. Anna Maria Island animal rescue
Donate to Wildlife Inc. in a loved ones name. They’ll think it’s a HOOT!

Face Plant Footsie Slippers at Egrets Nest

The Egrets Nest offers a variety of ladies resort wear, jewelry, children’s gifts and more. Stop by their shop and pick up a pair of these cute Face Plant Footsie slippers. These would be especially great for the ones on your gift list who live in cold weather climates. The Egrets Nest and sister store The White Egret are at the corner of Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.

Egrets Nest Anna Maria Island
Face Plant Footsie Slippers from the Egrets Nest.

Costa Trucker Hats from West Coast Surf Shop

The Trucker Hat has been a popular style with both men and women, and these awesome ones from Costa brand are no exception! They have three different styles of neon to choose from. While visiting West Coast Surf Shop check out their selection of awesome surfer gear, clothes, shoes and more. Find West Coast Surf Shop near the Manatee Public Beach Access in Holmes Beach.

West Coast Surf Shop Anna Maria Island
Costa Trucker Hats are super cool for the surfers on your gift list!

Handmade Scarves from Restless Natives

These handmade scarves would make an awesome gift for your friends who love lots of color and a Boho style. Local artist Glenna makes them from recycled silk, and gives them a shaggy look. Check out more fun gift ideas when you visit Restless Natives.

Restless Natives Anna Maria Island
Handmade Boho Silk Scarves at Restless Natives

Schedule an Anna Maria Inshore Fishing Charter with Captain Kyle.

If you live locally, plan on visiting, or will be on AMI for the holiday give your friends a fishing charter. Captain Kyle knows all the best inshore places to catch fish! He offers four or seven hour excursions leaving from the mouth of the Manatee River.

Anna Maria Inshore Fishing
You’re sure to catch dinner when you schedule a charter with Captain Kyle

Gift Cards from The Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista Restaurants

Gift Cards are always an easy gift that everyone loves. This is especially true when it comes to the Chiles group of restaurants. When you purchase a holiday gift card of $50 or more you’ll receive a bonus of 25% of the value of the card. Give a gift and get a gift too!

Sandbar Restaurants
Gift Cards for The Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista Restaurants.

Love Rocks at AL’s Studio

These adorable artist made Love Rocks are a fun treasure. Annabel’s gallery offers great works with regularly featured artists. Check out these fun Love Rocks and give the gift of art with a positive message. Find AL’s Studio on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

AL's Studio Anna Maria
Love Rocks on Anna Maria Island!

 

Beach Vacation

Surprise your family with a vacation to Anna Maria Island with Island Real Estate! Giving the gift of travel is a great way to make memories and have new experiences too. Nothing brings family and friends closer together than lounging on the beaches of Anna Maria Island! Island Real Estate has the areas largest selection of Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals your family will love!

Here’s a fun idea to try! First plan your stay. Next print out your reservation confirmation and put it in the biggest wrapped box you can find. Everyone at your holiday gathering will get a good laugh when they open it!

Anna Maria Island Holiday Gifts
Give the Gift of an Anna Maria Island Beach Vacation!

 

4th of July Fireworks – Only Sparklers Allowed – Anna Maria Island Fireworks

Anna Maria Island Fireworks – You may not use fireworks on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. Fireworks are not allowed on the beach for safety concerns to both people and wildlife. This rule includes all consumer fireworks, firecrackers, bottle rockets and anything that is explosive. It is illegal to light any type of firework with the one exception of sparklers.

When caught using any type of Illegal firework you can face a $1000 fine and a year in prison.

Sparklers may be used on the beach; however, caution must take priority. Burning at 1200 degrees, they can still cause third degree burns. Sparklers may only be used one at a time, and it is illegal to bundle them together.

Anna Maria Island Fireworks are not safe for public use

Each year emergency professionals respond to calls of injury and fire due to consumer use of fireworks. Fireworks are not safe for the general public to use. Only  experts at a public show, such as the Sandbar’s 4th of July display, should handle fireworks.

In addition to the safety of individuals, Anna Maria Island Wildlife and beaches are extremely vulnerable to fireworks. Fire caused by fire works can damage sand dunes. Nesting sea turtles and birds can be injured, or may even abandon nesting efforts due to fireworks.

Fireworks Facts

  • Each year fireworks are responsible for 20,000 fires.
  • In 2013 sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries

Fireworks Permit

Each year on Anna Maria Island the fire department will only issue two fireworks permits. One permit is currently issued to the Sandbar Restaurant. Additionally, the fire inspector will check that fireworks are properly set up.

Be Safe

If you are planning to visit Anna Maria Island beaches for 4th of July please do not light fireworks, and keep a close eye on children when attending the Sandbar Fireworks display. If you have any questions please contact West Manatee Fire Rescue at 941-761-1555. Police and Sheriffs Officers will be patrolling the beaches of Anna Maria Island during 4th of July.

Report Fireworks: 

  • In the event of injury or emergency call 911.
  • Anna Maria – Manatee Sheriff Department (941) 747-3011
  • Holmes Beach – (941) 708-5807
  • Bradenton Beach – (941) 708-5804

Sandbar Fireworks Display

Enjoy The Annual Sandbar Fireworks Display on Monday, July 4th just after dusk. Limited VIP tickets are available for $140/adults $50/children. In years past, Sandbar sister restaurant The Beach House has held a July 3rd display. The Beach House display is canceled in respect of nearby nesting shorebirds for a second year.

Anna Maria Island fireworks
Have a safe and fun 4th of July on Anna Maria Island.

29th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant

Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt on Anna Maria IslandAnna Maria – Join Anna Maria Island families for the 29th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant on Saturday April 4th, where kids will search for Easter eggs in the sand and then March down Pine Ave with the Easter Bunny. The festivities start at 9am, but the Sandbar will be serving refreshments under the pavilion beginning at 8:30am, so get there early.

Following the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny will lead a walk down Pine Avenue where several more events geared towards both kids and their parents will be taking place. The Easter egg roll will begin when everyone has made the walk down Pine avenue and will end by 11am. There will also be a coloring station. At 10:30, the Easter bonnet contests will be held for both kids and adults. The first prize for adults will be a stay at one of the Anna Maria guest houses on Pine ave and the children’s first prize is lunch with four of their friends.

Sandbar Restaurant is located at 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216 and the phone number is 941-778-0444.

 

 

20th Annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party on Dec 10th!

santa on beachWe invite you to warm your holiday spirits! On Tuesday, December 10th from 10:30am-12:30pm, the Sandbar Restaurant will host their 20th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party!

Let’s share in the true meaning of the season and bring holiday joy to the children who are little less fortunate than most. For those interested in contributing to this wonderful cause, cash donations are being accepted. This year, they are planning for at least 120 children from the Head Start program, Healthy Families Manatee and the Children’s Academy. The children will receive a pair of shoes, an outfit of clothing, an age appropriate toy and the family of the child will receive a complete turkey dinner. Each of these children and their families can celebrate with Christmas spirit!

The 2013 Kids Christmas Party will be located at the Sandbar Restaurant in the pavilion. This fun-filled lunchtime party will feature characters in costumes, games and of course, Santa Claus.  You are invited to come by to participate in bringing joy to the hearts of these children. The Sandbar is located at 100 Spring Ave, and their mailing address for contributions is P.O. Box 1478, Anna Maria, FL, 34216.

Anna Maria Island Top Ten Restaurants

Anna-Maria-Island-RestaurantsLooking for tasty food while you’re on the Anna Maria Island? Well you’re in luck we have composed list of island restaurants from fine dining, to beachfront restaurants, pizza, and where to get the best burger on the island. We have plenty of tasty restaurants to choose from on AMI but the ten restaurants below are a MUST VISIT!

1) Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach – Enjoy fine dining on the Gulf of Mexico with an excellent wine selection and amazing entrée’s.

6600 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-6444

2) Sign of the Mermaid in The City of Anna Maria – A unique dining experience on Anna Maria Island with award winning key lime pie.

Gulf Drive
Anna Maria, FL, 34216
(941) 778-9399

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