Four Cocoa Beach Community Members Provide Their Gift Guides for the Season of Giving

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably haven’t even finished wrapping up your Christmas shopping, much less the presents. Fear not. We’ve put together a little gift guide compiled from four different members of the community with a variety of interests to offer you some shopping inspiration this holiday season. Here are their picks grouped into two convenient segments.

Pampering & Indulgences

Everyone knows someone who love, love, loves the good life, and they’re not always so easy to shop for. Of course, they want to be pampered, and of course, they want to be indulged, but where to begin? Whether it’s dripping with jewels or drenched in a relaxing beauty bath, these gift ideas may be just what you’re looking for.

Mellisa Coates, co-owner of Cocoa Beach Spa

Cocoa Beach Spa is a relaxed and friendly day spa and salon set in an adorable vintage beach house just steps from the sand. With more than 30 years of combined experience in the beauty and pharmaceutical industries, Mellisa and her husband, Dan Coates, opened the full-service spa in 2008. They and their dedicated team enjoy serving locals and visitors from around the world. Here’s Mellisa’s holiday list:

1. Spa neck wrap 2-piece gift set
Indulge in the warm, soothing aroma of chamomile, cinnamon, mint and fresh-cut lavender using hot or cold therapy. $30

2. Lemongrass double-wick soy candle

Aromatherapy candle created from eco-friendly soy and palm wax scented with rich, crisp, aromatic fragrances such as lemongrass and a hint of sage. Crafted by a small group of artisans in the U.S. $23.50

3. “Merry Christmas, Darling” couple’s massage

A relaxing one-hour couple’s massage scheduled for two in an exclusive massage room. Includes the use of Holiday Peppermint-Vanilla Foot Scrub. $148

4. Holiday gift certificates

Not that you need to wait until the holidays to get a gift certificate here, but they make wonderful inclusions for Christmas cards and stockings. Available for purchase of specific services or in any denomination. 

117 Barlow Ave., Cocoa Beach, 321.613.2943,

Jesse Ross, owner of Jesse the Jeweler

According to custom jeweler Jesse Ross, he’s been professionally designing and selling bling longer than any other jeweler in the area. This gives him an edge on what individuals with an eye for fine jewelry might find appealing. Here are Jesse’s sparkling picks for holiday “trimmings.”

1. Cocoa Beach Collection 

Highlighting playful, one-of-a-kind Cocoa Beach pieces exclusive to Jesse the Jeweler, such as the iconic I Dream of Jeannie bottle made famous by everyone’s favorite genie, Barbara Eden, and aeronautics and space jewelry. $70-$900

2. Diamond ring

Dazzling two-tone diamond ring made of 14K white and pink gold set with a 1.58-carat diamond (SI2 E in color). $1,000

3. Straight diamond line bracelet, 7 1/2 inches

Bracelet made of 14K white gold containing 2 carats of sparkling diamonds. $6,318

4. Alamea Collection  

Featuring Sea Life Jewelry line including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. This collection is from Hawaii and incorporates the most stunning elements in nature. $100-$800

6290 N. Atlantic Ave., Cape Canaveral, 321.784.8769,

Florida Lifestyle

Surfing and the island vibe is a big part of our culture here in Cocoa Beach, so it should come as no surprise that surf shops and purveyors of beach lifestyle merchandise will be doing a booming business during the gift-giving season. If you’ve got individuals on your list who embrace these mindsets, here are some gift ideas for you.

Dennis Griffin, owner of Core Surf Shop

Dennis Griffin, who relocated to Cape Canaveral in 2002, started Core in 2012 with the desire to create a smaller back-to-basics surf shop of old. The idea stemmed from his love of working in shops where hands-on help and advice in a more intimate setting was the order of the day—which is exactly what he’s created at Core: a small, more personal full-service surf shop that doesn’t exclusively carry big brands, collaborating instead with smaller companies to design, manufacture and showcase many of their own product lines. Here’s Griffin’s surf life list.

1. Hobie surfboard

Rock someone’s world with a surfboard for Christmas this year! Dennis can work with you to help you decide which board might be best based on your input if you don’t already know specifically what the recipient on your list desires. $500-$1,000

2. Surf fins

New fins for a pre-existing board make top-notch gifts, especially if you’re on a budget or just looking for something smaller to round out the presents or pop into a stocking. $30-$100

3. 6-foot board leash

Another great affordable gift for a surfer or surfers on your Christmas list is a board leash. Core carries a variety to choose from, like Bully’s, Creatures of Leisure and others. $25-$30

4. Board wax

The ultimate stocking stuffer for the surfer or skimboarder who has everything but can use regardless is board wax, hands down. Pick up a few bars of Sticky Bumps brand at Core. $2

7008 N. Atlantic Ave., Cape Canaveral, 321.613.2982,

Chris Gray, owner of Luna Tikis

Chris Gray started carving tikis in 2016 as a form of therapy after suffering a difficult personal loss. His father, a carver for decades taught by the late-great Wayne Combs of Mai Tiki back in the ’80s, handed him a chisel at the time with the promise that carving was therapeutic. Two years later, Chris has to agree, having carved every day since. With his business taking off, these are his colorful and expressive one-of-a-kind gift guide suggestions for Florida lifestyle pieces.

1. Electric pineapple wall hanging

Made of cypress, the electric pineapples are sure to catch your eye with bright oranges, yellows, greens and a fade to red. Spot-on for anyone who is into beach style, pineapples or colors that pop. $75

2. Miniature desktop tiki 

Perfect for the office, as souvenirs or anywhere with restricted space, these tiny tikis are made from a palm log split into quarters and are miniature versions of full Luna Tikis. They typically range from 12 to 14 inches and make great gifts and stocking stuffers. $45

3. 2-foot Luna Tiki

These smaller tikis are excellent choices for people with less footage (inside or out), as gifts or for people working with limited tiki funds while still providing the Luna Tiki experience. $120

4.  4-foot Luna Tiki

Available in a number of diameters and wood types carved from top to bottom 360 degrees around, meaning the design doesn’t cut off at the back. These, and any of the other Luna Tikis, can be fitted with Bluetooth speakers upon request. $275-$400


With these interesting suggestions to work from, you’re bound to find something on our list for the special someones on your list. Now get cracking!