Online shopping is popular these days, but why chance delayed shipping, lost items, and product disappointments when shopping for your loved ones this holiday season? Nothing beats the real-life experience of personally picking out the perfect gifts for your family and friends. You might even find a little something for yourself while you're at it! So ditch the computer and get your holiday shopping done at Miami's best malls, a few of which are top in the country.

Aventura Mall

Located on beautiful Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura Mall features a huge variety of upscale shops such as Chanel, Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton as well as gift-buying meccas including the Apple Store, Restoration Hardware, and Sephora. Bring the kids to a Holiday Magic Show on December 14th at 10:00 a.m. and delight in Sparkle & Shine through December 24th with a twinkling snowfall, Santa's Workshop, and real, live reindeer on the lower and upper levels of the mall!

Dadeland Mall

Dadeland is Miami's most iconic shopping center and offers a unique and relaxing shopping experience. Enjoy Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, a Coach boutique, Urban Outfitters, and a plethora of other stores as well as an awesome selection of tasty restaurants like Aoki Teppanyaki and Balans Cafe & Bar. Don't miss out this holiday season and take the kids to meet Santa himself at Dadeland Mall through December 24th at 6:00 p.m. Visit their website to sign up for "Santa's Fast Pass" and skip the wait!

Dolphin Mall

Dolphin Mall has over 240 shops to peruse for that perfect gift from Armani Exchange and Bass Pro Shop to H&M and Home Goods. Shopping definitely builds up your appetite, so feed the beast at one of Dolphin's delicious eateries like Charcoal's Latin Grill or Acqua Nell Mare, one of the best seafood restaurants in Miami! Santa's ready for family photo time daily from noon to 10 p.m., and be sure to bring the kids down for Santa's Flight Academy where they can become members of Santa's flight crew. 

Miami International Mall 

More than just a mall, Miami International is a family-friendly shopping experience with over one million square feet of retail space and over 140 stores to choose from. Visit hip boutiques like Alex and Ani and Cubavera, and then stop by favorites such as Old Navy, Forever21, the Gap, and Victoria's Secret. Get holiday pics with your pet pals on December 10th, milk and cookies with Santa on December 16th, and of course, jolly St. Nick is there through Christmas Eve to hear those wish lists and confirm your naughty or nice list placement!

Mall of the Americas

Affordable and convenient, Mall of the Americas on West Flagler Street is a one-stop shopping destination. Find clothing and accessory items, luggage, electronics, home goods, and even groceries at Costco! Hungry? Mall of the Americas has a delicious selection of dining options from Cajio's Cuban Cuisine to La Fogata BBQ. Visit Santa on the weekends and daily beginning December 18th. Also, don't miss the Yuletide Carolers on Saturday, December 16th and Saturday, December 23rd!

Southland Mall

Serving the south Miami-Dade area, Southland Mall offers an easily accessible and stress-free shopping experience with a huge variety of gift stores such as Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, Rainbow Kids, Macy's, and much more! Come enjoy Festive Fridays in December at Southland Mall featuring performances by the Homestead City Ballet and the Hypnotic Dance Studio as well as holiday painting crafts with Art & Juice. 

Miami has so many great shopping destinations that we can't fit them all on this list! However, you can't go wrong doing your holiday shopping at Miami's best malls. Find even more malls and stores in Miami on our Shopping page, and check out 305area for more hot shopping tips and gift-giving ideas!