Holiday Gift Guide 2021

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gift guide

Your local guide to holiday gift giving


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What was your

most memorable holiday gift? We asked our colleagues in the sales, marketing and production departments to share the most memorable gifts they’ve given or received. Here’s what they said: “One year, my mother took my son and me to a dude ranch as a holiday gift. The unplugged time allowed us to create incredible memories. Now, our annual visits are a treasured tradition for my entire family.”

— Andrea Daly,

Senior Marketing Manager

“When my girls were little, I helped them compile my wife’s recipes into three-ring binders. They colored the front of the binders and wrote notes to her inside. It’s a great memory of my daughters at that age and my wife is glad the recipes are now organized.”

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“When I was in college, I took photos of the family barn in Ohio, which had our last name on the roof. It was almost 100 years old at the time, and I was afraid it might be torn down soon. My dad was a huge history buff and had his family’s genealogy back to the 1600s. I had the photos framed and matted and gave it to him for Christmas. He loved it!”

— Lisa Schillinger,

“When my mother passed, my sister took over the duty of reminding everyone about birthdays. She made calendars with all the birthdays highlighted and pictures of people who had birthdays that month.”

— Jerry Gifford,

Multimedia Fulfillment Manager

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“My most memorable gift is a bike that I asked for and got a 3-speed bike. I really wanted a Mongoose or 10-speed. It was a lesson in communication to be specific about what I want. My parents told me to be grateful, and I decided to do just that.”

— Valtressa Washington, Creative Marketing Designer

“When I was 8 or 9, a beloved friend of the family embroidered a blue umbrella with every kind of dangly, sparkly gem and gave it to me for Christmas. I was enchanted by this gift, and awed by the work she put into it. I’ve never forgotten that gift or the amazing woman who made it.”

— Sally Moe,

Marketing Designer/Copywriter

Creative Marketing Designer “Years ago I started making a calendar of photos from the year as a holiday gift to my husband. That gift has now grown to 4 calendars — one for each of my daughters and one for my mother-inlaw. It’s the gift they all wait for. There’s nothing better than capturing memories throughout the year with photos.”

Senior Customer Insight Analyst

Marketing Director

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— Whitney Harper,

— Pauline Brockman,

— Kerry O’Reilly,


“Growing up, my Mom gave me three ornaments each Christmas. Some were new, handmade, or ornaments from my grandparents’ trees. The first Christmas on my own, the collection was given to me to put on my first Christmas tree and I still hang them with love!”

“Christmas 2013 I surprised my mother with a garnet and diamond ring that she had seen once in a jeweler’s case. It took her breath away when she saw it. The only thing she ever loved more was me. Precious memories. Merry Christmas Mother, I love and miss you.”

— David Kersey

Classified Advertising

“Probably the most memorable Christmas present was from my first marriage — yes… the marriage did not last. I was gifted a handheld garlic press. Need I say more.”

— Grace Hamilton,

Real Estate Multi Media Advertising “I really don’t remember the gifts I received as much as I remember the joy. Coming from a large family, the gifts under the tree were not extravagant. But the joy was tangible. One year I had an Easy Bake Oven, so I got to make Jesus’ birthday cake. I still remember standing in front of the tree proudly holding the tiny cake while we all sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. The joy was not in the presents, it was in our hearts. We still make a birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus every Christmas.”

— Vicki Flint, Creative Marketing Team Leader

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gifts for the gourmet Foodies, gourmets, and anyone who loves to nosh (or host) will appreciate these gifts. You might be tempted to keep a few for yourself. Not judging.

Chop, chop!

Striped Wood Cutting Board

From talented local wood artist Nick Reale, a cutting board that’s too pretty to store away. Each piece Reale creates is unique and his cutting boards are available at Florida CraftArt; $85 and up.



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A kick in the pantry

Ginger and Black Garlic Oil

Take your cooking to a whole new level with Ginger and Black Garlic Oil – delicious with chicken, fish, salads and for bread dipping. The garlic is aged and caramelized. Pricing starts at $18, at Kalamazoo Olive Company in St. Pete.

Love Thai food?

Thai-fecta Spice Set

What’s not to love? Of course you do! In this spice “Thaifecta,” each blend is designed to perfectly season Lemongrass Panang Curry, Massaman Curry and Thai Coconut Soup respectively. Yum. $19.99 at Savory Spice, downtown St. Pete.

A bottle of white, a bottle of red …

Dual Zone Wine Cooler

The Zephyr Presrv dual-zone wine cooler keeps red and white wines ready-to-pour. Large capacity cooler maintains two distinct temperature zones. Fully extending wood racks and a vibration-dampening system. $1499 at Famous Tate.

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A spot of tea

Tea Sachets

The White Heron in New Port Richey proudly offers many different varieties of tea including black, green, chai, rooibos, and herbal teas. Here, a 15 pack of tea sachets for $9.95.

Spoonfuls of fun

Nachos Spoon Set

This spoon trio from ZaZoo’d is helpful in a cute way to avoid (or encourage, depending on the mood) cross-pollination of dips. The set, $33.99.


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The next best thing to a Christkindlmarkt?

Mr. Dunderbak’s European Christmas Market, of course! You’ll find

German delicacies like lebkuchen, stollen, pfeffernusse, liquor-filled chocolates, gift baskets, German steins and Advent calendars all in a festive setting. In Tampa Palms. Stollen ranges from $4.99-$15.99. Gift cards also available.

Do the macaron-a

French Macarons Prepared fresh to order, these little rounds of meltin-your-mouth goodness come in an extraordinary variety of flavors, like salted caramel, black currant, Prosecco strawberry, lemon lavender and hibiscus grapefruit. At Macarons by Lana in downtown St. Pete, box of 12 is $30.

So money can’t buy happiness …

William Dean Chocolates

… but it CAN buy this 20-piece assortment of heavenly deliciousness and artistic beauty — making it such a close second that it is almost indistinguishable. 20-piece box is $44.50 and worth every penny from local artisan chocolatiers William Dean Chocolates in Belleair Bluffs.

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Yo-ho-ho …

… and a bottle of rum. 100% cotton, premium

artisan tea towel with a sense of humor … perfect for holiday dinners, parties and get togethers. $18 at the Tipsy Mermaid.

The taste of Florida

Key Lime Spread

Bella Cucina squeezes and zests Key limes to make this tart and delicious curd-like spread... a delight for breakfast or an impromptu sweet. $15 at Oxford Exchange, Tampa.

A basket bursting with amore

Mazzaro’s Large Italian Basket From Mazzaro’s Italian Market in St. Pete, a curated basket of Italian edibles like biscotti, extra virgin olive oil, wine, garlic crostini, balsamic vinegar, pasta, dipping spices, chunky marinara sauce and much more. If you let this out of your grasp, kudos for your self control. $100.

Always local, curiously fresh

Balsamic Vinegar A balsamic vinegar flavored with fig will bring bold, interesting new flavors to your salads and cooking. For $15 at Brick Street Farms in St. Pete.

For more information: n Brick Street Farms, 2233 3rd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; 727-329-6608; n Famous Tate, 11 Locations in the Bay Area, 813-935-3151, n Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-821-7391; n Kalamazoo Olive Co., 1008 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-258-4925; n Macarons by Lana, 260 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg; 305-440-9229; n Mazzaro’s Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; 727-321-2400; n Mr. Dunderbak’s, 14929 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; 813-977-4104; n Oxford Exchange, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; 813-253-0222; n Savory Spice Shop, 400 Beach Drive NE, Ste. 173, St. Petersburg; 727-290-9893; n Tipsy Mermaid, 105 First St. S, St. Petersburg / 2609 US Alt. 19, Palm Harbor; 727-772-1600; n White Heron, 6228 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey; 727-203-3504; n William Dean, 2790 W. Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs; 727-593-0656; n ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-344-9663;



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gifts for the trendsetter

Do you have that one friend that always looks put together, with accessories you’d never think of wearing but when combined, look incredible? Or maybe it’s a guy who always looks like a GQ cover, but never seems to be trying to. We feel your pain. These gift ideas will help.

Watercolor wonder

Paua to the people Wear the underwater blues of summer all year long. New Zealand paua shell, apatite, coconut shell, wood, bamboo, approx. 26”, 1” extender chain. Created by a local artist. $90 at

Encouragement is always good

Beauty is in the Bag

For workouts or casual wear

And it’s best to have it somewhere where you’ll see it often: like a cosmetics bag. For $15 at Sail Marketing Boutique in Gulfport.

Infinity Joggers Leather luxury

Crossbody Bag

The Hobo Elan crossbody handbag in vintage hide leather, $168 at the Green Boutique in Valrico.



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These men’s moisture-wicking 4-way stretch easy care joggers work for leisure wear and casual everyday wear, as well as workouts. Loaded with secure pockets and made to last, $125 at Sartorial Inc. in St. Pete.

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Fashion forward

Men’s Paisley Dinner Shirt

The best friend to dark denim, black jeans & boots, or a brown or charcoal suit, this grey paisley on orange windowpane dinner shirt represents the height of craftsmanship and fabric. Sustainable cotton, tailored fit. $149 at Sartorial.

Enchanted seahorse

Crossbody bag

This richly beaded crossbody bag is a must-have for any seaside resort or special occasion. $298 at the Green Boutique in Valrico.

Tiffany inspired

Touchscreen Gloves

Pretty in pink (or blue)

Casual Elegance

Tiers and raw edges set the style of this easygoing top Tiffany inspired with blue clematis flowers, touchscreen apart, and make it so flowy and wearable that it’ll feel technology on thumbs and like a second skin. $48 at index fingers. $24.99 at Misred Outfitters, St. Pete. Mirabella in Dunedin.

For more information: n Green Boutique, 1032 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico; 813-685-9494; n Mirabella Fashions, 481 Main St., Dunedin; 727-288-2999; n Misred Outfitters, 615 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-827-8310; n Nellie Pratt Jewelry, 727-667-9902; n Sail Marketing Boutique, 5325 Gulfport Blvd. S, Gulfport; 727-324-7461; n Sartorial Inc., 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; 727-290-6783;


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gifts with bling

A signature piece

Sapphire and Diamond An elegant circle of round white and marquise-shaped blue sapphires. $776.56 at Bernie’s and Son in St. Pete.

Green with envy …

Whether it’s jewelry, watches or any sparkly adornment, gifts of bling are always appreciated, because they make the wearer feel special. And who doesn’t need that?

Emerald Ring

14k white gold lab-grown emerald and natural diamond ring. $788 at David Reynolds Jewelry and Coin in St. Pete.

Citrine and amethyst and peridot, oh my! Conversation-starting

Turquoise Earrings

These unique turquoise-bead earrings can’t help but invite compliments and where did you get them?? For $30 at Sail Marketing Boutique in Gulfport.



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A bracelet of distinction

Dense with cabochons of citrine, peridot, amethyst and blue topaz, and accented with pavé diamond “leaves,” this 18k white-gold bracelet has got it goin’ on. For $29,000 at Old Northeast Jewelers in St. Pete.

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A touch of dazzle for everyday

Diamond Bar Necklace

For someone very special (or yourself) an elegant white-gold diamond-bar necklace that beautifully catches the sunlight but doesn’t overwhelm. Appropriate for any setting. $825. In Tampa, Clearwater, and throughout the state.

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Purple majesty

Amethyst Ring

14k gold amethyst ring with white diamond accents. Bezel-set, marquise-shaped 6.1 ct. amethyst, $2,830 at Shapiro’s in St. Pete.

Ring in the New Year with

Art Deco Sparkle

This 18k white gold band of diamonds and sapphires can be anything you want, on any finger – all by itself, or an accent, a stacker ring, or a wedding band. $456 at RockShop Jewelry.

Watch what happens …

Patek Philippe

The Twenty~4 collection from Patek Philippe was made for the modern active woman who embraces elegance in her accessories. Housed on a solid 18k white gold bracelet and case set with diamonds. $17,900 From the Vintage collection at Old Northeast Jewelers in St. Pete.

Sparkle and shine

Emerald Earrings

One-of-a-kind Juleve emerald & diamond halo leverback drop earrings. 1.69 carats total weight of center round emeralds. A double halo of round emeralds & diamonds 1.01 carats total weight. 18k white gold, $5,999 at Gold & Diamond Source.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Diamond Studs

Any girl would be thrilled to receive these 1 ct. total weight diamond stud earrings starting at $999 at New York Diamond Center in Clearwater.

For more information: n Bernie’s and Son Jewelers, 154 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; 727-823-2000; berniesand n David Reynolds Jewelry & Coin, 4009 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-327-2646; davidreynolds n Gold & Diamond Source, 3800 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater; 727-573-9351; n International Diamond Center, 3696 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater; 727-572-6323; n New York Diamond Center, 29909 US Highway 19 N, Clearwater; 727-724-3311; n Old Northeast Jewelers, 1131 4th St. N, St. Petersburg; 727-898-4377; n RockShop Fine Gems & Jewelry, 529 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-914-8837; n Sail Market Boutique, 5325 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport; 727-324-7461; n Shapiro’s Gallery, 300 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg; 727-894-2111;

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gifts for the animal lover

These gifts are selected with animal lovers in mind. And their love is expressed in so many ways — volunteering, feeding strays, fostering or just saying Hi to every creature that crosses their path.

Love you furever

Custom Pet Portrait It’s the ultimate personal gift: a custom portrait of your (or a friend’s) fur baby. Who can resist such cuteness? At KirianGallery, on Etsy; based in St. Pete. Prices start at $58, depending on size.

Cat owners will get it

A Purrfect Pillow Five inches of whimsy

Mosaic Pig

Bunny love

Wood Block Painting

This curious little guy is as cute as they come in a multicolored mosaic design. An appealing accent anywhere in the home. $16.95 at Tampa Museum of Art Museum Store.

This adorable, original painting on wood block by Cheryl Montanari will look great in the baby’s room, the laundry room, the kitchen…you decide! $58 at Marion’s on 4th Street in St. Pete.



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A lumbar pillow borrows from style mavens to proclaim cat fur as the new black. Why not? Keeping it under control is a never-ending challenge. For $21.99 at ZaZoo’d, St. Pete.

Winter & Hope

Beach Towel Besties

While beloved Winter has died, consider this towel a way to pay tribute and remember her, and the source of inspiration she was (and her buddy Hope still is) to so many. $24.99 at

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gifts for the animal lover

Ocean blue Swarovski®

Whale Tail Necklace

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The curvaceous turquoise blue whale tail pendant necklace is an alluring piece of jewelry perfect for complementing your evening look. Sterling silver with sparkling Swarovski® crystals, $112.50 at The Green Boutique in Valrico.

Frida will see you now

Frida Kahlo Cat Pillow

With her inscrutable fortuneteller vibe, this jacquard kitty pillow is likely to start more than a few conversations. For $36 at Silly Dilly’s in south Tampa.



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Gator fans unite

Florida Gators Dog Collar

Let your pooch join in on the fun in this Gators collar, while you watch the Gators triumph over their rivals. At Gator Haven in Seminole for $28.

An Absolut teetotaler

Arfsolut Vodka Dog Toy

For the pooch who chooses not to imbibe, this doggy toy is sure to bring a smile to his person. For $19.99 at Zazoo’d.

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gifts for the animal lover

Sun protection to make you smile

Manatee Sun Shirt

Announce your love of manatees, those plant-noshing gentle giants of our springs, in this UPF50+ sun protective shirt. In kids’ and adults’ sizes. $29.99 at ShapeShifter Fish and Friends in downtown St. Pete.

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Posh poodle

Good Dog!

Be fabulous in everything you do, including how you store your rings. This iridescent poodle is all that and more, and won’t ever wake up the neighbors. $12.99 at ZaZoo’d in St. Pete.

Fun for puzzle lovers

Mutts in the Park

Bond with family, and test your eye for detail with this quirky 500-piece illustrated Mutts in the Park puzzle by True South, at Green Boutique in Valrico. $22.

For more information: n Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage Clearwater; 727-441-1790; n Gator Haven, 7976 Seminole Blvd., Seminole; 727-239-0435; n Green Boutique, 1032 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico; 813-685-9494; n KirianGallery, n Marion’s on 4th Street, 1301 4th St. N, St. Petersburg; 727-821-2345; n ShapeShifter Fish and Friends, 740 4th St. N, Ste. 197, St. Petersburg; 727-873-7581; n Silly Dilly’s, 4203A El Prado Blvd., Tampa; 813-839-8687; n Tampa Museum of Art Museum Store, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; 813-421-8386; n Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, 944 4th St. N, Ste. 500; 727-822-9663; n ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-344-9663;


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Santa’s little helper

Pet Toys

Mojo is ready for the Holidays all decked out in his festive attire and surrounded by loads of holiday toys. Your pet will also enjoy the variety of toys and treats available this holiday season at Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming in St. Pete. Items pictured range from $8.99-$20.99.

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gifts for the gardener

A little sumpin sumpin

Mini Accents

Nora Fleming minis are sweet little accents designed to fit into Nora Fleming platters. Buy as many as strike your fancy and switch them out depending on the occasion (or your whim). Pictured here, Taste of Summer, $15; platters run $42.50. At Crème de la Crème gift shop, Tampa.

Gardeners are especially fun to buy gifts for, because there is such an array of gifts that fit them – wind chimes, rain chains, decorative flower pots, artwork, welcome mats, outdoor ceramics…

Three times the welcome

Pineapple Mat

This colorful coir mat displays the classic Southern symbol of welcome, the pineapple, on a background of teal. With so many colors, it will complement a number of color schemes. $13 at Beall’s.


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Brighten someone’s morning

Goldfinch Mug

12 oz. decorative mug that showcases the American Goldfinch. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Other birds available, $11.99 at Wildbirds Unlimited in Tampa.

Whooo loves you?

Owl Venture A Guess

This hand-painted Talavera ceramic owl brings the gaiety of Mexican folkloric art to a garden or patio, or even a baby’s room. $95 at Jene’s Tropicals in St. Pete.

Seize the rainbow

Disco Ball Planter On sunny days, this hanging planter, dolled up in mirror tiles a la Studio 54, will fling sparkles, prisms and beams of light across your garden or porch. 12” planter, $120 at MirrorMirror on the Ball.

Hush! I’m meditating.

Yogi Frog?

No garden is complete without a meditating frog. (Or set him indoors to hold a small candle or a sprinkling of potpourri.) $112 at the Bloom Shop, south Tampa.

When it pours

Rain Chain

Charming watering can rain chain helps direct water runoff during heavy rain, and adds a touch of whimsy to your home in the process. $57.79 at Happy Gardens Art shop on Etsy.

Catch the sunbeam


This jewelry-like suncatcher is pretty even on cloudy days, but when it catches the sunlight? Gorgeous. $39 at 7 Sages Studio on Etsy, Tampa.

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For the love of orchids

Oh! is for Orchid

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These flowers never die

Floral Cosmetic Bag

Lovers of all things floral will enjoy this cosmetic pouch, but it can hold anything that needs a home… earrings, rings, spare change, mementos, coupons. $48 at Oxford Exchange.

Brilliant flash of red

Orchid arrangements add a unique sense of style wherever you put them. At ArtStone in St. Pete, these arrangements start at $15.

The Cardinal Concern

Bird lovers will appreciate this brilliant red cardinal for their patio or garden, or anywhere they want. Maybe it will attract more cardinals to their home? By local artist Cheryl Montanari, $52 at Morean Art Center in St. Pete.

One of a kind

Handmade Seasonal Garden Journal The perfect pot

Teal Terra-Cotta Planter

4-1/2” round x 5-1/2”H teal terra-cotta planter with reactive glaze (holds 3” pot) $20 at Wild Roots in St. Pete.

Designed for you to plan, track and journal your way through one growing season from prep to planting to harvest. Available in a variety of cover styles, $21 from local artist Beyond the Fold Paperie on Etsy.

For more information: n Art Stone Orchids & Statuary, 3611 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg; 727-345-6733; n Beall’s Florida, multiple locations; n BeyondTheFoldPaperie, n Bloom Garden Shop, 3005 S. Macdill Ave., Tampa; 813-805-2151; n Crème de la Crème, 4246 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa; 813-835-6460; n HappyGardensArt, n Jene’s Tropicals, 6831 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-344-1668; n Mirror, Mirror On the Ball, n Morean Arts Center, 714 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg; 727-822-7872; n Oxford Exchange, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; 813-253-0222; n SevenSagesStudio, n Wildbirds Unlimited, 13140 N Dale Mabry, Tampa; 813-280-9970; n Wild Roots, 1949 1st Ave S Unit A, St. Petersburg; 727-202-0810;



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A Recipe

for happy holidays Tampa With a Twist

From the first brewery in Florida to Prohibitionera rum runners, Tampa has become a dynamic metropolis boasting an undeniably hip cocktail scene. So, pull up a seat at the bar and drink deep the spirits of Tampa Bay. (Buy with Tampa’s Table for a bundle price of $38 for the pair.) For a little tease, we’re including a recipe. $19.95 at Tampa Bay Visitor Center & Gift Shop From Edge Rooftop Cocktail Lounge at the top of the Epicurean:

The Ruby Smash

2 oz. Bombay gin 2 oz. red grapefruit juice 1 oz. agave nectar 2 dashes Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters 5 basil leaves In a small cocktail shaker, add gin, grapefruit juice, agave, bitters and basil leaves, and shake without ice. Next, add one scoop of ice to the shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into an ice-filled highball glass and garnish with grapefruit segments and one basil sprig.

Meet Me at Mazzaro’s – Secrets of an Italian Deli

Tampa’s Table: A Culinary Journey Through Tampa Bay

Meet Me At Mazzaro’s is a unique cookbook that tells the story of a landmark Italian market built by the Cuccaro family in the heart of St. Petersburg. It’s full of great recipes (including their secret Christmas sauce of baccala and prunes from Nonna), as well as colorful stories and beautiful photos taken right in the store. $25 at Mazzaro’s in St. Pete.

Get to know Tampa’s cuisine with articles by leading culinary experts and recipes from the area’s most iconic restaurants as well as its newest stars. You’ll be immersed in the cultures of African-American, Cuban, Spanish, and Italian residents, whose influences and joie de vivre continue to excite and define the food scene. $22.95 at Tampa Bay Visitor Center & Gift Shop Tampa Bay Times |

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gifts under $ 25

Even if you can’t splurge, there’s no reason you can’t have plenty of fun (and choice) with holiday gifting this year!

Tongue in cheek

What the WHAT?

Our state outdoes itself like no other, and for that reason, WTF (Welcome to Florida) has become its unofficial motto. Slap it on your car or fridge. A great laugh generator for $6.75 at Tipsy Mermaid.

Nudge nudge, wink wink

Mustache Mask

A charming cetacean

The Tribal Dolphin This cute wooden dolphin in the colors of the Gulf can be a Christmas tree ornament, a purse charm or hang from your car’s rearview mirror. Plus, 100% of net proceeds from your purchase go to supporting rescue, rehab and release of marine life, as well as the aquarium’s resident animals. $8.99 at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

So we’re still wearing masks; maybe for some time to come. Might as well make it fun! This black mask with iconic Dali mustache fits the bill. $8 at the Salvador Dali Museum Gift Shop in St. Pete.

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Bring the ocean in

Coastal Coasters

These ocean coasters nicely bring the outside in (but leave no sand or salt behind). Created by a local artist. Set of 4, $25.

Breaking news, sports, business, arts and more.

Don’t throw in the towel

Dishtowels can be FUN

From Tipsy Mermaid Boutique in DTSP, a touch of snark always makes housework a little more fun. $18.

That heavenly scent of pine

Bar Soap and Dish Whether bathing or just washing your hands (again), flood your senses with the gorgeous aroma of Frasier fir. Makes everything just a little more festive. $22 at Marion’s on 4th Street.

Keep the flame alive

Salt & Sea Candle

From Sweet Water Decor, salt-and-seascented candle to keep the beach alive in your senses, long after you return. $20 at Crème de la Crème.

Rose milk decadence

Bath Bombs

Skin-softening bath bombs rich with goat’s milk and the fragrance of roses make for a decadent bathing experience and soft, sweetsmelling skin. $6.99 at Get A Guru Handmade Soap Co. in Tarpon Springs. For more information: n Ashley Brown, n Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater; 727-441-1790; n Crème de la Crème, 4246 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa; 813-835-6460; n Get A Guru Handmade Soap Co., 777 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs; 727-937-8193; n Marion’s on 4th Street, 1301 4th St. N, St. Petersburg; 727-821-2345; n Salvador Dali Museum Gift Shop, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg; 727-823-3767; n Tipsy Mermaid Boutique, 105 1st. St. S, St. Petersburg; 727-772-1600;

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gifts for the child {at heart}

If you think acting (or even being) grown up is overrated, you’re not alone. And it’s quite possible you’ll want to keep some of these fun things for yourself, rather than gift them. No worries. It’s not like kids are famous for self-denial. Whether you gift or keep, have a ball!

I’ll be there for you

Pop culture

R2-D2 Popcorn Maker

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away… Give any party an intergalactic edge with this fun popcorn maker shaped like everyone’s favorite Star Wars™ droid. After popping, his head doubles as a quirky popcorn bowl. $99.95 at Williams Sonoma.

All aboard for some Christmas magic

Winter Wonderland Train

Friends Crochet Kit

This Winter Wonderland LionChief electric train set with Bluetooth is sure to put a sparkle in most kids’ eyes (and some adults). This O gauge set includes steam locomotive, tender, boxcar, tank car, caboose and track. $299.99 at HR Trains.

Crochet your favorite characters the beloved TV series Friends. Includes an 80-page book with stepby-step instructions and the materials you need to make the Thanksgiving turkey and the Central Perk orange couch. As well as Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Joey, Monica, Chandler, a coffee cup, Marcel the monkey, Phoebe’s guitar, and the chick and duck. Also available in a Star Wars version. $24.99 at the Green Boutique.

A classic with a Bay area twist

Goodnight, Tampa

Local Author Melissa Tuttle Twomey helps little ones put Tampa to bed with the help of local artist Donna Craig’s beautiful illustrations. The book highlights important places in Tampa. $19.99 at Unlock Tampa Bay.

Sweet on Spidey

Spider-Man Wafflemaker Spider-Man lands in your kitchen with this full-color waffle maker. Detailed, die-cast aluminum plates make a perfect impression of SpiderMan’s head every time. Pour in batter, eggs, brownies, shredded potatoes, or whatever strikes your fancy. Be a superhero at every meal. $44.99 at GameStop



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Uh, oh. It’s magic

The Zubrick Magic Theatre

Illusionists Chris and Ryan Zubrick conjure up an unforgettable evening of magical entertainment in downtown St. Pete. Get your tickets now before they all... disappear! $40 ages 4 and up. Kids under 3 free. VIP admission available at Zubrick Magic Theatre.

A party in a tube

Unicorn Snot Lip Gloss

This multipack of Unicorn Snot lip gloss includes all five shades (silver, pink, gold, blue and purple) of holographic glitter lip gloss; nothing will make you feel more party ready! $9.99 at ZaZoo’d.

A gift that’s above par

Mini-golf + bar

Does someone you know love sports bars? Here’s one with a twist. It’s an 18-hole mini-golf course AND a sports bar. Par Bar offers mini-golf, 6 TVs with games on all day, local beers on tap, Ping-Pong tables, arcade games and indoor and outdoor seating. What’s not to love? Par Bar has gift cards available in various denominations.

Away, you three-inch fool!

The Little Book of Shakespeare’s Insults

If you’re going to be childish, at least elevate the art of insulting someone with some Shakespeare. Shakespeare was a master when it came to hurling a barbed insult. He didn’t hold back when it came to getting creative with his slights. The perfect resource for someone looking to scorn an enemy – without resorting to swearing. Oxford Exchange $8.95. For more information: n GameStop, stores throughout Tampa Bay;; 800-883-8895 n Green Boutique, 1032 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico; 813-685-9494; n HR Trains & Toys, Inc., 7900 49th St. N, Pinellas Park; 727-526-4682; n Oxford Exchange, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; 813-253-0222; all n Par Bar, 2253 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg; 727-289-2956; n Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center, 201 N. Franklin St., #102, Tampa; 813-223-2752; n Williams Sonoma, stores in Shops at Wiregrass (813-991-0311) and International Plaza (813-353-0700); n ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-344-9663; n Zubrick Magic Theatre, 1211 First Ave. N, Ste. 101, St. Petersburg; 866-982-7425;

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gifts for the beach lover From the Gulf to the Keys to the Atlantic, Florida beaches are a treat for the senses, and these gifts will remind you of the beach life in the best way.

Ain’t nothing but a G thang

Spoonbill Swagger

Wear the shore Don’t leave home without it

YOUR pillow

Perfect for naps on a hammock – or a towel – this little boucle pillow will be your must-have beach buddy (the best kind of fair-weather friend). At ZaZoo’d in St. Pete, for $39.99.

Sand Dollar Bracelet

Delicate sand dollar bracelet has five slices of aqua mother of pearl, accented with crystals, lovely for days when your time on the beach is a fond memory. $190 at Green Boutique in Valrico.

Naturally better

Moisturizer on the go

Deliver targeted ultra-hydration whenever you need it with this long-lasting citrusy moisturizer stick. Made with shea butter, cocoa butter and macadamia nut oil. $12 at Naples Soap Company in St. Pete.

This spoonbill portrait from St. Pete artist Alyssa Marie channels the spirit of the beach life and is sure to bring a smile to anyone who sets eyes on it. Starting at $40, at Alyssa Marie Gallery in St. Pete.

Underwater life

Sea Glass

A beautiful accent for the home, this richly hued glass sturgeon is at the Morean Glass Studio in St. Pete, $125.

In service of beauty

Ocean Tray

Designed by local artist Ashley Brown, these serving trays are as beautiful as they are functional. Two sizes, $45 and $55.


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Totes Florida

Fill ‘er up…

…with everything you need for a beach romp. This Florida-centric beach tote by Spartina has room (and attitude) to spare. Large is $98 at Crème de la Crème in Tampa.

Art of the tropics

Palm Paradise

What art could be more Florida than this ultra colorful palm tree closeup? By Allison Hardin. $48 at Marion’s on 4th Street in St. Pete.

A touch of Key lime

Salt Scrub

Flood your senses with the scent of Key lime while you smooth your skin. Florida Salt Scrubs, 3 sizes from $9.99 to $34.99, at Tipsy Mermaid, downtown St. Pete.

Beach retro

Board Shorts

These board shorts are a comfy classic that always feel and look good on the beach. By Flamingo Joe, $46 at Reno Beach Surf Shop, St. Pete.

Beach, please

Cheeky Beach Tote

This cheeky tote bag is the perfect response after one too many unsolicited demands to “Smile!” For $30 at Sail Marketing Boutique in Gulfport.

For more information: n Alyssa Marie Gallery, 303-619-6670; n Ashley Brown, n Crème de la Crème, 4246 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa; 813-835-6460; n Green Boutique, 1032 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico; 813-685-9494; n Marion’s on 4th Street, 1301 4th St. N, St. Petersburg; 727-821-2345; n Naples Soap Company, 30 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg; 727-550-0271; n Morean Glass Studio, 714 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg; 727-827-4527; n Reno Beach Surf Shop, 1031 4th St. N, St. Petersburg; 727-510-1921; n Sail Marketing Boutique, 5325 Gulfport Blvd. S, Gulfport; 727-324-7461; n Tipsy Mermaid Boutique, 105 1st. St. S, St. Petersburg; 727-772-1600; n ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-344-9663; Tampa Bay Times |

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gifts for the artist

Liquid beauty,

Solid Statement

Glass artist Paull Rodrigue creates art that is bold in color and strong in form. Rodrigue’s art is sure to be the topic of conversation in any home. Prices from $2,750-$6,500 at Duncan McClellan Gallery.

For the artists and creatives in your life, behold: a selection of items they will appreciate – ranging from offbeat and funky to useful, to just plain beautiful.

It’s surreal

Dalí Coasters

The ice is melting and so are the clocks, so grab a coaster. This set of 6 coasters displays some of the visionary paintings of Salvador Dalí, one of the most celebrated artists of all time. These unusual coasters are $14.95 for the set of 6 at the Dalí Museum Store.

A new twist on the

Blue Period

Dichroic iridescence

A Party Calls for Konfetti

A beautiful, colorful statement necklace by Kroma Konfetti, $180 at Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor.



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Local artist Heidi Martin Kuster’s work extends from an interest in memory, and the evidence of time’s passage in the surface of stones. Beautifully intricate. Acrylic, gouache and paper on panel. OBX Memories 2017, 24”x 24” is available for $1,900 at Articles Art Gallery

A burst of color

Floral Sculpture

Maria Saraceno’s work is often seen at Florida CraftArt. This 60”x60” sculpture is made from aluminum and palm seed pods. Members show book is $30. Florida CraftArt memberships start at $50.

Fine art smarts

MFA Handbook

Museum of Fine Arts: Handbook of the Collection More than 200 works of art from the permanent collection; $45 at the Museum of Fine Arts Store.

Creative spark


Handmade, Mini-Sketchbook/ Mixed-Media Journal

Wood Vessel

Blank books with a one-of-a-kind gelli print cover with 16 pages. Tiny sketchbooks (3”x 4”) easy to carry around, acid and lignin-free. Choose 110lb white cardstock for $20 or 140lb watercolor paper for $24. From Bits of Inspiration Etsy store.

Think pink

Abstract Floral

Artist Carol Calicchio is a master of abstract florals and creates her colorful paintings in a spacious, inspiring studio on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway. Pink Sands, 36” x 36”, is available for $3,800 at Michael Murphy Gallery.

Bee heaven

Lazy Susan

Vibrant and colorful artisan-printed wood lazy susan. 18” in diameter. $198 at Shapiro’s Gallery in St. Pete.

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By artist Larry Hasiak, this vessel is made from maple with ink embellishments, 9” tall. His work can be found at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, and ranges from $18 for wine stoppers and ornaments to $225 for vessels. Dunedin Fine Arts center also offers classes and memberships.

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Viva La Frida

Chic Magnets

Mexican artist and feminist icon Frida Kahlo taught us to viva la vida – and these magnets will help you remember to do just that. Six pack, $16 at Tipsy Mermaid.

The right direction

Pier Pelicans

This pelicans painting from St. Pete artist Alyssa Marie makes you feel like you’re at The Pier. Prints starting at $40, at Alyssa Marie Gallery in St. Pete.

Here comes the sun

Woven Basket Wall Décor

This woven basket wall decor brings an element of artisan craftsmanship to any wall in your home with our exclusive woven disc decor. Crafted from natural corn bark and cotton, 12” diameter, $22.80 from Fiber Home on Etsy.



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St. Pete cityscape

Coaster Set

Vegetable Ivory

Chunky and Funky

Distressed coasters emblazoned with scenes of St. Pete. $60, at Marion’s on 4th Street, St. Pete.

This colorful bracelet is sure to catch the eye. Made from South American rainforest Tagua seeds. After carving and sanding, they’re buffed to a shine and boiled in pigments. $24 at Vegetable Ivory in Tarpon Springs.

Grand view


This acrylic on canvas painting by John Cogan entitled Eventide is just as spectacular as the Grand Canyon itself. At the James Museum in St. Pete where a membership runs $35-60 per person.

Cobalt and sage

Hand blown

Translucent cobalt and sage traditional urn, blown glass sculpture. 6” x 14” x 1”, $595 at Shapiro’s Gallery in St. Pete.

Romeo Aurora blue iridescent hand-blown wine glasses, 10”, $85 each at Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor.

Blown Glass Urn

Wine Glasses

For more information: n Alyssa Marie Gallery, 303-619-6670; n ARTicles Art Gallery, 1234 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N, Ste. A, St. Petersburg;

727-898-6061; n Bits of Inspiration, n Dali Gift Shop, One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg; 727-823-3767; n Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg; 855-436-4527; n Dunedin Fine Art Center 1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin; 727-298-3322; n FiberHome, n Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg; 727-821-7391; n The James Museum 150 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg; 727-892-4200; n Marion’s on 4th Street, 1301 4th St. N, St. Petersburg; 727-821-2345; n Michael Murphy Gallery, 2701 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa; 813-902-1414; n Museum of Fine Arts Store; 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; 727-896-2667; n Shapiro’s Gallery, 300 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg; 727-894-2111; n Syd Entel Galleries 247 Main St., Safety Harbor; 727-725-1808; n Tipsy Mermaid Boutique, 105 1st. St. S, St. Petersburg; 727-772-1600; n Vegetable Ivory, 735 Dodecanese Blvd., Ste. 14, Tarpon Springs; 727-485-8052;

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gifts with a local flair There’s no place like home, and if home is Tampa Bay, there is much to celebrate. Let us count the ways your love of this area can be expressed.

Destination Florida

Cutting Board

This droll bamboo cutting board is a lighthearted way to entertain the curious, as well as a useful member of your kitchen staff. At Green Boutique in Valrico, $33.

Florida men, women

and Other Wildlife

With a folksy style and an eye for the absurd, author Craig Pittman describes some of Florida’s oddest wildlife as well as its quirkiest people in The State You’re In – Florida Men, Florida Women and Other Wildlife. A signed copy is $26.95 at Oxford Exchange, Tampa.

Rock the ’stache

Dali shirt

Dali’s famous mustache – wear it with pride. $21.95 at the Dali Museum Store in St. Pete.


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Nautical time

Tampa Bay Map Clock

Keep old-school clock watching alive with this nautically themed clock. Looks great and challenges the smartphonedependent to learn (or revive) a classic skill. $124 at SeaAndSoulCharts on Etsy.

Rest that pretty head

Florida Pillow

Richly embroidered with Florida’s starring attractions, this is a pillow for starting conversations. It’s also good for naps. $196 at Marion’s on 4th Street.

The flask:

Back in Black

For discreet sipping, the Tampa Bay map flask does the trick with style, and is a help if you get lost. $30 at Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center gift shop.

Ray Buc Rowdy Bolt

Tampa Teams T-shirt

Whether you’re a fan of one or all four Tampa Bay area sports, this Chad Mize T-Shirt is sure to please. $23 at

Changes in latitude, changes in attitude

St. Pete Coordinates Candle

Proclaim your happy place with one of these St. Pete Coordinates Unplug Soy Candles in a choice of fragrance – sugared citrus or vintage moss. $34 each at Marion’s on 4th Street.

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St. Pete cloisonné

Christmas Ornament A Marion’s exclusive! Crafted in the cloisonné style, this unique ornament makes a lovely addition to your Christmas tree. $48 at Marion’s on 4th Street.

Tarpon Springs treasure

Sponge Diver Helmet Bookends Evoking times gone by when the Tarpon Springs sponge docks were a flurry of sponge divers and boats, these bookends would be a treasure for any local. $259.99 at ZaZoo’d.

Cute and quirky

The Heart of Gulfport

As cute and quirky as Gulfport itself, this little ceramic heart with geckos can be whatever you want: a paperweight, a soapdish, a spot for a votive candle, or a place to park wayward rings and coins. At Sail Marketing Boutique in Gulfport, $8.

A guide to the

Weird, Wonderful and Obscure

Secret Tampa Bay – A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure Seriously! Who can resist? Get all the dirt for $22.50 at the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center, downtown Tampa.

St. Petersburg

Watercolor Pillow

Room accents shouldn’t be underrated. This original art St. Petersburg indoor pillow serves as a statement piece! At Marion’s on 4th Street for $38. For more information: n Chad Mize Gallery, 689 Dr. MLK Jr St. N. Unit C

St Petersburg; 727-251-8529; n Dali Gift Shop, One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg; 727-823-3767 n SeaAndSoulCharts shop at n Green Boutique, 1032 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico; 813-685-9494; n Marion’s on 4th Street, 1301 4th St. N, St. Petersburg; 727-821-2345; n Oxford Exchange, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; 813-253-0222; n Sail Marketing Boutique, 5325 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport; 727-324-7461; sailmarket .net n Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center, 201 N. Franklin St., #102, Tampa; 813-223-2752; n ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-344-9663;


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gifts for the sports fan or adventurer The Bucs won the Big Game, the Lightning won backto-back Stanley Cups. Great weather and great gifts for sports fans and adventurers alike abound.

Your gift is in the bag

Rays Golf Bag

Golfers will be thrilled to receive a golf bag with their favorite team. This Tampa Bay Rays golf bag features 8 way top with handle, 6 zippered pockets, lined valuables pocket, padded strap, towel ring, umbrella holder, and removable rain hood. $179.99 at Big Mike’s House of Golf.

Lightning. Thunder. Reign.

Stanley Cup T-shirt

Any Lightning fan would be proud to wear this back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions t-shirt. $34.99 at

The clear choice for adventurers

Clear Kayaking

Take an adventure to Shell Key Preserve in a completely clear kayak. Be on the lookout for manatee, dolphin, pelicans, starfish, conch, and other local marine life! Or take a NIGHTTIME clear kayak adventure, featuring underwater LED lights in your clear kayak. The #1 rated Top Overall Experience in the United States according to TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Award! A 2½-hour tour starts at $59 at Get Up and Go Kayaking .

Bury the hatchet

In the Wall…

or at least try. Axe throwing is the latest craze. And St. Pete has a fun new place to try it for those with an adventurous spirit. This indoor, air-conditioned, 15-lane facility allows you to bring in outside food or visit the food truck on weekends. Hatchet Hangout has gift cards in various denominations.

Set your hook

Inshore Fishing Charter

Targeting redfish, snook, mackerel, cobia, snapper, sharks, trout and tarpon. Get ready to set your hook for some of the best keepers in Tampa Bay. Our captains are some of the most experienced fishermen out there. $565 For a half-day (for groups of 4). Sailing Florida Charters in St. Petersburg.

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gifts for the sports fan or adventurer

Group golf

Top Golf

Fun for just two or larger groups. Top Golf has gift cards in various denominations. In Tampa and coming soon to St. Petersburg.

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Just keep spinning

FinNor Mega Lite

FinNor Mega Lite Spinning Reel rigid and corrosion-resistant graphite, five stainless steel bearings, line capacity 395 yards of 20lb mono $45 and up at Gator Jim’s Tackle.

Florida State Seminoles

Needlepoint Valet Tray

This tray combines a needlepoint FSU logo with a tapered wooden tray to organize your everyday essentials. 9.5” x 6” inches. $75 at Heads and Tails.

We are the champions

Lightning and Bucs Hardcover Books Striking Twice: The Tampa Bay Lightning Repeat as Champions in 2021 and Storybook Season: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2020 Champions are hardcover collectors’ books with photos and insider stories from the award-winning journalists of the Tampa Bay Times. Hundreds of five-star reviews. $29.95 each at and

Alligator purse?

Gators Striped Crossbody Bag

Florida Gators crossbody bag. It comes with an adjustable, removable shoulder strap, and an interior pocket. Faux leather with a waterresistant finish. $20 at Gator Haven in Seminole.


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You can lead a Bull to water...

USF Waterbottle

This USF Bulls 24oz water bottle all over Tervis Tumbler is BPA free and great for both hot and cold beverages. Microwave and dishwasher safe $29.99 at

We Buc’n won it all

2021 Winners Tee

This is our year to brag! And this T shirt from ZaZoo’d in St. Pete does all the talking for you. $33.99. (If our teams maintain their winning streaks, just sew a patch over the year each following year, and really rub it in.)

For more information: n Big Mike’s House of Golf, 12647 US 19N, Hudson; 727-378-4999; n n n Gator Haven, 7976 Seminole Blvd., Seminole; 727-239-0435; n Gator Jim’s Tackle, 3301 Pinellas Point Drive S, St. Petersburg; 727-363-0900; n Get Up and Go Kayaking, 1 Collany Road, Tierra Verde; 727-265-2268; n Hatchet Hangout Axe Throwing, 2360 Central Ave. N, St. Petersburg; 727-235-0453; n Heads and Tails, 4524 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; 813-282-3783; theheadsandtails .com n Sailing Florida Charters Vinoy Resort Marina 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg; 727-894-7245; n Tampa Bay Sports, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa; 813-301-6940; n Top Golf, 10690 Palm River Rd., Tampa; 813-298-1811; n ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; 727-344-9663;

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gifts for the book club Book clubs are whatever you want them to be: share the experience of an excellent book, discover a new favorite author, or simply enjoy wine and animated conversation with friends who love the written word.

Love, war and time travel

Outlander series

By the #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone is the long-awaited 9th installment in the Outlander series. $36 at PortKey Books.

Hold that thought

Leather Journal Don’t lose your place

Owl Bookmark

Reminiscent of jewelry, this imperious owl bookmark will hold your place, no questions asked. $18 at MeganAlexArt on Etsy.

Books = happiness

Book Lover’s T-shirt

They are for book lovers anyway. If you count them as your tribe, wear your truth proudly. $21.60 at TimeFlysClothing on Etsy.


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Murder and mystery

The Heathens

From Ace Atkins, the latest Quinn Colson novel about an on-the-run hellraiser named TJ being framed (or is she?) for her mother’s murder, and the people determined to get to the truth. $27 at Oxford Exchange, Tampa.

Sketchers and diarists will enjoy this old-school handmade leather journal for recording daily thoughts or impressions. It will just get better looking with use. $16.95 at ShallowWater on Etsy.

Snuggle in

Handmade Throw

Super soft and perfect for movie nights or reading binges, this chunky handmade throw looks as good as it feels. Available in several colors; $64.99 at ienjoyHomeShop on Etsy.

Coffee with Jane

Having trouble sleeping?

Jane Austen Coffee Mug

Strange Weather

won’t help. Four short novels of weirdness by rising writer of supernatural and horror fiction, Joe Hill. $27.99 at Mojo Books and Records, Tampa.

Nothing goes better with a book reading binge than coffee with a Jane Austen quote. $22.50 at ShopComfort&Joy on Etsy.

St. Petersburg:

Sunshine City Hold my spot

Turtle Bookmark

Watercolor wonders

Tampa Notecards

Four handmade 5”x7” Tampa notecards: University of Tampa, the Jose Gasparilla, Bayshore Boulevard, and Tampa Theatre. $12 at WatercolorsNMore on Etsy.

From Emma Jo Designs, this quirky vegetable ivory sea turtle bookmark will never lose your spot. $12 at Vegetable Ivory in Tarpon Springs.

By R. Wayne Ayers, the story of St. Pete’s early days, documented in words and images by visitors, new residents, and the energetic players that made St. Petersburg boom. $21.99 at Tombolo Books, St. Pete.

For more information: n ienjoyHomeShop, n MeganAlexArt, n Mojo Books and Records, 2540 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; 813-971-9717; n Oxford Exchange, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; 813-253-0222; n PortKey Books, 404 Main St., Safety Harbor; 727-248-0211; n ShallowWater, n ShopComfort&Joy, n TimeFlysClothing, n Tombolo Books, 2153 1st. Ave. S, St. Petersburg; 727-755-9456; n Vegetable Ivory, 735 Dodecanese Blvd., Ste. 14, Tarpon Springs; 727-485-8052; n WatercolorsNMore,


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