Holiday Gift Guide 2020

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local gift ideas A surprise recently arrived by mail. A gift guide (yawn) – from Amazon – (huh?). The online juggernaut had resorted to a method made famous during horse and buggy days by Sears & Roebuck. Why? Because you don’t know what’s in the retail jungle unless someone points it out. The same is true for Tampa Bay. Our local merchants have dozens of delightful gift ideas that you may not have known existed – until now. Presenting our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: the perfect place to find a gift that will surprise and delight someone special AND support a local business. From candles that smell like unicorn farts (yes, you read correctly) to funky facemasks, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. And just because it’s not Amazon, doesn’t mean the shopping will be difficult. You can purchase many of the items shown at the store’s website and they will be shipped directly. So grab a pen and circle an item or two and pass it along. You’ll make someone’s shopping a little easier. Considering the year we’ve had, that alone will bring joy to the world.

Happy Holidays! Your Times Total Marketing Team

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Thee Adventurer gifts for

Browse these pages for experiences that take you out of your comfort zone, a place that adventurers love to visit. Will that take the form of skydiving or parasailing? Indoor skydiving? Kayaking or hot air ballooning? Everything’s on the table; you decide.

Floating on air

Indoor Skydiving

When you go skydiving, you jump and fall several thousand feet. At iFly Tampa indoor skydiving, you don’t jump or fall, you fly gently on a cushion of controlled air. A great gift for those with an adventurous spirit. Gift vouchers available at iFly Tampa, starting at $59.99.

The ocean is calling …

Malibu Sit-On-Top Ocean Kayak

The ultimate gift for someone who loves the water, this 9.5-foot Malibu Sit-On-Top Ocean Kayak is all about fun and comfort on the water and a compact, stackable, lockable, easy-to-paddle, straight tracking kayak to master the waves. It also includes three molded cup holders, carry handles, tank wells and a splash-resistant QuickStash™ dry hatch. Available at West Marine, $599.99. For more information: iFly Tampa, 10654 Palm River Rd., Tampa, 813-773-4359, iflyworld.com

n West Marine, 3905 W. Cypress St., Tampa, 813-348-0521, westmarine.com/stores/tampa-fl-118

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A horse of a different color

Beach Horseback Riding

Experience Tampa Bay while horseback riding along the beach. This guided one-hour tour includes wading through the water on horseback for over half a mile out into Tampa Bay to a sand bar. From the sand bar, the horses will swim back to shore – an amazing experience. Riders will enjoy the views and learn about Tampa Bay’s ecology. Ages 13 and up. Cypress Breeze also offers Equine Yoga. Available at Cypress Breeze Farm, $150 per person.

For more information: Cypress Breeze Farm Horseback Riding, 8690 60th St., Pinellas Park, 727-365-2194, cypressbreezefarm.com n Skydive City, 4241 Sky Dive Lane, Zephyrhills, 813-783-9399, skydivecity.com

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Free falling

Skydiving

Exhilarating, life-changing, and not for the faint of heart, skydiving is a high-adrenaline sport that for some is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and for others, a lifestyle. Skydive City in Zephyrhills is one of the most well-known skydiving centers in the skydiving community. Book a jump, or purchase a gift certificate for the adrenaline junkie on your list at Skydive City. Starting at $189.99.


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Stand Up Paddle Boarding

With two locations – one in south St. Pete and one on Weedon Island – Sweetwater Kayaks offers rentals, sales, lessons, tours and repairs for standup paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. Treat your special someone to a day on beautiful Tampa Bay. Call for reservations at Sweetwater Kayaks, $20/per hour.

Up, up and away

Hot Air Balloon Adventure

A bicycle built for you

Trek Verve 2 Bicycle

For someone who wants to get out and get moving, the Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike designed for fun and comfort. It has a wide range of gears for hills, powerful brakes, and enough versatility to conquer commutes or workouts. A great bike for a range of recreational riders on your list, from first timers and commuters to veteran riders. Available at David’s World Cycle, $669.99.

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For more information: David’s World Cycle, Clearwater, Seminole, Carrollwood and South Tampa, davidsworld.com n Sweetwater Kayaks, 235 15th Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, 727-570-4844, sweetwaterkayak.com n American Balloons, Land O’Lakes, 813-243-9507, americanballoonrides.com

For a gift that’s not full of hot air, your adventurer will love receiving a hot air balloon ride. Experience the splendor of a Florida sunrise on a one-hour ride over the beautiful terrain of Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Lutz and Land O’Lakes. Reservations and gift certificates available at American Balloons, $199 per person.


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A pirate’s life for thee

Boat Club

The Fun Boat Club at Pirate’s Cove Marina is the Bay Area's newest, hottest boat club offering an atmosphere of upscale fun the whole family can enjoy together. With the lowest member-per-boat ratio in the industry, the boating enthusiast on your list can have all the fun of boating without the hassles of owning a boat. Memberships available at Pirate’s Cove Marina, Silver Membership: $199/month, Gold Membership: $299/month.

Not just for the birds

Zip Line/Aerial Adventure Park

A spirit of adventure

For more information: Clearwater Watersports, 521 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 727-469-8885, clearwaterjetski.com n Pirate’s Cove

For those with an adventurous spirit, book a parasailing excursion. You’ll be lifted gently into the air and out over the Gulf of Mexico to enjoy panoramic views of Clearwater Beach and surrounding islands. Clearwater Watersports also offers wave runner and paddleboard rentals. Available at Clearwater Watersports, $80 per person + tax.

Spend your day in the trees and treat your special someone to an adventure like no other. Treehoppers is the largest zip line aerial adventure park in central Florida and offers a mixture of bridges, ladders, climbing elements and zip lines spread throughout acres of forest. Guests enjoy 3 hours of climbing and can choose from 8 courses, based on difficulty. They also have gift cards, memberships and group rates. Available at TreeHoppers, $56.95/per person.

Marina & Boat Club, 2400 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 727-303-3999, piratescovemarinadunedin.com n TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park, 27839 Saint Joe Rd., Dade City, 813-756-8159, treehoppers.com

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The Trendsetter endsetter end

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For the fashion-forward trendsetter in your life, there are so many ways to gifting happiness, no matter what your budget. Artsy jewelry, funky shoes, tops and dresses‌be warned: You may find yourself buying as much for you as for the trendsetters on your list.

Glowing shades of turquoise quoise

The scent of a man

This Powell multi-strand 4-tier necklace lace lac e of green Czech glass beads is stunning, and the perfect finishing touch for any special occasion look. At Syd Entel Galleries for $275.

Named for the London landmark and former residence of the First Duke of Wellington, this cologne from Truefitt & Hill ignites the senses with a blend of woods, citrus, and vetivert, accentuated with notes of pepper and musk. At Sartorial men’s clothing store, $112.50.

The Well-dressed Throat roat

Gem bright brilliance

Hand-dyed Sc Scarves of Silk

Each is utterly unique and will never fade. In shades of butternut, tangerine, fuchsia, emerald and cobalt, these eye-popping silk scarves from Gloria Morgan add artisanal flair to any outfit. From $28, at the Morean Shop.

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Jewelry with a purpose

A tribal feel

This Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36’s chic combo of stainless steel and 18K red gold, rimmed with diamonds, gives new weight to old school clock watching. Checking on your smartphone is not nearly as fun. At the Breitling Boutique, $11,750.

From Tart Collections at JackieZ, a stunning design of bold jewel tones makes a statement that lingers on the memory. With cut-out detail in the back and an effortless, lengthening drape, $174.

The Time of Your Life

An Aztec Slant

St. Pete goes global

World Tour T-Shirt

The classic world tour t-shirt by Chizzy. 100% cotton. Long sleeves, women’s and sweatshirts also available. At the St. Pete Store and Visitors Center, $23.

For more information: Morean Arts Center Shop, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, shop.moreanartscenter.org n Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-725-1808, sydentelgalleries.com n Sartorial Inc., 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-290-6783, sartorialinc .com n Breitling Boutique Tampa, International Plaza & Bay Street, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Suite 266, Tampa, 813-350-9374, breitling.com n St. Pete Store and Visitors Center, 100 2nd Ave. N., Suite 150, St. Petersburg, 727-388-0686, thestpetestore.com n Jackie Z Style Co.,113 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-258-4849, jackiezstyle.com

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Handcrafted elegance

Blue and Green Dangle Earrings

In Floating Layers

Flattering, light, easy to wear and care for, you’ll come back to this double-layered halter top again and again. At z.aa style for $56.

These sea-colored waves of aqua, green and purple will lift your mood and freshen your wardrobe! Available in either 14K gold-filled, rose gold-filled, or sterling silver with iolite, blue topaz, tanzanite, and peridot, 2¼" long. At The Boutique Butterfly, $146.50.

Timing is everything

It’s All in the Wrist

The Grand Seiko Snowflake, a contemporary classic and the most recognizable timepiece that the Japanese watchmaking powerhouse creates. It is their most extravagant and lavish design. At Old Northeast Jewelers, $5,800. For more information: z.aa style, 578 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-605-0450, zaastyle.com n The Boutique Butterfly, St. Petersburg, 727-410-3572, theboutiquebutterfly.com n Old Northeast Jewelers, 1131 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-898-4377, oldnortheastjewelers.com

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A little bit of summer

The Blues of the Ocean

From Hawaiian jewelry designer Alamea, a sterling silver oval pendant with larimar and opal gemstones and an adjustable 19” chain. At Romantique Jewelers for $150.

Stay safe

But Do It With Style

This adjustable, artfully designed mask makes protection a statement of style as well as consideration for others. In rich, natural tones of rose, sky, olive and cranberry. At Salt Light, $22.

Pack up your things

In the Softest Leather Buckle up, girlfriend

Heels That Flatter

Nicely priced, flattering and comfortable, the Criss Cross Buckle Heel sandal at MisRed Outfitters will be your favorite sandal this year. Rocks sundresses and jeans with equal élan. 3½ inch heel. $44.

Your go-to bag this year. In embossed, buttersoft teal leather, this bag is accented with an engraved silvertone disk. At Treasures of Morocco for $33.99.

For more information: Romantique Jewelers, 430 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 727-738-5002, romantiquejewelers.net n SaltLight ART, 2167 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 334-341-1035, saltlightartboutique.com n MISRED Outfitters, 615 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-827-8310, bemisred.com n Treasures of Morocco, 4037 7th Terrace S., St. Petersburg, 727-894-2422, treasuresofmorocco.com

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The Gardener

It’s no secret — Tampa Bay is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Whether that means adding a pretty birdfeeder shelter and a mosaic birdbath to your garden — or making your front porch welcoming with a bench and some colorful Mexican Talavera pots — it’s entirely up to you what that will look like.

Water colors

Mosaic Tile Birdbath

This handmade mosaic tile birdbath will welcome feathered friends to any bird lover's garden. $350 at Haynor's Garden Design and Nursery. Haynor's also offers landscape design and water features.

These boots are made for gardening

They Put the Fun in Functional

From the creative mind of Anuschka, these adjustable waterproof wellies are sure to be a gardener’s dream. Anuschka also makes purses and clutches like this credit card holder. Anuschka products are available at Peltz. $34-$76.

Birds of a feather

Hand-blown Glass Birds

In a rainbow of glowing colors, these adorable blown-glass birds can serve as paperweights or simply a friendly accent anywhere in your home. By Henrietta Glass, $24.95 at Clay & Paper Gallery.

Because eating in the rain is a drag

Pretty and Protective A glove for the outdoors

For the Wellequipped Gardener

These garden gloves by Womanswork will do a fine job of keeping hardworking hands clean and protected while they do the important work tending to beloved plants. $9-$35 a pair at Bloom. For more information: Haynor's Garden Design and Nursery, 11625 Starkey Rd., Largo, 727-585-6171, gardendesign-inc.com n Bloom, 3005 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-805-2151, bloomtampa.com n Clay & Paper Gallery of Art, 362 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-0934, claypaper.com n Peltz Shoes, 7121 22nd Ave N., St. Petersburg, 727-347-4949, Peltzshoes.com n Wild Birds Unlimited, 13140 Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, 813-280-9970, wbu.com

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Your bird-loving friends will appreciate this leafy metal shield with copper finish, designed to give birds some protection from rain and the sun’s rays as they chow down. So thoughtful. $30.99 at Wild Birds Unlimited.


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Time for cleanup

A Unique Birdbath

Birds love a good splashing, and it’s all the better when the bath is as pretty as this one. Glass sculpture by Borowski, $450 at Syd Entel Galleries.

Herbs at a glance

Markers Make It Easy

A great idea for devotees of fresh herbs, a way to keep them sorted: labeled vintage utensils! Helpful, especially for newbies to the craft, with a quirky, shabby-chic vibe. $60 for the set of 10, at Silly Dilly’s.

For those with a green thumb

A Garden Fiesta!

Anyone with a green thumb will love these pots with a Mexican flair. Talavera pots are available at Dolins Garden Center, $20-50.

Set a spell

You Deserve A Break

In just the right spot, a bench like this one can define a garden. From Art Stone Orchids & Statuary, this bench has a distinctly Florida feel with its mixed blues and aquatic-themed accent tiles. Did you know? Art Stone will customize a bench for you. You bring the tiles or glass you like and they can incorporate them into the design. Made on site at Art Stone in St. Petersburg. $145-$195.

For more information: Art Stone Co. Inc., 3611 Tyrone Blvd. N., St. Petersburg, 727-345-6733, art-stone-co-inc.edan.io n Silly Dilly’s, 4203A El Prado Blvd., Tampa, 813-839-8687, sillydillys.com n Syd Entel

Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-725-1808, sydentelgalleries.com n Dolins Garden Center, 801 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-525-3434, dolinsgardencenter.com n Wild Birds Unlimited, 13140 Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, 813-280-9970, wbu.com n The Green Boutique, 1032 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, 813-685-9494, greenboutiquefl.com n Beall’s, Multiple locations in Florida, 941-747-2355, beallsflorida.com

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Attract the birds you want

And Feed Them What They’ll Eat The Joy of Bird Feeding is perfect for those just starting out, as well as those who can’t attract the birds they want to their gardens. Loaded with tips like deterring unwanted guests (squirrels, you know who you are). $28 at Wild Birds Unlimited.

A ray of sunshine

On Those Hot Florida Days

The BrüMate Hopsulator Slim is the world's first triple-insulated, stainless steel can-cooler designed exclusively for 12 oz slim cans. This sunfloweradorned version is available at The Green Boutique, $28.

Botanically speaking

For the Well-dressed Table

Lovers of all things leafy and verdant will appreciate these unique placemats, which add a botanical flair to the dinner table. $11.99 for the set. At Beall’s.

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The Chocolate and Coffee Lover

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If you have a coffee lover on your list, chances are you also have a chocolate lover. (And vice versa.) Maybe you’re one of them! Browse these pages for a selection of luscious locally made treats, gift baskets, espresso makers and more. In a hurry for your fix? There’s even a cake you can make in a mug.

Totes convenient

Coffee Lovers Will Get It

One sip at a time

Coffee Is Not To Be Rushed

This tough and useful tote is there for you when you need it, with its droll message sure to spark snorts of laughter from those who understand. $28, at JackieZ.

This opalescent coffee mug is easy to hold and ready for the java lover’s daily sipping and hand-warming ritual. No two are exactly alike. At Shapiro’s Gallery of Contemporary Crafts. $30.

A party for your mouth

Espresso at home

A gift of chocolates is festive, decadent, and always appreciated. William Dean, in Belleair, is particularly known for his imaginative flavors, artistic designs and elegant packaging. Pictured, 36-piece assortment, $75. Worth every penny. At William Dean Chocolates.

From Nespresso, the Breville espresso and cappuccino maker will make the coffee lover’s kitchen a place of peace, joy and acceptance. At Sur La Table for $185.96.

…And For Your Eyes Diet starts … next year

Today We Nosh

Feast your chocolate-loving eyes and taste buds on these luscious and amazing chocolate donuts, a celebration for your mouth if ever there was one. At Dough. $12/dozen or $28 for 14 specialty doughnuts.

Must have chocolate now?

Literally, a Piece of Cake

One for you, one for your impatient chocolate lover: Chocolate Orange Mug Cake mix. Mix it up in a mug, microwave and minutes later, YUM. $4.25 at Savory Spice Shop.

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So Worth It

Coffee + Chocolate = Joy

A Basket of To-Die-For

Thoroughly celebratory, this gift basket is loaded with deliciousness: fresh roasted ground coffee, chocolate bars, chocolate fig jam, coffee candies, chocolate peanut butter spread and decadent Italian chocolate truffles. Call ahead 36 hours; $50 at Mazzaro Italian Market.


Ready for anything

All You Need

This gift set from St. Pete’s own boutique coffee roaster is perfect for the java lover on your list. And will be so appreciated every Monday morning, in particular. At Kahwa Coffee Roasters. $39.99.

A latte suds

And Gentle Exfoliation

Totally appropriate for a layered espressoand vanilla-scented soap bar. The ground coffee beans added to the mix do a nice job of waking up your skin, while the shea butter base softens and moisturizes. I Like You A Latte Soap. At Tampa Soap Studio on Etsy.com. $8.25.

To die for

Death Wish Coffee and a Soma Mug

Organic Death Wish Coffee is the world’s strongest coffee. Pair that with a Soma Ceramic mug. A leak-proof bamboo lid allows you to travel at ease. Available at Nature’s Food Patch, Clearwater location only, Coffee $20.99, Mug $29.99.

Greet the sunrise

Even If You Sleep Late

Greet the sunrise in St. Pete (or anywhere) with coffee warming up one of these Charlie Parker Pottery mugs. Glazed in the warm tones of the sunrise. $28 each. At the St. Pete Store. For more information: William Dean Chocolates, 2790 West Bay Dr., Belleair Bluffs, 727-593-0656, williamdeanchocolates.com n Dough Tampa, 2602 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-902-1979, bestdoughnuts.com n Jackie Z Style Co.,113 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-258-4849, jackiezstyle.com n Shapiro’s Gallery, 300 Beach Dr. NE #112, St. Petersburg, 727-894-2111, shapirosgallery .com n Sur la table, Hyde Park Village, 711 South Dakota Ave., Tampa, 813-253-3063, surlatable.com n Savory Spice Shop, 400 Beach Dr. NE, Ste. 173, St. Petersburg, 727-290-9893, savoryspiceshop.com n Mazzaro’s Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-321-2400, mazzarosmarket.com n Kahwa Coffee, Multiple locations in Tampa Bay, 727-388-1340, kahwacoffee.com n Tampa Soap Studio, etsy.com/shop/TampaSoapStudio n Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-443-6703, naturesfoodpatch.com n St. Pete Store and Visitors Center, 100 2nd Ave. N., Suite 150, St. Petersburg, 727-388-0686, thestpetestore.com

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The Artist

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For the creative on your list who sees things a little differently, browse these pages for an amazing selection of items they in particular can appreciate. Paintings, glasswork, jewelry and more, it’s all just a bit quirky and it’s all here.

Sheer brilliance

Dichroic Dazzles the Eye

Almost circles

Handmade Quilt For the artist with more tactile sensibilities, a quilt of beautiful design and craftsmanship. Available at Sweet Darling Quilts, 32"x 43", $75.

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From fused glass artist Rupama Schwartz, this sterling bracelet of intense blues and teals will always turn heads and start conversations. At the Duncan McClellan Gallery for $475.

Flowers that never die

A Stunning Arrangement

From glass artist Bao Nya Thao, a mesmerizing flower arrangement of purples and greens entirely in blown glass. This gorgeous piece is at the Morean Shop for $2,000. The Morean Arts Center has 4 locations including the glass studio, the Center for Clay and the Chihuly Collection and offers classes for all ages, from glass and clay to jewelry and printmaking. Gift cards, tickets and memberships are available at The Morean, starting at $20.


Shardz of magnificence

Wanna share the frybread?

From the colors to the contrast in textures, this vase deserves nothing less than its own spot of honor in light to simply be adored. At Syd Entel Gallery, $675.

Self-taught artist Ray Swanson spent many years gaining the trust of Navajo and Hopi peoples. He received a Lakota name that translates to “He paints like magic.” This painting, at The James Museum, shows that wasn’t hyperbole. A trip to The James Museum of Western and Wildlife art may be the perfect gift for the artist on your list. Tickets $20, memberships starting at $35.

A Vase of Stunning Beauty

Paintings that Tell a Story

Wheel fun

Pottery Classes

The artist in your life will love making a cup, vase or bowl on a potter’s wheel. The 2-day workshop is approximately one hour long on each day and includes 1 lb. of clay, instruction on the potter’s wheel, basic hand building, use of studio tools, glaze and firing. Call to make a reservation; available at The Muddy Potter, $55. For more information: Sweet Darling Quilts, 26240 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Lutz, 813-994-2994, sweetdarlingquilts.com n Duncan

McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 855-436-4527, dmglass.com n Morean Arts Center Shop, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, shop.moreanartscenter.org n Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-725-1808, sydentelgalleries .com n Muddy Potter Art & Clay Studio, 1140 Main St. #5, Dunedin, 813-476-2836, muddypotter.info n James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-892-4200, thejamesmuseum.org

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A bottle befitting its contents

The Perfect Home for Your Favorite Fragrance

This sleek, iridescent perfume bottle makes applying your favorite perfume even more enjoyable. By Doug Merritt, $175 at Duncan McClellan Gallery.

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Manatees made beautiful

Florida’s Gentle Mascot

Using alcohol inks and a style reminiscent of batik, Heidi Stavinga transforms typically unphotogenic manatees into something graceful, bathed in the rich, soothing blues of Florida’s natural springs. Stavinga’s work is available at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Unframed prints are $30. The Dunedin Fine Art Center offers art classes for all ages from drawing and watercolor to intaglio and woodturning. Classes and workshops range from $55-$275. Gift certificates are also available.

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The natural world … reinvented

Whimsy Rules this Artist This ceramic creation by William Kidd defies categorization, yet is irresistible and fascinating. Prices for William Kidd's art at Florida Craft Art Gallery range from $75 for smaller pieces to $1495 for this piece.


Here’s looking at you, kid

Do You Dare Look Away?

The Eye of Time jeweled clock brooch tells time in a way that dares you to disagree. Pin it to an eye patch and really flip people out. In sterling silver, $495; or other metals, $395. At the Dali Museum Store. Experience Van Gogh Alive at the Dali, now through April 11. Tickets are $25.

The Highwaymen

Tampa Museum of Art

Sheerest beauty

Ombre Bowl Looks Embedded in Ice A bowl of such beauty could be used to hold something, like beads, lights or even candy, but it really was meant for greater things, preferably a spotlight and a place of honor. At Shapiro’s Gallery for $2,250.

The Highwaymen are a group of African American artists celebrated for their distinctive paintings of Florida’s natural environment. The exhibition Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen will be at the Tampa Museum of Art Nov. 19 through March 28. This painting, Untitled (Royal Poinciana), is by Harold Newton (American, 1934-1991), oil on Upson board. 23 ½ x 29 ¾ inches. Tickets start at $10, memberships start at $50. Available at the Tampa Museum of Art.

For more information: Dunedin Fine Art Center,1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 727-298-3322, dfac.org n Duncan

McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 855-436-4527, dmglass.com n Florida Craft Art Gallery, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-821-7391, floridacraftart.org n Shapiro’s Gallery, 300 Beach Dr. NE, #112, St. Petersburg, 727-894-2111 shapirosgallery.com n Dali Museum Store, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, 727-823-3767, thedali.org n Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 813-274-8130, tampamuseum.org

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The Gourmet

From appetizers to dessert, food is a language that everyone understands. Whether it’s serve ware or stuffed olives, grilling accoutrements or spices, the gourmets on your list will love the sheer variety of what’s available locally.

A Salty Tail

This whimsical mermaid with a crown salt and pepper shaker set is sure to spice up any table. Available at Zazoo'd, $25.99.

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Up Your Gourmet Game

This BergHOFF cookware set is so good looking you’ll be tempted to decorate your kitchen to go with it! At the very least, hang them in plain sight — hiding these gleaming copper pans in a cupboard would be wrong. The set, $359.99, at BergHOFF Kitchenware Store.

Mythical mermaid

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Grill like a boss

8 BBQ Rubs To Rock Your Palate

This boxed set of barbecue rubs will bring new excitement and flavor to your grilling game. But you can shake them onto whatever you want – baked or mashed potatoes, homemade fries, grilled corn, whatever sounds good. At Savory Spice Shop for $47.95.

Sip, savor, repeat.

Locally Brewed Straight Bourbon

Bourbon lovers will appreciate Horse Soldier, a meticulously blended small-batch bourbon, for its complex notes of vanilla, butterscotch, ginger and cherries. Lovely for late night fire gazing and companionable silences. Made locally. $79.99, at Luekens Wine & Spirits.

Stuffed olives

They’re Not Just for Martinis

These flavorful feta-stuffed olives are a decadent treat for snacking, salads, appetizers, stuffed breads, or whatever your hungry heart desires. Great as stocking stuffers. At Kalamazoo Olive Company, one jar is $9.95.

Tumblers of distinction

For Elevated Sipping

Enjoy the amber glow of Horse Soldier in these cut-glass tumblers, truly glasses for a special occasion, like Miles Davis in the headphones ‘round about midnight. Nachtmann Highland Tumbler 4pk, $49.99, at Luekens Wine & Spirits.

For more information: ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-344-9663, zazood.com n BergHOFF Kitchenware

Retail Store 11063 SR 54, Odessa, 800-426-2168, shopberghoff.com n Savory Spice, 400 Beach Dr. NE, Ste. 173, St. Petersburg, 727-290-9893, savoryspiceshop.com n Kalamazoo Olive Co., 1008 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-258-4925, kalamazooolive .com n Luekens Wine & Spirits, 3163 Curlew Rd., Oldsmar, 727-789-1789, luekensliquors.com

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Some like it hot

But Others? Not So Much

Nearly everyone loves salsa, but not everyone likes it hot. This is a cute way to prevent unpleasant surprises so everyone has a good time. $34.99 at Zazoo’d.

Is it hot enough?

The Digital Thermometer for Grillers

This provides valuable info remotely, so grillers (and their guests) can rest easy and know when the meat is cooked through. Because grilling is supposed to be fun and we have enough to worry about. The PRO Wireless Digital Thermometer. Available at Landscape Fusion, $44.99. Landscape Fusion has everything you need for outdoor kitchens.

100% Italian deliciousness

This Gift Basket is a Party

A gift basket packed with Italian treats, from dipping spices, imported extra virgin olive oil and dried pasta to wine, gourmet sauces, antipasto, and selected sweets and cookies. Please call 36 hours ahead to order. At Mazzaro’s, $75.

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Form and function

It Cuts Both Ways

This Afterburnt hand-created cutting board is both useful and beautiful. Available at the St. Pete Store, small $35, medium $45 or large $55.


For the serious griller

The Essential Tools

This set of professional-grade grilling tools includes a basting brush attachment, a serrated spatula, a hard-working cleaning tool and locking tongs. $179.88, at Famous Tate.

Expand your palate

Follow Your Curiosity and Be Rewarded

This gift set of fused blood orange olive oil and raspberry dark balsamic vinegar is perfect for the foodie or gourmet on your list, as well as anyone who loves to try new flavor combinations. Two of the many flavors at Joe and Son’s Olive Oils. Prices start at $6 a bottle.

Suck it up!

Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer

Bye bye, freezer burn! Keep your leftovers fresh for longer, like the pros do with this vacuum sealer. Available at Sur la table, $79.95.

For more information: Mazzaro’s Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-321-2400, mazzarosmarket.com n ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-344-9663, zazood.com n Landscape Fusion, 3323 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813-399-3634, Landscape-fusion .com n St. Pete Store and Visitors Center, 100 2nd Ave. N., Suite 150, St. Petersburg, 727-388-0686, thestpetestore.com n Famous Tate, Multiple locations in Florida, 813-935-3151, famoustate.com n Joe and Son’s Olive Oils, Multiple locations in Tampa Bay, 813-831-5600, joeandsonsoliveoils .com n Sur la table, Hyde Park Village, 711 South Dakota Ave., Tampa, 813-253-3063, surlatable.com

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The Sports or Fitness Buff

gifts for Behold the many unexpected ways sports fans can make their loyalties known. Hint: it’s not just caps, tees and bumper stickers. Fashionistas, toddlers and computer nerds can get in on the fun too!

Drink up, Gator lovers

Show Your Love While You Pour If your love of the Florida Gators is the stuff of legend, prove it at party time with this embellished glass decanter. A great addition to any Gator lover’s home bar. $68 at The Green Boutique.

Give the gift of climbing

For the Fitness Geek or the Adventurer

Anyone on your list seeking ways to bust out of their usual fitness routine will appreciate a visit to Vertical Ventures. Punch Passes and gift cards can be purchased for a variety of amounts and make groovy stocking stuffers.

The Brady bunch

Wear It With Pride

Cornhole in one

USF Bulls Lovers Aim for the Bullseye

The cooler days of fall and winter are perfect for an afternoon game in your backyard (or on a quiet patch of beach). For $199.99 at the Official Store of USF Athletics.

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Bucs fans who want to be Tom Brady can have the next best thing – his numbered Bucs jersey. In sizes S-3X, you can have it as loose or as snug as you like. $99.99 at the Bucs Pro Shop.

Keep your eye on the ball

These’ll Help Rays fans hate glare as much as anyone, and there’s no doubt these Estrada engraved aviators will make you look cool while you protect your eyes. For $39.99 at the Rays official online shop.


The ultimate coffee table book

For Lightning Fans

Thunderstruck is the aptly titled book documenting the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2020 Stanley Cup championship season. One very bright spot in a tough year. Available at boltsbook.com, on sale for $29.95.

The Rowdies are ...

A Kick in the Grass ass

Get ROWDIE in these vibrant soccer socks any fan will love. Available at the Rowdies' team store. Adult $22, Youth $18.

Too cute for words

That’s My Baby New parents and diehard ‘Noles fans can dress their little peanut in this t-shirt for game days. Who knows? It might rub off on them! $18.99 at Smack Apparel. Also available: infant onesie and women's size.

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The perfect addition to

The Man Cave

USF fans will love this 3D hand-painted, metal sign. It’s the perfect addition to any USF fan's office, man cave or anywhere they want to show their Bulls pride $99.99 at the Official Store of USF Athletics.

Because why not?

A Rowdies-loving Keyboard

Seminole pride

Florida State Flask

Tampa Bay Rowdies fans will get a kick out of this wireless keyboard, dressed up in the colors and logo of the Rowdies. $50 at the Rowdies team store.

Florida State University fans will be thrilled with this 8 ounce stainless steel flask embellished with a fine pewter casting. The Green Boutique, $33.

Lightning struck

Now Wear the Jersey Lightning fans can show their love in this authentic home/away jersey with the 2020 Stanley Cup Final patch. By Adidas, XXS-3XL, $199.99 at Tampa Bay Sports.

Tampa Bay Rays

Dooney & Bourke Hobo Purse

Namaste

St. Pete Style

Anyone who practices yoga will appreciate this premium yoga mat with a watercolor skyline of St. Pete. Perfect for sun salutations in the Sunshine City. (Tampa available too.) At Fine Art America, $62.

Show off your team pride with this Tampa Bay Rays hobo purse from Dooney & Bourke. It features an inside zipper pocket and adjustable carry strap, as well as an all over sublimated Tampa Bay Rays logo print. Available at the Tampa Bay Rays Official Online Shop, $218.

For more information: Tampa Bay Sports Store, International Plaza, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, tampabaysports.com n The Green Boutique, 1032 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, 813-685-9494, greenboutiquefl.com n Tampa Bay Rays Official Online Shop, mlbshop.com n USF Store, 4105 USF Cedar Dr., Tampa, 813-974-2631, shop.gousfbulls.com n Tampa Bay Rowdies Team Store, 230 First St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-308-5202, tampa-bay-rowdies.mybigcommerce.com n Big Mike’s House of Golf, 12647 US-19 N., Hudson, 727-378-4999, bigmikeshouseofgolf.com n KaTeesBowtique, Tampa, Etsy.com/shop/kateesbowtique n Fine Art America, fineartamerica.com n Bucs Pro Shop, shop.buccaneers.com n Vertical Ventures, 116 18th St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-304-6290, stpete.verticalventures.com n Smack Apparel, 4007 E. 32nd Ave., Tampa, 813-250-0627, smackapparel.com n boltsbook.com

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Keep those clubs looking new

And Love the Bucs While You Do

Bucs fans who also love golf can have it all, with Bucs-logoemblazoned club covers. So thoughtful! At Big Mike’s House of Golf, $39.99 for the set of 3.

Baby Rays

Take Your Love to the Next Level

Keep that little Rays fan dry with this hooded, appliqued towel, which is customizable down to their skin, hair color and name. $30.94 at KaTeesBowtique on Etsy.

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The Child at Heart Whether you have little ones of your own, or you never grew out of your love of unicorns, magic, chirpy noises and things that sparkle, there are loads of adorable toys, comic books, games and experiences to explore in these pages. Even a candle that smells like unicorn farts! Who knew?

A blast … from the past

Cocktail Arcade Machine

Take a trip down memory lane with a Doc & Pies arcade machine. Doc & Pies offers the most powerful and fun-filled arcade machines jam-packed with 412 original 1980s classic games including Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Frogger and Centipede. Built in St. Pete. Available at Doc & Pies Arcade Factory, $1,050.

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Do not pass go… St. Pete

St. Petersburg Opoly Game

A local twist on the classic game. Buy your favorite St. Petersburg properties, increase rent with beach houses, and trade for resorts. Available at the St. Pete Store and Visitors Center, $25

In a galaxy far, far away

Millennium Falcon Lego Set

With 7,500 pieces, this is the largest, mostdetailed LEGO® Star Wars Millennium Falcon model ever. Star Wars fans will be over the moon. Available at Bricks and Minifigs, $750.


All aboard!

Lionel Polar Express Train

Bring the Polar Express to life with this train set by Lionel. Showcase the magic of Christmas and enchant any train lover, young or old. Available at Dana’s Railroad Supply, $99.99.

It’s a gas

Unicorn Farts Soy Candles

If a unicorn farted, this would be the outcome – a sweet fragrance that somehow smells like a waffle cone! (Of course it does!) Available at Citrus Blossom Candles & Gifts, $10-$22.50. For more information: Doc & Pies Arcade Factory, 1344 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-502-9456, docandpiesarcadefactory.com n St. Pete Store and Visitors Center, 100 2nd Ave. N., Suite 150, St. Petersburg, 727-388-0686, thestpetestore.com n Bricks and Minifigs, The Shops at Wiregrass, 28152 Paseo Drive #140, Wesley Chapel, 813-994-7171, bricksandminifigs.com n Dana’s Railroad Supply, 4042 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, 352-684-2484, danasrailroadsupply.com n Citrus Blossom Candles & Gifts, 11006 4th Street N. (Bayview Plaza), St. Petersburg, 727-914-7449, citrusblossomcandles.com

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And how the people loved them

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Ornament Set

This nostalgic, four-piece ornament set is based on the 1964 animated Christmas television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Set includes Rudolph, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster, and Hermey, the elf who wants to become a dentist. Available at Silly Dilly’s, $60.

Pow! Smash! Bam!

Take flight

Batman, Spiderman and Star Wars Comic Books

DJI Mavic Air, Portable Quadcopter Drone

Whether they are DC or Marvel fans, comic book lovers will be thrilled by these classic comic books. In addition to nostalgic and current comics, Emerald City Comics has toys, games and gift cards. Available at Emerald City Comics, $6.99-$45.99.

This quadcopter drone comes with a 4K camera and is portable and foldable. 32MP sphere panoramas, 21-minute flight time. Available at Legion Drones, $779.99.

Nintendo, nostalgia and beer!

Reboot Virtual Reality Arcade Bar

Reboot is Dunedin’s first virtual reality arcade bar. Designed with gamers in mind, Reboot features Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Super Nintendo, Atari 2600 and classic pinball machines. Plus? They offer locally crafted, artisanal brewed beer – 14 taps’ worth – and, of course, sake! Gift cards in various amounts are available at Reboot.

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Green machine

Axial Deadbolt Remote Control 4WD The SCX24™ Deadbolt™ 4WD is the first Axial® off-roader in 1/24 scale. At less than 8" long, it's perfect to take along on your outdoor and indoor adventures. Available at ME Hobbies RC, $119.99.


Game on

Renegade Raider High Back Gaming Chair

This perfect chair for gamers is upholstered in black and red bonded leather with two-tone back and seat cushions, reclines to 135 degrees, has heightadjustable arms and swivel/ tilt control. Available at Office Furniture Center, $295.

May the force be with you

Star Wars Slow Cooker

Crafted for the Star Wars™ fan in your life, this slow cooker comes in two sizes: 2-qt. or 7-qt., and is covered in a pattern that pays homage to the epic saga. Available at Sur la Table, 2 quart $30, 7 quart $50

For more information: Emerald City Comics, 4902 113th Ave. N., Clearwater, 727-398-2665, emeraldcitycomics.com n Silly Dilly’s at the Enchanted Spot, 4203A W. El Prado Blvd., Tampa, 813-839-8687, sillydillys.com n Legion Drones, 808 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Suite C, Tampa, 888-611-1315, legiondrones.co n ME Hobbies RC, 24412 State Road 54, Lutz, 813-949-3500, mehobbiesrc.com n Reboot Arcade Bar, 248 Scotland St., Dunedin, 727-474-7171, rebootdunedin .com n Office Furniture Center, 2117 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-254-7253, ofctampa.com n Sur la table, Hyde Park Village, 711 South Dakota Ave., Tampa, 813-253-3063, surlatable.com

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A Recipe

for happy holidays

Have some kitchen ninjas on your list? They’ll love one (or both!) of these local cookbooks, as well as this delicious season-appropriate recipe from Joe and Son’s Olive Oils. Festive and fragrant.

Meatballs in a Spicy Red Balsamic Sauce 10 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed 2 tablespoons Harissa Olive Oil 1/2 cup beef broth one 16 oz can of whole tomatoes, pureed in a blender 1 cup Chocolate or Espresso Balsamic Vinegar 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 24-36 frozen cocktail-sized meatballs Over low heat, sauté the smashed garlic pieces in the Harissa Olive Oil until they begin to soften (be careful not to brown them). Add the broth and tomato sauce and continue to cook over low heat for about 10 minutes. Add the Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar, sugar, and cinnamon and stir. Cook for an additional 10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Add the meatballs and coat them with the sauce. Cook until meatballs are warmed through.

Bern's: Rare & Well Done by David and Christina Laxer

Bern's: Rare & Well Done tells the inside story behind the iconic Tampa steakhouse founded by Bern and Gert Laxer in 1956, written by their son and daughter-inlaw. In addition to favorite recipes from Bern’s Steak House and Side Bern’s, this collectible book takes readers on a tour of the restaurant’s fabled wine cellar, the dessert room, the Epicurean Hotel and the newest addition to the Bern’s family – Elevage. $49.99, Available at The Oxford Exchange, Tampa, oxfordexchange.com

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At The Table

Joe and Son's Exclusive Cookbook

by Andrea Messina

If you’re looking for a way to perk up your cooking, infused oils and flavored balsamic vinegars are the new secret ingredient. Recipes passed down from the Joe and Son's owner's grandmother take on new, modern flavors, but with a quick and easy approach for busy families. Embark on a mouth-watering culinary journey with the 100-plus tantalizing recipes in At The Table! 224 Pages. Hardcover, $29.99, Available at Joe and Son's joeandsonsoliveoils.com


The Animal Lover gifts for

Animal lovers are legion and their passion can take many forms, from clothes, artwork and decor to fostering and volunteering. Explore the imaginative cornucopia of items in these pages for gifts they (and their pets) will appreciate.

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you

A New Take on Joe Cool

Dog lovers will love to welcome this guy into their home. Hand painted, striped dog sporting blue glasses and a scarf. Available at Zazoo’d, $249.99.

Winter wonderland

Dolphin Tale 2 Underwater Winter & Hope T-Shirt

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter and Hope, two dolphins made famous by the movie Dolphin Tale 2. The animal lover on your list will love this Dolphin Tale 2 underwater t-shirt. If a t-shirt’s not on the list, purchase tickets or a membership. Available at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, t-shirt $27.99, tickets $29.95, membership $65.

Hot dog!

Royalty Baby I, 36"x28.5" This 2019 artwork by Davina Shefet is acrylic on canvas and would make the perfect addition to any dog lover’s home. Available at Articles Art Gallery & Custom Framing, $1,250.

That’ll stir things up

Whimsical Cat and Dog Spatulas The cat doesn’t like the dog, but the dog won’t take no for an answer. The next thing you know there’s a flurry of fur. Things are gonna get stirred up. Same with these whimsical cat and dog spatulas. Silicone and wood. Available at Sur la table, $14 each.

Memory retriever

Do You Look Like Your Dog? Memory Game The cat’s meow

Spotted Cat Fine Art Journal, The cat lover on your list will purr when they receive this hand-painted, hardcover book with blank pages for journaling. This one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted book has an original acrylic painting on a frayed canvas. Some of the pages have been stained for an antiqued effect. 108 pages, 6"x 8.5" Available at LillyBugArt.com, $52.

Pair up the dogs with their owners in this hilarious card game. Fifty cards depict fun photographs of dogs and their person. Humorous texts provide clues about the 25 people and their furry best friends. Available at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, mfastpete.org $16.99.

For more information: Articles Art Gallery & Custom Framing 1431 & 1445 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-898-6061, articlesstpete.com n ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-344-9663, zazood.com n Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 727-441-1790, cmaquarium.org n Lilly Bug Art, Clearwater, lillybugart.com n Sur la table, Hyde Park Village, 711 South Dakota Ave., Tampa, 813-253-3063, surlatable.com n Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667, mfastpete.org

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Cat snack pleaser

SunMed CBD Cat Snacks

Tasty feline tidbits make the perfect gift for your furry friend. THC-free morsels feature real tuna along with a selection of beneficial vitamins including A, B12, D3 and B6. 150mg. Available at Your CBD Store St. Pete, $30.

His bark is worse than his bite. (Yeah, right.)

Oh My Dog!! Doormat

Dog lovers everywhere will get a chuckle out of this humorous doormat. Available at ZaZoo’d, $39.99.

Have dog, will travel

Baxter Pack

Art unleashed

Great for everyday use or backpacking adventures. The pack offers space to store all of your canine's travel essentials, such as food, treats, toys, first-aid supplies and travel bowls. It has 8 different adjustment points to get the proper fit for any dog. It includes a rear-mounted leash hook that works like a harness. The ergonomic padded spine support contours to the dog's back for a comfortable fit and provides weight distribution for the two saddlebags. Available at Pet Supermarket, $54.99.

I’m Ready to Walk You!

A great gift for any animal lover, Joyce Curvin’s playful, one-of-a-kind sculptures are created from papier mache and recycled materials. 14" x 10" x 19.5" Available at Clay & Paper Gallery of Art, $325.

Puppy love

Talavera Dog Feathered friends

Birds On A Wire

Add life to any windowsill, flowerpot, fence line or trellis. Naturally occurring oxidation gives this piece of garden art a rustic and charming feel. An elegant addition to any yard or garden for bird lovers! 13.5" x 4" Available at Shapiro’s Fine American Crafts, $28.

These Talavera earthenware, ceramic dogs are the perfect addition to any dog lover’s home. Available at Treehouse Gallery Furniture, $58.

For more information: n Clay & Paper Gallery of Art, 362 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-0934, claypaper.com

n Pet Supermarket, Pet Supermarket has 15 locations throughout Tampa Bay, 813-835-1117, petsupermarket.com n ZaZoo’d, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-344-9663, zazood.com n Your CBD Store St. Pete, 1219 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-767-0596, cbdrx4u.com n Treehouse Gallery Furniture, 2835 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-328-3606, treehousegallery.com n Shapiro’s Fine American Crafts, 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 727-894-2111, shapirosgallery.com

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The Bookworm In this digital age, book lovers are a proud lot. Explore these pages for some great low tech ideas to give them joy. Ideas range from snuggly afghans for reading binges to journals, paperweights to personal embossers, jewelry to … books!

Tim Dorsey

Naked Came The Florida Man Tim Dorsey lives in Tampa and is the author of 23 novels. This is the latest in his Serge Storms series. Packed with history, lore, and plenty of motel antics — Tim Dorsey is hilarious. Amazon's rating is four and a half stars. Available at Tombolo Books, hardcover, $27.99.

The bibliophile’s calendar

Something New Every Day

Avid readers always appreciate tidbits of info about their favorite authors, as well as suggestions for new books to try. Loaded with details about books for every mood, plus literary quizzes, matchless first lines, quotations and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die will keep the year interesting. $15.99 at Barnes & Noble.

Old school communication

A Return to Letter Writing A bookstore with wine

Or is it a Wine Bar With Books?

Book + Bottle is a great place for introverts, wordsmiths and bibliophiles (not to mention anyone who loves wine). Word to the wise: The Rabbit Hunter is best when paired with a crisp, chilly white. Book + Bottle also offers coffees and pastries. Gift cards in various amounts available.

Keep the timeless tradition of letter writing alive with beautiful cards by Tampa Bay artist Carrie Jadus. These are various depictions of St. Petersburg, from her City as Muse series. Available at carriejadus.com, $12 to $60.

Wearable art for padding around

Solmates Keep Your Toes Cozy All Day

If you’re sheltering at home, make an event of it with these comfy, colorful socks. They don’t match (on purpose) … but they “go,” and automatically add a playful wink to a blah day. By the Sock Lady, they start at $17 at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.

Emboss like a boss

Gather your thoughts

Anyone with a library or reading room, or aspirations to that effect, will love this personalized embosser, and love using it. On books, journals, ALL the things! For $39.95 at Williams Sonoma.

Readers, artists and fans of the written word will love this compact journal for keeping track of life’s ups and downs. Called Monsters in the Forest, $20 on Etsy at HeartsFlourish.

What’s Yours is Mine, and What’s Mine is Mine

In An Art-Nouveau Inspired Journal

For more information: Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-755-9456, tombolobooks.com n Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 727-298-3322, dfac. org n Williams Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., 813-353-0700, williams-sonoma.com n Carrie Jadus Fine Art, St. Petersburg, 727-480-8754, carriejadus.com n Book + Bottle, 17 6th St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-240-7448, bookandbottlestpete.com n HeartsFlourish (on Etsy), Tampa, Etsy.com/shop/heartsflourish n Barnes & Noble, Multiple locations, 800-843-2665, barnesandnoble.com

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Lisa Unger

Confessions on the 7:45

Local author, Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 18 books. Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense, and her latest book does not disappoint. It's an Editor's pick and has four and a half stars on Amazon. Available at The Oxford Exchange Bookstore, a signed hardcover copy is $27.99.

Heart of glass

Or Your Heart's Desire

These glass heart paper weights are available from Zen Glass Studio, $50. Zen Glass also offers classes and workshops.

A touch of steampunk On the love of books

Iconic Authors Share Their Thoughts

Book lovers will surely appreciate this framed set of quotes by authors Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Carl Sagan and Ernest Hemingway. Great idea for book club. $30 for the set, at Etsy’s Motif4U store.

A Bookworm’s ID Bracelet

Avid readers and lovers of all things steampunk are gonna love this bracelet and the droll way it announces the sensibilities of its wearer. For $50 at Silly Dilly’s.

Reading binge in 3…2…1…

The Perfect Go-With for Page Turners This rich, textury afghan was tailor made for one of life’s greatest pleasures – snuggling in and plowing through an irresistible read. From Afghans by Lynn on Etsy for $184.95.

For more information: The Oxford Exchange Bookstore, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-253-0222, Ext. 114, oxfordexchange.com n Silly Dilly’s at the Enchanted Spot, 4203A W. El Prado Blvd., Tampa, 813-839-8687, sillydillys .com n Zen Glass Studio, 600 27th St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-323-3141, zenglass.com n Motif4U (on Etsy), Tampa, Etsy.com/shop/motif4u n Afghans by Lynn (on Etsy), St. Petersburg, Etsy.com/shop/afghansbylynn

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