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Holiday Gift Guide: Your BFF



Getting a gift for your BFF might be the easiest task on your list. After all, you probably know his or her tastes and wants better than anyone else — and have the cell phone bill to prove it. Besides, isn’t buying for your best friend really like buying for yourself? Shop wisely, and maybe you can borrow the gift.

Cheap: Don’t let your BFF cry away the holidays because her guy won’t up the value of her left ring finger. Get her some hand bling from Sweet Emotion/Why Not Boutique. The women’s clothing and accessory store carries flashy rings and other unique jewelry guaranteed to boost any girl’s spirit. The rings sell for less than $20 and have embellished, stretchy bands to fit any finger. Sweet Emotion/Why Not Boutique, 3217-A S MacDill Ave., Tampa, (813) 374-2394, and


Middle: Show your BFF you really care with a gift certificate from Crave, a new spa and nail salon for men and women that uses products without harmful chemicals. That means no formaldehyde, toluene or other nasty stuff. Gift cards come in any denomination and are good toward any service. Combine it with Crave’s whipped lotion for $9.99 and nail polish for $6.99 for long-lasting health at home. Or look for other gift bundles at The Edge Salon, another “green” salon in north Tampa. Crave, 3211 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, (813) 837-2600,; The Edge Salon, 14447 N Dale Mabry Highway, (813) 963-7575,


Pricey: A lasting friendship deserves a gift that will last equally long: a bonsai tree. Treat these tiny trees right and they will last for decades. Just like your friendship. Agora gifts in St. Petersburg and Ybor City sells juniper and other bonsai trees in attractive clay bases, which average about $70. The stores carry unique home accessories made in Indonesia, Thailand and other countries. Agora, 915 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 895-6419; and 1515 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, (813) 247-4141;


Susan Thurston, Guest Deal Diva

Photos: Susan Thurston, Luis Santana

[Last modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 1:15pm]


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