Holiday Gift Guide: Your mom
Really, is any gift good enough? This lady taught you how to go potty, when to say please and thank you, how to tie your shoes. She put up with your smart-aleck teenage years. She cried as she saw you off to college. There's really no way to repay Mom for all that she is and all that she does, but during the holidays, you've gotta give it a shot.
Cheap: It might feel weird to wrap up a gently worn (i.e. used) gift for Mom, but trust us, she'll appreciate the one-of-a-kind piece. Revolve Clothing Exchange has the most adorable used and vintage purses, and most are under $20. You might find a funky yellow bowling-style handbag or a leather shoulder bag that looks like a cat face. Great for carrying Mom stuff, like tissues and Excedrin. Revolve Clothing Exchange, 2000 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 399-7788; and 1620 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, (813) 242-5970; revolve.cx.
Middle: Remember when Mom used to clean your mouth out with soap? Or did that just happen in the movies? Either way, Mom will love the squeaky-clean gift of soap, especially if it's a basket of super fancy ones from Milagros. Both local stores make the soaps in-house, and it's fun to smell the sample bars until your nose burns. They carry the same usual designs like the red swirly Passionate and striped Milk & Honey year-round, but also have cute holiday mini-bars featuring snowmen and reindeers and menorahs. The half-pound bars are $8, the mini-bars are $6, so a good selection of four or five soaps will run you $35 or so. Milagros, 1603 W Snow Circle, Tampa, (813) 251-1255; and 1104 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 821-7555; sisteragnes.com.
Pricey: Those copies of Good Housekeeping, O and Glamour can only sit on the nice marble-top coffee table for so long. Sooner or later, they must be tucked away from company but kept on hand in case Mom needs to dig up that Cornish hen recipe or tips on how to lose 10 pounds in 10 days. This stylish Lido magazine rack, made of steel in an anthracite finish and solid wood base, adds a modern splash to the reading room while cradling all of her favorite back issues. It retails at DOMA Home Furnishings for $124 but is 15 percent off during the holiday sales. Make it extra special by throwing in a new magazine subscription or two. DOMA Home Furnishings, 1916 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, (813) 258-4500; and 2540 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 327-9400; domahomefurnishings.com.
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Photos: James Borchuck, DOMA Home Furnishings