Holiday Gift Guide: Your woman
Panic. Sheer panic, right guys? You have to get a gift for your girlfriend or your wife, and you are absolutely certain you will screw it up and end up cold and alone discussing politics with your cat. Don’t err in the fatal tradition of blender or gym membership. Follow these easy suggestions to guarantee domestic bliss for at least a week.
Cheap: If you haven’t been together long, avoid jewelry and sappy stuff. Keep it simple and sweet with the gift of delicious, gourmet cupcakes from The Cupcake Spot. This works on multiple levels. By giving her dessert for a present, it’s like you’re saying she’s too thin and needs to eat. You’ll win so hard. And you’ll look far more fun and creative than if you go with the played-out box of cherry cordials. Give a pack of six for $16.50, or get her a gift card so she can snack happy during the work week. She’ll think of you every time. The Cupcake Spot, 405 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 825-0572; and 3225 S MacDill Ave., #103, Tampa, (813) 839-7077; cupcakespotinc.com.
Mid-range: When buying your woman something to wear, don’t be an idiot. Clothes are risky because you might buy the wrong size. And you may have horrible taste. A necklace seems nice, but she’ll feel obligated to wear it all the time. We’ve found the perfect solution in The Starburst wristlet, $30 from Coastal Cabana in Clearwater. It’s beautiful, hand-crafted from mother of pearl. It’s small, so she’ll only wear it on special occasions (like when you take her DANCING, hint-hint), and it’s neutral enough that it goes with anything. She’ll be so impressed by your new fashion know-how, she might forgive the time you bought her Crocs. Coastal Cabana, 1435 Gulf To Bay Blvd., Clearwater, (727) 441-4222, coastalcabana.com.
Pricey: Listen, people. If you can afford this, just do it. It’s a ridiculously soft three-ply cashmere robe from Restoration Hardware, $249. We’re not saying this is any kind of deal whatsoever, but it’s a pampering luxury item that she’ll have forever. And just imagine the leverage every time you get in a fight. “Oh, yeah? Oh, yeah? Um. Well … let’s get you into that cashmere robe I bought you, honey!” It’s an upper hand for life. Restoration Hardware, 711 S Dakota Ave., Tampa (Old Hyde Park Village), (813) 258-9062, restorationhardware.com.
Deal Diva Stephanie
Photos: James Borchuk, Times, Coastal Cabana, Restoration Hardware