Items of the Week: Locally Made Gifts

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Shopping Planner: Locally Made Gifts, Jingle Down Central



Items of the Week: Locally Made Gifts

The bay area is so chock full of talented artists and makers, shopping small is a breeze. Here are a few suggestions for gifts that are all locally made.

St. Petersburg-based artist Jennifer Kosharek is known for her signature paintings of dollfaced characters that evoke matryoshka, the Russian nesting dolls. So it’s no surprise that she would eventually start painting on actual nesting dolls, and the result is a wonderfully updated version of the traditional gift. They’re priced $100-$350, depending on the size, amount of dolls and the details of the painting. They’re available at, where you can peruse her other art as well.

Dunedin’s Clay and Paper Gallery of Art is a great place to shop for handmade gifts. You’ll find owner Barbara Melby-Burhans’ paper wall sculptures and pottery by her husband, Ira Burhans, along with the artwork of 100 artists and craftsmen. This gorgeous stoneware casserole dish will likely thrill the craft enthusiast, especially if he or she enjoys cooking. It was wheel-thrown, hand-built and hand-carved by Burhans. It’s also oven-safe and costs $110. The gallery’s at 362 Main Street. (727)736-0934.

There’s no doubt that Florida is a beautiful place, which acclaimed conservation photographer Carlton Ward captures the beauty and essence of masterfully. Visit the Carlton Ward Galleryin Tampa’s Hyde Park Village to admire his images, and pick up one of these matted prints to give. All ready to be framed, these stunning prints of some of his most iconic works range from $65-$95. You’ll also enjoy seeing his large-scale photos, and they have apparel with images based on his photographs. 1605 W Snow Circle. (813) 251-0257.

There’s a lot of pride for our cities in the area, so this darling map of Tampa landmarks ($18, frame not included) will make the perfect gift for those who love their ’hood. Miss Johnny Squirrel is a paper and home goods line that is the vision and handiwork of Yuki Osada, who lives in Clearwater. A transplant from New York City, she illustrates and screen prints pillows, cards and prints. She makes a St. Petersburg version of the map, and both designs are also printed on tea towels (hostess gift alert!). Shop the line at, and keep your eyes out for her booth at local indie markets.

Ever pop into the RockShop in downtown St. Petersburg? It’s a rare gemstone boutique and full service jeweler, and the inventory is made by owner Carlos Lopez and other local artists. While it has gold and more traditional gemstones, the shop’s collection of exotic stones is impressive. This sterling silver and labradorite bracelet ($350) is a great piece for those who love to make a statement. The shop has a range of items at all price levels, including gem bracelets for $10. The boutique has a swanky, rock and roll vibe with photos of rock icons on the walls and a serious record collection. 529 Central Ave.

All the Way: Jingle Down Central

Continue the trend of shopping small on Sunday with the Jingle Down Central shop hop. Eight St. Pete’s downtown shopping destinations, including Zazoo’dFlorida CraftArt and Ashe Couture Boutique, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit at least five stores and get your Jingle Down Central card stamped, and you’ll be eligible to win a gift basket. The first 25 customers at each store to spend $25 will receive a free holiday canvas tote bag. 531 Central Ave. (727) 344-9663.

[Last modified: Friday, January 6, 2017 5:18pm]


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