ART OF SHAVING
You might tell your man that you love his scruffy beard, his woodsman chin, his tickling upper lip fluff. There's a good chance you're lying. Nothing feels better to the touch than a smooth, baby-soft dude cheek, and you can preach a message of hairlessness with a gift from the Art of Shaving. For $60, get him the mid sized shaving kit, including pre-shave oil, shaving cream, a shaving brush made from genuine badger hair (you read that right) and an aftershave balm. Art of Shaving in International Plaza, 2223 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 463-4403, theartofshaving.com.
FUZZY WUZZY WAS A BEAR
Huggles! Snuggles! Everyone will be a sniveling pile of baby talk after wrapping their arms around the giant, fluffy polar bear available at Z Gallerie. Save this soft friend from the plight of global warming by placing him in an air-conditioned home and giving him a forever family. There is a smaller one for $49.95, named McKinley, and a bigger one for $49.95, named Hugs. HUGS. HOW CAN YOU NOT? Z Gallerie, International Plaza, 2223 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa, (813) 350-9996, zgallerie.com.
CLIP IT GOOD
There's something a little unceremonial about handing someone a wad of money for the holidays, but sometimes it really is the best gift. Give your uncreative cash present a sense of occasion with this giant silver clothespin from Crate & Barrel, $24.95. It has all the squeezy pleasure of two planes between a spring should, and it's shiny. Add in a Christmas card if you really want to go crazy, you fool, you. Crate & Barrel, 2201 N Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, (813) 241-3777, crateandbarrel.com.
WE DON'T WANT NO SCRUBS
These would fall into one of those awkward gift categories like, "GYM MEMBERSHIP" or "BLENDER" if they weren't so delightfully cute. These rubber dishwashing gloves by Jessie Steele are trimmed in pretty patterns like argyle, zebra, lemons, polka dots and Eiffel Towers. Jessie Steele was the brainchild behind the cute cupcake apron worn by Charlotte York in Sex and the City 2, so you know it's good stuff. Pick up a pair for $12 at Sweet Divas Chocolates, 400 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 379-4567, sweetdivaschocolates.com, or buy online at jessiesteele.com.
COME SAIL AWAY
No one likes a funky beach bag. Give your beach bunny the handy solution called Hayden Reis bags, made from Dacron sailcloth, the stuff used on sailboats, and sewn by hand. They're water-resistant and the sand falls off rather than sticking in every little crevice. They're crinkly and slick to the touch, great for holding your wet swimsuit, your leaky sunscreen bottle or the shells you picked up. The artist, Hayden Reis, was born and raised in Florida and now lives in Sarasota. She makes colorful wristlets, sunscreen bags, beach bags and different-sized totes, $25 and up. Check them out at Cerulean Blu Swim and Resort Wear, 400 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 498-8987, ceruleanblu.com or haydenreis.com.
Know someone who is always having bad luck? Give them a little boost with the Palmistry kit from Agora, which guides the user to read his own future using the lines on his hand. He'll learn to judge by the lines, the creases, the texture, the softness, the length of the fingers, that dark, ominous spot of misery on the third finger on the right ... oh wait, that's just an Oreo cookie crumb. Whew. Pick it up at Agora, 1515 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, (813) 247-4141; or 232 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, (727) 823-7573, or buy online at shackman.com.
PUT A RING ON IT
Host a holiday party on your friends' fingers with some funky rings. They're inexpensive and cheeky, not so serious as a diamond necklace in the shape of a heart from Kay. They're not expected to wear costume jewelry all the time, so there's no pressure. All Sewn Up Boutique in St. Pete has a delightful assortment at the register ranging from $8 to $10, in styles including Union Jack, mustache, baby stroller, creepy face and spikes. All Sewn Up, 621 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 289-7034, allsewnupboutique.com.