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Tampa Bay gifts for the lover of all things local

From coloring books to calendars, here are unique finds for the person overflowing with local pride.
Our local gift guide features beans from Buddy Brew Coffee, a St. Petersburg-themed coloring book and an Ybor chicken calendar.
Our local gift guide features beans from Buddy Brew Coffee, a St. Petersburg-themed coloring book and an Ybor chicken calendar. [ Photo collage by Gabrielle Calise ]
Published Nov. 15
Updated Nov. 17

With a wonky supply chain infringing on another holiday season, the mantra this year is to skip the big box stores and shop local.

We decided to take it even further with locally made AND locally themed gifts. These items are a great way to welcome your new-to-town friend, or subtly remind your loved ones far away that we live where they vacation.

A chicken calendar

Local artist Lynn Rattray created the 2022 Ybor City Chickens Calendar, which features a different local bird for each month.
Local artist Lynn Rattray created the 2022 Ybor City Chickens Calendar, which features a different local bird for each month. [ Courtesy of Lynn Rattray ]

Local artist Lynn Rattray created the 2022 Ybor City Chickens Calendar to showcase Tampa’s favorite roaming birds. Rattray created mixed-media portraits of local birds and used photographs provided by Dylan Breese, founder of the Ybor Misfits Microsanctuary and Ybor Chickens Society. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Misfits Microsanctuary, a 501c3 nonprofit that helps sick and injured chickens.

The calendars are $35 on Rattray’s website. Shipping is included.

Beans from around the bay

Buddy Brew's Champa Bay Roast has tasting notes of dark chocolate and toasted walnut. A 12-ounce bag is $18.
Buddy Brew's Champa Bay Roast has tasting notes of dark chocolate and toasted walnut. A 12-ounce bag is $18. [ Courtesy of Buddy Brew ]

For your favorite coffee snob, consider a special bag of locally roasted beans.

Buddy Brew, for example, is channeling our local sports victories with its Champa Bay Roast ($18 for a 12-ounce bag). The commemorative coffee has tasting notes of dark chocolate and toasted walnut. The company is also offering Buddy’s Holiday Roast ($18 for a 12-ounce bag), with notes of holiday baking spices, nuts and chocolate. Beans and holiday gift sets are available in Buddy Brew cafes or online.

St. Petersburg-born company Made Coffee sells varieties like 22nd Street Espresso ($15.99 for a 12-ounce bag), named after the brand’s first location, and Suncoast Roast, a Brazil and Ethiopia blend with notes of “ocean breeze, sweet berries and citrus” ($13.99 for a 12-ounce bag).

Kahwa, meanwhile, just released a new Winter Wonderland Blend, with an “aroma of milk chocolate with a hint of candied orange [that] will warm you from the inside out.” A 12-ounce bag is available for $14.99. You can also opt for a holiday coffee bundle that includes Kahwa’s Sirocco and Cubano coffee beans in special holiday bags for $39.99.

Coloring books

St. Petersburg artist Summer Kluytman created the Love Letters from St. Pete coloring book to showcase some of the city's beloved landmarks, past and present.
St. Petersburg artist Summer Kluytman created the Love Letters from St. Pete coloring book to showcase some of the city's beloved landmarks, past and present. [ Courtesy of Summer Kluytman ]
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For adults and children alike, check out a locally-themed coloring book.

Summer Kluytman created the Love Letters from St. Pete coloring book ($20) after watching some of the city’s oldest signs and landmarks come down.

“I decided to use my photos of these special places to create a moment in time when things were slow and sweet,” wrote the St. Petersburg-based artist on her Etsy page. “I love St Pete, and miss the grungier days..but I also love how beautiful it still is.”

Kluytman’s book is sold online on her Etsy page. It’s also available at local retailers Neat Neat Neat St. Pete, The St. Pete Store & Visitors Center and Tombolo Books.

Ornaments

The Dade City Garden Club sells holiday ornaments as an annual fundraiser. This year's ornament, which depicts the front door of the club, costs $22.
The Dade City Garden Club sells holiday ornaments as an annual fundraiser. This year's ornament, which depicts the front door of the club, costs $22. [ Courtesy of the Dade City Garden Club ]

Since 1994, the Dade City Garden Club has sold beautiful ornaments that depict historic area buildings. The tradition was started by longtime club member Sally Redden, and funds raised benefit the garden club, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

This year’s ornament depicts the front door of the club surrounded by monarch butterflies, which nods to the Monarch Butterfly Festival that the Dade City Garden Club founded. The ornaments cost $22 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce in Dade City or by calling Kathy Riley at 352-583-4994.

The Henry B. Plant Museum and Oxford Exchange both sell ornaments in the shape of Tampa’s distinctive minarets for $28. The delicate glass creations are available online and in store.

The Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa sells blown glass ornaments in the shape of the iconic minarets for $28.
The Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa sells blown glass ornaments in the shape of the iconic minarets for $28. [ Screenshot, www.plantmuseum.com ]

South Tampa boutique Hazel + Dot sells everything from Lightning koozies and local area code mugs to prints from Tampa Bay artists. The shop on 3714 Henderson Blvd. is stocked with ornaments that can also double as bottle tags.