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Our holiday guide for Tampa Bay-themed gifts

Buying for someone with a lot of neighborhood pride? Get inspiration from local vendors.
A wooden sign from Gulf Planks, T-shirt from Wide Sky and a minaret ornament from the Henry B. Plant Museum gift shop are some suggestions in our holiday gift guide for locals.
A wooden sign from Gulf Planks, T-shirt from Wide Sky and a minaret ornament from the Henry B. Plant Museum gift shop are some suggestions in our holiday gift guide for locals. [ Courtesy of Gulf Planks, Wide Sky and the Henry B. Plant Museum ]
Published Dec. 3, 2020
Updated Dec. 7, 2020

Shopping for a native Floridian? Need a gift for a newcomer celebrating their first Christmas in the Sunshine State? These hyper-local gift ideas are sure to please, and your dollars will go further by supporting businesses from the Tampa Bay area.

Go local

Tampa Bay-themed T-shirts sold by local company Wide Sky, retailing for $25 each online.
Tampa Bay-themed T-shirts sold by local company Wide Sky, retailing for $25 each online. [ Courtesy of Wide Sky ]

Old Southeast Market: Pick up a mask decorated with the rainbow pelican design of the St. Petersburg flag, or browse a range of merch by local company Wide Sky, from Sunshine Skyway-themed bumper stickers to “I climbed Thrill Hill” T-shirts. 1700 Third St. S, St. Petersburg.

Wide Sky: More designs are available on Wide Sky’s website, from masks emblazoned with “Protect Brady” for the Bucs fan in your life to “Don’t Cluck with Ybor” koozies and coasters decorated with roosters, and tank tops that pay homage to the congested bridges we love to hate.

St. Petersburg-themed glassware ($25) from ZaZoo'd, located on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg-themed glassware ($25) from ZaZoo'd, located on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of ZaZoo'd ]

ZaZoo’d: Find large maps of the Tampa Bay area, thermal cups and Wide Sky T-shirts alongside furniture and vintage items at this quirky shop in downtown St. Petersburg. Online shopping is available at zazood.com. 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Gift some neighborhood pride

Some neighborhood associations, like those in the Historic Old Northeast and Old Seminole Heights, peddle neighborhood flags online.

A screenshot of the locally made items available in the Gulf Planks Etsy shop. The St. Petersburg company sells wooden plank signs designed like local businesses, neighborhoods and landmarks.
A screenshot of the locally made items available in the Gulf Planks Etsy shop. The St. Petersburg company sells wooden plank signs designed like local businesses, neighborhoods and landmarks. [ Screenshot, Etsy.com ]

Gulf Planks: This St. Petersburg-based shop sells handmade signs created from photos and wood. Destinations range from local neighborhood-specific signs to iconic hotels, dive bars and restaurants to popular spots like the Pinellas Trail. To shop in person, visit the St. Pete Pier Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To shop online, visit the Gulf Planks Etsy store.

Urban Bungalow: This shop at Pickford’s Sundries sells Tampa-themed kitchen towels, wooden postcards and candles. It also stocks pillows, doormats and handmade wooden signs for Hillsborough neighborhoods including Tampa Heights, Seminole Heights and Wellswood. 2606 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa.

Neighborhoodies sells customized products for dozens of communities in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.
Neighborhoodies sells customized products for dozens of communities in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. [ Screenshot, neighborhoodies.shop ]

Neighborhoodies: This online shop sells ornaments, stickers, shirts, hats and onesies for communities in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota. You can customize the color and the neighborhood, from Allendale to Ybor City. neighborhoodies.shop.

Play tourist at gift shops

The St. Pete Store and Visitors Center: Shop for Sunshine City-themed items from over 50 local artisans, from coin purses and coasters to the St. Pete Eats cookbook, which features healthy recipes from local restaurants. 100 Second Ave. N, No. 150, St. Petersburg.

Related: St. Petersburg publishing a cookbook with local restaurant recipes for coronavirus relief

Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center: Find pirate-themed coffee mugs, Tampa International Airport hats and the Tampa With a Twist cocktail recipe book. Browse in person or online at shop.visittampabay.com. 201 N Franklin St., Suite 102, Tampa.

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 ]

Henry B. Plant Museum gift shop: Don’t forget about local history museums. The Henry B. Plant Museum’s shop stocks ornaments shaped like its iconic shiny minarets ($28) as well as Tampa-themed history books, coffee, puzzles and shirts. Shop online at plantmuseum.com. 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.