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.
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.
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
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: 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.
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.
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.