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Mother’s Day gift ideas to shop for around Tampa Bay

Honor your mother with presents from local small businesses.
A selection of sweets, cards and other Mother's Day gift ideas from Neat Neat Neat in St. Petersburg.
A selection of sweets, cards and other Mother's Day gift ideas from Neat Neat Neat in St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of Reneata Griffin ]
Published Apr. 30
Updated Apr. 30

The second Mother’s Day of the pandemic happens May 9. Hopefully, more mothers can visit with their children this year. But whether you celebrate Mom in person or not, here are a few gift ideas you can send her way from local businesses.

Decadent sweets from Neat Neat Neat

Gift shop Neat Neat Neat has candy you won’t find everywhere, like duck fat caramels and cinnamon chili chocolates from Nashville’s Olive and Sinclair. Vegans will appreciate Brooklyn-based Fine and Raw’s espresso/cashew butter chocolates. They range from $8 to $22. The shop carries cards, plants and many other items sure to knock Mom’s socks off. It’s also a facial salon, so pampering your mom is an option. Open Monday-Tuesday by appointment, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-755-7327. neatstpete.com.

Jewelry by Project Moment Designs

Project Moment Designs is a Tampa-based jewelry business owned by a mother and daughter, so giving a piece from their Mother, Daughter collection feels appropriate. It includes a hand-stamped “Mom” necklace ($107), a heart-shaped necklace ($144) and a pastel rainbow bracelet ($76). A special Mama’s Day Bundle includes all three ($280). One percent of proceeds are donated to the InHerShoes Movement to “catalyze courage for women and girls across the globe.” projectmomentdesigns.com.

A Mom necklace paired with a heart necklace from Project Moment Designs' Mother, Daughter collection.
A Mom necklace paired with a heart necklace from Project Moment Designs' Mother, Daughter collection. [ Courtesy of Jessica Santander ]

Fun projects from The Goods

Jigsaw puzzles made a huge comeback during the pandemic, so much so that manufacturers struggled to keep up with demand, resulting in a global shortage. That makes Tampa store The Goods’ vintage-inspired 1,000-piece puzzles with botanical illustrations even more special ($19).

Vintage puzzles are available at The Goods.
Vintage puzzles are available at The Goods. [ Courtesy of Greg Curtis ]

Let Mom grow

Gardening has been another popular pandemic pastime. In lieu of flowers, give Mom an Organic Grow Kit from Urban Agriculture. Each kit contains organic soil and organic seeds and is available in rosemary, lavender and sunflower ($16.95).

Just add water to these Organic Grow Kits, available at The Goods.
Just add water to these Organic Grow Kits, available at The Goods. [ Courtesy of Greg Curtis ]

Both are available at The Goods. The store offers socially-distant shopping and curbside pickup options. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 6500 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-374-0305.

Art from Syd Entel Galleries

A ceramic teapot depicting Frida Kahlo by Noi Volkov is available at Syd Entel Galleries.
A ceramic teapot depicting Frida Kahlo by Noi Volkov is available at Syd Entel Galleries. [ Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries ]

If Mom loves original, handmade art and jewelry, visit Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass in Safety Harbor. This ceramic teapot depicting Frida Kahlo by Noi Volkov ($1,500) makes a luxurious gift. More ideas are blown-glass paperweights ($42), elegant yet fun animal-head salt and pepper sets ($50) and hand-blown wine glasses ($80). 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-725-1808. sydentelgalleries.com.

Art class at the Dunedin Fine Art Center

An art class is the gift that keeps on giving. Whether you choose a single workshop or a full session of classes, Mom can paint, make ceramics, learn digital arts or food art and more at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. The first summer session runs June 7-July 18. Prices vary. The center has taken extensive health and social distancing measures. dfac.org.