Gift guides, with a Tampa Bay twist, for every person on your list

“Shop local” is the mantra this year. We have ideas to help, from food and art to movies and books.
Clockwise from top left: Fairgrounds St. Pete, the Love Letters from St. Pete coloring book, artwork from local writer Steph Post and bread from the Crumb Factory Bakery.
Clockwise from top left: Fairgrounds St. Pete, the Love Letters from St. Pete coloring book, artwork from local writer Steph Post and bread from the Crumb Factory Bakery. [ Photo illustration by Gabrielle Calise ]
Published Nov. 19, 2021|Updated April 25, 2023

If we don’t hear the words “supply chain” ever again, no one will be sad. The warnings started over the summer: Stock up for holiday stockings now, or else. Because on top of not being able to find Smucker’s Uncrustables in the store and those windows you ordered six months ago taking (infinitely) longer than expected, must-have holiday items will be in short supply. There will be tears!

Well, bah humbug to that. The independent stores, museums and businesses of Tampa Bay are ready for you. We’ve rounded up items that celebrate Tampa Bay, fabulous experiences, memberships, food gifts and even just a movie night that has a local twist.

Happy holidays and happy shopping! — Ellen E. Clarke, deputy editor, Life & Culture

Gifts for the movie fans

There’s no shortage of films made around Tampa Bay. Why not turn that into a present? From comedies and romance to suspenseful thrillers, film expert Paul Guzzo lays out some options. Don’t forget the popcorn.

Related: A gift guide for Tampa Bay movie buffs

Gifts for the art lover

They say there’s an art to gift giving. But have you considered giving the gift of art? Music and art critic Maggie Duffy breaks down the local classes, concert tickets and museum passes that will make you very popular this holiday season.

Related: Gift ideas for the Tampa Bay arts enthusiast in your life

Gifts for the reader

Tampa Bay is a bookworm’s paradise, from the trove of local authors to wonderful independent bookstores. Book critic Colette Bancroft has creative ideas for the voracious reader on your list, from local releases to visual art by a local writer.

Related: Local gifts for readers around Tampa Bay

Gifts for the person obsessed with Florida

Welcome your new neighbor with a gift bursting with local pride. Torment your relatives freezing in the north with a reminder that you live in the Sunshine State. It’s been a hard year — why not buy yourself a calendar filled with Ybor City’s chickens? Culture and nostalgia reporter Gabrielle Calise suggests Tampa Bay-themed coffee beans, coloring books, ornaments and more.

Related: Tampa Bay gifts for the lover of all things local

Gifts for the foodie

All that holiday shopping making you hungry? Food writer Helen Freund has guidance for every type of eater, from vegetarians to carnivores to people who eat too much bread.

Related: Holiday gift ideas for the Tampa Bay foodie

Gifts for the adventurer

Our events, family and travel reporter Sharon Kennedy Wynne wondered: What’s a better gift than a memory? She has suggestions for experiences that can be turned into presents. Highlights include touring a haunted movie theater, zipping around town on a Segway and smooching an alligator.

Related: Tampa Bay experiences that make great gifts

Gifts for the outdoors lover

For those outdoorsy Floridians on your gift list, reporter Mari Faiello has suggestions from budget-friendly stocking stuffers to big-ticket items for a wallet as sizable as Santa’s belly.

Related: Give the gift of the outdoors on any budget