Don’t let the other reindeer get you down (those bee-yotches). Let yourself glow with a spa treatment or a spray tan party. Stretch yourself with the Ultimate Yoga Package or jump into a spinning class. And if you’re still looking to shine, order a custom-made bikini — or bid on the diamond pendant. Place your bids by clicking on the items below or go to cltampa.com/auction.
Enough with those kisses from Kay’s and that jewelry from Jared. Here’s your chance to buy a gorgeous gift from the always very generous Gold & Diamond Source that’ll make someone very happy and help The Children’s Home at the same time: a black and white diamond heart-shaped pendant, set in 14-kt white gold with an 18-inch white gold chain. Bidding starts at: $100. Value: $650.
Santa makes sliding down the chimney look easy, but it takes extra training to twirl artfully around a nightclub pole. With this five-pack of passes, good for any of the intermediate to advanced classes offered by Best of the Bay-winning Impulse Pole Dance & Exotic Fitness studio, you or your significant other can learn the gamut, from booty basics to spin and strut, from foxy floor work to pole strength and conditioning. You can even have fun sitting down (more or less) with a class in cheeky chair dance. Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $125.
Do you dream of being America’s next top model? (Hey, Tyra!) Or do you just want some terrific photos of your family, your office staff or your pug? Win this item and you get a one-hour on-location portrait session from Marisa Nuffer of Glow Tampa Photography, and 25-plus high-resolution color and black-and-white images on disc. Marisa strives for portraiture that’s “natural, honest and real”; check out the beautiful pics at glowtampa.com to see what she means. Note: Location session must be within 15 miles of downtown Tampa. Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $250.
A diva-tastic diversion that’ll make your face and your torso (and maybe your significant other) very happy. The Diva Day package from Hip Expressions’ studio and spa includes a facial, a belly dance hip scarf, a gift pack of mineral make-up, and a belly dance class. You’ll receive your gift pack when you get your facial and can pick and choose which class you’d like to come in and try. Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $165.
Take the headache out of haircuts by taking advantage of this amazing offer from Oldsmar’s Whole Aveda Salonspa: a haircut a month for an entire year. Whole’s licensed stylists range from recent Aveda Institute graduates to masters with more than 20 years experience — and you get to benefit from their expertise all year long. Bidding starts at: $75. Value: $600.
You don’t want just a tan; you want a Saint Tropez tan, a Miami Beach tan, an Elite Tan. And Planet Beach has more tanning techniques than we can name here. But that’s okay, because with this item you can try all levels of UV tanning for a year at Planet Beach locations in Westchase, New Tampa or Wesley Chapel. Bidding starts at: $75. Value: $599.
An extraordinary item for the yoga enthusiast on your list. The package includes a 4-pack of yoga classes from White Orchid Yoga, a welcoming sanctuary with studios in Tampa and Clearwater offering yoga instruction in the Ashtanga yoga method, with classes for all levels; two 1-month yoga class packages from Yogani Studios in South Tampa, each good for 1 month of unlimited regularly scheduled public yoga classes; and, at the beautiful Lotus Pond Retreat, a group yoga class and/or stress relief class with an extra hour of meeting/party time afor 10 to 30 attendees, advanced booking required. Bidding starts at: $100. Value: $540. (White Orchid 4-pack, $65; Yogani 1-month, $300; Lotus Pond group class, $175.)
Hey, palefaces! Don’t worry about sunburn. Get this Hawaiian-themed spray tan party for four from Tantalizing Spray Tans, and tan in the comfort of your own home. There’s a solution for everybody — choose from Tan (8%), Dark (10%) or Extremely Dark (12%) — and the tan experts come to you. And they always do two coats! Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $100. Available 24 hours a day. No food or drink provided for party, just four great tans with a fun, Hawaiian theme.
This is not your grandma’s exercise bike. With this 10-pack of indoor cycling classes, you’ll be taught by certified instructors who “motivate you to achieve your goals while our theater-enhanced studio stimulates your mind with virtual riding, music videos and extreme sports on two 100-inch screens.” SoHo, let’s go! Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $80.
This package includes everything you’ll need to get the most out of the Gasparilla Distance Classic March 3 and 4. You get a registration for the Bud Select 55 Mini Challenge, which allows you to run the 15K on Saturday and 5+3K on Sunday and also gets you great runner premiums like shirts, a virtual goody bag and finishers’ medals (assuming you finish). And to help you recover, we’re throwing in a 1-hour massage from Spa 801 in St. Pete. Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $160. (Race registration: $85; massage: $75.)
You deserve the best, so you should bid on a color correction, cut and blowout from Nikki Rice, winner of a Critic’s Pick for Best Hair Colorist in the 2011 Best of the Bay. Our critic called her an “expert color diva” who gives hair “unique dazzle and dimension”; now you can find out for yourself. Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $200.
Can’t find a sundress you like or a bikini that fits? Design your own. For the sundress, choose the fabric from Two Coconuts’ inventory of more than 50 different prints and colors, and pick the length, shoulder straps (halter, standard or strapless) and cut (pencil skirt or A-line). Or order a swimsuit from their popular designs — triangle top or halter top with adjustable or fixed strings, and your choice of moderate or full coverage for the bottoms. Tankinis are available as well. Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $135.
First, make yourself beautiful at, where else, Hello Beautiful Color Salon & Art Spa in South Tampa; you’ll get a $100 gift certificate for any salon service. Then go buy something beautiful with a $25 gift certificate from Revolve Clothing Exchange, good at either the Ybor or St. Pete location. Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $125.
This is what you crave: the Desired Deluxe mani/pedi & facial package from South Tampa’s Crave Spa, a $160 value. And of course you need a new haircut to go with your now-deluxe nails and fabulous face, so get a cut and blow-dry from Spa 801 in St. Pete, a $45 value. And once you’re home, luxuriate with a box of soaps from Seminole Heights’ new Cleanse Apothecary. Ahhhh... Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $250.
You love a good stre-e-e-e-t-t-t-c-h. So take this opportunity to get not just one, but two 4-class packages at South Tampa Pilates, a Pilates studio that focuses on personal involvement with students of all skill levels. And once you’ve gotten yourself on the road to readjustment spine-wise, give your hair a new look, too, with a $45 gift dertificate for a haircut & blow dry from Spa 801. Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $205. (Each 4-class Pilates package is worth $80.)
The SkinBalance Center in St. Pete’s Grand Central District offers acupuncture, paramedical aesthetics and neuromuscular therapy, combined with the most scientifically advanced line of products available, to help restore and maintain your natural radiance. The winner of this package will receive certificates for three 1-hour services of your choosing, plus a swag bag worth around $75. Bidding starts at: $35. Value: $270.
In just 45 minutes, enjoy a whiter, brighter smile with the Beaming White Teeth Whitening service from Blend Fitness in Lutz, including light session and gel. You’ll dazzle everyone else at the Christmas party! Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $99. Must be redeemed during staffed hours, M-F 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sun. 10 a.m.-3p.m.
OK, maybe you don’t want to go all Toddlers & Tiaras, but face it: Some little girls do like to dress up. And if your daughter or granddaughter or best friend’s kid is one of them, then this might just be the soiree of her dreams. The hour-long Mini-Princess party for four girls at Jazzy Jewels’ Westchase makeover studio includes hairstyle, makeup and nails — and, yes, tiaras. Bidding starts at: $25. Value: $200. Note: Can only be used Mon.-Fri.