Shop Local: The Wooden Nickel

If you’re searching for unique and whimsical presents for the stranger members of your family, skip the predictable merchandise at mall staple Spencer Gifts and head over to the Wooden Nickel.

From risqué cards and gag gifts to adult-oriented ornaments, this Tampa novelty store is filled with knickknacks that cater to the oddball set, usually at lower prices than competitors. Have a mischievous little brother? Check out the wall of prankster gifts. Stoner roommate? Consider black lights and a fog machine. The cluttered store also carries a wide selection of beads, posters, locally made incense, wooden pipes and an assortment of costumes unparallelled in Tampa.

Gift This: With the banks going under, more people are keeping money under the bed. Try hideaway boxes instead, available in the shape of mayonnaise jars (right), Pringles and shaving cream, $24.95 to $32.95.

1441 E. Fletcher Ave. suite #141, Tampa, 813-977-0904.

See other stops on CL’s Indie Holiday Shopping Spree here.

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