Here's where to shop local for holiday gifts in Tampa Bay

Christmas. Chanukah. Kwanzaa. Saturnalia. The Solstice. Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, there’s no doubt buying gifts can add stress to your holiday schedule. And, sure, you want to shop local, but time is at a premium and honestly, sometimes it just feels easier to wipe out all your shopping on Cyber Monday. We feel your pain — and your regret (Mom doesn’t really need those reindeer slipper socks, does she?) — so this year we’re giving you locally driven gift ideas. From out-on-the-town experiences to under-the-tree presents, look no further. So grab this guide, make your list, and then spend the day lining ‘em up and knocking ‘em down. See? We’re here for you. Always. Except for wrapping all the presents.  You’re on your own there. Click on the gift name for a link to the shop or service.

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Let's get ready to shop! Here's our A-Z guide of gifts you can buy from locally owned Tampa Bay shops.

Let's get ready to shop! Here's our A-Z guide of gifts you can buy from locally owned Tampa Bay shops.

A is for Amelia’s Wreaths of Joy
This St. Pete Beach maker has door hangers and wreaths for every occasion, from Christmas to football season. 
Who to gift:Your aunt who has different colored candles for each holiday — including Columbus Day.
What to gift: Head to her Etsy store and find one that’s perfect for her. She also does custom orders.
Photo via Amelia’s Wreaths of Joy, via Facebook.

A is for Amelia’s Wreaths of Joy


This St. Pete Beach maker has door hangers and wreaths for every occasion, from Christmas to football season.
Who to gift:Your aunt who has different colored candles for each holiday — including Columbus Day.
What to gift: Head to her Etsy store and find one that’s perfect for her. She also does custom orders.
Photo via Amelia’s Wreaths of Joy, via Facebook.
B is for Books
Look, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a local author (but, uh, don’t do that). From Lisa Unger’s suspenseful writing to Tamara Lush’s sexytime books, put money in the hands of local writers. 
Who to gift:Locally written books are great for holiday gift exchanges and last-minute gifts.
What to gift:Pick a book you’d like to read. There’s no one list of all our local writers, but the lineup for the 2018 SunLit Fest will get you started.
Photo via Cathy Salustri

B is for Books


Look, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a local author (but, uh, don’t do that). From Lisa Unger’s suspenseful writing to Tamara Lush’s sexytime books, put money in the hands of local writers.
Who to gift:Locally written books are great for holiday gift exchanges and last-minute gifts.
What to gift:Pick a book you’d like to read. There’s no one list of all our local writers, but the lineup for the 2018 SunLit Fest will get you started.
Photo via Cathy Salustri
C is for Canning Classes
We all have that friend — or are that friend — who talks about canning their own preserves or learning to pressure can. The Urban Canning Company has classes for that. 
Who to gift:Any of your friends who have a Pinterest board. 
What to gift: does custom orders. A jar of their jam (might we suggest the cranberry whiskey?) alongside a gift card. 
Photo via torange.biz ; reprocessed (rotated and cropped) by Off-shell via Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0

C is for Canning Classes


We all have that friend — or are that friend — who talks about canning their own preserves or learning to pressure can. The Urban Canning Company has classes for that.
Who to gift:Any of your friends who have a Pinterest board.
What to gift: does custom orders. A jar of their jam (might we suggest the cranberry whiskey?) alongside a gift card.
Photo via torange.biz ; reprocessed (rotated and cropped) by Off-shell via Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0
Date Night at the Morean Center for Clay
Date night at the Morean Center for Clay.
No, you can’t do the scene from Ghost.Yes, you and your partner can make something really cool. 
Who to gift:Your partner.
What to gift: A Friday-night hand building/wheel class.
Photo goodfreephotos.com

Date Night at the Morean Center for Clay


Date night at the Morean Center for Clay. No, you can’t do the scene from Ghost.Yes, you and your partner can make something really cool.
Who to gift:Your partner.
What to gift: A Friday-night hand building/wheel class.
Photo goodfreephotos.com

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