Updated Dec 6, 2021 - Business

Your guide to shopping local in Tampa Bay

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Here's our curated guide to buying local for everyone in your life this holiday season.

๐Ÿงฆ Stocking stuffers: Stickers from Moonlight Sticker Co., local artwork and goods from a Lucid Vending machine, essential oil rollers from GURU, a retro nightlight from Lucky Lighthouse Designs and quirky earrings from the extensive collection at ARTpool.

๐Ÿšฒ The bikeaholic: A t-shirt featuring their favorite animal riding a bike from Darkcycle or a tuneup from BikeHaus or The Bikery.

๐Ÿ“š The bookworm: A membership to the readers + drinker's circle at Book & Bottle. Or get a book signed and gift-wrapped by a local author from Tombolo. Or a hangout with a Florida author from the First Amendment Foundation.

  • Get Carl Hiassen to come to your book club ($500) or hang virtually with notable writers like Gilbert King ($300), Ace Atkins ($100) or Lauren Groff ($100).

โ™ป๏ธ The green freak: Eco-friendly stocking stuffers from Sans Market in DTSP or Lรผfka Refillables in Tampa, sustainable self-care items from Astra or recycled straw jewelry from Sweet Goods.

๐Ÿคฌ The beautiful badass: Dainty jewelry with dirty words from BadAss Baubles and Things.

๐Ÿ€ The baller: Planter made from a basketball or an Air Jordan candle from Potdega.

๐Ÿฅ‡ The Champa Bay fan: Repurposed vintage apparel featuring local and national sports teams from Mac Hermanas.

๐Ÿฅฑ The cozy one: A crocheted pillow from Covered By T, a mug from Sugar Cream Clay or a "Not in the mood" sweatshirt from A Rose Gallery.

๐Ÿงถ The crafter: Retro fabrics or sewing lessons from the Spool Studio.

โ˜•๏ธ The one with refined tastes: Small batch non-alcoholic barrel-aged coffee from Hogg Batch.

๐ŸŽฃ The fisher: A Stashtackle monthly subscription box of fishing tackle and snacks.

๐Ÿพ Furry friends: Gourmet treats and accessories from Rescue Me Bakery, Three Dog Bakery and St. Petersbark.

๐Ÿ‘ป The horror lover: Art from It's Alive!

๐Ÿชด The pot-head: Plants and accessories from Into the Pot, Tampanian Vintage Jungle, Knotted Roots and Wild Roots or a succulent arrangement from Oh 4 Succ's Sake.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ The proud one: Everything LBGTQ from Inclusivitea and The Gayest Store on Earth.

๐Ÿ’ The one who always has fresh flowers: A weekly subscription to zero waste florist Sunrise Florals.

๐Ÿƒ The nature lover: Ceramics and illustrated cards by Moni, floral art by Good Moon Studio, cowrie shell jewelry from BellaCee Jewels or ocean-inspired home decor by Kelsey Brauer.

๐Ÿ‘š The graphic tee lover: A shirt featuring artwork from St. Pete is Super Cool.

๐Ÿ”ฎ The spiritual one: A private tarot reading or crystal jewelry from Cosmic Eye Creations, a Tree of Life pendant from PhoenixFire Designs or a crystal-infused chakra candle from Blue Sage Eco Boutique.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ The family chef: Hot sauce and spices from Jay's Spice Palette and The Saucy Queen, vinegars and oils from Kalamazoo Olive Co. and The Columbia Restaurant cookbook.

๐Ÿšฃ The one always out on the water: A Kayak Leash.

๐Ÿงผ The one who loves to be pampered: Artisan-crafted coconut milk soap from Island Thyme Soap Company.

๐Ÿง’ For kids: Education training and a children's book from Sweet Water. Funky sunglasses and jewelry from Peyton Jean Handmade. A calm down kit for children (and adults).

๐Ÿ“ฌ Want to add your favorite local business to this list? Email [email protected] and send their info our way so we can add them throughout December.

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