Christmas might seem like lightyears away, but believe it or not, the holiday season is right around the corner. That’s why we compiled a list of local shopping destinations to help you beat last-minute mayhem. The Sunshine City has so much to offer and who doesn’t love sunshine wrapped in a present? Read below for some Xmas inspiration:
For The Tea Drinker: Blush Tea And Coffee
With more than 90 local and global tea selections, Blush Tea And Coffee is the place for tea lovers. Blush Tea And Coffee rotates a selection of teas seasonally that are sourced from providers like The Jasmine Pearl, TeBella Tea Company, & Rishi. Curating the perfect gift is no large feat here with choices like oolong, white, chai, black, herbal and more blends. You can also order online from this women-owned business or stop by the cafe and order a drink or mix of your own!
For The Foodie: Teak St. Pete
Incredible views, delicious food, and countless memories await at Teak on the St. Pete Pier. Whether you want to gather your nearest and dearest for a holiday soiree or purchase gift cards for your loved ones to enjoy later, dining at Teak will be an unforgettable experience. And, did you know that our sister property, The Birchwood, is nearby on Beach Drive, featuring a rooftop canopy and a restaurant, Birch and Vine, that features indoor and outdoor seating and fresh meals prepared by top chefs in the area.
For The Art Connoisseur: The Dali Museum
Know someone on your holiday list that loves Surrealist art? Then you must check out The Dali Museum, an iconic St. Pete destination unlike any other. Dedicated to preserving the extraordinary legacy of the talented Salvador Dalí, the museum features Dalí-inspired events, exhibits & experiences. Consider day tickets, a yearly membership or items from the museum store. More than 85% of the store items are only offered at the Dali Museum.
For The Sunshine City Enthusiast: St. Pete Store
Support more than 50 local artists and show the art and soul of St. Pete when you shop at The St. Pete Store. All products, including items such as t-shirts, handmade glass cutting boards, baseball hats, hand poured soy candles, books and more are imagined, designed and created in St. Pete. Oh, the beautiful gifts you will find!
For The Environmentalist: Tampa Bay Watch
If you’re looking for ways to give back to an environmental nonprofit, keep your eyes out for Tampa Bay Watch. This nonprofit uses community-driven restoration projects, education programs and outreach initiatives to help foster a healthy Tampa Bay watershed. You can get everything from eco-tours of Tampa Bay to tickets for the exhibit gallery or educational programs and explorations. Perfect for the environmentalist or kids on your list!
For The Plant Lover: Wild Roots
You don’t have to have a green thumb to enjoy all of the wonderful benefits plants provide. Plant beginners and enthusiasts alike will enjoy the wide selection and excellent customer service provided by Wild Roots. This is no ordinary plant store – located in an old auto garage, Wild Roots provides an eclectic botanical selection perfect for the plant lovers in your life. Not sure what to select? Get a gift card and allow the recipient to make their own green discoveries.
Need a shopping break? Enjoy some fresh air and a boost of caffeine from Driftwood Cafe, our sister property on the ground floor of the St. Pete Pier, next to the tilted lawn. Take some time for yourself and enjoy a cup of coffee, a delicious scoop (or two) of ice cream, or a light bite.
We hope these local ideas help you check off your list. It’s never too early to start looking!