With a rich cultural history and vibrant art scene, Tampa offers plenty of opportunities to find gifts of local significance or produced by local artists. From the best cigars to handmade crafts to thrilling roller-coaster rides, there are unique gift options sure to delight even the most difficult to please.
If you're shopping for unique, local gifts in Tampa, a good place to start is Ybor City — Photo courtesy of Visit Tampa Bay
Established in the mid-1800s as a center of cigar production, Tampa’s historic Ybor City still sports a variety of cigar stores that keep the tradition alive. Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Company is a perfect example.
Located in a renovated historic bungalow, this small but well-stocked store is owned by the descendants of Arturo Fuente, once a major manufacturer in West Tampa. They continue the family tradition and still feature Arturo Fuente cigars, among other major brands.
Many Tampa shopping connoisseurs know that the best local products can be found at one of the area's many fresh markets. For Marisa Langford, local blogger and community organizer, Tampa Bay fresh markets are her go-to when buying gifts that say "Love from Tampa."
"They offer a wide variety of local artisan work, plus foods, spices and more, utilizing only fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients,” says Langford.
To find a market near you, you can visit TampaBayMarkets.com for a listing of some of the best.
Another wonderful way to share Tampa with your loved ones is the gift of a wonderful experience. With its world-class attractions, warm weather and beautiful location, Tampa provides plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the city.
If you want to pack in all the majors, try giving a Tampa CityPASS. The pass offers access to five area attractions, including Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium for 39% less than individual tickets.
Luckily, the nine-day time limit doesn’t start until after the pass’ initial use, so this is also a great gift for anyone planning a trip to Tampa in the future.