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Local Moms Share: What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! Still not sure what to get mom for Mother’s Day? We asked a few Tampa Bay area moms to share what they REALLY want! The best part is most of these gift ideas can be purchased from locally owned businesses! #ShopSmall for the WIN! Several of the companies are even offering discounts for Tampa Bay Parenting readers!

One of our favorite ideas is from Tampa blogger, Ellie Hirsch of She loves it when her kids make her coupon books with coupons that are good for things like a Day of Relaxation for Mom or Breakfast in Bed! So cute!

Here are some more great ideas:


    A Messy Ma shirt that speaks her mommin’ language. This is a brand new clothing line launched by Tampa mom Kristen Ostow, who founded another popular clothing line, SouthernDoe a few years ago! There are so many cute mommy shirts to choose from, it’ll be hard to decide which one to buy! (Photo by Laura Foote)




One Life Jewelry necklace: We love this “Pretty Little Names” necklace from One Life Jewelry in Tarpon Springs. The 18″, 14k gold filled chain includes three personalized discs in 14k gold filled, sterling silver, and 14k rose cold filled hung with a freshwater pearl. This combination is priced at $90.00, but you can find many more different designs that start at just $20.00. Place an order through Etsy website,
For free shipping, the code is TBPARENTING2017


But first, coffee… Tampa Coffee Club is a local coffee delivery service featuring the best in local coffee created by more than 30 roasters in the Tampa Bay region. Prices: 1 month Trial $20, Monthly Club $20, 3 Month Gift Box $54


Seventh Avenue Apothecary Candles: Let her worries melt away with one of our favorite local candle companies, Seventh Avenue Apothecary. We are loving the Lavender and Black Pepper scent right now. The Signature Glass Jar retails for $27.00.

wash club

Laundry Help: Did you know there’s a locally owned company that will pick up and wash and fold your laundry right from your doorstep? Give mom a break and buy her a gift card from WashClub Tampa Bay! She’ll get 20% off her first order!


Plants that last: A unique alternative to traditional flower delivery, this gift pairs a beautiful, low-maintenance air plant with a piece of natural cholla wood. Available from Air Plant Design Studio with your choice of 8 different air plants, starting at just $11. You also have the option to send it in a pretty gift box with a personalized card. Use the code TBParenting for 15% off which will be good through Mother’s Day.


India Hicks tokens and chain: We are obsessed with these tokens by India Hicks, a former model who descends from British and design royalty (her godfather is Prince Charles). India, a mother of 5, created her affordable luxury lifestyle brand in 2015 with the goal of helping women find the second chapter in their lives as entrepreneurs, serving as brand Ambassadors. She recently visited South Tampa and we instantly fell in love with her product line! (Not an ad, we just really like her stuff.) Our favorite token is the ‘Count Your Lucky Stars’ token, but there are many more you can choose from! To learn more and place an order, click here to be connected with local India Hicks Ambassador, Angier.


Cute Handbag: We are loving these hand bags by North Carolina designer Holly Aiken which were designed by our May guest editor Jennifer Stancil of the Glazer Children’s Museum. You can purchase them at the museum gift store! The Coupe bag (pictured) is $114. Prices start at $59 for other products.


A day to relax at her favorite salon or spa. Pick up a gift card and be sure to set aside some time so mom can relax for a few hours or even the whole day! We recently teamed up with The Grand Beauty Spa in Tampa to give away a spa day for two for Mother’s Day.

Darlene Barlows Photography

A professional family photo session. Mom loves taking pictures of her kids, so why not include her in a special session to preserve memories that will surely last a lifetime! We love Darlene Barlows Photography in Tampa-Darlene does a beautiful job capturing our cover photos every month!


South Tampa Trading Co.: Put together a look to make her feel like the beautiful woman she is like this style from South Tampa Trading Company: Cool Cotton Racerback Zucar Sundress in Coral ($52.00) Natural Stone Necklace ($10.00) Custom Beach Bag with rope handles by Shaley Designs ($45.00) Coral and Cream Embellished Sunhat ($28.00)



Plum Print: Mom’s love receiving hand made items from their children which is why a Plum Print Book is such a great idea! She can send off her favorite pieces of artwork in a prepaid shipping box and Plum Print will photograph each piece and turn the art into a beautiful book! Code for $20 Off A Plum Print Book Of Your Child’s Artwork: tampa20 The code is good through the month of May.

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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