Last year Shari Wietrecki took home the Favorite Things Holiday Sweepstakes Grand Prize! This year, the Early Bird will win a Big Green Egg from Pinch-a-Penny FishHawk.

For three years, Osprey Observer newspapers has been partnering with local retailers to publish the Holiday Favorite Things Sweepstakes and gift guide, and this year promises to be one of the best yet! This year, we’ve partnered with our friends at Pinch-a-Penny FishHawk to offer an early bird prize of a Big Green Egg Grill! We are so excited to have such a great prize for our readers!

The campaign is called, The Osprey Observer, A Few of Our Favorite Things, and we have gone to local businesses and asked them to give us ideas for a few of the top items available this holiday season. From now until mid-December, we will be collecting Our Favorite Things all throughout the community and putting them together in one giant gift basket that will be given out in a Sweepstakes for our readers.

“We have had so many great items coming in and someone is going to be very excited to receive all of these great items from the businesses in our community,” said Kerrie Hoening, Advertising Sales Manager.

“We have such great success over the last two seasons and we are excited to share some of this year’s treasures from our local small businesses with our readers.”

Bridget Jenkins Wilson, owner of Cardinal Roofing and a member of the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber is also focused on encouraging local shopping this holiday season. “Anything we can do to keep our local busi-nesses in the spotlight is great for our community,” she said. “And, this is a great opportunity for Osprey Observer readers to have a chance to win an amazing holiday gift.”

To enter, email Sweepstakes to or fill out the entry form and send in by mail, fax or email. Last year, more than 500 local residents entered the campaign and ONE lucky winner walked away with a prize package worth more than $2,000. Good luck and thank you for shopping local!

Corbin’s Stamp & Coin Is Your Source For Treasured Family Heirlooms
If you are looking for the perfect gift, maybe for a family with a new baby or to celebrate a momentous occasion, a special coin may be the perfect keepsake. Start a new family tradition by commemorating the Christmas season each year. Holiday coin collections are the perfect way. Silver coins are 1 troy oz. of.999 fine silver and are available for $29.95 in a gift box or as an ornament that can be dis-played. The coins measure 39 mm in diameter and have a reeded edge.

There are nine varieties this year: Baby’s First Christmas, Bells with Season’s Greetings, Santa with Merry Christmas, Angel with A Christmas Wish, Puppies with We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Farm/Tractor with Merry Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with Poinsettias, Manger scene with Oh Holy Night and Train Station with a train and snow. All have the same verse: ‘Best Wishes For Peace And Joy This Holiday Season’ and the date.The only varieties with the date on the front are the Farm, the Train and Baby’s First Christmas. The coins come either in an Air-Tite capsule with a gift box or in an ornament holder. The ornament holder does not fit into the gift box.

Corbin’s Coins is located at 209 N. Kings Ave. in Brandon and isopen Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 651-3266.

Corbin’s Coins Gift Basket Item: Corbin’s Holiday Silver Coin Value: $29.95


Journey To Tranquility At DayDreams Day Spa

With all the stress the holidays bring, what better gift for someone (or yourself) than to escape for a few hours to DayDreams Day Spa & Bath Shop which can be made possible with a gift card to Daydreams. With many different types of spa packages to choose from including massage therapy, body therapy, skin care therapy, nail and pedicure treatments, waxings & brows, airbrush tanning, maternity services, services everyone. The shop in Daydreams also offers spa products which would also make great gifts. Pevonia Skin Care products are offered.

Gift certificates are available at the Spa, located at 658 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon or online at A second DayDreams location is in Lakeland at 1463 Town Center Dr. For more information on this location, call 863-686-5859.

DayDreams Day Spa & Bath Shop Gift Basket Item: 65 Minute Serenity Stone Massage Value: $115


McAuley Fine Jewelry Is A Gem In The Community

This season, design something uniquely ‘you’ to surprise your special someone. McAuley Fine Jewelry will help you plan your custom-made piece of jewelry. Jewelry repairs are also done on premises as well as repairs and restoration of old watches.

McCauley Fine Jewelry is located on Oakfield Drive, in the Atlantic Village Plaza, Kings Ave. and Oakfield Dr. It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 689-8124 or visit

McAuley Fine Jewelry Gift Basket Item: 14k Tin Cup 8-9mm Pearl Necklace Value: $452


A Few Of Your Favorite Things Can Be Found At Music Showcase

Music is the international language that is understood and enjoyed by all. Share your love of music by offering voice or instrument lessons to your favorite student. Instrument rentals start at $10 (if you don’t want to make a purchase). If you sign up online, the instrument will be delivered to your school. All of your music needs can be found at Music Showcase, which offers competitive pricing on sheet music and books. There is an in-house repair shop, and private and group lessons are offered. Is your child interested in musical theatre, acting, or maybe photography? Sign them up at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts at Music Showcase. Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 685-5998 or visit and

Music Showcase Gift Basket Item: Ukelele and $20 Gift Certificate Total Value: $50


Great Gift Ideas And Classes Help Make Rolling Pin A Great Stop For Holiday Gift Needs

If you are stuck coming up with creative gift ideas, make a visit to Rolling Pin to find something for every chef in your life. Rolling Pin offers cooking classes for all types of meals.

Stop by and browse the gourmet retail store’s extensive collection of classic and unique kitchenware. You will find everything from barware, bakeware, aprons, towels and mitts, coffees and teas, cookware, electrics, gadgets, gifts for entertaining, knives and cut-ting boards, outdoor cooking and more. Enjoy shopping in the specialty food and wine departments.

There are many great reasons to attend Rolling Pin’s cooking classes, whether you enjoy cooking or just eating, from great date nights to learning about new foods, this is a great gift idea anyone would be excited to receive.

It is also Brandon’s only Platinum Dealer for the Big Green Egg, the ultimate cooking experience. Rolling Pin Emporium is open for private events too. Gift cards are also available.

Rolling Pin is located at 2080 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. Call 653-2418 or visit for more information.

Rolling Pin Cooking Classes & Norma Fleming Themed Gift Basket Total Value: $300


Nothing Bundt Cakes Are Perfect Desserts To Add To Your Holiday Meals

Nothing Bundt Cakes creates cakes using hand-crafted recipes that not only remind you of home, but also open you to a new world. At Nothing Bundt Cakes, you get real eggs, butter and cream cheese in every cake. Not only do these cakes look great, they taste even better. These are great holiday gifts to take to all of your holiday events.

It is located at 11238 Sullivan Street in Winthrop Town Centre. Everything you need to make your party complete is available. The hardest part is choosing from the 10 delicious varieties, including a ‘featured’ flavor.

Hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit or call 409-2394 to place your order ahead of time.

Nothing Bundt Cakes Gift Basket Item: 3 Bundtlet Tower; plus gift card for one free bundlet per month for one year Value: $62.85


Something New At Mainstream Boutique

You can visit Mainstream Boutique, a retail clothing store, in Winthrop to get some great ideas on gifts as well as attire for the holiday season. Everything in the store is new. It carries clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoes. You can purchase head to toe. Enjoy new arrivals weekly. The exclusive brand of jeans called Mac and Me is available. They are the best jeans for all body types. It feels like you are wearing your pajamas. They fit in all the right places. Once a woman purchases one, they are back for more. Another popular brand in stock is Liverpool. made in the USA. Some of the jewelry is made locally and are one-of-a-kind pieces.

Other services offered are One on One Style sessions, Ladies Night Out and shopping for a cause.

Mainstream Boutique is located in Winthrop at 11231 Sullivan St. in Riverview. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday from 10
a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 12Noon-4 p.m. Call 643-0090.

Mainstream Boutique Gift Certificate Value: $100


Pinot’s Palette Offers Creative Gift Ideas

For those in your gift life that enjoy creativity, consider purchasing a gift card to Pinot’s Palette. It provides everything you need for an unforgettable evening of painting, fun, beer and wine for either a girls’ night out or a date night.

Both seasoned painters and newbies will enjoy the experience of creating their own personal pieces of art.

You may also want to consider gifting a piece of art you have specially created at Pinot’s Palette for that special person in your life. For more information, call 685-0400 or email Visit

Pinot’s Palette Gift Certificate And Wood Palette Christmas Painting Value: $50


Holiday Parties Will Sparkle At The Regent

The Regent is a great place to host your corporate holiday party. Plan now to ‘wow’ your staff or clients by hosting an event in this spectacular setting.

The Regent is one of largest venues in the area, but it can also be a small, intimate and stylish one. It can accommodate intimate parties of 50 upwards to 600 seated. The Regent hosts many events including breathtaking wed-ding ceremonies and receptions, successful fundraisers, glamorous galas, trade shows, corporate training and seminars, proms, homecomings, church services and even sweet 16 parties. When planning your next event, consider The Regent.

Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment only. It is closed on Monday. The Regent is located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. For more information, call 571-2494 or email Visit

The Regent Gift Basket Item Flower Bouquet Value: $150


Creative Family Memories With Suncoast RV Rental

Whether you are planning a trip out to Yellowstone, a Florida staycation, a college campus tour or a football tailgating week-end, Suncoast RV Rental has an RV to suit most needs and budgets. Family-owned and operated since 2005, Suncoast is in the business of helping families make unforgettable memories.
New model Class C and Class A RVs with TVs inside and out, automatic awnings and all of the comforts of home.

Plan a holiday trip this season or surprise family, friends or a loved one with holiday gift certificates for an RV trip. Live in the Action. Call 984-0107 or visit to view
fleet or book now.

Suncoast RV Rental Rental Gift Certificate Value: $20


Give A Gift Of Relaxation from Daniella’s Mobile Massage

Daniella’s Mobile Massage offers Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Prenatal and Sports Massage. Her goal is to provide pain and stress relief through therapeutic massage all in the convenience of your home. She is a professional, licensed Massage Therapist and has 16 years of experience as well as a background in Physical Therapy. Daniella offers a flexible schedule.

To schedule an appointment or to get gift certificates, which make great holiday gifts, call 323-4901or email Visit on Facebook at Daniellas Mobile Massage.

Daniella’s Mobile Massage Gift Certificate For One Hour Free Massage Value: $65


Gift Your Family Florida Aquarium Passes

There are plenty fish in the sea and plenty at the Florida Aquarium too. The fish and other sea life and birds housed at the Aquarium allow you to see them up close and personal. The Florida Aquarium offers great holiday gift ideas.

Why not purchase gift certificates for your family or friends to visit the Aquarium. If you purchase annual membership passes, your gift will continue to be used throughout the year. You can directly help support the care and conservation of animals at The Florida Aquarium and in the wild by symbolically adopting an animal of your choice. By doing this, you are helping to care for 7,000+ animal residents, save imperiled and endangered species in the wild and so much more. Adoption packages make great gifts for holidays, birthdays or any special occasion. The Florida Aquarium also offers a variety of tours, cruises and dive experiences which would also make great gifts.

The Florida Aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Dr. in Tampa. For more information, call 273-4000 or visit

The Florida Aquarium Gift Basket Item FL Aquarium Family 4-Pack Total Value: $100


Redefined Beauty Offers Many Non-Surgical Options

Redefined Beauty offers non-surgical options such as Neuromodulators, Dermal Fillers, Kybella, Laser Hair Removal, IPL/Photofacial, Tattoo Removal, Fractional Skin Resurfacing, Long Pulse ND: Yag (Vein Treatment), Peels, Facials, Skin Care, Make Up and MicroChanneling/MicroNeedling.

All patients deserve to be treated with honesty and respect and will come to know that the knowledge and expertise at Redefined Beauty will bring the best results. Redefined Beauty is located at 405 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon.

For more information, call 820-3138 or email Please visit our website at

Redefined Beauty Gift Basket Item Gift Certificate For Laser Hair Removal Value: $500


Toffee Traditions Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

With over 40 years of tradition, Toffee Tradition & DiMisa 721 Gourmet Catering offers fresh handmade buttery toffees. Jennifer Rhoades, owner, is excited to share her family traditions of making delicious toffee with the community, which will make a great gift to bring to someone’s home you are visiting this holiday season. Of course, there is no reason that you can’t enjoy them yourself too. There are no preservatives and it is made in small batches with only the finest ingredients. Gluten free options are offered too.
Toffee Tradition & DiMisa 721 Gourmet Catering is located at 8205 S. US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. Visit or visit on Facebook at to discover the latest specials. Call 758-8472.

Toffee Tradition Gift Basket Item Two Bags of Toffee (chocolate and white chocolate) Value: $30


Cater Your Holiday Parties Through DiMisa 721 Gourmet Catering Offering Italian Specialties

Jennifer Rhoades, who has a long Sicilian heritage and grew up in the kitchen cooking with her grandmother offers gourmet catering. She developed a love of cooking at a young age. The dishes created are authentic Italian; all handmade sauces and dishes, and hand tossed meat balls. Enjoy items such as Nonna Josephine’s hand-breaded chicken cutlet with mac n cheese or Joey D’s Meatball Sub, named after loved ones. Meals are available individually via take-out or through her catering services.

Why not treat your office staff to a holiday lunch catered by DiMisa 721 Gourmet Catering? You will find their walk-up window at 8205 S US Hwy 301, just north of the Alafia River next door to Peck’s. Visit on Facebook at to discover the latest specials or call 758-8472.

DiMisa 721 Gourmet Catering Gift Basket Item Italian Family Meal of choice (Feeds 4-6) Value: $45


Don’t Forget Your Pets In the Holiday Celebrations

Your pets are part of the family and you don’t want them to miss out on the holiday celebrations. Kim’s Natural Pet Foods has everything you need to give your pets a happy, healthy life specializing in holistic foods made from real ingredients like meat, fish and healthful vegetables; not byproducts, it offers a great selection of all natural foods as well as unique natural chews and treats, including a frozen section featuring all natural raw food diets. All foods are American made, corn, wheat, soy and gluten free.
You will find natural remedies for worms, fleas and ticks. Kim’s also offers a wide variety of toys, dog and cat bedding, apparel and supplies.

Located at 3110 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. For information, call 684-3663 or visit

Kim’s Natural Pet Foods Pet Gift Basket Value: $100


Give The Gift Of Health With Y Membership

We all start the New Year with great intentions. We make resolutions to eat healthier and to exercise more. This year, it is time to do something about it. The gift of a Campo Y membership to someone you care about has benefits that can last a lifetime.

Campo Y offers many exercise options for all ages and body types such as Yoga, cycling, Pilates, aerobics and much more.

Many programs and camps are offered for the family including child care while you work out. Sports for the kids are available such as basketball, volleyball and more. Seniors not only benefit from workouts geared toward them, but through the friendships made through the other programs offered.

The local Campo Y is truly a part of our community so make it a part of your family. Located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico, it is open Monday to Friday from 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-6 p.m.

Call 684-1371. Visit

Six Month Family Membership to YMCA Value: $569

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.