All your holiday shopping in 1 day, in 1 place

Holiday gift market begins today

If you want to get all of your holiday shopping done in one day, in one place -- and you want to help kids in our community while you do it -- this is your weekend.

More than 150 merchants will be selling everything from unique clothing to fantastic food at the Junior League of Tampa's Holiday Gift Market this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

And your admission to the event inside the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa goes to a fantastic cause.

The Junior League of Tampa puts every bit of the proceeds toward its work developing the potential of women and helping children in our community.

Vendors sell an incredible range of holiday gifts. A sampling: The Blue Hen carries handmade jewelry, Base Culture has delicious baked goods made with paleo diet ingredients, while other merchants carry toys, candles, art, and thousands of other items.

When you come to the Holiday Gift Market, presented by Publix, admission is $8 -- and all of the proceeds go toward The Junior League of Tampa's work in child welfare and education. The League's army of volunteer women support foster kids, teach children to read, and carry out dozens of other community projects each year.

Moms and their girlfriends come shopping together, families come to have cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and generations of families shop while they catch performances by singing and dancing groups from all over Tampa Bay.

And guys, there's a man cave where we can hang out and watch sports all day, complete with four big-screen TVs and beer.

The Holiday Gift Market is open November 13-15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

You can buy tickets at the door, or in advance online at The Junior League of Tampa's website.



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