Gifts for Foodies
Coastal cuisine is a treat for any occasion. Send fresh seafood from OleBob’s Seafood Market if you really want to impress or send a selection of Ekone Oyster Co.’s delicious smoked oysters. Check out Jessie’s Seafood Market, Crab Pot Seafood Market, and Sportsmen’s Cannery for more great local products. Be sure to give yourself a treat as well, just in case your friends and family don’t want to share.
A holiday spread is hardly complete without cranberry sauce. Make this traditional dish something special and pick up a jar of organic cranberry sauce from Starvation Alley. Try their cold-pressed cranberry juice in Christmas punches and yummy cocktail recipes, too. They are the pioneers of the organic cranberry industry, so this gift comes with a story. Learn more about this amazing farm to impress your friends. Find their products at Sid’s, Okie’s Thriftway, and Brown’s Coastal Corner.
For your beer-savvy friend, browse North Jetty Brewery’s list of beers for the perfect adult stocking stuffer. They have an excellent variety to choose from including a couple brews featuring flavors from Starvation Alley and Long Beach Coffee Roasters (also great for stockings). To top off this gift, check out their pint glasses, hats, hoodies, and more.
If you can’t decide between all these delicious offerings, make a Pacific County gift basket and really spoil your loved ones.
Gifts for Hard Workers
Send your hard-working friends and family to the Adrift Spa for a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle. They offer a variety of massages including hot stone, reflexology, and even pregnancy massages. As an added bonus, it’s right next to the beach. Azure Salon & Spa is another great place to get pampered and offers facials, nail treatments, and more. Take the gift of rest and relaxation to the next level and book a weekend for you and your best friend.
Maybe a trip to the spa is a little too extravagant. Check out our local soapmakers, Harmony Soapworks, and you’ll find a scent for just about anyone. They specialize in natural ingredients and green soapmaking practices. You can find their soaps at Niva Green, Bay Avenue Gallery, Oysterville Store, Don Nisbett Gallery, Okie’s Thriftway, and Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort.
Maybe spas and soaps don’t fit the gentlemen in your life. Head to Herb N Legend for tasty fine cigars and organic tobacco. They have a serious 60’s vibe going on, so you might find the perfect gift for that hippie friend of yours as well.
Gifts for Artsy Folks and Book Lovers
There has never been a better time to find unique gifts than this upcoming weekend. Adrift Hotel and the Sou’Wester are hosting Handmade Bazaars this Saturday, the 16th. They have impressive lists of local and regional purveyors that will be selling their crafts just in time for the holidays.
If you can’t make it to the beach for these fabulous bazaars, find more handmade items and art at our local shops and galleries. Niva Green features many handmade items made by the owner, Heather. The Don Nisbett Gallery has a variety of interesting pieces from prints to cutting boards featuring Nisbett’s colorful art. Find bright and beautiful pieces at the Marie Powell Gallery for someone special. Be sure to check out our other local galleries and gift shops for more ideas.
Time Enough Books has great gifts for book lovers as well as books by local authors. Be prepared to linger if you go Christmas shopping here. There’s a cozy fire and friendly pup waiting inside. Grab some espresso and browse more unique literary finds at Banana Books & Espresso Saloon. If you’re a bookworm, you may have trouble leaving these bookshops without something for yourself.
Gifts for Kids
Pick up a game card or laser tag pass (or both) at Funland Family Entertainment Center and treat your kiddo to a fun afternoon at the arcade. Slip it in their stocking or a Christmas card. It’s a great gift to save for a rainy day or weekend away. Speaking of stocking stuffers, don’t forget to stop by The Long Beach Candy Man!
Find interesting kites Wind World Kite Shop for your next family trip to the beach. They’ve been in business for over 30 years and have an incredible selection. Shop here for toys, too. You’re sure to find something exciting to put under the tree.