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Top Holiday Gifts in Seaside

October 26, 2021 | by Shelley Kehm

Seaside is famous for its beaches, clam chowder and craft beer — but it’s also a great place to browse locally owned shops for unique holiday gifts. This shopping cheat sheet will help you nab the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself.

 

For bookworms big and small

Beach Books stocks a top-notch selection of hardcovers, birding books, cookbooks, children’s books and everything in between. You’ll especially love the coastal selections and local history. If you’re overwhelmed by all the titles, just grab a book from the “Staff Favorites” shelf or a grown-up coloring book.

 

For dog parents

Beach Puppy has everything your four-legged friends — and their owners — could ever beg for. Get your favorite pup a stylish rain jacket for winter strolls along the Prom. A hands-free backpack will let dog parents take their pup with them on all their adventures. Stocking stuffers like collar charms and dog treats abound, too.

 

For outdoorsy types

C&R Mercantile offers high-quality adventure essentials, plus men’s and women’s clothing. High-end day packs are ideal for the hikers on your list; wet bags are perfect for kayakers; and matching rain jackets and boots are ideal for the fashionable beachcomber. Seaside Surf Shop and Cleanline Surf both stock a good selection of wetsuits, skateboards and soft-top surfboards.

 

For discerning happy nesters

Bliss is your go-to for elevated home and garden gifts. No matter if you’re looking for throw pillows for a beach cottage or decor for a city home, Bliss has it. Or walk west on Broadway and snag an artisanal woven blanket from C&R Mercantile to keep your nesty friends cozy all winter.

 


 

For chocolate lovers

Phillips Candies has been making sweet treats in Seaside since 1897. In addition to the homemade saltwater taffy (great stocking stuffer), you can choose from an assortment of Seaside-made fine chocolates, and they’ll put them in a stylish box for under the tree.

 

For die-hard Christmas fans

Do you have a friend who puts up the Christmas decorations in November? The year-round Christmas store in Tipton’s is the perfect place to pick up a pretty glass ornament, some elegant tree lights or a whimsical Santa tchotchke to add to their collection.

 

For self-pampering and bath time

Beach Soap and Candle Seaside is stocked with locally handcrafted soaps, bath bombs and self-care products, with ingredients like local sand and names like Neahkahnie Mountain Trail. All products are made with natural ingredients, so they’re ideal for kids. Check out the cute bath accessories for wee ones, too.

 

For foodies and wine lovers

Hop & Vine Bottle Shop has an impressive selection of locally brewed beer and local wines. Pick up a Willamette Valley cabernet for the pickiest oenophile and tie a bow on it. A gift certificate from Seaside BreweryMaggie’s on the Prom, or any of the great seafood restaurants in town make for a brilliant stocking stuffer, too. Add some sustainable smoked salmon from the family-owned Salmon River Smokehouse and your gifting is done.

and so much more!

Golfing at the Beach

I adore golfing! I love walking along the greens, the feel of a driver in my hand, and I love watching the ball fly through the air. Unfortunately for me, I’m not very good at golf. I can hit the ball straight but not far, and my putting is atrocious! Regardless of my lack of skills I still love it, and thankfully my boyfriend is also incredibly patient while I putt away. As a treat for his patience I’m planning to take him golfing in Seaside. Golfing on a green course with the Pacific Ocean nearby is an incredible experience. There is one golf course in Seaside, and a few close by in Gearhart (just two miles from downtown Seaside).

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