Posted on November 13, 2017
We have some ideas to help you make it through your holiday shopping, maybe even enjoy it. As an added bonus, you get to come to the beach. Here are 5 tips that will make your experience less stressful and more fun.
Tip 1: Come to the beach.
Who said you can’t go home feeling refreshed?
When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to head to the beach. This goes for holiday shopping, too. You won’t find any crammed mall parking lots or long, boring lines in a giant department store here. The Long Beach Peninsula gives you that small town feel but with plenty of things to enjoy. Great food, great views, and great shopping.
Tip 2: Shop small for big surprises.
Here on the Peninsula, most of our shops are owned by locals. Take Niva Green in Long Beach, for example. Heather, the fabulous owner, makes many of the things you’ll find inside. She also includes antique finds and some quirky items in her cozy storefront.
Look for more interesting gifts at: Time Enough Books, Harmony Soapworks, Wind World Kites, Herb N Legend, Mostly Hats, Marsh’s Free Museum, and Stormin’ Norman’s. You’ll find many colorful, sometimes quirky, and definitely unique shops throughout the Peninsula. Half the fun is exploring.
Tip 3: Go to the art galleries.
If you want to really blow someone special away, head to the art galleries. From wood carving to glass art, our local artists offer a vibrant selection of gorgeous art pieces. Better yet? You could spend Thanksgiving weekend visiting the personal studios of local artists. The Peninsula Art Association is hosting their annual studio tour Nov. 24-26, and it includes 12 galleries.
Check out the studio tour map for a preview. You’ll get to explore beautiful back roads as you studio hop across the Peninsula. Why suffer through Black Friday when you could be visiting artists instead?
Tip 4: Find amazing antiques.
For lovers of history, museums, and old things, you can go to our antique stores for just about anything. Old maps, glass floats, Chinese pottery, vintage clothing, you name it. It’s a true treasure hunt.
Drop by Forgotten Treasures Antique & Collectibles Mall in Ocean Park where you might be greeted by a Great Dane before you can begin perusing. Their vendors have many great finds like vintage jewelry, antiques from the World War I and II, and even an assortment of oddities from old doctor offices.
You could easily make a day of Peninsula antiquing. Be sure to stop by Long Beach Peninsula Trading Post, Shipwreck Cove Antiques & Treasures, and Treasure Depot Thrift Shop. If you’re lucky, Hobo Junction might be open, but it’s a good idea to check their Facebook page first.
Tip 5: Feel good about what you buy.
Not only are you going home with amazing, one of a kind gifts, your money will be supporting passionate small business owners. Your trip to the beach for holiday shopping will make a difference, and that’s something to get excited about.
Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour – Nov. 24-26
Holidays at the Beach – Nov. 24-25
Crab Pot Christmas – Dec. 2
Tuba Christmas – Dec. 9
Bed and Breakfast Holiday Open House – Dec. 9-10