10 Holiday Gift Ideas from the Delaware Beaches

From beach ornaments to taffy, our state’s coastal shops have gift inspiration for everyone on your list.


It’s never too early to start planning your holiday shopping list. Luckily, local shops along the coast can help provide gift inspiration for those that can’t get enough of The First State’s beach towns, no matter the season.

A T-shirt that salutes Lewes’ past

The Lewes Historical Society’s gift shop sells a T-shirt with the emblem of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the government-sponsored group that dug ditches in area marshes to combat mosquitos in the 1930s. You can also buy a retro-cool T-shirt honoring the Lewes Base Ball Club, which was established in 1874.

302 Savannah Rd., Lewes • 645-7670

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A beach-themed tree ornament

Find your favorite beach town commemorated on an ornament at Christmas Spirit, which has also sold Sea Witch-themed tree décor. Greyhound ornaments give the nod to the area’s popular Greyhounds Reach the Beach event.

129 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-6872

A case of Nic-o-bolis

Those who need a fix of from Nicola Pizza will appreciate a case of 12 half-baked frozen Nic-o-Bolis. You can also buy sauce by the jar or case.

8 N. First St., Rehoboth Beach • 227-6211

Beach beads or bracelets

Blooming Boutique sells sea blue beach beads dedicated to resort towns from Lewes to Fenwick Island. String them on a necklace or bracelet. Bracelets with coin-like charms are also available to remind you of summer.

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107 Second St., Lewes • 296-6360

Sport the southern 302 area code

KAM Productions creates T-shirts, hats, jewelry and other items emblazoned with a stylized horseshoe crab and the numbers 302. The line is sold at The Brush Factory on Kings.

830 Kings Highway, Lewes • 745-2229

Dolle’s saltwater taffy

The beloved boardwalk taffy is not available for shipping. So, stroll down Rehoboth Avenue to pick up a box and pop it in the mail. While you’re at it, buy one for yourself.

1 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-0757

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A tin of popcorn

Since 1937, Fisher’s Popcorn has been making addictive salty-sweet caramel corn. Holiday-themed tins range from $7 to $56. The popcorn is available online and in retail outlets other than Fischer’s Popcorn. See the store locator for information.

Multiple locations

Local jams and jellies

Backyard Jams & Jellies, a fixture on the area farmer’s market circuit, is known for whipping up creative flavors with local ingredients. Try the wine jelly made with locally owned Sposato Family Vineyards or beach plum jelly, the locals’ favorite. Shipping is available.

407 Chestnut St., Milton 684-0435

Freshly roasted coffee

Make your own a gift basket with the assortment of coffee roasted on site at Notting Hill Coffee Roastery, which is located in the Lewes Bake Shoppe. You can also purchase it online.

124 Second St., Lewes • 645-0733

An iconic beach building

Well, not literally. Cat’s Meow Village manufacturers small keepsakes that resemble local landmarks and businesses. At a shelf in Browseabout Books, you might spot The Bellmoor Inn, Funland’s bumper cars, the Rehoboth Beach Museum, Thrasher’s and, of course, Browseabout.

133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 226-2665

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