Girl shopping at the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach, AL

Make the Most of a Site Visit with Holiday Shopping

If you’re planning a site visit to Orange Beach and Gulf Shores to scout out the perfect place for upcoming meetings, why not mix a little pleasure with business?

Now is a fantastic time to enjoy holiday shopping AND a beach getaway. 

Comfortable shoes and a big shopping bag are just about all you need for a successful holiday shopping trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast. You should also leave some extra room in your trunk for all the goodies you can bag during a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach shopping excursion. Big box stores such as Target, Books-A-Million and Bed, Bath & Beyond at Pelican and national retailers at Tanger Outlets line up with local specialty boutiques, beckoning the savvy shopper with deals and unique finds. 

Shopping in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

Want to snag some beach swag?

Travel south just a short distance to several retailers that specialize in souvenirs of all shapes and sizes. Personalized license plates, air-brushed t-shirts, coffee mugs, beach wear and towels are just a few of the finds that’ll make fun stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays. The Original Oyster House Boardwalk in Gulf Shores also boasts unique shops and boutiques to cover everyone on your list. 

Many of the island’s most popular restaurants feature gift shops offering t-shirts, cookware, cookbooks and other coastal treasures certain to brighten any gift bag. 

Want to shop ’til you drop? 

Shopping centers such as The Wharf in Orange Beach boast stores with one-of-a-kind merchandise. Mark off another gift as “complete” when you peruse the wares available in the unique boutiques found at The Wharf. 

Coastal Crafters at GCAA

Enjoy outlet shopping? 

Tanger Outlet Center offers more than 120 outlet and designer stores that feature everything from golf clubs to cookware to clothing and accessories. Take a break in the food court or just people watch from a bench. When you’re done for the day, head back to a Gulf Shores restaurant to refuel. 

Support local businesses.

Restaurant gift cards make great stocking stuffers and gifts, so stock up on them while you are here. And don’t head back home without checking out the specialty gift items or creating your own unique piece of hand-blown glass art or pottery at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Any item from the center is a one-of-a-kind gift that’s guaranteed to please. 

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are home to many coastal crafters that offer unique gifts. From local beer and bites to handmade crafts and art, you can cross everyone off your shopping list and bring them home treasures they will love. 

Let Alabama Gulf Coast’s shopping options help you wrap up your holiday.  

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