Make the Most of a Site Visit with Holiday Shopping

The-Wharf-ShoppingDid you plan a site visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach this fall? It's the perfect time to combine business with pleasure and holiday shopping with 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 this Gulf Shores and Orange Beach shopping excursion.
Big box stores like Target, Books-A-Million and Bed, Bath & Beyond line up with local favorites like Little Monkey Toes, Too Hot Mamas and Beach House Boutique at Pelican Place at Craft Farms, beckoning the savvy shopper with deals and unique finds. 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 for the coastal shopper that'll make fun stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays. The Original Oyster House Boardwalk in Gulf Shores also boasts unique shops and boutiques.

Many of the island's most popular Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants feature gift shops that have T-shirts, cookware, cookbooks and other fun paraphernalia certain to brighten any gift bag.

Shopping centers such as The Wharf in Orange Beach offer stores with one-of-a-kind merchandise. Visit the Isle of Bama Toys to find something special for the young ones on your list. Mark off another gift as “done” when you peruse the wares offered by places such as Fish on a Dish, Lucca and Seaside Shoes. Stop in at Fric n Frac for your college football fan to get a custom embroidered T-shirt or hat.

Enjoy outlet shopping? Hit Tanger Outlet Center and shop until you drop at the 120 outlet and designer stores that feature everything from golf clubs to cookware to clothes. Take a break in the food court or head back to a Gulf Shores restaurant and refuel. Don't forget: Restaurant gift cards alse3QSfreCbOYRKZgcqHJe_TV1uuqsEeuuJf7yFrGbFGIo make good gifts.

Don't leave for home without checking out the specialty and gift stores like Tallulah's Treasures or Clara's Loom and Coastal Textile Center. Create unique hand-blown glass art and pottery at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach for a one-of-a-kind gift that's sure to please. Let the shops of the Alabama Gulf Coast help you wrap up your holiday.

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