I spent the holiday weekend wandering aimlessly around the big box stores, hoping to find items that I'd be excited to give to family and friends. Instead, I found a whole bunch of nothing. With the turn of the calendar to December, I'm starting to get a bit anxious about my holiday buying; I feel like so much that's out there in the gift aisles is overdone, or it's already been bought two Christmases ago. This holiday season, I feel like there isn't any "it" gift or electronic, that would delight and entertain gift recipients. I find myself almost longing for the days of the George Foreman Grill and the Snuggie (I did say ALMOST).
Rather than go the gift card route (which is useful but impersonal), I decided to put my research skills to use and find fun items that have a beach or ocean vibe to them. It seems that so many people on my gift-buying list have an affinity for all things beach and coastal. All of the items I've featured below are readily available on Amazon, and have stellar customer reviews. Some are little, inexpensive thoughts. while other gift ideas are larger gifts for the home. Either way, I hope you find the list of suggestions helpful, and that it helps bring the joy back to gift giving!
Love You to the Beach And Back Sign
I love the color, the fun font, and the simple sentiment of this wooden sign. It is the perfect give for coastal home owners, or people whose "happy place" is the beach. The sign is very versatile, as it would look great in any room in a beach house, or even in a nursery.
Sailboat Themed Kitchen Towels
Kitchen towels have come a long way over the past 20 years. We no longer hide them away in kitchen drawers, but rather use them as a favorite design accessory. These fun towels, featuring an intricate sailboat rendering, make for a perfect nautical accent for any coastal home. Sailors and boaters will appreciate the fine detail and classic colors on the design. Homemakers will find the size (a generous 18" x27"), and flour sac cotton design appealing.
Shark With Santa Hat Christmas Ornament
Ocean lovers, shark fans, beachgoers and kids will adore this fun ornament, featuring a Santa-hat-wearing shark. Why not decorate the tree in an all-around beach theme this year?
Whale Spoon Holder
What's a beach house or cottage, without a super-cute spoon rest? This Whale Spoon Rest, in a cheery aqua color, has a retro feel and includes a wooden spoon with "Might As Whale" printed on the side, in text lettering. This set is made by the popular home decor purveyor, Two's Company, and is a playful addition to any coastal home.
Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo 17 Month hardcover Agenda
I can't say enough good things about this sturdy planner. The bright color and pattern bring instant warm and happy vibes. I love it for its beauty, and its size. Not only does it include specific space for each day, it includes "to do's, notes, and an additional section for random things (I like to fill this space with gratitude and a daily quote!). With an accessory this good, it's easy to stay organized!
Coastal Christmas Ornaments
These beautiful ornaments are the perfect gift for the ocean lover in your life. This of 3 coastal ornaments includes a clam shell, a Santa seahorse, and a starfish; all are cast in resin, with glitter accents and expertly detailed. The price is quite reasonable, and the ornaments look great on any tree.
Classic Braided Jute Set of 4 Napkin Rings
Add a touch of nautical to your entertaining, with these sturdy, versatile and fun napkin rings. Made of jute rope, these napkin rings can be casual or chic, and bring an element of rustic charm to any table. Use them everyday, and even during the holiday season! They look terrific with solid, striped or patterned napkins.
Surfboard Hawaiian Flower Keychain
This fun and inexpensive accessory fits-right-in with the current retro vibe. I feel like watching the Brady Bunch Hawaii episodes, whenever I see it! A vintage wooden keychain with a bright pink Hawaiian flower, this accessory looks great on backpacks and bags. It's guaranteed to bring positive surfer vibes, anywhere and always.
These simple and functional Shark Bookends make a terrific gift and conversation starter. A shark appears to be stuffed to the gills with books! A set of two bookends featuring a fearsome silhouette of a great white shark, this product is handmade in the USA, and made of solid carbon steel. These bookends are a must-have for any shark lover, or for any room in a beach house.
Beach and Pool Towel Clips
These super-handy towel clips make perfect stocking stuffers for beachgoers. They are available in a variety of styles, and they really do keep towels securely on beach chairs!
Lilly Pulitzer Catch the Wave Trinket Tray
This happy, chic tray with a summer vibe is the perfect gift for your bestie, or for yourself! It's a great size to fit all of your baubles (7" x 5"x 2"). Lilly never disappoints!
Ocean Sailing Nautical Cupcake Toppers
These cute toothpick toppers make fantastic stocking stuffers. They look great as cupcake toppers or as hors d'oeuvre servers. Nautical fun that will come in handy next summer, I promise.
Under the Sea Stencils
These fun and sturdy stencils are guaranteed to entertain kids ages 3-12 for hours! You can use them with pencils, markers, crayon, paints, you name it. Get kids off their devices, and onto blank paper! Stencils for the win.
Outshine Stationery Box Set
In these days of instant messaging and texting, there really is nothing like a handwritten note. You provide the address and the heartfelt message, and these cheery notes will do the rest!
Harbor Sweets Sweet Sloops Gift Box
These nautical themed treats are all the rage in my home state of Massachusetts, and for good reason. Shaped like sailboats and comprised of almond butter crunch covered in white chocolate, and dipped in dark chocolate and pecans, these treats are "too die for!" They make the perfect gift for boaters and sailors.
Preppy Fun Scrunchies
There's a reason that the VSCO girls brought back scrunchies from the '80s: they are really cute, and they are super handy! In fact, they are much easier to work with than a normal hair tie. Get-in on the scrunchie craze, with these fun preppy striped versions; they are great quality, and perfect elasticity.
Scout Water-Resistant Toiletry Bag
Scout and their water-resistant bags have been around for awhile, and they just keep getting better, and better; they continue to add an abundance of new styles and colors. This toiletry bag makes a terrific gift, and will not disappoint; it's durable, and it looks great in any travel or beach bag.
Navy Anchor Wristlet (Sea Bags)
Get ready for adventure with this super-cool wristlet, handcrafted from recycled sails on the working waterfront in Portland, Maine. This wristlet can be used as a clutch, a change purse, you name it; plus, it's machine washable, and extremely durable. Sailors, boaters, and lovers of all things nautical will delight in getting this fun wristlet as a gift!
Hammerhead Shark Bottle Opener
This extremely well made bottle opener and corkscrew is a great gift choice for beer and wine lovers. Constructed of zinc and chrome plated, this gift is two tools in one, and is a great conversation piece. It looks terrific on a boat, or in a bar room!
Hand Carved Pineapple Frame - Mango Wood
This gorgeous hand carved pineapple frame will bring happy tropical vibes to any room in the house. Made of mango wood, this frame has great detail and fine quality. A perfect frame to display a fun pic from a getaway weekend!
Under the Sea Cookie Cutter Set
These cookie cutters are easy and fun to use, and they will come in handy, for years to come. Use the shark for Shark Week viewing parties, the whale for baby shower favors, and the starfish for beach day treats! Add frosting paint and sprinkles, and you have the perfect gift for beach-loving bakers!
Beach Themed Wine Glass Charms
Family and friends will be charmed by these adorable and useful beach themed wine charms! These helpful charms will never let you lose your drink, and they are affordable and attractively packaged. Whether your celebration is surf side or not, these beach-themed wine charms bring happy beach vibes to any occasion.
Hawaiian Tropical Party Paper Straws
These eco-friendly, biodegradable drinking straws will come-on handy all year long. Plus, the adorable tropical patterns will have you feeling positive vibes, even in a snowstorm. These fun straws make great stocking stuffers, and are a great price. Bring on the happy party drinks and the fruit smoothies!
Cast Iron Ship's Anchor Paperweight
This simple and rustic nautical anchor paper weight is the perfect gift for boaters who have a home office. Not only does it look great and add a touch of classic nautical to any room, it actually does a great job keeping papers in place!
Mermaids Drink Free Wooden Block Sign
Tuck this block sign into a stocking on Christmas Eve, and you're sure to get a laugh on Christmas day. This fun font and cute message is a great accessory for any outdoor patio, porch or beach house.