Tybee Treasures: A Local Shopper’s Guide to Unique and Thoughtful Holiday Gifts
We’re in the heart of the holiday season, which means that you’re probably actively engaged in your gift shopping. While it might be easy to order everything on your loved ones’ lists on Amazon, shopping locally ensures that your gift giving gives back. When you support local businesses this holiday season, not only are you providing your friends and family with unique gifts that you won’t find elsewhere, but you’re also contributing to the community that you live, work, and/or play in. To help you shop local, we’ve put together a thorough guide to direct you to all of the amazing gifts that await you at Tybee businesses. Shopping local truly is the gift that keeps on giving, so head to these local businesses to dazzle your loved ones with thoughtful presents. Happy holiday shopping!
Shops at Tybee Oaks
Situated on Tybee’s main road, you’ll find the Shops at Tybee Oaks, an eclectic collection of establishments each with unique offerings and a hyperlocal focus. Here you’ll find several shops offering great gift items that your loved ones will cherish for years to come.
Tipsy Mermaid Art
Tipsy Mermaid Art is the place to find coastal-themed, handmade pottery pieces to accent your indoor and outdoor spaces. They also offer driftwood art. Unfortunately, their Highway 80 location will be closing its doors at the end of December, so be sure to stop by soon to score beautiful housewares like mugs and vases this holiday season. They will continue to sell online as well as in Locally Made Savannah.
If you’re looking for some cool, casual swag, head to Latitude 32, a clothing retailer that offers men’s, women’s and children’s tees, polos, sweatshirts, caps, visors and accessories. Each piece features their signature sea turtle logo, providing that coastal feel we islanders adore.
The Misty Marsh Shoppe
Vending clothing, accessories and jewelry with a quirky boho flair, The Misty Marsh Shoppe is a must-visit for your holiday shopping, particularly if there’s a fashionista on your list. Beyond the threads, Misty Marsh also sells hand-blown glass art for your home and garden, locally-sourced honey, and a variety of other items that make wonderful gifts.
Rachel Vogel Designs
From dainty necklaces to tees and hats that ooze Tybee’s essence, Rachel Vogel Designs is the place for interesting finds for the whole family. Give the gift of sparkle with her handmade jewelry, or keep it green with a piece of upcycled clothing. Discover other cool things inside when you visit the shop this holiday season.
Some like it hot, and if you know someone who does, give them a taste of that fiery flavor they love so much with a gift from Inferno, Tybee’s hot sauce emporium. With more than 500 products in the store, there’s plenty of sauces, spices and rubs to choose from.
The Shoppes at 1207
More fantastic businesses can be found at The Shoppes at 1207 on Tybee’s north end. Art lovers in particular will find a lot of great options amid the shops here.
Tybee Art Gallery
Featuring a total of 24 talented local artists and makers, Tybee Art Gallery is a Coastal Empire collective creating a variety of artworks that span from pottery and painting to jewelry and more. Gift the art aficionado in your life with a breathtaking seascape or present someone special with a genuine gemstone ring. Many artistic treasures are ready for you at the gallery.
If you’re not entirely sure what to get your loved ones this holiday season, head to Seaside Sisters where you’ll quite literally find something for everyone. This charming little gift shop has it all — books, candles, home decor, artwork, accessories, clothing — you name it. Seaside Sisters is even more magical during this time of year as they have a variety of special items in store to get you in the holiday spirit.
Kelly & Company
Treat your loved ones to a relaxing aromatherapy experience with the quality essential oils available at Kelly & Company. With several roll-on blends, spritzes, lotions and balms specially created to help users with their personal self care goals, whether it be better sleep, healthier hair, or boosted immunity, Kelly & Company gifts make great stocking stuffers.
Gallery on 80
Gallery on 80 is another excellent place to find beautiful artworks on Tybee. Find original Gullah paintings, joyous acrylic scenes, vibrant watercolor works, and stunning photography here. You can also have artworks framed here to present a polished gift that your art buff will love.
Irritable Pelican – Located at the Tybee Visitor Center
With eye-catching creations from 25 artists available, Irritable Pelican is also an essential stop for art shopping this holiday season. From mixed media and oil to acrylic and pastel, the works here span a wide range of mediums, so there’s something to suit every taste. In addition to cute hand drawn Christmas cards, calendars and other seasonal items, they also have paint kits available for budding artists to enjoy in the comfort of their home.
South End District
Tybee’s south end is full of character, which the shops there contribute much to. Explore the compelling businesses here that each offer something special and distinct.
Established in 1933, T.S. Chu’s department store is a historic establishment that is a part of the very fabric of Tybee. For decades, this family-owned and operated store has been vending a variety of goods including clothing, souvenirs, homewares and foodstuffs. There’s always something new at T.S. Chu’s, so be sure to see what’s available this holiday season.
Shop nautical items and whimsical gifts at Mermaid Crossing, a quaint shop selling specialty items and antiques. Here you’ll find an intriguing assortment of things old and new, each with a unique charm that’s sure to make your gift recipient smile.
Shopping for the spiritually inclined is easy at Transcendent Treasures, a local shop specializing in energetic crystals and jewelry. Their knowledgeable staff can inform you about the metaphysical properties of each product so that you can make the right purchase for your friends and family, giving the gift of good vibes.
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