The 2019 buying season has kicked off and along with it another time-honored tradition: googling holiday gift guides to figure out what to get the friends, family and coworkers in your life.

We appreciate the struggle. To help, we’ve assembled a collection of gift ideas. Some are tried and true, others are more unique, and all have a connection to Cape Cod. In fact, visiting for a weekend is a very practical way to get all your holiday shopping done while also savoring the quiet season.

Keeping It Cape

Beaches, bike trails and memories of fun-filled family vacations; there are lots of reasons visitors return time and again to Cape Cod. Mrs. Mitchell’s Gifts in Hyannis has an ever-changing selection of candles, charming home decor and Cape-branded apparel to help bring a little bit of the Cape Cod feeling back home. If your Secret Santa gravitates towards the abstract, consider a handcrafted figurine or decanter made by the artisans at Pairpoint Glass. The Sagamore glassblowing studio has been designing and creating specialty commissioned pieces since 1837. The shop also offers hands-on glassblowing classes that might be just the thing for your crafty friends.

The Perfect Beach Day
There is no shortage of people who relish basking in the summer sun on one of Cape Cod’s plentiful beaches. Pair a great read with a high-quality Cape Cod Beach Chair for the perfect day, and a thoughtful gift. Each of the five different styles available online are made from durable materials like hardwood and Sunbrella fabric. Not, sure which book to buy to go with it? The staff at Books by the Sea in Centerville can help you choose from a myriad of local authors and bestsellers.

The Athlete
A day spent lounging on the beach isn’t for everyone. When choosing a gift for the runners, jumpers, and all-around movers in your life, consider treating them to a new experience. The Sick Day Surf Shop in Wellfleet has a surf school with personalized, hands-on lessons. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 4 students per instructor and cover a range of subjects, from technique to terminology. Or, treat the athletes in your life to a deep stretch and warm cuddles at Island Alpaca of Martha’s Vineyard. One-hour yoga sessions are held in a pasture among the farm’s friendly Huacaya alpaca. Afterwards, participants can go behind the scenes to learn more about these inquisitive creatures.

Pampering Health and Wellness
While Just Breathe Salt Spa in Hyannis is one of the newest facilities on the Cape offering dry salt therapy, the holistic treatment has actually been in use for decades across Europe. Sufferers from a range of issues from respiratory and skin, to trouble with stress management and sleep, find relief with halotherapy. The spa offers ionic detox foot baths and locally sourced organic salts, soaps and scrubs to help round out your present.

Looking Good
Most of us have that one person in our life who’s an undeniably sharp dresser. Whether they’re your husband who loves a well-fitted suit or your mom who rocks a cream-colored trench better than most twenty-somethings – Puritan Cape Cod has an array of high-style fashions that will help them shine (along with four Cape Cod store locations to choose from). The diametric opposite of behemoth online retailers, visiting this 100-year-old establishment is a reminder of what shopping should feel like. The attentive staff, personalized service and complimentary alterations will have your favorite fashionista feeling fine and dressed to the nines.

Know someone with an eye for sparkle? Sachs Jewelers in Mashpee Commons has a diamond-crusted solution for nearly every budget. Drift among beautifully displayed merchandise in natural accented wood cases, or head into one of the private diamond salons where employees can help you choose the perfect stone and setting. Or, surprise someone you love by having one of the Sachs’ specialists repair and restore a treasured family piece.

Great Coffee and Flavorful Teas
For some, starting the day off with a hot cup of coffee or tea isn’t just a ritual, it’s a requirement. Make their mornings a little bit easier with a gift card for their favorite beverage. The Cape has a number of a great places to get a fine cup of joe including Brewster’s Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters. This relaxed-but-hip, spot prepares coffee several ways including espresso, AeroPress, Chemex, pour-over, traditional brew and cold-brew. Recently opened in Mashpee Commons, The Spice and Tea Exchange has an extensive selection of black, pureh, oolongs and caffeine-free options. Tea lovers will also appreciate the stores selection of mugs and infuser teapots. True to its name, shoppers will also find wide variety of whole spices, powders, blends and florals.

Beers, Bordeaux & Bourbons
If you’re headed to a White Elephant or Yankee Swap party – liquor, beer and wine tend to be crowd pleasers. Take your time pursuing the craft beer selection at Cotuit Liquors in Barnstable and finding the right bottle of bubbly at Luke’s Liquors (multiple locations). Both company’s stock over 5,000 different products, so you’re sure to find something special and intriguing that will make your present the hit of the gathering.

Sweet Tooth Temptations
When in doubt, give chocolate. Most people like it, and there are infinite varieties such as traditional caramels to more lux champagne-flavored truffles. Visit Cape Cod Chocolatier in Barnstable, to pick up an assortment of expertly handcrafted delights. Themes are a great way to make finding the perfect present easier. If you’ve decided to go with “all things Cape Cod” this year, visit Kandy Korner in Hyannis for your finishing touch. In addition to saltwater taffies and Cranberry Bog Frogs, the shop has a variety of nostalgic candies as well.

For the Littles
More than just giving a child a stuffed animal, a visit to Capt'n Cod's Bear Cove in the Cape Cod Mall is an opportunity for the kiddos to discover how toys are made while learning to express themselves. The emporium has more than 35 animals, 40 outfits, and an extensive selection of accessories to choose from. It's a great way to encourage kids to create a truly personalized present.

Make ‘Em Smile
If you’re looking for a quacky, wait – we meant quirky – gift, look no further than Ducks in the Window. The Chatham shop stocks one of the world’s largest selections of rubber ducks in an array of characters, professions and styles. These mini mallards are great stocking stuffers, and could probably even get Ebenezer Scrooge to crack a smile.

Wrapping It All Up
After filling up your sleigh, or car, with goodies, the next step is wrapping. A brand-new Target (the Cape’s first) opened at the Cape Cod Mall this past October. It’s a one-stop option for gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons, bows – the works. There’s also tape. You may think you have some on the left side of the drawer in the kitchen – it’s not there. Buy a roll or two at Target. And pick up some milk because you probably only have half a gallon left. Also, nail clippers. Oh, no…we haven’t even walked in yet and we’re already doing this.

We hope you’ve found some inspiration in our 2019 Cape Cod Holiday Gift Guide. Share this list with your friends and family to help them finish up their shopping or to gently suggest a little something for yourself. Either way, Happy Holidays and have fun Shopping Local!