Let’s face it. When it comes to finding the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list, holiday shopping can be downright stressful. But with hundreds of shops on Cape Cod and a boatload of unique finds, we have a few suggestions to get you started. The added bonus? You can support our local economy while doing it!

For Mom or Dad
While coffee mugs, scarves and neckties are classic go-to gifts for Mom and Dad, you can also think outside the box this holiday season. A hand-carved wood house sign bearing the family name from Chatham Sign Shop is sure to find a special place at their home. Give them a night out on the town with a gift card to their favorite restaurant, paired with tickets to a play at Cotuit Center for the Arts or a concert performance by Cape Symphony Orchestra.  The gift of a family photoshoot with Cape-based Decastro Photo, Salty Broad Studios or Fleeting Moments Photography is sure to make mom smile, and a day on the greens at any of Cape Cod’s fabulous golf courses will energize Dad.  

For Your Child’s Teacher
Cape Abilities Farm in Dennis is a good place to buy heartfelt gifts that show your appreciation, without breaking the budget. Their Holiday Gift Basket - filled with local products like Cape Cod Soy Candles, Summer House Soaps, Chatham Jam and Jelly and Gustare Oils – is our personal favorite. Sea Bags in Mashpee Commons and Chatham has one-of-a-kind totes made from recycled sails, letting your child's teacher cart around their school supplies and lesson plans in style.  And a beautifully decked wreath or festive poinsettia from Harvest of Barnstable or Hyannis Country Garden is also a nice way to say thanks to the teacher who inspires your child to learn every day.

For Your Grandchild
Give the gift that will bring a full year of fun for the kiddos – a family membership to one of Cape Cod’s many family-friendly attractions! Whether it be the Cape Cod Children’s MuseumCape Cod Inflatable ParkHeritage Museums & GardensWhydah Pirate Museum or the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, your grandkids (and their parents) will still be thanking you for this thoughtful gift by the time next Christmas rolls around. Gift cards for bowling at Ten Pin Eatery, Ryan Family Amusements and The Lanes are also great stocking stuffers.

For Your Furry Friend
Nothing says I love you to your cuddly four-legged companions like the gift of a friendly companion while you’re at work, and A Passion Fur Paws has you covered. Customized pet visits – which can include everything from playtime and neighborhood walks to fresh food and water – will keep your pet’s tail wagging. You can also stock their stuffing with gourmet pet treats, fresh bakery items and dog toys & accessories from Hot Diggity in Mashpee Commons, or gift them with a comfy new dog bed and stylish leash from Barnstable Farm & Pet and Agway of Cape Cod

For Your Bestie
You’re sure to find something any BFF would love at Oyster Island Emporium in Osterville, where your selections run the gamut from Vera Bradley bags and Nantucket Lightship Baskets to nautically inspired bracelets, earrings, and pendants. A gourmet wine gift basket from Truro Vineyards makes a great gift for any wine lover – or take her on a tasting at the winery before gifting her with her favorite bottle. Put some thought into a personalized gift basket with the help of Cape Cod Calling – items are 100% sourced from Cape Cod creators and could include anything from artisan foods, handmade jewelry and candles to ceramics, cookbooks and scented soaps. Or gift her with one of Cape Cod Nail Co's hand-bottled, locally-made nail polishes, in Cape-inspired colors like Hello Hydrangea. If it’s a bromance you’re buying for, a gift of festive libations from Cape Cod BeerBarnstable Brewing, 6A Brewing Company or Shoal Hope Ciderworks is a stellar way to show your best bud how much you appreciate him.

For Your Significant Other
The gift of time spent together is priceless, so topping our list is a couples’ massage from the Beach House Spa at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster. Reconnect and pamper yourselves over a bottle of champagne. Stylish, polarized wooden sunglasses from Slyk Shades will never disappoint (we do live on Cape Cod, after all). And speaking of Cape Cod living, summer is best enjoyed with a post-beach day rinse, making handcrafted DIY cedar outdoor shower kits from Stonewood Products a gift you both will enjoy (with easy assembly too!) 

Another way to say I love you to that special someone (and to the place you call home) is with a necklace or ring from the Cape Cod Ocean jewelry collection at Ross Coppelman, Goldsmith in East Dennis; The exquisite collection is notable for its variety of stones and metals, each piece depicting a wave motif. Feel like really splurging this Christmas? Shop the car selection at Hyannis Toyota, and tie a big bow around your loved ones’ new set of wheels on Christmas morning - they’ll be the envy of the neighborhood!  Last but not least, save your hubby the hassle of weekly dump trips or lawn mows with a year of trash pick-up from Nauset Disposal, or a full season of lawn mowing services from Maffei Landscape. Romantic?  Maybe not.  But he’ll certainly thank you on Saturday mornings, when he has more time to enjoy that Cape Cod Coffee you tucked into his stocking.

For Anyone
Tis' the season for giving, and sometimes the most thoughtful gift isn't something you open. A donation in your loved one’s name to a local nonprofit (and Cape Cod has many to choose from) could be the most inspiring gift you give this holiday season.

Find more great shop-portunities on Cape Cod. And thank you for shopping local!