The Guide to Shopping Local on Cape Cod this Holiday Season

Our annual Gift Guide will be released in a few short days, and will feature great gift ideas for different people in your life all from Cape Cod owned shops. Our Guide is pretty extensive, but when I was choosing items to photograph I was struck with how much good stuff our local businesses carry that I could have filled hundreds of pages things all from our small businesses.

I was also struck by the thought that the single best thing we can do to support and strengthen our Cape Cod community this holiday shopping season – from Black Friday to Cyber Monday – is to spend our dollars with locally owned businesses and local organizations.

So, I wanted to give you some more general ideas of where to shop for this year based on my scouting trips from Falmouth to Provincetown on where to find the perfect gift to show the important people in your life that you love and appreciate them.

Cards, Ornaments & Holiday Décor – make a home more festive and bright with tabletop accessories, ornaments for the tree and sending good wishes:
Deep Blue, Dennis
Design Works, Yarmouthport
Mark August, Chatham
Margo’s Home, Osterville
M Smith Stationers, Chatham
Snow Goose Shop, Sandwich
Snow’s Home & Garden, Orleans
Soho Arts Company, Hyannis

Stocking Stuffers – unique, quirky and the perfect small items:
Allium, Hyannis
Cabo Cado, online
Modern Mix Giftery, Mashpee Commons
Red Fish Blue Fish, Hyannis
Wish Gift Co., Sandwich

Hostess Gifts – a little something special for your holiday hosts & hostesses
Adorn, Orleans
Claire Murray, Barnstable & Brewster
Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis & Orleans
Spice Merchants, Mashpee Commons
Summer House Soaps, Hyannis
The Little Beach Gallery, Hyannis
Yankee Ingenuity, Chatham
With a Twist, Osterville

For the Guys – from the outdoorsy and rugged to the swanky and polished:
Charlie’s Music, Hyannis
Chatham Clothing Bar, Chatham
Cellar Leather, Hyannis
Mass Bay Co, Hyannis
Mocean Cape Cod, Mashpee Commons
Puritan Cape Cod, Hyannis, Falmouth, Mashpee Commons, and Chatham

For the Kids – clothing, toys, and fun games:
Cape Kids, Mashpee Commons
Cape Kaleidoscopes, Mashpee Commons
Mommy & Me, Falmouth
Weekend, Orleans

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all approaching at what seems like a very rapid pace, and although this list is in no way extensive, it is a good start for getting your holiday shopping  underway AND for making our community economically strong. Because trust us when we say $100 spent in a local store means so much more to your neighbors and friends than putting $100 more in a corporate CEO’s pocket.

Stay tuned for our next blog that will give you tips on where to find goodies for all of the ladies on your list!