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Shop From Home to Give a Gift From Ocean City

Online shopping allows Ocean City businesses to offer a taste of summer throughout the winter.

If you're looking for gift ideas this month, consider wrapping up a bit of the beach and Boardwalk for the people on your list who love Ocean City.

A growing number of Ocean City businesses are offering online shopping. Here's a (by no means comprehensive) collection of links. If you have recommendations for other sites selling Ocean City merchandise online, please add them in the comments section below.

  • First Night buttons: All-inclusive First Night admission buttons for Ocean City's family New Year's Eve celebration are available for purchase online for $15 apiece. 
  • Seasonal beach tags: Seasonal tags for summer 2014 are available for the discounted price of $20 until May 31. Why not help somebody get it out of the way early? The City of Ocean City's online store was still closed as of Dec. 1, but check back soon to make purchases in time for the holiday.
  • Ride tickets: Tickets for rides at Gillian's Wonderland Pier (and at Gillian's Funland in Sea Isle City) are on sale for half-price at at the Gillian's online store. Discounted ride tickets for Playland's Castaway Cove, go-karts and mini-golf are available at Playland's online store.
  • Mallon's Sticky Buns: The iconic Ocean City bakery is celebrating 25 years in business with 10 percent off on holiday orders. Order today and pick a shipping date. Use coupon code: 25YEARS. Offer expires Dec. 2. Offer valid for online orders of sticky buns and crumb cake only. www.MallonsStickyBuns.com
  • A 'Boardwalk Basket:' The “Boardwalk Baskets” from the Ocean City Coffee Company have been a hit. They include Shriver's Salt Water Taffy, Johnson’s Popcorn and O.C. Coffee, plus a few other things. shop.oceancitycoffee.com
  • Johnson's Popcorn: What better way to give friends and family a taste of summer than with a tub of the legendary caramel popcorn. Prices include shipping and gift-wrapping is available.johnsonspopcorn.com/
  • Macaroons: Order the signature treats from George's Candies or browse gift baskets of candy. georgescandies.com
  • Salt Water Taffy: The century-old staple of Boardwalk cuisine from Shriver's is available for shipping. shrivers.com
  • Ocean City Magazine: Subscriptions are just $21.40 for six issues of the lifestyle magazine that features great photography, stories, event information and some fun features. ocnjmagazine.com
  • Beach Tag Towel: Young entrepreneur Justin Juliano designed a beach towel featuring designs of Ocean City beach tags through history. He's now expanded his product line to include tote bags, aprons, pillow cases and more, all available at tagrupdesigns.com.
  • Sailing Lessons and Merchandise: The Ocean City Sailing Foundation, which operates out of the Bayside Center in the summer, is offering 10 percent holiday discounts sailing lessons for the summer. ocsailingfoundation.org
  • Island Beach Gear: Holiday promotion offers $10 off Telescope Beach Chairs and free shipping. Use coupon code "Perfect10." Orders received by 3 p.m. shipped the same day. www.IslandBeachGear.com
Wyatt December 05, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Never said the lOCals "hate" shoobies. But I do point out that there are lOCals who are vocal about not wanting us here to impact their lifestyle. My "problem" is a disappointment that such lOCals can negatively impact visitors' views of OC, and a hope that if they appreciate that point they will just shut up and not confront the shoobies about being such.
Local resident December 05, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I have to agree with a lot of the comments here. Wyatt is a very negative angry person. I also have just sat back and read all his comments in the past year. Every single one is nasty and just plain mean. Why do you want to be here if you feel so not wanted? I live in Riviera section and don't feel any area treats people any different wether they are full or part time residents.
Frank December 19, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Wyatt - The term "shoobie" is extremely dated. As a local resident I understand that tourists are a part of life and are welcomed. However, it is nice when Fall arrives and the pace calms down a bit. Enjoying a calmer pace does does not in any way indicate a dislike of tourists. Anyone who chooses to live here should understand that tourism is a way of life. A fact to embrace not be apologetic.
Bonducca December 20, 2013 at 03:13 AM
I understand that living in an area considered by some as 'home,' and some as a resort can be vexing. In all the years my family has been going to The Shore - about 111, I believe - we have never been treated other than with friendliness, kindness and good humor. Perhaps some people just bring out the worst in others. On the other hand, we have always treated people the same - next-door neighbors, people we meet on the beach, people in the shops and stores. For some people there is just no middle ground. In any case, Happy Christmas Ocean City!
Wyatt December 21, 2013 at 05:19 AM
"Shoobie" may be dated but its still in use. Note that even these recent comments castigating a shoobie for noticing there are lOCals who would prefer that shoobies not be here contain observations that things are calmer and less vexing when they are not. And publicizing such feelings, in the local media, even teasing comments to shoobies, enhance a sense in us of a preference that we weren't here.

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