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