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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 02, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Great scheme, on-line shopping! A way to extract money from the shoobies yet keep them out of town so their mere presence won't annoy the lOCals during the holiday season.
Jeffrey Watt December 02, 2013 at 07:51 AM
Wyatt... My wife, family and I have had a home at the Jersey Shore for nearly 25 years. We have never felt the dislike that you seem to feel. Of course we have never given anyone a reason to think that we are not part of the community. We belong to a church down the shore, the Elks Lodge, and have many friends in Ocean City. We have felt more at home at our shore home than we do at our primary residence. If you feel so unwelcome in OC, why do you go there?
Wyatt December 02, 2013 at 08:23 AM
Our place is in the southeand, where its virtually deserted in the off season, so we have little opportunity to interact with lOCals except when we are elsewhere in town. Don't feel disliked nor unwelcome as long as I keep a low profile with, and am ignored by, the lOCals. But if one gets ID'd as a shoobie in the off-season, e.g. by climbing out of your car with its non-NJ license plate, you may well get a comment. Certainly the "isn't it great we have our town back" articles in the local media soon after Labor Day enhance the sense that lOCals would rather the shoobies weren't here. But there is no question lOCals enjoy the real estate tax and other financial contributions we second home owners make to the town, if not our presence.
holly buck December 02, 2013 at 10:27 AM
For everyone that loves ocean city and chooses to call here home all year or part of the year or even for a day - please know the opinions of people like Wyatt are few. I am a born and raised local - I chose to live here as an adult and raise my family here because I love ocean city It's annoying and rude to spout off against anyone else who wishes to make ocean city part of their lives at any time of the year
Frank D'Elia December 04, 2013 at 02:48 PM
WOW so sad that you feel that way and yet continue to come to OC! Ocean City is truly our second home and one day real soon will be our primary home! Our neighborhood in the North End is open all year and our life is fuller here than at home. No one has ever said anything to us and with NY license plates one would think we'd get the treatment you describe but it has NEVER happened!! Ocean City has been a part of my life for 58 years, and a part of our family's life and always will be! Sorry, but I like having our town back too, but that doesn't mean I hate folks who are out of towners, just that it's so much easier to get around off season. OC is a resort in the summer and a small town in the winter and we love it both ways! If you don;t Walt, then I feel sorry for you and perhaps you should look for a place where you will feel welcome!
Wyatt December 05, 2013 at 06:15 AM
Never said that we, as second home owning shoobies, felt "hated" by the lOCals, just that stuff occasionally happens that leave the impression there are those who would prefer we weren't here, and can be obvious about that feeling, yet I know they enjoy our financial contribution. Nor, unlike our new south end shoobie homeowning neighbors, do we feel unwelcome in OC. Two years ago these folks bought a new place in the north end. They soon found that the lOCal neighbors didn't want them there, they refused to speak to them, always made sure to park their cars in front of the shoobie owner's house, etc. They learned that the lOCals were offeneded that the place was owned by a shoobie and feared that, oh the horror, they might rent it to other shoobies during the season who might be annoying. So they sold that place and came to the south end where the rest of us shoobie owners don't treat them that way. Face it, there are some lOCals who don't want the shoobies around and who will let them know it.
Ilene Matthews December 05, 2013 at 07:30 AM
I was born and raised in Margate and we just bought a condo in the boardwalk district last year! I feel you are really being to sensitive on this matter....and are grouping people together instead of taking each person at face value! Having grown up in a resort town and now choosing to live in Ocean City....I have only run into wonderful people and feel, as I tell my children, you reap what you sow! EVERYONE LOVES TOURISTS! We at the shore would not be able to survive without them. And as far as 2 nd home owners, I to am a second home owner and have only been treated with respect and dignity....please don't lump all O.C. Or shore folks into that awful category! You are blessed to be able to afford a 2 nd home and enjoy such a fantastic town! Breathe the salt air:) I love the fact that you are in O.C. And so do so many other folks:)
Frank D'Elia December 05, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Interesting...I just went back and looked at some of our friend Wyatt's posts going back to the middle of August. From stories about the OC Police, to local Real Estates getting new names, to Chamber of Commerce awards, to dead dolphin washing up on the beach, to free parking, to you name it, every post is the same. Ocean City Locals HATE visitors. OC Locals want all the advantages. If you've read one post, you've read them all! And I only found one where he didn't use the word "shoobie" which might as well be the N word based on the way he uses it! Sorry but Wyatt has a definite agenda and I wish I knew why, but I for one am not going to give him any more opportunities to spew his nasty thoughts about Ocean City! So go to it Wyatt...this will be the last one of my comments you'll get to follow up on. Oh, and really, you need to work on whatever your problem is with Ocean City, unless your agenda is just to stir the pot...which it well may be!
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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