Bag a bargain and the perfect gift when you do your holiday shopping where the sand meets the water. Many shops are within walking distance of your Gulf Shores hotel or Orange Beach condo. Stroll the sidewalks and enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate while you peruse the shops on Alabama’s beaches.

Reel in great new fishing gear for Dad with a visit to West Marina or J&M Tackle. Find the new pole that will bring in the fish of his dreams or the lure to get them there. See what nifty new items you can stuff into his stocking at The Rod Room or Bear Point Marina.Shops such as Fresh Market Seafood may be just the ticket for finding the biggest catch of the season.

Don’t forget stocking stuffers! Dash into the Cohiba Dunes Cigar Bar, Our Cigar Bar or Tobacco Road Gulf Shores for fine cigars that put the perfect topping to any evening.

Stop by Ooh La La or Maria and Carol’s Boutique at The Wharf to find a unique gift or handbag that’s just right for ladies in your life. Make your way to Private Gallery at San Roc Cay, HRH, Geez Louise Boutique and Fish on a Dish for one-of-a-kind presentsguaranteed to make gift giving extra special.

Fill the sweets lovers’ stocking with treats from the Chocolate Corner in Gulf Shores or send succulent seafood to your friends and family so they can savor the taste of the Gulf that you’re enjoying. Need to know the knack for getting the best deal? Visit the shops atTanger Outlet Mall in Foley for a shopping experience that will have you bagging bargains.

Get the younger set on your list fun apparel and accessories with visits to local shops like Blonde John’s Surf, Skate and Skim, Seaside Shoes, Ocean Eddie’s Resort Wear, Fric-n-Frac at The Wharf and Monkey Toes for gifts that will keep them happy and stylish long after the decorations are put away.

Stocking stuffers abound at Souvenir City, The Purple Octopus, Alvin’s Island and Al’s 5&10. It’s a fun way to wrap up your holiday shopping with great memories of vacations on the Alabama Gulf Coast.