We know the feeling. Christmas is just around the corner, and you still haven’t bought that extra-special something for that extra-special someone. We have a few winning suggestions for where to find the gifts your heart’s desire will love in tax-free Delaware:
-- Check out the museum stores. Some of the best-kept secrets in Delaware are the shops that adjoin the major museums, each full of treasures that you just can't find anywhere else. One of our favorites is the artsy, tasteful store at Winterthur Museum, but there are also top shops at Hagley Museum and the Delaware Children's Museum.
-- Remember the small boutiques that fill many of the state's small towns, offering unique gifts and friendly help. Good bets for boutique shopping include Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Second Street in Lewes, Main Street in Newark; Walnut Street in Milford; and Delaware Street in Old New Castle.
-- Everyone likes food. Especially free food. Think about getting them that special treat from a grocery, or better yet, a gift certificate from a restaurant they'd like to try. Some sure-fire dining favorites in Delaware include Harry's Seafood Grill, Domaine Hudson, Mikimotos, Cultured Pearl, and many more. Scroll through the Delaware restaurant listings for ideas.
-- When thinking last-minute gifts, think "experiences." How about a gift certificate from the new trampoline park in Delaware? Or maybe a sailboarding lesson at the beach. Or even stuff their stocking with a passport getting them started on one of the Delaware Tourism Trails, which are low cost ways of exploring top attractions.
-- Make sure your holiday shopping trip is a "power shopping" trip. In other words, head for the spots in Delaware that offer the largest concentrations of retailers, so you can maximize your time. Stores are conveniently clustered in several key locations in Delaware -- along U.S. 40 in Bear and Glasgow, Concord Pike/U.S. 202 north of Wilmington; U.S. 13 in Dover; and Del. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach. See the Delaware the tax-free shopping page to find the perfect store.