With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what gifts to get your family. And when choosing that perfect gift it’s the thought that counts, so let us handle the thinking.
It’s more important now than ever to wear a mask and shop local, so we’ve collected up the ultimate list of stores and boutiques to holiday shop at this year throughout Delaware. With many of these locations providing curbside pick-up, delivery, and private shopping hours, there are plenty of ways to support local while staying safe. And let’s not forget that savvy shoppers know that Delaware has tax-free shopping that lets your holiday spending go further.
Shop & Support Local this Year
Looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade gift for that extra-special someone? Some of the best places to shop for meaningful and thoughtful gifts are located off the well-worn holiday shopping path. View more.
Dover & Lewes
If it’s that vintage style you’re looking for, then Blu’s Vintage in Dover is a must stop. They’ve got throw-back women’s clothing and accessories as well as Sanuk sandals for the whole family.
Ever vigilant at the store is Larry the security cat. And oh yeah, he’s a bit internet famous. You can follow him on social media for when you need your Larry fix but you’re not in the Dover area to stop at the shop.
Refuel after shopping with some java from House of Coffi or stop by 33 West Ale House and Grill and enjoy a craft beer or cocktail.
With a mix of new and classic women’s clothing, ELLIE is a contemporary boutique that is tailored specifically for the area and it’s specific needs. Meaning, you’ll find unique pieces that are perfect for that special person on your list. While you’re out shopping ELLIE, check more gifts off of your list and visit all of the great shops in One Greenville Crossing, like Ten Thousand villages and The Running Company.
Gidget’s Gadgets & Extended Play
It doesn’t have to be difficult to shop for that discerning music fan in your life. The folks over at Gidget’s Gadgets have got you covered with their huge selection of records at Extended Play. Or you can find vintage collectibles, novelty items, and toys and games packed into their shelves on Rehoboth Avenue.
Penny Lane Mall
Located half a block from the beach you’ll find Penny Lane, an open air mall with a diverse selection of shops for everyone on your list. Walk this European inspired lane and you’ll find art galleries, gift shops, toy and novelty stores, and a small french bakery.
Morgan’s of Delaware
Whether you already have an outfit in mind or you’re looking for a unique and fun look and don’t know where to start, Morgan’s in downtown Wilmington is a smart and chic shop boasting the latest in women’s trends.
To complete your Wilmington city excursion, be sure to grab a to-go coffee from Brew Ha Ha a few streets over or make an evening out of your shopping trip and grab drinks and a meal at Makers Alley.
Go Big - Name Brands
Some people just have to have name brands or that hot new gift that’s been flying off the shelf. For those especially particular on your list, these shopping destinations have got you covered. View more.
Some of your favorite stores are just a stone’s throw from Dover International Speedway. Take advantage of tax-free shopping while getting all of the brands your family and friends are asking for. You’ll find stores like Boscov’s, Pandora, Victoria’s Secret, Yankee Candle and Dick’s Sporting Goods - just to name a few. And when you’re done shopping, treat yourself to a little fun at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.
All the big-name brands in one spot. From the Apple Store to Target, shopping in Christiana Mall and of its surrounding stores almost guarantees you’ll find a gift for the most discerning family member.
While you’re up in Northern Delaware, take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and take in some of the fall scenery with a quick trip over to White Clay State Park, one of Delaware’s largest state parks.
Located directly on Route 1, Tanger Outlets is a mile of style. With over a hundred brand name stores and tax-free shopping, the outlets in Rehoboth make for a must-visit shopping experience for those looking for the best deals on the latest and greatest brands. And because there are so many great stores to shop at, make a day of your shopping excursion and grab lunch or dinner at one of the many great restaurants located on the highway.
Searching for Treasure in the Unique and Antique
Delaware is known for its history, and with it comes a treasure trove of antique shops. For those willing to hunt down that rare piece to add to their loved-ones collection, these shops are must-stop while searching the state. View more.
Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery
There’s so much history in Delaware, and even more so in Lewes - the first town in the first state. So, it’s no surprise that there’s no shortage of great antique shopping in southern Delaware. Located right on 2nd Street in Lewes, you’ll find Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery with it’s small alleyway-like entrance just waiting to be discovered. With over 30 dealers you’ll find everything from antique treasures to vintage collectibles. And while you’re walking historic Lewes, you can also check out Auntie M's Emporium located on the next street over.
McCarthy Tree Farm
Be prepared to get into the holiday spirit at the McCarthy Tree Farm. This one stop shop will have you ready for Christmas, from tree to handcrafted pottery. You’ll also find a working blacksmith shop on the farm where you can watch them work the forge and turn out gifts you may find at the shop. Looking for more Christmas Tree options, you can also check out Willey Farm in Townsend and Ronney’s Garden World in Smyrna.
2nd Act Gallery
Not your average antique shop, 2nd Act has a curated collection gathered by their on-site Acquisition Specialist. They carry a mix of period pieces, mid-century, and vintage items that’ll be sure to surprise even the hardest to shop for in your life. Can’t find what you’re looking for in store? Their specialist can help you seek out and track down that gotta-have gift.
Whether you’re looking to make a gift or give a gift, you’ll find what you need at Yarn Maven. With a wide selection of yarn, including hand-dyed, natural-fibers, and washable baby yarn, you’ll be walking out of the shop with your arms full and your fingers ready to knit. And it’s not only a shop, but it’s a community. Everyone at Yarn Maven is more than happy to teach you everything you need to know to make scarves, hats, and more. Or give the gift of learning, sign your loved one up for a class or workshop.
Before visiting Delaware be sure to view our Go-To-Guide for tips on how to #ExploreSafelyDE. Please remember to plan ahead and maintain social distancing. Please wear a face covering and bring hand sanitizer. Make sure to review guidelines before arriving at your destination. Some locations may be operating under different capacity or require reservations. Please remember to stay home if you are sick.