The South Shore, known for its sandy beaches and easy ocean access, is a summertime destination. But when Jack Frost begins nipping at our noses, locals know that the area’s Main Streets and side streets are home to stores stocked with unique holiday gifts for family and friends. Make your list, check it twice, leave your beach towel at home (sadly) and head back to the beach, because fab finds are a shore thing when it comes to South Shore shopping.
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Lucky Finds Boutique, Rockville Centre
Turn South Shore shopping into a girls’ day out during the holidays at Lucky Finds Boutique. The pink interior itself makes this consignment shop a fun place to browse and buy but the pieces inside are the real scores. Four seasons ago’s Louis Vuitton purses are this season’s treasures. The same can be said for coveted Chanel clothing. Owner Shannon McCall is known to act as the ultimate gal pal, helping shoppers peruse the racks and shelves for the perfect gifts (and additions to their own wardrobes). Go
Remember Yesteryears, Oakdale
What’s old is new again at this antique and jewelry center, which started in Patchogue Village about 12 years ago. The new space in Oakdale boasts 15,000-square-feet of more than 100 vendors, who bring everything from gorgeous baubles to funky art and napkins. There’s no need to ask them for a gift receipt—no one else is going to find these hidden gems for your family and friends. Go
Olive and Tuesday, Woodmere
This boutique may not quite service kids from 1 to 92, but it sure comes close. Find onesies and pink beanies for tiny tykes, graphic sweatshirts for teens and 20-somethings and soft crew necks in pales and neutrals for any woman. While on your South Shore shopping trip, get sweats, sweaters and denims for guys. Go
Rose and Eye, Long Beach and Rockville Centre
Rose and Eye epitomizes the old adage of “good things come in small packages.” The intimate shop looks modest from the outside but is actually three rooms deep and full of trendy pieces. Think cozy fringe ponchos made for lounging and sheer, vegan leather trimmed blouses sure to turn heads on a night out. Go
Olde Towne Garden Irish & Victorian Gift Store, Wantagh
Olde Town Garden Irish & Victorian Gift Store is a treasure chest for gift-givers any time of the year, who likely won’t leave without bringing something home for themselves. During the holidays, the shop known for an eclectic mix of personalized jewelry, including rings and pendants, transforms into a winter wonderland and stocks ornaments made for hanging on trees for years to come. Bonus: The staff will hand-wrap gifts, bows and all. Go
For more great finds and tips for holiday celebrations, pick up the Pulse Holiday Gift Guide and December/January issue, both out now.