Sweet Shops to Browse Near Great South Bay

The weather outside may sometimes be frightful but a trip back towards the Great South Bay is more than delightful when it comes time to finding holiday gifts. There are some shops made for the summer-loving beach bums on your list and others with items perfect for family and friends who embrace winter weather with a warm, cozy blanket. Ignore the thermometer and drift back to the water for variety and quality that will ensure shoppers don’t leave a seashell unturned this season.

South Shore Paddleboards, Babylon

Karen Marvin (46)

It’s easy to forget stand-up paddleboarding is a major trend now that morning routines include scraping frost off our cars, but rest assured, summer days will be here again. And when they are, adventure-seekers will love being able to go out on the water whenever they want rather than waiting for a rental shop to open. South Shore Paddleboards stocks more than 50 boards and staff can help shoppers pick the best one based on their family and friends’ experience levels. While there, grab sundresses, shorts and flip-flops for those who prefer to sunbathe. Go 

Blum’s Swimwear and Intimate Apparel, Patchogue

Blum's boasts perfect gifts for friends heading to warmer waters image: facebook.com/blumsli

Blum’s boasts perfect gifts for friends heading to warmer waters image: facebook.com/blumsli

Shoppers can grab gorgeous lacy tunics or mesh hoodies for friends jetting off for a resort getaway and perhaps something special for their SOs to unwrap. Wink. Go 

Willy Nilly, Bay Shore

Lynn Brey and Marilyn Schulman, proprietors of Willy Nilly Trading Company, have curated an eclectic store of home and personal accessories with relaxing vibes. Browse beaded necklaces and bangles that add a little beach-y Bohemia to outfits and hand-carved décor like sailboats that will make summer houses feel like homes. Go 

Pandemonium Boutique, Babylon

This Babylon boutique boasts everything from graphic sweatshirts made for lounging to party-ready dresses, a major bonus for people with one niece who loves to loaf and another niece voted “most unlikely to be sitting at home on a Friday night.” Go 

Kilwins, Patchogue

image: facebook.com/kilwinspatchoguevillage

image: facebook.com/kilwinspatchoguevillage

Forget getting candy canes at 7-11. Stuff stockings with boxes of creamy peanut butter fudge, dark coconut clusters and hand-crafted milk chocolate sea-salt caramels so mouth-watering Santa might move in. Go 

Debra Caravan Classics, Sayville

image: facebook.com/debra-caravan-classics

image: facebook.com/debra-caravan-classics

Debra Canavan’s shop is as versatile as the people on your gift list. Find casual wear for men and clothes for women of all ages at multiple price points. Think faux suede skirts that pair perfectly with cashmere sweaters and scarves and cozy of-the-moment capes that will cement your rep as trendiest gift-giver ever. Go

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