Time is winding down until Christmas, which means people are frantically shopping, stores are packed, and there is absolutely no parking at the mall. We’ve got a list of the best last minute Jersey Shore holiday gifts, all found in local businesses, so you don’t have to go anywhere near the dreaded mall. You’ll avoid those stressful chain stores and support local business. It’s a win-win.
Back 2 Basics: This local shop specializes in women’s activewear and basics for the whole family. Check them out on Instagram (@Back2Basics_JM) where you can see their inventory! 167 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst (732) 904-7968
Our pick: Women’s activewear, or a boy’s graphic tee
Perfect for: The workout junkie/yoga nut, or your nephew who you just need one more little gift for.
Bear and Birch: Bear and Birch is proud to present the East Coast with its first authentic Russian Banya and Spa. Invigorate, detoxify and revitalize yourself in a spacious setting with three types of steam to choose from, plus indulge in their other available services including massages, banya treatments, and more. 6 Paragon Way, Freehold (732) 780-3354
Our pick: A gift card to cover a day of admission, which includes unlimited access to all facilities: jacuzzi, steam rooms, cold plunge, and complimentary towels and slippers.
Perfect for: Someone who needs to get away, but doesn’t have the time to go away for more than a day.
Goldtinker: After more than 40 years of service in Deal and 30 years of serving the downtown Rumson area, Goldtinker has brought its acclaimed brand to Red Bank. A fully-imagined showroom serves both VIPs and passers by with a truly unique jewelry experience over 40 years in the making. 24 Broad St, Red Bank (732) 531-8787
Our Pick: Men, we know you love waiting until the last minute. You can’t go wrong with anything shiny from Goldtinker for your special lady.
Perfect for: That extra-special woman in your life.
Health Fusion Wellness: Health Fusion is a wellness center specializing in treating athletes or anyone who has injuries interfering with athletics, work, school, or just life in general. 57 Schanck Rd, Freehold (732) 665-6334
Our pick: Gift cards! We highly recommend whole body cryotherapy, which everyone can benefit from. Its main goal is to reduce inflammation, pain, muscle soreness or swelling, but it also tones the skin, improves sleep and manages chronic pain.
Perfect for: Athletes, or anyone in need of a little tune-up.
Hot Sand Studio: Asbury Park’s own glassblowing studio is more than a place to go and learn about (or try!) glassblowing. They have an incredible shop filled with masterpieces blown right there in the studio. 550 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park (732) 927-5475
Our pick: You can’t go wrong with any of their beautiful decorations. We love this snowman family!
Perfect for: The person who has everything.
House of Lucky: At House of Lucky, you can find beautiful clothing for your self and little ones, jewelry, accessories, decorations for your home, and so much more. Effortlessly find a trendy outfit, complete with accessories, without setting foot in a mall. 502 Grand Central Avenue, Lavallette (732) 250-4722
Our pick: A cute, cozy sweater. Ask the associates to recommend jewelry to go with it!
Perfect for: The trendy teen or twenty-something in your life.
Hudson & Canal: Hudson & Canal is a salon where stylists, manicurists and barbers join together to create a welcoming, personal, corner-shop feeling, while creating the look you want so you can feel your best. Gentleman, don’t forget about their outstanding master barber! 22 Hudson Ave, Red Bank (732) 212-1990
Our pick: Holiday gift packs from Kevin Murphy, perfect for getting the beautiful hair, lips, and skin everyone is dying for.
Perfect for: The woman in your life who deserves to look good and feel fabulous.
iPlay America: iPlay America is New Jersey’s Premier Indoor Amusement Park. Don’t worry about a little rain or snow ruining a day of fun at an amusement park, iPlay America is open all year round for kids, ages 1-92! 110 Schanck Road, Freehold (732) 577-8200
Our pick: Gift cards! Good for games, rides… whatever your heart desires!
Perfect for: Any kid who you forgot to get a gift for. It doesn’t get easier than gift cards! Make it something they’ll actually have fun with.
Jersey Paddler: If you know someone who likes camping, hiking, or spending ample time outdoors, then we suggest you make a pit stop at Jersey Paddler. 1756 New Jersey 88, Brick (732) 458-5777
Our pick: A kayak or paddleboard is a gift that’s sure to make a statement! Or if that seems a little big to do last-minute, go for some North Face or Patagonia apparel.
Perfect for: The outdoorsy one.
Junction Boutique: This shop is filled with gifts and treasures that are crafted by local artists from Monmouth County and throughout New Jersey. 104A Leonardville Road, Belford (732) 884-8918
Our pick: The driftwood trees are a unique and beautiful home accent. Pair it with a Creative Moments Jersey ornament for a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gift! Or browse their selection of hand-made, Jersey-themed jewelry and gifts – you’re bound to find something!
Perfect for: The proud Jersey Girl.
Kur Wellness Studio: A new and different wellness center, Kur Wellness Studios provides a full menu both traditional and “eastern” services, for massage, skin care and waxing services with a unique yoga studio. 412 Bond Street, Asbury Park (732) 361-8956
Our pick: Gift cards!
Perfect for: The hard-worker who deserves to relax.
Little Silver Bottle Shop: Little Silver Bottle Shop is a full-service wine shop located in the heart of Little Silver, New Jersey since 1944. 497 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver (732) 741-3343
Our pick: A mix & match case of wine. Get 20% off all assorted wine cases!
Perfect for: The wine enthusiast or frequent party host.
madison Boutique: madison is a fun fashion boutique right in your own backyard, in beautiful downtown Red Bank. They offer all the latest trends, and have a huge selection of styles to accommodate women of all ages. 68 Broad St, Red Bank (732) 530-9800
Our pick: A furry vest – this season’s biggest trend, perfect to dress up any outfit.
Perfect for: The fashion-forward woman of any age.
Miss Belmar: Miss Belmar Princess offers fishing trips, charters, and more on their great fleet of charter boats. Located within the Belmar Marina, they have the finest, cleanest, and fastest fishing and party boats in New Jersey. 905 Route 35, Belmar (732) 681-0030
Our pick: Miss Belmar has a gift card promotion going on. Check out the details here!
Perfect for: The fisherman (or aspiring fisherman).
Moore Yarn: Moore Yarn is the Shore’s yarn superstore! Not only do they sell tons of different yarn and offer classes in knitting and crocheting, but they have an assortment of handmade gifts. 1366 Route 36, Hazlet (732) 847-3665
Our pick: You probably don’t have time to hand-knit something yourself at this point, but one of their handmade items like these adorable snowmen are the perfect stocking stuffer.
Perfect for: The little ones, a teacher gift, or that Secret Santa who has you stuck.
NJ Surf Show: This is the Jersey Shore’s only surf-themed boutique and art gallery, specializing in locally-made surf boards, unique gifts and handcrafted jewelry, and independent clothing from local and international brands. 140 Main St, Manasquan (732) 606-7233
Our pick: The unique surf apparel that strays away from the big name brands we’re so used to. Or, go big and give a handcrafted, locally-made surfboard!
Perfect for: The surfer or beach bum.
Paranormal Books & Curiosities: Paranormal Books & Curiosities is a unique experience boutique, carrying the largest selection of paranormal books and gifts you’ll find in a brick and mortar store. 627 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park (732) 455-3188
Our pick: Browse through the wide selection of unique, informative, and of course creepy books, both fictional and non-fictional. You’re sure to find a one-of-a-kind and memorable gift.
Perfect for: Anyone who seeks to explain the unexplainable, or chase after phenomena that most people run away from.
Perspirology: Perspirology is a one hour, full-body industrial strength workout straight from NYC. Musically driven, dance based, and ever evolving, it is designed to challenge a client’s cardiovascular and muscular endurance. 1054 Ocean Ave, 3rd Floor, Sea Bright (732) 530-1112
Our pick: It’s Deal-cember! You can get $30 off a 10 class package, 10% off private training packages, 20% off all apparel, plus holiday gift cards and private classes!
Perfect for: The gym fiend, or someone looking to stay fit in a fun way.
Poor Cat Designs: Forged from equal parts creativity, craft, and curiosity, Poor Cat® is the subtle expression of both maker and symbol. Poor Cat’s collection captures the richness and innate energy of precious metals with their individualistic and symbolic pieces. 69 Broad St, Red Bank (732) 842-3121
Our pick: Any piece in the stunning jeweled evil eye collection, starting at $120, but if that’s not what you’re looking for, they have pieces fitting for just about anyone.
Perfect for: Any woman looking to make a statement.
Señor Juan’s Cigars: Señor Juan’s provides the best selection of premium cigar brands, the finest accessories, and Señor Juan’s famous hand-rolled cigars, all while making sure to never lose sight of keeping the shop a friendly, relaxing spot to enjoy a smoke! 905 Main St, Belmar (732) 749-3192
Our pick: Cigar locker membership, which includes a locker, free holiday pack, discounts, access to exclusive events and offers, and so much more! Looking for something smaller? A few premium cigars will do just fine.
Perfect for: The cigar lover, or maybe your boss.
Stella e Luna: Stella e Luna is a unique little shop selling an eclectic variety of products, including women’s apparel and accessories, jewelry and beauty products, children’s toys and books,and housewares including serving-ware, rugs, lamps and furniture. They also have a fine art gallery right in the shop! 500 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant Beach (732) 714-2221
Our pick: The limited edition red Lokai bracelet. A portion of each sale of this bracelet gets donated to Save the Children. Get them while they last!
Perfect for: The socially conscientious woman of any age.
Sweetest Sin Boutique: Sweetest Sin is a full service bra-fitting boutique that also carries sleepwear, accessories, and shapewear. Their outstanding customer service will make you forget about those big-brand lingerie stores. 11 White St, Red Bank (732) 747-3550
Our pick: A lacy bra & panty set.
Perfect for: You and your special someone!
Tula the Boutique: Tula is a boutique which stocks all the latest fashions, unique clothes and beautiful accessories. The Grove West, 524 Broad Street, Shrewsbury 732-219-8888; Sea Girt Square, 2100 Hwy 35 North, Sea Girt 732-282-9500
Our pick: The Eye of the Sea bracelet is our new favorite accessory found at Tula. It is a reminder not to miss signs, and to discover our own sense of calm. The Eye of the Sea is a protection amulet designed to inspire the wearer to have confidence and strength within their own life challenges.
Perfect for: Anyone who could use some strength or inspiration.