Last updated on November 29th, 2021The most wonderful time of the year is when we show our gratitude to the ones we love. As we enter this holiday season, what better way to share our thanks to family, friends, and our community than by finding the perfect gift from a local independent business! With so many amazing local OBX businesses to choose from, we have simplified your search by sharing with you a few of our favorites. *Store has online ordering Clothing & Accessories Keep it cute this Christmas! Here are our picks for that perfect Outer Banks outfit. Mom’s Sweet Shop *Mom’s Sweet Shop (3213 N Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948) With fashion for men and women, plus a wide range of home goods, Mom’s Sweet Shop brings the cool this winter. *Untucked (1240 Duck Rd #108, Duck, NC 27949) “Make every day a beach day” with styles from Untucked. *Zen & Zip (1240 Duck Rd #117, Duck, NC 27949) Ready to relax over the holidays? Look great while kicking back with leisurewear from Zen & Zip! *Gray’s (3860 N. Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 • Scarborough Faire Bldg #5, 1177 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949 • 792 Sunset Blvd. #L8, Corolla, NC 27927 • Waterfront Shops #102, 1236 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949) Show your love for the Outer Banks with Gray’s OBX gear. *Salty Skies (790 Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC 27927) We are so excited to welcome Salty Skies to the Outer Banks this year! With more than just adorable clothes, this boutique is filled with gifts to put a smile on that special someone’s face. Local Art & Crafts Handmade from the heart! J.Bird Artisan Concrete | DeHaven Pottery | Amy Ford Knoch / AKA Handmade — Located at Corolla Village Market Corolla Village Market Open during this year’s Corolla Christmas Village, the Corolla Village Market is full of incredible work from OBX artists. Here are just a few! *J.Bird Artisan Concrete *DeHaven Pottery Amy Ford Knoch / AKA Handmade Seaside Art Gallery *Swell Ceramics Melanie Westheiden of Swell Ceramics brings the beauty of the beach into all her work. All of the pieces that Melanie creates are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe and made with love. *Tar Heel Trading Co. Established in 1979, Tar Heel Trading Co. has provided the Outer Banks with an eclectic collection of North Carolina-made crafts for over 40 years! *Seaside Art Gallery Started by the Smith family as a one-room art gallery, Seaside Art Gallery is now one of the largest private art galleries in the southeast with no shortage of Outer Banks art to remember your time in OBX. Food & Drink Eat, drink, and be merry! The holidays are filled with the most delicious treats. Give the gift of these goodies to fill hearts and stomachs! Ashleys Espresso Parlour *Ashley’s Espresso Parlour (100 E Helga St, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948) Give the gift of liquid motivation with Fair Trade coffee beans roasted on-site at Ashley’s Espresso Parlour’s. Don’t forget the stylish mug to go with it! Trio Restaurant & Market *Outer Banks Distilling (510 Budleigh St, Manteo, NC 27954) Warm-up with Outer Banks Distilling’s Pecan Rum this holiday season. Trio Restaurant & Market (3708 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949) With a delicious menu and huge selection of “Wine, Beer, Cheese, and more,” a Trio gift card gives it all. Include a bottle of OBX Sauce’s limited Pogue Hot Sauce for the perfect Outer Banks-themed present! Literature Give the gift of a beach read! Island Bookstore (3712 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 • 1177 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949 • 1130 Corolla Village Road, Corolla, NC 27927) With locations throughout OBX, Island Bookstore is stocked with books for every member of the family. For the history buff, make sure to pick up a copy of Clark Twiddy’s Memories of the Currituck Outer Banks: As Told by Ernie Bowden. *Duck’s Cottage (1240 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949) Coffee and books go together like Santa’s milk and cookies. This Christmas, leave a cup of Duck’s Cottage’s Coconut Crunch Coffee just for Ol’ Saint Nick! Sports & Experiences Sometimes the most memorable gift is that of an experience, and the Outer Banks provides the perfect backdrop. Here’s where you can find gear, lessons, and more on OBX. TW’s Bait and Tackle (2230 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959 • 3864 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949) Give the gift of gear this holiday season. TW’s is a one-stop-shop for fishing equipment! *Kitty Hawk Kites (3933 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959 • 1226 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949 • 794 Sunset Boulevard Timbuck II, Corolla, NC 27927) Ignite that adventurous spirit with a gift from Kitty Hawk Kites. From clothes to kayaks and parasailing rides to private sunset cruises, this staple of OBX has it all. Corolla Surf Shop *Corolla Surf Shop (807 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27927) As we ride into the holidays, surprise your surfer with a new wetsuit for those chilly winter sessions. *AQUA Spa (1174 Duck Road Upper Level, Duck, NC 27949) After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the gift of relaxation can be the kindest gesture. Grab a gift card to AQUA’s spa for a well-deserved retreat. Kids Santa Claus is coming to town, but here’s where he’s shopping first! Toyrific (1171 Duck Rd # A5, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949) Step into Toyrific, and you might just forget your age! With so many fun toys and gadgets, you’ll be sure to walk away with gifts for the whole family and maybe a little something for yourself. *Everything In Bliss (210 E Gallery Row, Nags Head, NC 27959) Owner and founder Hannah Ferguson started out by making things just for her daughter to wear and quickly found a passion for baby/toddler fashion. Now, this boho children’s boutique offers the most adorable outfits for the little ones in your life. Check it out! Pets Don’t forget your four-legged family members! *Outer Barks (1240 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949) This season, Outer Barks celebrates its 21st year as the premier dog (and cat) store on the Outer Banks! Give your pet a happy howliday with delicious and healthy treats made in-house and a wide variety of fun toys and gear. Home Goods Fill your home with things that make you happy! *Nags Head Hammocks (1801 S Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 • 1212 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949 • 799 Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC 27927) Transport your family member back to OBX with a Nags Head Hammock. *The Island Attic (1177 Duck Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949) Inspired by their surf trips, shop owners Ryan and Leigh Biggs opened The Island Attic to share their travels from around the world! The store features unique, hand-picked, Artisan direct imported goods. Sam and Winston Sam & Winston (108 Sir Walter Raleigh St, Manteo, NC 27954) Stock stuffers galore and MORE! Sam & Winston is full of treasures for the whole family. Donate We’re giving thanks and giving back. *Corolla Wild Horse Fund (1130 E, Corolla Village Rd, Corolla, NC 27927) The Corolla Wild Horse Fund offers a unique gift shop where 100% of profits go directly to the care of the horses. This holiday season, decorate your tree with a one-of-a-kind horse silhouette ornament with sand from our very own Outer Banks beaches. *Beach Food Pantry (4007 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949) Each and every day, Beach Food Pantry works to end hunger in the Outer Banks community. Consider spreading the love and donating to help a family in need!