Welcome to your guide to souvenir gift-giving in Ocean City, Md.! While you can’t beat the feeling of the sun on your face and the sand between your toes, these souvenirs get pretty close. From siblings to coworkers, check out these 7 OCMD souvenirs for everyone on your list:
Souvenir: Caramel popcorn.
Where to find it: Stop by Dolle’s on the Boardwalk to pick up a tub of their Caramel Popcorn to bring home for your neighbor, your dog sitter, or whoever else is helping you out during your beach getaway! Saying “thanks” never tasted so good.
Souvenir: 6-pack or growler of a local brew.
Where to find it: If you haven’t already discovered Ocean City’s local brewery scene, you’re seriously missing out. Take a trip to Backshore Brewing Co. or Seacrets Distilling Company! After a day of hops, pick out a 6-pack or to-go growler of your favorite IPA, lager or porter as a souvenir.
Souvenir: Local coffee grounds and a travel mug.
Where to find it: Swing over to 35th Street for a stop at K-Coast, Maryland’s largest surf shop! Not only will you find cool graphic tees and stickers for you, but you can pick out a “Monday morning caffeine care package” for your work BFF or the coworker that covered for you during vacation.
Souvenir: Gift card and a meal recommendation.
Where to find it: OCMD is full of top-notch local breakfast, lunch and dinner spots. Try a few options for yourself, and then pick up a gift card for mom and dad at your favorite restaurant! That way, next time they’re in town, they’ll have a personalized food recommendation and their meal will be on you.
We recommend checking out breakfast at Bayside Skillet on 77th Street. Bonus? You can buy one of their branded coffee mugs, and then slip the gift card inside!
Souvenir: DIY treasure.
Where to find it: The beach, of course! Walk along the shoreline during sunrise to gather some dry sand and small shells. Then pour your treasures into a glass bottle, along with a handwritten note for them to read when you get home. Seal it up with a cork and give it to them as a reminder that you were thinking of them during your trip!
Souvenir: Fudge. Hands down.
Where to find it: Where else? Candy Kitchen. Bring home a sampling of different fudge flavors -- from Chocolate Peanut Butter, to Cookies & Cream, to the highly coveted Holy Hash, filled with fluffy marshmallow and crunchy pecans.
Souvenir: Beachy accessories.
Where to find it: Visit Park Place Jewelers, Monkees or K-Coast to pick her out a boho bangle bracelet or a sand dollar stud earrings. If she’s not too big into jewelry, grab a new pair of sunglasses from Shade Shack on 66th Street!