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Gift ideas for the Cape May enthusiast on your holiday list

This year has flown by. We’re finishing Thanksgiving leftovers and my inbox is already filled with reminders for holiday sales. If buying gifts from internet superstores leaves you cold, here are a few ideas for the Cape May enthusiast on your list.

A pound of fudge from the Original Fudge Kitchen

Let’s start with the easiest gift on the list. Send a one-pound, gift-wrapped box of fudge (you don’t even have to think about flavors – the box comes pre-selected with chocolate, vanilla, chocolate nut, and vanilla nut) anywhere in the United States for a flat $23.50. That includes the gift wrapping, tax, and shipping. Done! Order by December 14th on or by calling 800-23-FUDGE.

Glass jars of Cape May diamonds

Cape May Diamonds from Sunset Beach

Cape May diamonds aren’t diamonds at all–they’re pieces of polished quartz abundant on Sunset Beach. You can find them yourself if you have time to pick through stones, but if you want to skip the search, Sunset Beach Gift Shops sells the stones loose or set into jewelry. They offer a limited selection online. We recommend stopping into the gift store at 502 Sunset Boulevard (where the sunken ship is).

Stacked cans of the Lobster House clambake

The Lobster House clambake

If your list contains a seafood lover who’s not afraid to cook it themselves, the Lobster House has you covered. Each clambake includes two live lobsters, shrimp, clams, and mussels. The best part? It cooks on the stovetop in the can it arrives in. It serves two people. The clambake costs $45 plus shipping (it can only be shipped with next-day delivery and someone should be available to accept it). Order online at or call 609-884-8296 from 9am – 4pm ET to order.

The Virginia blown glass ornament from Cape Resorts online store

Cape May ornaments

Does the person on your list collect ornaments? Now they can trim the tree with miniature versions of Congress Hall, the Virginia, the Queen Victoria, or the Pink House, And if those aren’t quite the ornaments you’re looking for, Winterwood (on the Washington Street Mall or their original store in Rio Grande) surely has you covered.

Gift certificate to their favorite place

A gift card isn’t impersonal if it’s for a place someone loves. And if you know they’ll use it, it’s more thoughtful than giving them something they don’t need. A large number of Cape May’s restaurants, shops, and spas offer gift cards. Some can be purchased online, others by phone. It varies by business. Slip a $10 restaurant gift card into a stocking, give them $50 toward a massage, or make that dream B&B stay someone’s main gift.

Not 100% sure of your friend’s favorite place? If you have some details (like a vague idea of the location or a particular product they sell) but need to talk to someone local, call us at 609-898-4500 and we can try to help you identify the business.

Bottle of red wine from Hawk Haven winery

Bottle of local wine

If your list contains someone who appreciates wine, it might be possible to send a few bottle of local wine–depending on where they live. Hawk Haven offers online ordering. They ship to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida (by law Hawk Haven will not ship to the counties of Liberty, Madison, and Washington). Cape May Winery ships within New Jersey or to Florida. Please call 609-884-1169 to purchase. And Natali Vineyards ships to 36 states and offers online ordering.

If your recipient doesn’t live in a state that can receive wine, gift cards are available and can be used for wine tastings or for purchases the next time they’re on vacation.

Winter 2018 issue of Cape May Magazine

A subscription to Cape May Magazine

Yes, this is a shameless self plug, but if your holiday list includes someone who can’t get enough Cape May, a one-year subscription to Cape May Magazine (6 issues) is only $29 and feeds their obsession year-round. Our full-color lifestyle magazine covers Cape May now and in the past, with a focus on arts and culture, history, dining, and local businesses. Plus the paper is really nice.

Subscribe online at or call 609-898-4500. New subscriptions will start in 2019 or you can arrange to begin with a back issue for the cost of shipping. In town? Stop by our office at 513 Washington Street, second floor (we’re above the Fudge Kitchen) and skip the shipping cost.

Happy shopping!