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A Different Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Oregon Coast Goodies
(Oregon Coast) – Cyber Monday may have come and gone, but the idea of buying Christmas gifts online can take a decidedly relaxed, coastal turn by turning to a variety of beachy ideas. Numerous places on the Oregon coast allow you to either take a bit of the beach home with you, or you can order some of the beach online or over the phone.
In either case, what could be more perfect for a gift idea? Oregon coast craftsmen, artisans and lodging and dining businesses offer the chance to either have a bit of the beach at home, or give the gift of lodging or eateries to a loved one, and letting them head out there and have a blast.
American Tiki Idol
Have you ever wanted a piece of the Oregon coast to take home – but maybe one that reminded you of warmer weather?
Enter this Tiki idol-maker from Waldport. Tikis by Seamus creates a variety of whimsical beings in the Polynesian style, from spitting fountains, objects for your backyard or even your desk.
The Tikis fountains are hand sculpted concrete, but surprisingly light because they’re hollow. They’re three to four feet tall and cost around $300.
The garden Tikis are concrete castings, ranging from 9 inches to two feet tall. They can work with indoor décor as well as outdoor situations, running the buyer $25 - $55.
Bring out the headhunter in you with mounted masks of terra cotta. These ten-inch by 13-inch exotic lovelies are gouged, burned and clearcoated, coming with a brown burlap background. They’re about $45. www.tikisbyseamus.com
Oregon Lighthouses Under the Tree
“Oregon Lights” is a DVD from Oregon Coast Show cameraman and producer Scott Gibson and writer David Anslow, now available online at www.oregonlightsdvd.com. The award-winning show was aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting a few times in the early part of this decade, and made a splash then. Now, you take those lighthouses home with you.
13 chapters of the video take you through all ten of Oregon’s lighthouses, including the private lighthouse owned by famed maritime author Jim Gibbs, as well as some other related subjects.
Those who love to travel the Oregon coast will find this film intoxicating. The DVD is 72 minutes of glorious footage, beautiful scenery, and fascinating background information and history. It takes the viewer on a tour of all the lighthouses up and down the coast, through their history, and touches upon the legends of hauntings as well. It even features interviews with Gibbs, who not only served aboard the crazed Tillamook Rock Lighthouse until it was shut down in 1957, but created his own small lighthouse at his home in Yachats.
The DVD is $14.95, with free shipping and handling. It can be previewed and ordered at www.OregonLightsDVD.com.
Wine on the North and Central Coast – and Helping a Cambodian Village
Fine wine is always welcome at Christmastime, and the Nehalem Bay Winery is certainly the hotspot for this on the north coast, as well as on the central coast at Depoe Bay Winery. For the holidays, they spotlight the slightly spicy "Santa's Elixir," as well as sweatshirts with that little, whimsical logo emblazoned on them. This delightfully unusual place adds a fun, new slant to the whole wine tasting experience.
At both Depoe Bay Winery and Nehalem Bay Winery, they’re featuring enchanting gift ideas with Cambodian handbags and winebags, made by a group of hard-working villagers. All the proceeds from these purchases go to help this impoverished little burgh. The handbags, backpacks and wine bags, made from a silk-like fabric of bright colors and a hint of iridescence. They run $15 to $25.
At the Depoe Bay facility, they have crystal Depoe Bay ornaments with a whale tale - $10. Also, Christmas Cork Stoppers - just a few left - but they are also $10.
Check out www.nehalembaywinery.com or make sure you stop by on your next visit to the area. You can also order cases of wine from them over the phone. Highway 53 - about two miles from Wheeler. 1-888-368-WINE. Or in Depoe Bay, right on Highway 101.
One Stop Online Shopping for Coastal Gifts
A couple years ago, Manzanita resident Rachel Sip started an idea that’s not only different but needed in the world of gift registries: RegisterLocally.com. Instead of signing up at one particular large store for your registry, why not have the entire coast at your disposal with its unique, handcrafted items? Sip also added another interesting slant by including the element of eco-friendly gift items. She was inspired by noticing that at the bridal and baby showers of friends, the best gifts were the indie ones purchased from smaller shops on the coast. The site is still relatively new, but new places are added all the time. And you can buy with the good conscience of knowing you’ve supported local small business people as well as assisted the environment.
There are all kinds of gift ideas floating around this little gem of a site, not just bridal or baby shower ideas. There’s also a section for Portland gift ideas. This ain’t your parents’ online shopping spree. www.registerlocally.com.
Oregon Beach Fossil Tours with Oregon Fossil Guy
Get great gifts for the geek in your life, with a tour around Oregon beaches, looking for remnants of stuff millions of years old. It’s the closest the Oregon coast comes to Jurassic Park. $29 per person, $100 for four. Just email email@example.com to request and for payment information. Will mail directly to recipient complete with holiday-themed wrap, should you desire. Guy DiTorrice: PO Box 256. Newport, OR. 97365. 541-961-1762. www.OregonFossilGuy.com
Lodging and Dining Gift Certificates
Most places on the coast do offer such a service, letting your loved one wriggle their toes in the sand. And who knows? They may thank you by taking you along.
The Seaside Oceanfront Inn and Restaurant. The Inn is located on Seaside’s historic prom, with astounding views, right on the ocean. Certificates and holiday packages are available for both the restaurant and the inn. Call Linda at the Inn for help with this service. 581 South Prom Seaside, Oregon. 800-772-7766. 503-738-6403. www.theseasideinn.com
Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals. Sells any denomination. Outstanding homes all over Cannon Beach. Some pet friendly. 164 Sunset. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 503-436-0940. 866-436-0940. www.visitcb.com
Inn At Cannon Beach. Superb luxury hotel. Can purchase gift certificates over the phone or through their website. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Wheeler / Manzanita / Rockaway
Old Wheeler Hotel. A lovely, romantic idea from one of the most romantic places on the whole coast: "Gift Certificates Delivered by PJ Bear." A little stuffed bear comes bearing gifts, dressed up in an Old Wheeler Hotel t-shirt. Certificates can be purchased in any denomination. They can be bought without PJ, of course... but it makes a nice gift with the bear (comes in a nice mailable box which we can gift wrap if requested). More info here. Hwy 101 and Gregory. 877-4theview.
San Dune Inn. Certificates available in any denomination for a quirky, adorable little motel in the midst of mysterious Manzanita. “It’s a good way to spend a cool yule at the coast, particularly during these high/low tide events,” said owner Brian Hines. www.sanduneinn.com. 428 Dorcas Lane, Manzanita. 503-368-5163.
Meredith Lodging in Manzanita. “Many of our renters purchase our gift certificates for every special occasion,” said owner Kay Christianson. “Just a dollar amount or a special house they enjoyed.” Full kitchens and a myriad of other features. Office in Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-996-2955 or 1-800-224-7660. Web Site Here
Rick's Roadhouse & Grill. Fine food and fun surroundings in a smoke-free environment. Just drop by and purchase in any amount desired. Certificates are redeemable for 1 year. Over 21 only. 184 Highway 101. Rockaway Beach, Oregon. 503-355-2052
Looking Glass Inn, Pelican Shores Inn (and Schooner’s Cove in Cannon Beach): They sell gift cards in any amount, and they are good at any of their properties. Two hotels in Lincoln City: Looking Glass Inn and Pelican Shores Inn; plus Schooner’s Cove Inn in Cannon Beach and the Lakeshore Inn in Lake Oswego. 861 SW 51st Ave. Lincoln City, Oregon. 800-843-4940. www.lookingglass-inn.com
Liberty Inn. Continental breakfast, an indoor pool and Jacuzzi – all to be found under the tree, via a gift certificate. 4990 NE Logan Rd. Lincoln City, Oregon. (541) 994-1777. 877-994-1777. www.libertyinn.com.
The Starfish Manor Hotel. Pure romance
and luxury overlooking the waves. 2735 NW Inlet Ave. Lincoln City, Oregon.
Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging. Lovely oceanfront views. Certificates in any amount. 1301 NW 21st Street, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367. Toll Free 800-662-2101 or 541-994-2101. www.seahorsemotel.com
Inn at Spanish Head. Any denomination of gift certificates; also quite a few pre-designed packages that are listed their website. 4009 SW Highway 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com
Oregon Beach House Rentals. Gift certificates can be purchased by the night or by any amount applicable to rental. Custom made certificates especially for each person. Visa or MC for purchase. Homes in Lincoln City, Neskowin, Depoe Bay and Newport. 888-755-7783. www.cottagesbythebeach.com.
Trollers Lodge. Charming rooms and beautiful vacation rentals overlook the drama of waves in Depoe Bay. Gift certificates for specific dollar amounts from $25. 355 SW Hwy 101. (800) 472-9335 or (541) 765-2287. www.trollerslodge.com.
Oregon Beach Vacations. Gift certificates in all denominations for exceptional homes in Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Some pet friendly. Office in Lincoln City. 1-800-723-2383. www.oregonbeachvacations.com
Stone Crest Cellar B&B. Somewhere between a woodsy cabin and castle. Antiques, fine linens, Turkish bathrobes, wine, hor d'oeuvres, tea and full gourmet breakfasts – so romantic it hurts. Not only do they offer cards in any amount, but they can be applied towards the inn’s elaborate wedding services. South Beach, three miles south of Newport (first driveway past 95th Street and Hwy 101). 9556 South Coast Hwy. (541) 867-6621. www.stonecrestbb.com