Where did the year go?! It seems like just yesterday we were taking down the Christmas lights and here we go putting them back up again. As you’re decking the halls you’re probably wondering how you’re going to get everything done this year. Not to worry, we’ve got the top five places to holiday shop in Foley so you can get your list checked twice and still have plenty of time for family and friends.
- Tanger Outlets
Tanger is a staple of Foley. The outlets are home to more than 100 stores that feature everything from kids cloths, to gift baskets, to sports gear. There’s something for everyone on your list. Don’t forget to check out the Foley Art Center’s Trim-A-Tree store in suite 182. You can find a one-of-a-kind gift for that super hard to shop for person in your life.
Pro Tip: Go to guest services and sign up for the Tanger Club. For a one-time fee of $10 you get a special gift and access to coupons that will have you spending less on your haul. Log your receipts and earn your way to even better coupons. Make sure to download the app, then you can get your Tanger Club coupon booklet on your phone. Not only will you save on holiday shopping you also get exclusive coupons and chances at gift cards throughout the year.
- Downtown OWA
Everyone knows OWA for its awesome amusement park, killer restaurants, and amazing shows but what you may not know is it’s home to some amazing boutiques. Stop into The Spice and Tea Exchange and while you pick out a gift grab a hot tea for yourself. The Fairhope Soap Company is the perfect place for those needing a bit of relaxation. In addition to the shops, you can always pick up gift cards at any one of the restaurants. A season pass to The Park means your gift will keep on giving all year round.
Pro Tip: Think it’d be hard to keep up with all the different deals going on at such a large complex? OWA has you covered. Go to visitowa.com/plan-your-visit/specialoffers/ You’ll find special offers from all your favorite OWA vendors all in one place making it easy to plan your shopping trip before you head out.
- Riviera Square
Riviera Square is one of Foley’s newer shopping destinations. While Academy Sports and Outdoors and Ross Dress For Less have made it home for a while, new additions include Ulta, Marshalls, Tuesday Morning, and Five Below. Each one of these stores is perfect for not only larger gifts but plenty of smaller stocking stuffers for any age.
Pro Tip: Stores like Ross, Marshalls, and Tuesday Morning have an ever changing stock. Don’t be afraid to ask what days they get shipments so you can be the first to see what’s available. Academy, Ulta, and Five Below all offer customer newsletters. Keep on eye on the deals without having to leave the house. If it’s a popular item, make sure to call ahead and ensure they have it in stock. Reduce the number of trips and increase the amount of holiday fun in your life!
- Downtown Foley
If you haven’t heard, Downtown Foley has been booming. Stop by Jan’s Art Studio or Foley Art Center for a unique gift made by a local artist. Plan ahead and Fish River Furniture may be able to help you make a one-of-a-kind piece for someone special. Don’t forget to stop by Let’s Get Grillin’ Meats for everything you need to make your holiday meal special. Yabba’s is perfect for stocking stuffers that go way beyond the usual boring candy canes.
Pro Tip: There are so many amazing stores and new additions to Downtown it’s hard to keep up. Follow the Foley Main Street Facebook page and they do all the leg work for you. They let you know what events are going on downtown as well as what businesses to check out this holiday season.
- Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market
When people think farmers market they think warm summer days strolling through in flip flops and shorts shopping for dinner. But guess what, we live in Foley, it may not be shorts weather all year around but it’s definitely farmers market weather! The Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market doesn’t just have everything you need for your holiday meal, they also have a range of artisans offering the perfect gift that you can’t get anywhere else.
Pro Tip: CAFFM is an awesome Facebook follow. They keep you up to date on all the vendors coming to the market that week and any specials they’re offering. In addition, make sure to keep up with the CAFFM artisans by joining their Facebook group. A picture is worth a thousand words and when you see some of the amazing creations by these artisans you’ll be grabbing your keys to follow me to the market!