“Unless you make it or bake it, I can not take it!”

Trippett Boineau

My hubby has been saying this for years, and he is right on point for the most part. I don’t have a lot of talent in baking or creating; however, I understand the premise. The pressure to buy gifts takes some of the joy and spirit out of season for many people. However, with covid looming over us this year, Christmas is a welcoming celebration with a renewed appreciation of family gatherings and the tradition of gift buying. 

With the challenges of the supply chain difficulties, maybe this is an opportunity to help our local communities with gift buying, considering the impact the “pandemic” has had on the economy of small businesses. Additionally, it makes it much easier to buy meaningful gifts for everyone on your list. Most of us have everything we need, so finding a thoughtful gift on Amazon or one of the big box stores is not easy. 

Since I am a proponent of anything outdoors, I highlighted some great places to buy gifts right here in our local vicinity. But, of course, helping our local economy is a gift in and of itself as money recycles within the community. 

Fishing!

Fishing gear

Perry’s Bait & Tackle has just about anything you could desire for your fishing adventure!

Perry’s Bait & Tackle 3965 Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet offers some excellent gift ideas for the fishing enthusiast in your family! From rigs tied in their well-stocked shop to a large selection of locally made rigs, Perry’s is a one-stop-shop for all your fishing needs. Check out this special deal: Rheos Nautical eyewear is polarized and, with the floating feature, is priced at $55.95. Just mention Waccamaw Outdoors, and you will get a 25% discount and a free sleeve/case! In addition, so many colorful fishing tee-shirts starting at $28.99 and hoodies are available, along with a great selection of fishing poles and all the gear that your fisherman will love. Another great gift idea is the Calcutta Tackle Bag. It has plenty of room for stocking stuffers!

Outdoor Clothing and Footwear:

Outdoor clothing

Booty’s Outdoors has fantastic clothes to keep you warm while looking great!

Booties Outdoors located at 3908 US-17 Business, Murrells Inlet, has fabulous clothing brands, including Patagonia, The North Face, Columbia Sportswear, Southern Tide. Sperry, Costa, K-Tra Tuff, and of course, Booty’s apparel! If you are looking for great gift ideas to keep your loved ones warm, comfortable, and totally in style in the great outdoors, Booty’s Outdoors is the place to shop! Great choices are available from toddler to adults sizes! Check out some excellent items:

Patagonia Ladies NanoPuff Jacket- $199.00

K-Tra Tuff Boots- Men’s & Ladies $95 to $130.00

Booty’s Ballcap – $25.00

Shooting and Hunting Gifts: 

Hunting Gear

Backwoods Quail Club is a locals favorite destination to hunt and shoot clays!

Backwoods Quail Club, located at 647 Hemingway Lane, Georgetown, offers much for your shooting or hunting enthusiast! In addition to sporting clays, skeet & trap, plus guided Quail, deer, and turkey hunting, the shop at Backwoods Quail Club has an excellent selection of shotguns and gear from which to choose.

Pictured here is a Beretta Silver Pigeon 20 gauge priced at $1999. Blaze orange hat- $25.00 Ammo $9.50 Box, and Blaze orange Boyt vest $110.00 

What a wonderful gift to give – A Family Membership at Backwoods Quail Club or shooting lessons! Backwoods Quail Club offers an excellent opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the world of hunting and shooting! 

Locally Sourced Food Gifts: 

 

Locally sourced foods

Lee’s Farmers Market has fresh eggs and so many more locally resourced foods!

 

How about a gift of food? Lee’s Farmer’s Market 4883 Highway 17 Bypass North, Murrells Inlet, offers fresh produce, fresh meats, and locally produced products such as fresh eggs for $5.99 a dozen from their chickens, locally made pimento cheese for $5.99; and delicious homemade rum cakes for $11.99! In addition, they have just about anything you can name, including gourmet foods and delicacies., deli items, wine, and an incredible selection of cheese. 

Gifts of food, especially in tough economic times, certainly will be greatly appreciated by the receiver! 

There are many other fantastic places to shop for everyone on your Christmas list in our local area. Think spa treatment gift cards, local art, restaurant gift cards, golfing items, to name a few. 

Whether you live here in Murrells Inlet or anywhere in this beautiful country, please think local during the holiday season for gifts!

Don’t forget to mention that you saw this article in Waccamaw Outdoors Magazine! Thank you for that, and Merry Christmas and happy 2022!