Did You Know the Manzanita Oregon area is the Perfect Place to Find the Perfect Christmas Gift?
Lots of visitors love the North Oregon Coast, and especially our area around Manzanita Beach. But did you know in this spot of spectacular beauty, you can also find incredible shopping?
And, if you’re like us, besides our love affair with the Oregon coast we love good shopping. Or a very good Santa!
Have you been naughty? Or nice?
We’ll introduce you to some of our favorite Manzanita area shops. You’ll also find local activities, or check out the north Oregon Coast restaurants open for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners here.
Follow along for the fun. Then read on, and learn about the local events to make your holiday a little bit more merry!
Best Shopping in the Manzanita Area.
Manzanita is becoming the go to destination for those visiting the Oregon coast. Incredible scenery, sandy seven mile pristine beach, terrific state parks to the north and south, all with the scenic Neahkahnie mountain overlooking this gem on the coastline.
But did you know Manzanita is also well known as a creative, unique destination of independent shops?
We’re offering a small taste from among the goodies in some of our favorites Manzanita shops — actually, all the stores in the Manzanita area are our favorites!
In each independent store you’ll find unique, creative merchandise you won’t necessarily find in chain or large box stores. Be sure to check out more about our wonderful shop owners in the Manzanita area here.
According to finnesterre’s website, it is a shop in beautiful manzanita, oregon. here you’ll find a thoughtful selection of goods for your home, for you, for those times you need a little something special.
We second that! There’s always something special to be found at finesterre. To give you an idea of their current selection which might be perfect for someone on your list:
Bright and Sparkely ~
You’ll find jewelry and trinkets for the most particular family member or friend on your holiday list. From famed Milanese designer Monica Castiglioni sculptural rings to wonderful stocking stuffers, all that glitters and glows is sure to please.
Calm and Textural ~
Are you looking for fascinating objects, textures and shapes for your own home or for unique gifts? At finesterre you’ll find lots to choose from, including the concrete balls pictured above with wonderful textures and surfaces. Pair them with a wooden tray filled with sand, and you’ll have a one of a kind gift under the tree.
Clean and Fresh ~
How about tea towels stamped with names, longitudes and latitudes of favorite beach spots? Whether they love Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Gearhart, these charming tea towels will delight fans of the north Oregon coast.
Sweet and Warm ~
Looking for a cherished hostess gift or stocking stuffer? How about “Neighborhood Honey, Pure and Local” made in Manzanita on Blackberry Lane in small batches by the beekeeper himself? Boxed with a charming honey jar and glass bees, and you’ve got a winner.
Or grab a bottle or tin of famous Jacobsen Salt in flavors like Cherrywood Smoked, Pinot Noir, and Vanilla Bean. Locally harvested from Netarts Bay.
Cloud and Leaf
Books make great holiday gifts, and luckily Manzanita is home to a very wonderful bookstore, Cloud and Leaf. Even better, you’ll find Cloud and Leaf owner Jody Swanson on hand to help you find just the right book for a gift, or even for yourself. She’s tops at making wonderful suggestions for all types of readers.
Lucky for us, Jody graciously has shared some terrific books for holiday gifts. And if you’re running out of time, don’t forget you can call and either order the book, order the book and have it ready for pickup, or purchase a gift certificate.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A #1 New York Times Bestseller and aNational Book Award Winner. The Underground Railroad is a magnificent story chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in antebellum South.
Get it, then get another copy for someone you know because you are definitely going to want to talk about it once you read that heart-stopping last page.
— Oprah Winfrey
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Google Books
The matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings.
— Sally McGrane, The New York Times
Books of Peace and Meaning in a Changing World
We love Jody’s suggestion of the following books of peace and meaning, so vital to dealing with today’s changing world:
Being Mortal by Atul Gwande One of the most important books of the year. Harvard Medical School professor and doctor writes urgently with clarity on end-of-life care.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates This is a very important book by a well respected journalist. Straightforward, brutal, honest, and passionate. Letters to his son about living as an African American man in our culture and society.
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton The story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.
An incredible, dark, poignant, vulnerable personal account about surviving rock bottom and finding a better life. You will be inspired by [Glennon’s] resilience, strength, and womanhood.
― Real Simple
Tribe by Sebastian Junger This book reaches back into history as well as our current experience to provide evidence of the attraction of tribal communities, the human benefits, and society’s healing.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi A beautiful, passionate, insightful book written as the author, a young neurosurgeon, dies of cancer, and chooses to have a child and live in grace.
Have you stopped by? At T-Spot you’ll find creative apparel, jewelry, accessories for home, kid’s clothes, and “choicest chocolates and quirky gifts a plenty”!
We found all this and more last time we visited. Some of the highlights were …
Delightfully quirky — definitely fun! Who wouldn’t enjoy light switch covers where turning the gears actually turns the lights on or off. You’ll also love the gear jewelry. Charming with workable gears.
Stylish lace cuffs by Urban Lace Jewelry. Who would guess they’re made from repurposed inner tubes? Someone on your list would love to find them in their Christmas stockings!
Who doesn’t love a fun pair of socks under the Christmas tree? Especially these cuties – each sock is slightly different, so your pair will be different yet complimentary.
Four Paws on the Beach
Manzanita is definitely a dog friendly destination. And what better way to celebrate your pet friendly Christmas celebration than something special from Four Paws on the Beach in Manzanita?
We love dog toys (yep, our dog does too!). We love them even more when they’re durable yet fun, and Four Paws on the Beach stocks lots of toys that fit the bill.
Colorful Tees for the dog lover in all of us!
Not only are tasty pet treats a hit with your pet, packaged for the holidays they make good hostess and host gifts too!
Or pick up a handy pet shammy or doormat runner to absorb wet Oregon pet runoff.
There’s lots of Christmas shopping to be found around the Manzanita area!
We’re thrilled with the selection found within the independent Manzanita shops. Be sure to check out Toylandia for toys to light up the eyes of young and old, Unfurl and Syzygys for terrific clothing and accessories for women, men and children. Wisteria Chic has terrific home personal accessories. At Bahama Mamas you’ll find something for the active people on your gift list. Salt & Paper has accessories, art supplies and other wonderful things. And don’t forget Manzanita Sweets for stocking stuffers, hostess and host gifts, and boxes of luscious chocolates and truffles.
Spa Manzanita has lots of pampering gifts … and gift certificates too, also found at Longevity Massage, Yoga Roots Studio, and the terrific eateries throughout the area.
Not only are there great items, many of the stores are offering specials!
- Spa Manzanita – Look for their Cold Weather Specials.
- T-Spot – 10% off purchases over $100, including gift certificates.
- Unfurl – by more, save more, up to 25% off.
Holiday Activities and Events around the Manzanita Oregon area.
December 23: Santa Claus Visits Manzanita, Manzanita Visitors Center, 31 Laneda Avenue
Manzanita, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
December 23: Holiday Concert With LaNicia Williams and Gwendolyn Phillips Coates, Hoffman Center For The Arts welcomes jazz and soul singer LaNicia Williams and her mother Gwendolyn Phillips Coates to the stage for an evening of music and Holiday cheer. Join LaNicia and Gwendolyn as they perform old and new favorites, including including songs from Gwendolyn’s CD, It’s Christmas, Rejoice! Small cover charge. Light refreshments will be served. Hoffman Center For The Arts, 594 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, 6:30 – 9:00 pm.
December 22: Nehalem Bay Winery Holiday Open House. Join Nehalem Bay Winery Thursday afternoon for a festive holiday open house with wine, appetizers and wonderful music to celebrate the season. Coastal Soul LaNicia Williams and her lovely mother will provide holiday music. The winery will provide wine and snacks. All are welcome! 34965 Hwy 53, Nehalem (503) 368-WINE
December 23 and 24: It’s A Wonderful Life, Coaster Theater, 7:30 pm
December 24: Hot Guitar Players, North by Northwest Gallery, 1:00 – 9:00 pm
December 26 – 30: Holiday Foods Around the World, various restaurants throughout Cannon Beach.
December 28: The Coats Holiday Concert, Coaster Theater, 207 N. Spruce, Cannon Beach (503) 436-2623
December 23: Open Skate, Tillamook Fairgrounds, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Have a very Joyous and Peaceful Holiday!
No matter where you are or what holiday you celebrate, we wish you a warm, wonderful holiday season.
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