A Topsail Guide to the Holidays: The Best Way to Shop

A Topsail Guide to the Holidays: The Best Way to Shop


So what is the best way to shop for the holidays? Locally, of course. When you shop local and buy local, not only are you helping to support small business owners in the Topsail, NC area but you’re also giving the gift of uniqueness and local flair that you won’t find at the big retailers—whether you shop the mass markets online or in-store, it just isn’t the same.

In support of the “Shop Small” movement and to encourage you to shop locally, we’re highlighting the best shopping in the Topsail, NC area where you’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.

This is Part 2 of our Topsail Guide to the Holidays, so if you missed Part 1 on the best festive Topsail events, you can read all about it here!

Topsail Hometown Christmas Local Discounts

Hometown Christmas is a Shop Local campaign in the Greater Topsail Area that runs through December 20th where local Chamber of Commerce businesses give back to the community through charity drives and giveaways,  holiday open houses, Santa sightings, special holiday events and more—while also promoting the Shop Small movement by providing discounts to local shoppers in the Hampstead, Sneads Ferry, Holly Ridge, North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach areas.

Visit the Topsail Chamber of Commerce Hometown Christmas page or like and follow Hometown Christmas on Facebook for the latest updates and information. There are a many specials happening right now, so don’t miss out!



Holiday Gift Ideas for Topsail Beach Lovers

Would you like some holiday gift giving inspiration for the special people in your life? We have them! Here are some really unique and very memorable gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list. Our local Topsail retailers have a little something for everyone. Make your list and check it twice!

Here are some of the best Topsail gift ideas that you can shop for and buy locally:

  • Adopt or sponsor a sea turtle on behalf of someone: The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center offers the gift of adoption or the chance to sponsor a sea turtle in a loved one’s name. The sea turtle hospital gift shop also has a nice selection of gift items for the sea turtle lovers in your life.
  • Artwork or handcrafted  items: Give the gift of artwork from a local NC artist, hands-on classes, art supplies or frame something special to give as a gift this season. Art Exposure and Coral Cottage Boutiques are wonderful places to shop for some artistic local treasures. Carolina Shores Natural Soaps offers handcrafted skincare and beauty products made in Carolina with the highest quality ingredients and perfect for gift giving.
  • Gourmet NC food specialties: Give the gift of local flavor and a taste of NC with gourmet treats from some of our favorite places. The Bumblebee Market and Mia’s Marketplace offer local and regional flavors that are sure to please.
  • Home & garden decor: From hammocks and rocking chairs to tide clocks and weather instruments, you can give the gift of Topsail style by shopping at Beach Furniture Outfitters, The Gift Basket/Topsail Island Trading Company, Southern Emporium, and It’s a Topsul Thing where you’ll find plenty of ways to give a gift of the beach or find that whimsical conversation piece that brings a little bit of Topsail to any home or outdoor space.
  • One-of-kind jewelry: Many of the local gift shops also sell handcrafted jewelry from local artists. You can also visit Tommy J Designer Jewelry (formerly Mystic Treasures) for rare and unique jewelry designs created on-site. They also offer state-of-the-art custom design services for a personalized gift like no other.
  • Pampering: Give the gift of pampering! Everyone loves a little time to relax and receive some TLC. Our Topsail area day spas and wellness services are wonderful ways to show someone you care. Give the gifts that they most likely won’t give to themselves!
  • Restaurant or shopping gift cards: You can’t go wrong with a gift card to one of your favorite Topsail Island restaurants or local retailers. Gift cards make those hard-to-shop-for people in your life much easier to find gifts for.
  • Sports outfitters, lessons or experiences: Topsail Island offers plenty of places to find gifts for the sports enthusiasts in your life. Stop by Herring’s Outdoor Sports, Southend Outfitters, or any of the local surf shops and see what they have to offer. Whether it’s actual sporting goods, brand name activewear, fishing gear, surfing lessons or a paddling excursion out on the local waters, the local sports shops have a nice selection of gift options.
  • Sweet treats: Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? We have some delicious little Topsail shops and eateries that offer amazing gift giving opportunities. Whether it’s a gift card or an actual treat you’re giving, there are plenty of ways to do it. Check out our favorite places to find the yummiest sweet treats on Topsail Island.
  • Topsail area day trip or cultural experience: Don’t underestimate the power of an experience this holiday season. It’s the gift that keeps on giving and provides a lasting memory that will be cherished for a lifetime. Choose from local adventures like a visit to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, hop aboard the Battleship USS North Carolina, or take a day trip to Poplar Grove Plantation. These are only a few of the many local experiences and adventures you can share with those you love.
  • Topsail beach vacation for your family: Last but certainly not least, you can always give your family the gift of a Topsail beach vacation to look forward to next year. Plan it early and you’ll also give the gift of anticipation as you count down the days until you’re all here on our beautiful Topsail beaches with your toes in the sand. Check out these vacation planning tips to help get you started!



Topsail Island Gift Shops & Local Retailers

If you’d like to read more about our Topsail Island businesses, take a look at the Topsail Chamber of Commerce List of Retailers and Gift Shops for some local favorites. All that’s left to do is shop ’til you drop. We have what you need here in Topsail, NC for everyone on your holiday list. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Where’s your favorite place to shop locally in the Topsail, North Carolina area? We would love to know! Our comment section is always open. 



A Topsail Guide to the Holidays: The Best Festive Events


We’re kicking off our Topsail Island, NC Guide to the Holiday series today! Part 1 features the best festive holiday events you and your family are sure to enjoy in the upcoming months. Grab your calendars and save these dates!

Part 2 of our Topsail Guide to the Holidays puts a focus on shopping and buying local for the holidays and every day, so stay tuned!

Holidays at the beach are a unique and memorable way to spend quality time with those you love. Many of our local coastal Christmas events happen in November, so don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate with us. Everyone knows everything is better at the beach! Consider planning a Topsail Island holiday escape today.


November Holiday Events in Topsail, NC


Veterans Day Holiday

November 12, 2018

Be sure thank a veteran today and every day for their service to our country. November 11 is the actual Veterans Day holiday but this year it’s observed on Monday, November 12.

Don’t forget,  military discounts apply to some of our  Topsail vacation rentals, so contact us for details and savings.


A Merry Ferry Christmas in Sneads Ferry

November 16, 2018

Longtime Sneads Ferry residents, Ray and Carol Evans, have proudly announced the 1st Annual A Merry Ferry Christmas will take place on November 16th at 6:30pm. They will be placing the first ever Christmas Tree near 4 corners and having a lighting ceremony, singing carols, and just celebrating the season in Sneads Ferry. Save the date!


Surf City Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa at the Park

November 17, 2018

Soundside Park Kicks off the holiday season on Topsail Island with the annual Surf City Christmas Tree Lighting from 4-8p.m. Admission is free with food and drinks available for purchase throughout the event. Enjoy holiday music with the Wilmington Celebration Choir at 4:30p.m., photos with Mr. and Mrs. Clause from 4-6p.m., and the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6p.m. Come out and celebrate the start of the holiday season with family, friends, and the community with warm fellowship and festive fun.


Thanksgiving Day at Topsail Beach

November 22, 2018

Spend your Thanksgiving Day with those you love and in a beautiful beach setting. Your Topsail beach rental is the perfect place to create your holiday meal and pair it with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and wide open beaches. Your vacation rental kitchen has everything you need for Thanksgiving at the beach!


Topsail Island Holiday Lighted Boat Flotilla

November 23, 2018

The Topsail Holiday Boat Flotilla is a quintessential maritime event celebrating the time-loved traditions of Topsail Island. Typically held in November on the Friday after Thanksgiving just after sunset, locals from all the three major island communities: Surf City, Topsail Beach, and North Topsail Beach participate in the boat parade. Visitors and vacationers are also provided with the opportunity to participate in the festivities either on land or on the water.

The flotilla highlights dozens of decorated and lighted boats of all shapes and sizes in all their holiday glory sailing down the Intracoastal Waterway off of Topsail Island. The parade starts at the Channel Bend development in Surf City and ends at the southern end of Topsail Beach. Spectators can watch the parade from various vantage points including the Assembly Building, as well as docks, parks, and soundside beaches. (Please note, the flotilla can not be seen from Soundside Park in Surf City.)


Topsail Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 24, 2018

Brush the sand off your shoes and put your jingle bells on! The 14th Annual Topsail Beach Christmas Tree Lighting happens on Saturday evening, November 24 at 6:30p.m. at the Town Center. Come celebrate the start of the holiday season in Topsail Beach and see why we love Christmas at the beach.


Kris Kringle Craft Show & Market

November 24, 2018

Here’s another way to shop and buy local! Find fabulously unique gifts for everyone on your list at the Kris Kringle Craft Show and Market in Topsail Beach. It’s a one-of-kind shopping experience featuring local art and crafts located in the The Assembly Building in Topsail Beach. Kick off holiday shopping on the island with us from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. on Saturday, November 24.


Hometown Christmas on Topsail Island

November 25-December 20, 2018

​This is your incentive to shop local and buy local! Hometown Christmas on Topsail Island is a great opportunity from our small local businesses to you to encourage shopping and buying locally in the Topsail, NC area. Hometown Christmas includes “Shop Local” discount cards, business open houses, food and toy charity drives, prize giveaways and a Hometown Christmas Breakfast with Santa Celebration at the Surf City Community Center. Contact the Topsail Chamber of Commerce for more details!


December Holiday Events on Topsail Island


Topsail Beach Christmas Parade

December 1, 2018

The Topsail Beach Christmas Parade begins at 11a.m. Bring your family and friends and join the community in a holiday celebration where the town comes together to have fun, merriment and laughs as the parade rolls through Topsail Beach. It’s a local favorite, so don’t miss it!


Jingle Bell Ball

December 1, 2018

Dance the night away in a winter wonderland with great food and friendship in a festive atmosphere. The 2018 Jingle Bell Ball is hosted by the Topsail Historical Society and is an annual event that’s sure to please. Visit the Topsail Historical Society’s website for more information and to get your tickets.


Christmas Day at Topsail Beach

December 25, 2018

Have you ever spent a coastal Christmas at the beach on Topsail Island? You should! It offers all of the holiday fun and excitement made even better with the addition of the sand, sun and sea. A beachy Christmas is a wonderful way to celebrate. Come try it and see!


New Year’s Eve on Topsail Island

December 31, 2018

Whether you decide to spend a quiet night ringing in New Year’s Eve in your Topsail vacation rental sipping champagne and toasting to 2019 or you prefer to go out on the town—you can celebrate however you please here in Topsail, NC. Ocean’s Edge Restaurant in North Topsail Beach offers a fantastic New Year’s Eve party and holiday buffet complete with a DJ, ball drop and all you need to celebrate the New Year in true Topsail Island style.


January 2019 New Year’s Day Events


17th Annual Dolphin Dip in Surf City

January 1, 2019

Join thousands of people New Year’s Day for the Dolphin Dip Extravaganza on the beach in Surf City, NC! At noon a horn sounds and the shrieking begins as the crowd runs into the ocean to start a fresh new year with the ocean washing over them. It is exhilarating and the fun begins at Roland Ave Beach Access at 11am with entertainment and costume contests!

The Dolphin Dip starts at Noon and there is no cost to attend. It is a free, family-friendly event. We hope you plan to join us in the water, but if not, please come out and enjoy the fun. Proceeds from the event support Share The Table. Plan to purchase a t-shirt to remember this fun event and support a great cause!

Will you do the Dip in 2019? We want to know!


Whew! As you can see, the holidays are a busy time of year here. You can find more about these and other local Topsail happenings on our Events & Activities page.


Don’t forget to come back for Part 2 of our Topsail Guide to the Holidays where we share the best ways to shop locally for the season—coming soon!