Whoa! Did we just bump into each other? You may have searched, “Christmas stores near me,” or something like that, and the fates (or algorithms) brought us together. It feels like we’ve been waiting here the whole time just for you. We’re both near North Myrtle Beach, it seems, and we both care a lot about Christmas shopping. So...well, never mind, we don’t want to come on too strong.
We can tell you what we know about Christmas stores near me. Ooh, it’s like a date. First let’s differentiate between Christmas shopping for things and shopping for Christmas things. One is where you buy Adidas pants for your loved one, the other is when you want your house to look like St. Nick’s birth home turned into a museum. For our date, we’d like to start out north of North Myrtle Beach, up in Calabash, NC, then head down to Myrtle Beach, swinging in to the shopping areas on the north side of Hwy. 17, turn around and then hit the ones on the south side of Hwy. 17, and then return home. It will be like cruisin’ the strip. The first two places we’ll stop at on our date are both great for shopping for Christmas things.
First stop: Callahan’s of Calabash 9973 Beach Drive, Calabash, NC 28467
I know what you’re thinking: “Um, that’s in North Carolina. You’re going to drive me away from town to a secluded area so you can murder me.” Well, first of all, if we wanted to kill you, we would have opened up a greasy restaurant. It would be a slow death, and it’s legal. Secondly, Callahan’s of Calabash is worth the drive. This place is 35,000 square feet brimming with Christmas decorations, gifts, apparel, and much more. You’ll see name brand products from The Lifestyle Co., Maui Jim, Barefoot Dreams, and QUAY Australia; and Christmas decorations from Jim Shore, Christopher Radko, Mark Roberts, and Department 56. This is your one-stop-shop for all things Christmas.
Second Stop: Christmas Mouse 4852 N Kings Hwy, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Now we’re back in North Myrtle Beach at Christmas Mouse in Barefoot Landing. This is another store that specializes in Christmas items, like decorations and knick knacks. Just like Callahan’s, Christmas Mouse is wall-to-wall holiday items. Imagine if Santa’s elves were left unsupervised. They have so many fun pieces and such a wide variety. If you’re looking for an ornament with two deer taking a selfie with an unconscious deer hunter, you might look at Christmas Mouse. We haven’t done enough research to know if that’s a thing, but we would start the search at Christmas Mouse. Even if you aren’t shopping for Christmas items, consider going just to see their expansive selection of dolls and the tree made out of Egyptian glass. You said you wanted “Christmas stores near me,” well these first two are excellent choices.
Third Stop: Barefoot Landing 4898 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Yes, we know you are already at Barefoot Landing now, but we really felt that Christmas Mouse needed its own paragraph. Plus we’re shifting to holiday gift buying in general. Barefoot Landing is a collection of over 100 businesses - gift shops, boutiques, entertainment venues, and restaurants. It boasts a smorgasbord of specialty shops (or should we say “Shoppes”), like stores that focus on whiskey, pearls, knives, bamboo, popcorn, peppers, olives, fossils and gemstones, ducks, spices, hats, bags, and the color purple. No kidding. Someone even found a way to make a whole store out of bee byproducts. Another owner decided to have a store about jerky, not only with jerky in it, but jerky all about it. That’s bold and really cool. You’ll love the artisan and eclectic feel of Barefoot Landing. And there are fantastic restaurants, too, so plan to stay a while. Oh, and the place is beautiful, so bring your walking shoes. Shopping here is an event.
Fourth Stop: Myrtle Beach Mall 10177 N Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Myrtle Beach Mall is anchored by Bass Pro Shops, Books-A-Million, and Belk, but it also has several great smaller businesses. City of Rugs, Grand Strand Model Railroad, Players Choice Arcade, Wolf Creek Gallery, The Detox Lady, Urban Wear, and others offer a nice selection of gift ideas for the holidays. And be sure to impulse buy a piano at Grand Strand Piano Center. It’s a good way to get yourself off the naughty list just in time.
Fifth Stop: Tanger Outlets I 4635 Factory Stores Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
So, Myrtle Beach has two Tanger Outlets malls. There is one on the north end of town on Hwy. 501 (Edward E. Burroughs Hwy.), which has Nike, Coach, Simply Southern, Polo Ralph Lauren, Forever 21, American Eagle, Gap, Under Armour, Banana Republic, Adidas, Eddie Bauer, and others. The second one we’ll describe when we get there. How are you holding up? Let’s get a snack at the next place.
Sixth Stop: The Market Common 4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
The Market Common is a little more upscale. It has great aesthetics, and to be up front with you, we think this is where we’ll fall in love. It wasn’t supposed to happen. You’re a seasoned shopper and likely traveler and, shucks, we’re just a humble golf cart rental place. But here we are at The Market Common, walking around this beautiful locale shopping like we’re spending someone else’s money. We see stores we recognize like Pottery Barn, The Walking Store, and Barnes and Noble, but then we know it’s a classy place because the shoppes have clever names like Bijuju, Soma, J.Jill, Tupelo Honey, and Manifest Design. Seacoast Artists Gallery, Southern Living Store, and ivy & leo are some of the other excellent stores. You notice the Elegant Pet Store & Resort, because what pet doesn’t deserve to go to a resort with all the stress lately?
Seventh Stop: Grand Coastal Mall 2000 Coastal Grand Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Grand Coastal Mall has many of the stores you would expect to find at a large mall: Old Navy, Journeys, Dillards, Game Stop, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ulta, Spencer’s, you know the drill. But there are also many that we think could make for great gift shopping: Man Cave Store, Hickory Farms, Golf Galaxy, Toy Island, The White Barn Candle Co., Ocean Jewels, Fun Wear Sports, Earthbound Trading Co., Pandora, Simply Southern, and Jimmy Jazz. Grand Coastal Mall has many more, but we’ve almost reached our daily allotment of commas.
Eighth Stop: Broadway at the Beach 1325 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
With around 75 stores, many of which are specialty shops similar to those at Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach offers awesome gift-buying opportunities. Shop Vintage House, The Tinder Box, The Mole Hole, Stupid Factory, Retro Active, Klig’s Kites, It’Sugar, House of Style, Gemini Boutique, Fric N’ Frac, Crabby Jack’s General Store, Coastal Outfitters Pro Shop, Cariloha, and Christmas at the Beach. You can enjoy the scenery and energy and, with around 25 places to eat, spend hours here. Set apart some time for Broadway at the Beach. It’s worth it!
Ninth Stop: Tanger Outlets II 10835 Kings Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
This second location includes most of the ones that the first Tanger Outlets has, but this one also offers Bath & Body Works, Claire’s, Disney Outlet, Francesca’s, H&M, J. Crew, Lululemon, Old Navy, White House Black Market, and others. We’re almost done, hang with us.
Tenth Stop: Coastal North Town Center Starwatch Dr, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
We’re back at North Myrtle Beach. Some large stores anchor Coastal North Town Center, like Dick’s Sporting Goods and TJMaxx. But you’ll also find some smaller stores with gift buying potential: Chico’s Outlet, Edison Smart Fitness, Strand Olive Oils, Kendall’s Hallmark/Alayna Boutique, Style Me Boutique, Versona, and Ross Dress for Less. Hobby Lobby is next door, too.
If your focus is on Christmas gifts, we understand that the larger indoor malls make for efficient shopping. But if you’re looking for an experience, we would recommend Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach, or The Market Common. If you want a bargain, the two Tanger Outlets are worth a shot. If, though, you are shopping for Christmas things, you should consider Callahan’s at Calabash, Christmas Mouse, Christmas at the Beach, or Hobby Lobby.
We hope you liked our 12-hour date. Usually people just use us for our golf carts, so this was nice. If you live in the North Myrtle Beach area, or you are visiting and you just searched for Christmas stores near me, we want you to have a fantastic holiday season! Give us a call at Salty Fryes Golf Rental. We’d love to see you again sometime!