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8 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Beach Lover 2014

With less than 2 months to go before Christmas this question should be entering your mind: “What do I get for someone on my list who loves the beach?”

Here are some ideas from my Etsy Store, Crafty Beachcomber:

Shell wreaths are great wall decorations that don’t take up too much space so they can fit almost anywhere: office or cubical walls, home spaces, beach homes, RVs and dorm rooms.


Everyone loves a vacation and a lot of people love beach vacations.  With this wooden photo frame, that beachy friend of yours can hang up his or her fondest memory of that last trip to the beach. Decorated with real sea shells, this painted frame reads: “my heart is at the beach”.


Yes, a shell topiary can add a beachy feel to any space at home. Jazz it up for the holidays with some Christmas bling or set on a pillar-candlestick for some height on a mantle or sideboard. Buy two for a balanced decorating style.


Know someone who is constantly losing their keys?  Here’s a cute piece of art with key hooks for car keys, boat keys or even a small pet leash.  Painted on a small canvas, this art piece includes a sand dollar, sea glass and drift wood.

Jewelry made from shells and sea glass are fun to wear. Casual or dressy, that favorite person on your list can off her beach personality with earrings, a necklace or bracelet from the sea.


Where is your beach-loving friend or family member from?  Where does he or she love to vacation?  For the beach lover, these state-shaped sea-shell wall art pieces can be a fun decoration to display.  Special order your state-shape before Dec 10 for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

Note cards are always a great idea for gift giving. Some note cards, like these, are made with real photos that can be framed.  Choose from a set of shorebirds, lifeguard stands and more.

Art, jewelry, wind chimes or wall hangings; all of these things add up to be great Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for that person on your list who loves the beach.  Shop today at Crafty Beachcomber and start checking off your list.


Official State Sea Shells

Did you know that some U.S. states have an official sea shell?

States choose to have an official bird, gem or flower based on something that is common to the state or essential to the state’s commerce. Sea shell species are usually picked to be officially representative of a state for the same reason; it could be found abundantly or be part of their coastal economy (like oysters).

I’ve written previously on state birds and a time when an organization was trying to change the state bird of Florida. It is interesting to me how strongly people feel about their “official” representative and how political the debate to keep, change or even adopt one can get.

I was researching sea shells for a Crafty Beachcomber project and decided to find out which coastal states in the U.S. had official sea shells.  Here’s the list:

  • Alabama: Johnstone’s Junonia
  • Connecticut: Eastern Oyster
  • Delaware: Channeled Whelk
  • Florida: Horse Conch
  • Georgia: Knobbed Whelk
  • Massachusetts: Wrinkled Whelk
  • Mississippi: Eastern Oyster
  • New Jersey: Knobbed Whelk
  • New York: Bay Scallop
  • North Carolina: Scotch Bonnet
  • Oregon: Oregon Hairy Triton
  • Rhode Island: Northern Quahog
  • South Carolina: Lettered Olive
  • Texas: Prickly Whelk
  • Virginia: Eastern Oyster

Meanwhile, several states also have a state fossil that is a type of mollusk.  Not all are coastal states; here is the list:

A bit of trivia: the word “conch” comes from a Greek word meaning “shell”. So it’s redundant to say “conch shell”.


Source: http://www.statesymbolsusa.org and the individual state websites

 Photo credit: they are mine and copyrighted. Please ask permission to use.