Holiday Gift Guide

The elves in our workshop have scoured the Bay to find presents for everyone on Santa’s Nice List.  En route, they uncovered a treasure trove of items that will warm the hearts of crab and oyster fans.  To simplify your holiday shopping, Crab Decks & Tiki Bars is pleased to share 24 of our favorite gift ideas.  Click here to find Chesapeake-related stocking stuffers and other treats for family and friends crabdecksandtikibars.com

 

1)  Crab Decks & Tiki Bars of the Chesapeake Bay

Give the gift of adventure with travel guides that reveal the Bay’s waterfront destinations and jolly joints serving steamed crabs and tropical spirits.  Maryland and Virginia editions highlight sweet spots all around the Bay.  crabdecksandtikibars.com

 

2)  Coastal Holiday Crab Wreath

The perfect present for friends who love to see crabs and oysters decked out in festive holiday attire.  Available in home flags, floor mats, note cards and ornaments.  citizenpride.com/collections/holiday-gifts/products/holiday-crab-wreath-large-house-flag-by-joe-barsin-28×40

 

3)  An Oyster Boy Christmas CD by The Eastport Oyster Boys

As the musical goodwill ambassadors to Annapolis, this band’s songs celebrate the life, culture and history of the Chesapeake Bay.  Tap your toes and sing along, because holidays are brighter while listening to their Christmas album.  oysterboys.com/music.html

 

4)  Chesapeake Oyster Lovers’ Handbook

Reindeer recommended, this must-have guide sends readers on a journey to 120+ Maryland, Virginia and DC seafood houses that shuck and serve fresh Chesapeake Bay oysters.  A handy tasting chart helps you order like a pro by detailing each oyster brand’s unique flavor profile.  weloveoysters.com

 

5)  Maryland Crab Lover Sign

Only you and Santa can park your sleigh in that special spot where you like to devour hot steamed crabs.  Found at Blue Crab Trading Co., this sign is durable enough to endure all weather follies.  bluecrabtrading.com/maryland-themed-products-and-gifts-en/maryland-crab-lover-sign.html

 

6)  Crab Mallet Bottle Opener

It’s very merry to pop open a brew and whack your crab with one convenient utensil.  Made by Bay Imprint Co., these solid maple wood and stainless steel mallets can be personalized with your custom design.  bayimprint.com/crab-mallet-bottle-openers.php

 

7)  Anderson’s Neck Oyster Beer Growlers

Every thirsty elf who likes to guzzle and go needs a growler for easy transport.  While beer is not included, this half gallon container keeps brews fresh with the flick of its flip top.  andersonsneck.com/product/oyster-stout-growler or  andersonsneck.com/product/oyster-weizen-growler

 

8)  Maryland Crab Flask

Carry the spirit of crabs and Christmas with you all year long inside this sleek beverage holder.  Available at Maryland Blue Crab Express, the state flag and blue crab design are etched into the smooth black flask.  marylandbluecrabexpress.com/maryland-themed-products-and-gifts/md-crab-flask.html

 

9)  Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer

Toast the season with a bottle that captures the region’s savory flavors. Made by Blue Crab Bay Co., Sting Ray is a thick rich blend of clam and tomato juices spiked with special herbs and spices.  bluecrabbay.com/Sting-Ray-Spicy-Bloody-Mary-Mixer-with-Ocean-Clam-Juice/productinfo/00001

 

10)  Maryland Crab Feast Crest Sticker

Decorate your cooler, car or any place where you want to show your fondness for steamed crabs and beer.  New from Citizen Pride, the sticker is the size of a full-grown elf (4.5 inches tall) with vibrant colors depicting the Maryland flag behind a parched crab.  citizenpride.com/collections/stickers/products/maryland-crab-feast-crest-sticker-decal-die-cut-vinyl-4-5×4-5-made-in-usa

 

11)  Snowman Crab Shell Ornament

This Frosty-inspired decoration is the ideal stocking stuffer for crab fans of all ages.  Available at The Maryland Store, the ornament is hand-painted onto a real blue crab shell and is guaranteed not to melt at the winter’s end.  themarylandstore.com/product/3493.html

 

12) Oyster Growing Floats

If you love oysters and want to enjoy them any time the mood strikes, then grow your own.  It’s easy, fun and good for the environment, because these busy bivalves clean the water along the Bay.  Santa suggests contacting Moonstruck Oysters in Maryland at moonstruckoysters.com or Chesapeake River Restorations in Virginia at oysterfloats.org.

 

13)  Quilted Crab Backpack

Carry your mallets and other valuables in true Chesapeake style with this attractive tote.  Found at J.O. Spice Online Store, it’s not as big as Kris Kringle’s sack, but you’ll love the zipper pockets and gingham lining.  store.jospices.com/canvas-crab-trunk-organizer-1-1-1.aspx

 

14)  Crab Cuff Bracelet

Mrs. Claws would beam with joy if she found this charming bracelet under her Christmas tree.  It’s made of surgical steel and the copper plating over the crab’s shell is polished to a bright luster.  themarylandstore.com/product/2691.html

 

15)  Vintage Oyster Cans

Replicas of the original oyster cans exhibited at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum are now available for you to showcase in your own home.  Their brilliant colors and glossy finish deliver retro cheer in every setting.  shop.cbmm.org/oyster-cans.html

 

16)  Working the Water Book

History buffs and Chesapeake enthusiasts will have a merry time flipping through the pages of this beautiful tribute to watermen, workboats and the Bay’s seafood bounty.  Author Jay Fleming’s photography is exquisite.  jayflemingphotography.com/shop/the-book-workingthewater

 

17)  Down at the Shore Cookbook

Bring the flavors of the Bay to your family’s table with this lovely book by Baltimore native, Rebecca Bent.  Her mouthwatering recipes for crab, oysters and fish will have you cooking like a Marylander when guests and Santa come to town.  crabplace.com/cookbooks.asp

 

18)  Little Crab Finger Puppet Children’s Book

This book features a cuddly crustacean finger puppet who will delight your children during the holiday season.  Found at the Maryland Store, it has pages with peek-a-boo holes, bright drawings and charming rhymed text.  themarylandstore.com/product/2303.html

 

19)  Crab Baby Bib

Durable and adorable, this bib will last through plenty of crab feasts with the most enthusiastic eaters.  Available at Café Press, its crab bushel design is printed on soft cotton fabric.  cafepress.com/mf/94096260/maryland-crab-bi_bib?productId=1428589517

 

20)  Crab Baby Blanket

This swaddling blanket will keep your Christmas cherub toasty warm when the Bay’s winter winds arrive.  It’s unique historic lighthouse and seaside design is printed on ultra soft ring-spun cotton.  cafepress.com/+infant_blanket,476511978

 

21)  Pet Coasters & Cat Nip

Santa Paws has filled his sleigh with special treats for your furry companions.  Dogs will wag their tails over canine and crab coasters at pawspetboutique.com/crabs-and-dogs-coaster-set-pick-your-breed, and cats will purr with pleasure over the plush red crustacean stuffed with catnip at pawspetboutique.com/red-crab-organic-catnip-toys.

 

22)  Oyster Shucking Knife

Santa’s helpers and oyster eaters need the right tools to get the job done, and this traditional Chesapeake knife is just what shuckers ordered.  Made of stainless steel and solid wood, it pops open Bay bivalves with ease.  rroysters.com/store/products/r-murphy-shucking-knife

 

23)  Blue Crab Oyster Plate

Silver bells and oyster shells enhance the holiday season.  This lovely decorative plate is an elegant resting place for your favorite oyster recipes.  Holds six savory bivalves that encircle a blue crab design.  bluecrabbay.com/Blue-Crab-Oyster-Plate/productinfo/61232

 

24)  I Love Crabs Gift Crate

This cornucopia of crab paraphernalia contains everything you need to prepare a genuine Chesapeake feast.  Savory spices for crab cakes, crab soup and more are at your fingertips.  Available at the J.O. Spice Online Store.  store.jospices.com/i-love-crabs-gift-crate.aspx