We rounded up a few local spots to shop in this year. There is always new inventory being added daily, so we recommend dropping in on a regular basis:
Ocean Grove Hardware
Located at 51 Main Ave., Ocean Grove just a few blocks from the beach. Nestled in amongst an inviting lazy street lined with numerous little shops, it reminds me of stepping into Mayberry RFD. One would expect to see Andy and Opie walk in. This homey store front is all decked out in greens and red ribbons with hand stenciled signs touting wreaths and grave blankets. Old maple trees frame the front along the curb. This is just what the Dr. ordered! The friendly staff are ready to help find just what you’re looking for. This fun authentic shop is crammed with an array of fun and useful items. Be sure to load up on unique, funny, useful stocking stuffers! 1000’s to choose from.
Bain’s Hardware Stores
Has three locations- 1092 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, 528 Arnold Avenue, Pt. Pleasant and the new kid on the block at 1301 Third Avenue, Spring Lake. (This is at the old Spring Lake Variety store location.) You’ll be amazed at the variety of fantastic gifts. Prices and selection are tops in every nook and cranny. To take in all the sights be prepared to spend some time assessing gift ideas! Once again all the staff here are friendly, full of smiles and happy to offer suggestions.
Off-season summer items are in abundance as well as T-Shirts and sweatshirts emblazoned with your hometown or favorite beach. Tons of kid toys and craft items for stockings and wrapping for that special place under the tree. Check out the cool key blanks in an array of colors and patterns for a sure hit for any age. Order your key, it will be cut while you shop.
The Hardware Store of Asbury Park
Located at 428 Main St. Asbury Park, they provide great ideas for the ultimate, appreciated gifts. Remember, think of what your recipient likes to do….hobbies, outdoor type, avid bird enthusiast, crafter, artist, handyman/woman? The one-stop shop holding all your gift needs is right under your nose!
No more hassles with parking lots, malls, endless walking and searching just by entering this shop. Found off to the side opposite the train station parking lot at 428 Main St. sits this friendly shop.
Wouldn’t the handyman/woman in your life love a new all-leather tool belt or pouch? Slide a few keys from family key rings and sneak them off for designer and fun colorful duplicates. Make each family member a new cool house key made just for them. How about a new outdoor thermometer to check the temps before heading out? A fresh new doormat welcomes guests.
Fun garden tools and gloves as well as assorted remedies for garden pests. What better gift than a new bird feeder along with a bag of seed for all ages. Keep in mind the shut-ins and elderly. A bird or squirrel feeder placed just outside their sitting area window will bring hours of enjoyment. For young ones, add a bird book and encourage them to jot down where and when they spotted each winged friend. Simplify! Shop your local hardware stores!