Every night, along the main road of Batu Ferringghi starting from Rasa Sayang and Golden Sands Hotel, stalls are set up along the road side walk selling everything a tourist will want to buy.
Of course, you have to bargain. If you are staying for a few days. Go there the first night and get a feel of what is available and what is the offering price of different stalls.
So it is an easy stroll from neigboring seafood restaurants back to your hotel and passing by all the different stalls. As there are several stalls selling similar stuff, you have a competitive edge. Do they sell fake watches, pirated DVDs and counterfeit brands? The local souvenir and batik beach wear are worthy a second look.
There are a few shops at Batu Ferringhi that sells your swimming inflattables for yourself or the kids to have safe fun in the swimming pool.
Or you may have forgotten to bring along the pail or spade to build a sand castle. Do not worry, you can buy them easily at these shops near the beach hotels at Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bunga.
So if you have forgotten or do not have room to pack them in your check-in luggage or the trunk of your car, you can buy easily when you get to Penang.