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Christmas Tree Shop These shops are everywhere and carry a variety of products--anything from decorative lamps to shampoo, greeting cards to flatware. The quality may not be the absolute best, but the prices aren't steep, so it's a "you-get-what-you-pay-for" kind of place. But if you forgot your beach towel at home and need a new one before you head off to enjoy the sun, then the Christmas Tree Shop is perfect.
What to buy: Souvenir for everyone: Salt Water Taffy! It's really inexpensive and everyone will love it. Although you can't get the ultra-creative flavors like peanut butter or chocolate, the basics are all included in these boxes.
I'm not sure if they have this deal anymore, but phone cards are also a great purchase and go a long way, too.
What to pay: No more than $3/box for some genuine salt water taffy.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Please, please, do not call yourself a Cape Codder or a local if you only spend a short period of time here during the Summer. Until you have spent several (at least) Winters on the Cape you are still nothing but a glorified tourist to us even if you own a house here. Our property taxes are sky-high because of the houses that dot the beaches that remain empty during the colder months of the year. The lack of affordable housing, cuts in local education funds and sheer winter boredom do not warm up true Cape Codders to those that pretend to be one of us. Trust me, we know if you're for real. Ever hear of "6Degrees of Kevin Bacon"? You can play that game here with any Cape Codder to any Cape Codder... minus three degrees. We know. We are very proud of who we are and the trials and tribulations we have to go through. A Summer home does not equate to being one of us. Sorry.
Written Jun 29, 2004