A few weeks ago, the Grand Strand was alive with the disgruntled grunts of Black Friday or Thursday or whatever day it started - and who can remember when it ends anymore? All we know is people fought in lines and got robbed in parking lots and were generally rude to each other. For a couple of days, some of us forgot how to be a community – to support and take care of one another. That’s what Christmas is all about right? Did no one pay attention to Sam the Snowman from “Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer” when he said, “Like I said, the outside world is up to its ears in danger”?
But Christmas is right around the corner and you don’t have time to lock yourself away and rely on online shopping for gifts. Good thing there are plenty of safe bets up and down our coast. You just need to know where to look. Local city leaders have even tried to lift up the community and boost the local economy. On Nov. 24, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach joined in on the national Small Business Saturday observance, offering initiatives to customers to shop local, independently-owned stores. And it’s no secret that Weekly Surge wallows in local love – we are by the people, for the people.
Last year, we published “The 12 Daze of Gen-Xmas” on Dec. 15, and this year we return in our favorite red stockings to bring you another dozen or so alternative gift ideas - all with local ties. There were no easy choices because hundreds of local people are out there doing and making extremely cool stuff – some are crafting treasures from trash, some are toiling out of garages and selling their wares online and in local stores, some are setting new highs in sports, some are businesses having the wherewithal to survive in a tourist town during a shitty economy. The choices weren’t easy, but here it is, a new song for holidays – Surge’s Baker’s Dozen-Plus One Daze of Gen-Xmas, our twisted twist on the famous English carol that brought us the partridge in a pear tree.
One of These Badass Tees: Native Sons Tees
Two Cool Comic Books: Coastal Comics
This is a great opportunity to show support for a specialized local business, doing it guerilla style, building its own shelves and displays. These guys could be easily missed out on 707 and they’re depending on word of mouth and social networking online and in the community. Owner, Drew Johnson says, “Our products cater to all ages. We have something for young children to adults.”
Two-and-a-half Ounces of Jerky: J-Mike’s Jerky, made by Jaesen Moore, singer of The IZM
Three Seasons Deep : "Eastbound and Down: Season 3" on DVD/Blu-ray and Merman Swag
Four for $44 Basketball Tickets: Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Ticket Package
Five Golden Jars of Honey: Local beekeepers Honey Products
Six Pack-A-Drinking: New South Brewing Gift Cards
Seven Design Types of Glass Grooving: Groovy Green Glass
Figure Eight on a Longboard: A Skateboard from Local Skateboard Company
What is it? Custom made 39 and 59-inch skateboards, these longboards have your choice of top quality hardware and the decks are designed especially for the rider. Screw a mass-produced, assembly-line approach. These boards are created to your personal specs. You can put a picture of a panda hugging your mom if you want. Business logos, your own artwork, family photos, your imagination is the only limit. And if you can’t come up with something, brainstorm with the owner, Danny Callahan, or pick one of his custom graphics.
Nine Months and Still Kicking: Something Kooky from Movie Shack
Eleven Boomboxes Booming : DomeCandy Lab Boomboxes
Twelve Inches of Vinyl Spinning: Kilgor Trouts’ Retro Deals
And on the Baker Dozen Day of Gen-Xmas: Scuba Diving Lessons with Express Sports