Whether you’re only in the coastal town of York—which includes Cape Neddick, York Harbor, and York Beach—for the day, or are lucky enough to be staying for vacation, chances are you’ll be looking for a memento or two to bring home as gifts for loved ones (or yourself)…and the gift shops in and around this seaside resort area are up for the challenge.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a vintage mirror, a neon tie-dye sweatshirt, or an artist’s rendering of Nubble Light, you won’t come up empty-handed.
So, be sure to bring your wallet and walking shoes—and let the shopping begin.
Map of the Best York Gift Shops
This map will help you bounce between York gift shops to find the souvenir of your dreams:
Daisy Trading Company
While specializing in high-quality women’s apparel, there are plenty of other reasons to stop into this cheerful shop. Stroll among home goods, décor, furniture, whimsical garden items, jewelry, and boxed bath & body gift sets…and I dare you to try and escape without making a purchase.
The Daisy Trading Company has several other locations nearby, so if the York store doesn’t have the size, color, or scent you’re looking for, they can probably get their hands on it in a hot second.
Location: 388 US-1, York, ME 03909
Website: Daisy Trading Company
Whispering Sands Gift Shop
Since 1952, the family-owned-and-operated Whispering Sands has proudly claimed to be “the largest and best gift shop in York Beach.”
With five rooms stocked full of every gift imaginable, many visitors claim this seasonal shop is their first and last stop for gift shopping.
With artwork and books created by local artists and authors, trendy totes and Maine-made apparel, homemade fudge, miscellaneous home goods, and so much more, you should set aside a fair amount of time to browse the rooms at Whispering Sands…because you’ll need it.
Location: 3 Main St, York, ME 03909
Website: Whispering Sands Gift Shop
Aiming to “support artists and educate the public about the Native American community,” the Little Bull Native American Trading Post and Art Gallery is home to a diverse curation of authentic items crafted both locally and in the Southwest.
Artwork, pottery, and traditional Native American drums are just a sampling of the exquisitely crafted gifts you’ll find at this unique shop.
The owner is a professional silversmith, as well, and can be commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind piece for you.
Location: 16 Railroad Ave, York Beach, ME 03910
Website: Little Bull
Bell Farm Shops
Made up of three distinctly different shops (Forever Christmas, Backyard Bird & Garden, and Bell Farm Gift & Home), you may find Bell Farm Shops to be the only stop you need to make on your quest for the perfect gift.
The Gift & Home shop has a little of everything—accessories, clothing, home décor, specialty foods, and much more—and technically, you’d probably find what you want there…but the other shops are so darned cute, you just have to check them out.
If you’re a backyard birder like me, there’s no WAY you’re not stopping in to peruse the feeders, houses, birdbaths, and other bird-centric items at Backyard Bird & Garden—and for a bit of Christmas any time of year, head on upstairs to pick out ornaments for all your chickadees.
Location: 244 US-1, York, ME 03909
Website: Bell Farm Shops
Nubble Light Store
Located at Sohier State Park overlooking the world-famous Nubble Lighthouse, the seasonal Nubble Light Store not only features lighthouse-related gift items, but a whole host of coastal-themed jewelry, clothing, artwork, and more.
Anything you purchase here helps raise money for the upkeep of the park and the lighthouse—so not only are you buying a gift, you’re giving another—one that keeps on giving.
Location: 11 Sohier Park Road, York, ME 03909
Website: Nubble Light Store
“Celebrating Life’s Finer Arts” is how the folks at The Clown like to roll—and they do so by offering you a thoughtful collection of international wine, specialty foods, pottery, art, and antiques. Textiles from France, ceramics from Italy, tableware from South Africa, stemware from Germany, or cosmetics from California…far too many worldly wonders to list here.
Just stop in and see for yourself—and leave with an armload of treasures.
Location: 659 US-1, York, ME 03909
Website: The Clown
Open year-round, this local favorite is a reliable option for…well, options.
You’ll have a wide variety of affordable, quality gift items to choose from here—coastal-themed clothing and décor, jewelry, and home goods—and the shop owners really get into the holidays, changing up the entire look and stock depending on which seasonal celebration is taking place.
Location: 1 Ocean Ave, York, ME 03909
The Shops at Cape Neddick
This “small mall of women-owned unique shops” is open all year, and is located in a repurposed barn, offering over 5,000 square feet of shopping joy.
In addition to an enormous collection of Maine-made gift items, you’ll find hand-selected home furnishings and décor, books, clothing, and jewelry—all presented in a bright, spacious, Main Street-style arrangement (albeit indoors).
Location: 1300 US-1 #2, Cape Neddick, ME 03902
Website: The Shops at Cape Neddick
York Antiques Gallery
The York Antiques Gallery features over 30 consignment booths and upwards of 65 display cases, just waiting for you to pore over and score the perfect vintage gift.
You’ll find home furnishings, artwork, and apparel from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries everywhere you look; there is also a Simon Pearce Signature Store located in the Gallery, and if you’re a fan, you’ll be thrilled with the brand’s collection of hand-blown glass, handmade pottery, lighting, and more.
Location: 746 US-1, York, ME 03909
Website: York Antiques Gallery
Located just off Interstate 95, the world-famous Stonewall Kitchen Store has everything you need to assemble the most amazing culinary gift basket you can imagine—as simple or as extensive as your budget allows.
With all of the high-quality, amazing Stonewall products you’ve probably come to know and love all at your fingertips, it’s a struggle not to go hog-wild in this store. There are also pre-assembled gift baskets, cooking classes, and a fantastic farm-to-table café; this store is truly a destination unto itself.
Just prepare yourself for the crowds if you visit in the nice weather…they arrive by the busload.
Location: 2 Stonewall Ln #2, York, ME 03909
Website: Stonewall Kitchen
No visit to York, Maine is complete without a visit to the seasonal Goldenrod candy shop.
This venerable icon has stood right where it is today since 1896, selling homemade taffy, chocolates, and candy as fast as it can be churned out to the myriad tourists gawking outside the plate glass windows.
The same vintage taffy-pulling/wrapping equipment is still used today to make the signature, world-famous Goldenrod Kisses saltwater taffy—a box of which is the perfect, location-centric gift to bring home to pretty much anyone on your list.
Location: 2 Railroad Ave, York Beach, ME 03910
Website: The Goldenrod
This next-level consignment shop is all about being picky—and you are the lucky target of that selectivity, because every item they accept for their carefully curated, designer collection has been vetted with quality and style in mind.
Prices are affordable for this “creative, casual, current, and definitely upscale” apparel, and you’ll also find unique, artisan-designed jewelry and accessories to complete your look.
Location: 449 US-1, York, ME 03909
Website: Upscale Resale
Bill & Bob’s
This local fixture has been in business since 1969, offering a huge selection of fine jewelry—including custom-designed pieces—to the discerning shopper. Offering the “largest selection of sterling silver in Maine,” Bill & Bob’s has dozens of well-known designer collections, including Bob’s handcrafted silver rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants, and more.
Location: 4 Railroad Avenue, Cape Neddick, ME 03902
Website: Bill & Bob’s