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Where to Buy the Perfect Gift for a Yankee Swap

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'Tis the season of the Yankee Swap, aka the white elephant gift exchange. You can always go with a classic, like a talking fish plaque or lawn-revitalizing aerator shoes, or find something swap-worthy at any of Cape Cod's best spots for bizarre, weird and WTF shopping. In addition, here's a handy guide for finding the perfect Yankee Swap gift on the Cape for under $20.


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1. Christmas Tree Shops

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5 Cranberry Highway
Bourne, MA 02632
(508) 888-7010
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Naturally, we begin with the iconic retail chain where Yankee Swap gifts come in all shapes and sizes, the Christmas Tree Shops. Pictured, a $10 Dog Training Tester "that challenges both physical and mental abilities." We're assuming they're referring to Fido's abilities, but who can know.

2. Dunkin' Donuts

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111 Massachusetts 6A
Sandwich, MA 02563
(508) 833-1970
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According to recent research*, if a minimum of 22% of Yankee Swap participants are native Massholes, there will be at least one item of DD swag in the mix. Should your nearest location** not have what you're looking for (or the one down the block, or the one around the corner, or the one up the street...), there's also an online store with snow globe ornaments and "Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Starbucks" gear aplenty.
*that we made up
**we chose the listed location, out of a gazillion options, at random

3. Quahog Republic Dive Bar

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97 Spring Bars Road
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 540-41111
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$20 for a sign "to showcase your affection towards all things Quahog!" Bonus, it's locally made by On Cape Time.

4. 'G' Green Design Center

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28 Bates Road
Mashpee, MA 02649
(508) 477-7988
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Mashpee's green building supply showroom and design center doesn't seem like it would have gifts for a Yankee Swap, but trust us. Case in point, the pictured themed bottle cap magnet sets with "This Sweet Life!" "You are unlimited" and more.

5. Mass Bay Co.

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595 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

No Yankee Swap is complete without something for the apocalypse and/or sharknado. Mass Bay Co. offers a range of survivalist-worthy gifts, including plenty of prepper-friendly gadgets and gear for under $20. To stay on the safe side, literally and figuratively, stick with a compass or canteen.

6. Stage Stop Candy

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411 Main Street
Dennis Port, MA 02639
(508) 394-1791
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Sure, you could go for the chocolate Santa, but the $7 Chocolate Dentures are slightly more universal.

7. The Brewster Store

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1935 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02631
(508) 896-3744
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Here's an adorable shop for those who can't handle the, umm, florescent lighting in the chain options. The Brewster Store has plenty of cute gifts, including these swap-worthy Cape Cod Cookie Cutters. [Warning: the web site plays music]

8. Ocean State Job Lot

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1674 Main Street, Ocean State Job Lot
Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 348-0461
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If you find the idea of a snowball maker too depressing to even consider, the ubiquitous Ocean State Job Lot is filled with other goods worthy of a Yankee Swap. We also suggest the $5 Chill Chaser Pocketed Shawl or a piece of beige cat furniture.

9. Snow's Home and Garden

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22 Main Street
Orleans, MA 02653
(508) 255-0158
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Snow's sells just about everything under the sun, including this $15 lobster trap & buoy salt and pepper set by Cape Shore.

10. Marine Specialties

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(508) 487-1730
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You could walk into this PTown landmark blindfolded and no matter what you picked up (or knocked over), it would be worthy of a Yankee Swap. The place is filled with a nautical, military, retro, eclectic bazaar of vintage Soviet-era gas masks, discontinued American Airlines flatware, buoys, and more!

1. Christmas Tree Shops

5 Cranberry Highway, Bourne, MA 02632

Naturally, we begin with the iconic retail chain where Yankee Swap gifts come in all shapes and sizes, the Christmas Tree Shops. Pictured, a $10 Dog Training Tester "that challenges both physical and mental abilities." We're assuming they're referring to Fido's abilities, but who can know.

5 Cranberry Highway
Bourne, MA 02632

2. Dunkin' Donuts

111 Massachusetts 6A, Sandwich, MA 02563

According to recent research*, if a minimum of 22% of Yankee Swap participants are native Massholes, there will be at least one item of DD swag in the mix. Should your nearest location** not have what you're looking for (or the one down the block, or the one around the corner, or the one up the street...), there's also an online store with snow globe ornaments and "Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Starbucks" gear aplenty.
*that we made up
**we chose the listed location, out of a gazillion options, at random

111 Massachusetts 6A
Sandwich, MA 02563

3. Quahog Republic Dive Bar

97 Spring Bars Road, Falmouth, MA 02540

$20 for a sign "to showcase your affection towards all things Quahog!" Bonus, it's locally made by On Cape Time.

97 Spring Bars Road
Falmouth, MA 02540

4. 'G' Green Design Center

28 Bates Road, Mashpee, MA 02649

Mashpee's green building supply showroom and design center doesn't seem like it would have gifts for a Yankee Swap, but trust us. Case in point, the pictured themed bottle cap magnet sets with "This Sweet Life!" "You are unlimited" and more.

28 Bates Road
Mashpee, MA 02649

5. Mass Bay Co.

595 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

No Yankee Swap is complete without something for the apocalypse and/or sharknado. Mass Bay Co. offers a range of survivalist-worthy gifts, including plenty of prepper-friendly gadgets and gear for under $20. To stay on the safe side, literally and figuratively, stick with a compass or canteen.

595 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

6. Stage Stop Candy

411 Main Street, Dennis Port, MA 02639

Sure, you could go for the chocolate Santa, but the $7 Chocolate Dentures are slightly more universal.

411 Main Street
Dennis Port, MA 02639

7. The Brewster Store

1935 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631

Here's an adorable shop for those who can't handle the, umm, florescent lighting in the chain options. The Brewster Store has plenty of cute gifts, including these swap-worthy Cape Cod Cookie Cutters. [Warning: the web site plays music]

1935 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02631

8. Ocean State Job Lot

1674 Main Street, Ocean State Job Lot, Chatham, MA 02633

If you find the idea of a snowball maker too depressing to even consider, the ubiquitous Ocean State Job Lot is filled with other goods worthy of a Yankee Swap. We also suggest the $5 Chill Chaser Pocketed Shawl or a piece of beige cat furniture.

1674 Main Street, Ocean State Job Lot
Chatham, MA 02633

9. Snow's Home and Garden

22 Main Street, Orleans, MA 02653

Snow's sells just about everything under the sun, including this $15 lobster trap & buoy salt and pepper set by Cape Shore.

22 Main Street
Orleans, MA 02653

10. Marine Specialties

235 Commercial St., Provincetown

You could walk into this PTown landmark blindfolded and no matter what you picked up (or knocked over), it would be worthy of a Yankee Swap. The place is filled with a nautical, military, retro, eclectic bazaar of vintage Soviet-era gas masks, discontinued American Airlines flatware, buoys, and more!