The Dock Shop in Darien and Westport offers housewarming gifts as well as gift items for Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, weddings, and anniversaries. Above, Cool Bags keep food and drinks cold for picnics and other outdoor activities, while below, nautical themed cutting boards in various sizes make for great summertime gifts.—The Dock Shop photos

It’s May, and that means The Dock Shop, with locations in Darien and Westport, is gearing up for the warm weather season, including Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, graduations, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and summer entertaining, according to owner Michael La Scala, vice president of sales and marketing.

“For Mom, we have have beautiful nautical inspired jewelry by local artists created from sea glass, local beach sand, and shells,” Michael says, “as well as summer apparel by Kaeli Smith, West Indies Wear, and Margaritaville.”

It’s also time to get the patios and boats ready for the outdoor season, and The Dock Shop offers outdoor fireplaces, tiki torches, serving trays, dishes, and non-breakable glassware, plus sunscreen and SPF cover ups, beach towels, blankets, and floats.

The store’s two locations, at 51 Tokeneke Rd. in Darien and 609 Riverside Ave. in Westport, have recently been renovated and are stocked with hundreds of new items for summer, including bait, fishing tackle, nautical themed gifts, apparel, and home décor. For more info, visit