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November 1, 2022

Find the Perfect Texas Gulf Coast Souvenir

Chances are, your trip to the Texas Gulf Coast will be filled with magical memories and experiences. Our sandy beaches and ocean views are truly unforgettable. To remember your blissful time spent on our shores, you’ll want to grab a few souvenirs before you leave — and the Texas Gulf Coast is a great place to shop and explore. 

From the quaint Victorian buildings of Galveston’s historic district to the waterfront views at Pier 21 to the exciting Seawall, there are plenty of unique shopping opportunities to suit every taste and style. 

Take a look inside some of our staff’s favorite local shops, and pick up a memento or two from the Texas Gulf Coast. Most of the shops mentioned here offer online ordering and delivery, so you may even be able to sneak some last-minute holiday gifts for those on your nice list this year. 

Downtown Shopping

Spread out over 36 city blocks, there are over 100 boutiques and specialty shops to explore in historic downtown Galveston. You’ll also love the charming architecture and scrumptious cafes. 

Hendley Market

2010 Strand

Both a shop and an experience, Hendley Market promises an “eccentric collection of global oddities.” Look for the sign with the big green eyes, and take your time browsing through this vibrant shop. 

Gift items from around the world include soaps from Provence, natural bead bracelets, organic catnip, mood rings, and glass hearts from India. You’ll want to spend some time here, so don’t rush. At Hendley Market “bare feet and dogs are welcome.” Sounds like our kinda place.

La Kings Confectionery and Ice Cream Parlour

2323 Strand

A throwback to days gone by, La Kings Confectionary and Ice Cream Parlour is a Galveston tradition. Their famous Candy Counter offers a seemingly endless selection of chocolates to choose from. On the weekends, you can see old-school taffy makers pulling warm, fresh taffy and packaging it right before your eyes. 

Take a seat at the old-fashioned soda fountain and enjoy a treat made with Purity Ice Cream that’s churned right here in Texas. Take home some chocolates, ribbon candy, or a sample of the dozens of flavors of saltwater taffy.

The Style co.

2113 Postoffice Street

Filled with colorful, contemporary clothing, The Style co. is a stylish space with a sleek flair. Sort through the racks of flowy dresses, pretty jackets, and vintage t-shirts. 

There’s also plenty of jewelry and accessories to explore. The selection of skirts, jeans, tops, and dresses are all affordable and super-chic. 

Seawall Shopping

Located on the brim of the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll find plenty of surf shops and swimsuit boutiques— as well as beachy souvenirs— along the Seawall.

Style and Trend

5222 Seawall Boulevard

This elegant store is located at The San Luis Resort and has everything you need to complete your laid-back beachy wardrobe. 

Packed with all things Tommy Bahama, Tory Birch, Maui Jim, and Robert Graham, you’ll want to stock up on your “dressy” flip flop collection and wide-brim beach hats at Style and Trend.


2215 Seawall Boulevard

The location of Murdoch’s is tough to beat. It’s located right on the water and has seating where you can enjoy a cold beer while you watch the waves. With dozens of five-star online reviews, Murdoch’s is a favorite spot along the Seawall. 

You’ll find plenty of souvenirs and beach supplies in this huge store— including beach towels, boogie boards, sunscreen, lip balm, and beach chairs. They have a fun, high-quality selection of t-shirts, seashells, stationery, key chains, coffee mugs, and jewelry too. 

BeachBox is Your BFF on the Texas Gulf Coast

After a busy day of shopping on the Strand or the Seawall, nothing beats coming home to your comfy Texas Gulf Coast vacation home to show off your purchases. At BeachBox, our specialty is family-friendly homes with plenty of space for everyone to spread out and relax. 

With views of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Galveston skyline, Sea La Vie (pictured above) puts you close to all the downtown shopping while offering complete privacy and gulf-front serenity. This soaring four-story home is located inside The Preserve at Grand Beach. You’ll be steps away from the sand and minutes away from the boutiques and cafes in town. Five spacious bedrooms can easily accommodate large families or groups of friends with ease. 

Tucked into the exclusive Beachside Village neighborhood, Cake by the Ocean (pictured above) is right on the beach while being close to the Seawall as well. You’ll have tons of privacy and safety in the gated community, and a professionally designed protection dune provides access to the sand. When you want to grab a bite to eat and stroll through the Seawall shops, you’re only a quick drive away.

At BeachBox, our favorite thing to do is find you that perfect Texas Gulf Coast vacation home that you’ve been dreaming about. Reach out to one of our local experts and let us help guide you on your next getaway to Galveston— where warm sand, panoramic ocean views, delicious dining, and endless shopping await.

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