Simply put, traveling and shopping go hand-in-hand. Get your gift shopping done and immerse yourself in the Corpus Christi shopping scene with these five must shop spots.

Boots ‘N Britches Western Wear

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Don’t let the name fool you, Boots ‘N Britches Western Wear carries more than just boots and britches. From handmade Julio Designs jewelry to Vera Bradley travel accessories, this locally owned shop has a little bit of something for everyone on your shopping list. Pick up a cowboy hat or a pair of boots while you’re in town, because why not?

Bonus: Say hi to Lacy, the real style expert.

Pilar Fashion & Folk Art

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Looking for the perfect gift for that eclectic friend or family member? Look no further than Pilar Fashion & Folk Art. Paper flowers, hand made décor, ladies fashions and jewelry throughout the store radiate the vibrant spirit of South Texas culture. Inspired by Central and South American cultures, Pilar brings fashion and home décor to life with bright colors and a decidedly Latin flair. No trip to Corpus Christi is complete without a trip to Pilar.

Benjamin’s Surf and Skate Shop

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What started as Benjamin Surfboards in 1976, Benjamin’s Surf and Skate Shop is the iconic grassroots surf, skate and fashion store in Corpus Christi. Searching for the perfect pair of Reef flip-flops or brand new surf board? Benjamin’s has you covered!

Cathy’s Boutique and Gifts

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Cathy’s Boutique and Gifts is definitely a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Located on a retired Army barge, Cathy’s is the only floating gift shop in Corpus Christi. Stop in for the perfect coastal souvenir, unique gifts, jewelry and more. Locally owned and operated, Cathy’s is proud to support the community by offering works by local artists and photographers.

Bonus: If shopping is not your thing, head outside for a drink on the floating tiki bar while the rest of your group shops ‘til they drop.

Renaissance Antiques

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Renaissance Antiques is an antique lover’s wonderland! Get lost in the history of Renaissance while perusing the unique vintage clothes, refurbished furniture and even pieces of local art. Whether you fall in love with something funky or uncover a hidden gem, this is one antique-a-thon you won’t want to miss.

Want to do more shopping while on vacation? Check out part one of the Must Shop series for more great shopping venues in Corpus Christi.