Many local artisans and makers are hard at work creating the best gift options, both old and new, to ensure that there is something for everyone on your list. These gift ideas have something for the fashionista, as well as the aesthetic and home décor aficionado. There is even a little something for the foodie in your family. Peruse the list and get out there to see what our local makers have to offer.
Handcrafted Items at ArtWalk
Every first Friday, Downtown Corpus Christi comes alive with local vendors and live music that fills the streets! And during the holidays, ArtWalk is transformed into a winter wonderland. Don't miss out on these markets in November and December, where you'll find handmade candles, ceramics, vintage clothes, toys, and more!
Texas & Mexican-Themed Gifts From Sew Bonita
This boutique is popular among locals and people from all over the country for its humorous, unique, and cultural products! Sew Bonita is the perfect place to find a gift for the Tex-Mex lover in your life who loves Selena, tacos, and home decor.
Corpus Christi Souvenirs from the Visitor Info Center
Located in the Visitor Info Center, the Gulf Coast Capital Store is your hub for Corpus Christi everything! We're talking cozy sweaters, fishing hats, ornaments, postcards, and even items for the little ones. Coast on over to the store in Water Street Market before dining at Water Street Oyster Bar and Sushi Room next door! If you can't make it in person, you can also shop online.
Homegrown Products From the Local Farmers' Markets
With 3 major farmers' markets in Corpus Christi, you're sure to find the perfect dish or handmade art! Below are farmers' markets you'll find in the Gulf Coast Capital
- Grow Local Farmers' Market
- Downtown at the Art Center of Corpus Christi
- Every Wednesday, 5-8 p.m.
- Southside Farmers' Market
- Southside at the parking lot off of Everhart and Holly Rd.
- Every Saturday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Padre Island Farmers' Market
- North Padre Island at Island Presbyterian Church
- Third Thursday of the month, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Unique Home Decor
If you're looking for antique finds paired with plants, look no further than Wildflowers! This shop is filled with European-style pottery and pieces for the home that are curated to perfection. If you find yourself in the Six Points neighborhood, check out Bleu Frog Mercantile after brunch at Hester's. Here, you will find fun, humorous gifts with a coastal rustic twist!
One-of-a-Kind Piece from a Vintage Shop
Corpus Christi is home to spectacular vintage shops! Whether you're craving a fun search at Antique Lane or looking for sophisticated statement pieces from 20/20 Vintage, you'll find the perfect pre-loved item in the Gulf Coast Capital. Check out our complete guide to vintage shops in Corpus Christi.
Tickets to Local Attractions
Who doesn't love a trip to the aquarium or a WWII ship converted into a museum!? Corpus Christi attractions are open year-round and are a great gift for those planning a trip or looking for ways to spend time with the family this holiday season. Check out Corpus Christi attractions below!
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- 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd.
- (361) 881-1200
The idea for the Texas State Aquarium was conceptualized by its founders early on to focus on the species in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The exhibits would contain representatives of the area’s main marine ecosystems. The Gulf of Mexico opened in 1990 with a…
- 1900 N. Chaparral St.
- (361) 826-4667
There's something for everyone at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History. Traverse the world of South Texas and marvel at treasures from a 1554 Spanish shipwreck and the 1686 French shipwreck "La Belle". Uncover hundreds of years of local history in the Corpus Christi…
- 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
- (361) 825-3500
The bay-front campus of the Art Museum of South Texas is itself a veritable work of art. The original brilliant white shellcrete structure opened in 1972 and was designed by world-renowned architect, post-modern master, Phillip Johnson. The museum's subsequent 2006 expansion into…
- 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd.
- (361) 888-4873
Aboard the USS Lexington Museum, you can discover naval history aboard a real WWII aircraft carrier. Take in the massive flight deck and fleet of historic aircraft. Explore the inner workings of a naval ship. Test your nerve in Lockdown on the LEX escape rooms, a flight…
- 8545 S. Staples St.
- (361) 852-2100
FLORA, FAUNA and FUN are keywords for the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, one of the Coastal Bend’s major visitor destinations and leading nature tourism facilities! The 182-acre venue showcases uniquely-designed floral exhibits and gardens, including the screened…
- 1809 N. Chaparral St.
- (361) 881-8827
Meet ancient Japanese warriors, gaze at the artistry of Chinese kimonos, porcelains and even a rickshaw! Admire the beauty of artifacts from all across Asia. The treasures, stories and richness of each country’s people await you...visit the Texas State Asian Cultures Museum and…
- 108 Peoples St. T-Head
- (361) 881-8503 ext 2
Take a relaxing ride on the “Japonica”, a 50-foot, open air touring boat. View our Corpus Christi skyline from the water. With a little luck, you can spot dolphin playing in the Corpus Christi Bay. This tour is BYOB so bring some snacks and drinks with you! Soda, bottled water…
- (361) 696-9006
What better way to explore the beautiful city of Corpus Christi than by participating in one of the many tours Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours has to offer! Engulf yourself in the cultural and historical aspects of this great city on the coast by joining their most popular tour…
Surprise Someone with a Picnic on the Beach
Pretty Picnics Corpus Christi is a luxury pop-up picnic experience! This nationally-recognized picnic business takes birthdays, celebrations, and engagements to new levels. Choose from Whitecap Beach, Swatner Park, Cimarron Park, or your backyard for your next big celebration or gift to someone!
Gift Cards to Local Restaurants
Treat your foodie friends to some of the best coastal cuisines on the Gulf Coast! Buy your gift cards directly from your favorite Corpus Christi restaurants and hand them out to everyone on your list! Trust us, they’ll thank you later. Check out our list of local restaurants that offer gift cards online.
- 306 N. Chaparral St.
- (361) 884-7873
Since 1990, the Executive Surf Club has been Corpus Christi's most reliable post-work happy hour, as well as the perfect casual family dining spot. All the while supplying the most beer on tap in the city, alongside the best in local music. So loosen up your tie, call your…
- 309 N. Water St.
- (361) 881-9448
Water Street Oyster Bar is a family-owned restaurant located just blocks from Corpus Christi Bay and the first flagship restaurant located in the Water Street Market. Be sure to head to this downtown favorite if you’re looking for amazing seafood and fresh oysters!
- 108 Peoples St. T-Head
- (361) 881-8503
Nowhere else in Corpus Christi can you sail, shop and dine all in the same shaded waterfront location. Tavern on the Bay at Harrison's Landing is Corpus Christi's newest outdoor restaurant & bar located in the heart of the city's marina, and is within walking distance from the…
- 711 Concrete St.
- (361) 884-4227
Hoegemeyer’s (pronounced Hay-guh-my-er) BBQ Barn is a unique place that’s fun for everyone! Founded in 2013, the family-owned restaurant works out of a building established prior to 1920. Hoegemeyer’s is the place to be with a family-friendly atmosphere and great food. They take…
- 3117 Surfside
- (361) 884-1030
Pirates, ghosts, wild red-haired women, Indians, and cigar-smoking owners are all part of the colorful history of Blackbeard’s on the Beach. The building, one of the oldest on this spit of beach, has weathered its share of storms and mayhem over the years. While we’re proud of…
- 1336 S Staples St.
- (361) 334-0241
Corpus Christi meets French chocolate and pastries at Bien Merîté. You’ll think you’re on the streets of Paris once you walk into this modernly chic cafe. That’s right -- you don’t even have to leave South Texas to get authentically, flaky and buttery croissants and pastries…
- 3818 S Alameda St
- (361) 334-0020
hola, YOLA. We're taking it back to our favorite neighborhoods in Mexico City, with a chic and timeless dining room serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.
- 418 N.A.S Dr.
- (361) 353-4210
Opened in 1968 Black Diamond Oyster Bar is locally owned and operated, It's also a local favorite. Serving the traditional American food, fresh Seafood, and Southern food. Open Tuesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner. Come try their famous Black Diamond burger, you wont be…