Corpus Christi  has several malls that don’t differ much from others across the country, and many of the vacationers looking for trinkets and T-shirts opt for the souvenir shops in Port Aransas . However, there are several places in town worth checking out that offer quality clothing and jewelry, imported goods, and beach gear.
Among them is Pilar (3814 S. Alameda, 361/853-7171), an eclectic shop with quality women’s clothing, tapestries, rugs, and imported jewelry and folk art from Mexico and across the globe.
You’ll also find an amazing array of imports and curios at El Zocalo Cultural Gifts and Decor (601 N. Water St. in the Omni Bayfront hotel, 361/887-8847). Though the primary focus here is Mexican jewelry, shoppers will find an interesting mix of objects, from crosses and candleholders to books and belt buckles. Every beach city needs a good surf shop, and Corpus has several rad options to choose from.
Hodads to heroes will find boards, surf wear, kayaks, skateboards, and surf and skate accessories at Wind & Wave Water Sports (10721 South Padre Island Dr., 361/937-9283, www.windandwave.net ) or Worldwinds Windsurfing (11493 South Padre Island Dr., 361/949-7472, www.worldwinds.net ).