The holidays are quickly approaching! Don’t panic if you haven’t gotten that perfect gift. The Secret Coast has holiday gift solutions that will make you look like you planned for months.
So, relax and browse, you’ve still got time to find a gift for anyone on your list. Most of these stops don’t even require a trip out of the house because they’ve taken their business online and ship their products and gift cards all over the country. We’ve got an insiders shopping guide just for you - unique gifts, restaurants, outdoors, and attractions.
Before shopping or visiting, we encourage you to check with individual businesses on any potential changes and/or availability, but rest assured Coastal Mississippi is working diligently with our partners to ensure your safety and health is the top priority. Find out how in our Destination Promise of health and safety.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is full of items that cannot be found anywhere else, from pottery and jewelry, to intricate handmade toys and soaps. Check out this list of a few of the one-of-a-kind storefronts along the coast that will help you check off your gift list.
This gift shop has all of the Coastal Mississippi themed items you’re looking for. The blend of art, jewelry, pottery, and other creative gifts you’ll find in Hillyer House will be sure to charm anyone on your shopping list.
Coastal City Goods
Products available on their website and pop ups at various festivals/events
When Andrea & Daphne moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2018, they both fell in love with with the beautiful and resilient communities dotted along the water. They found inspiration in the sun-soaked seasons, bay breezes, and the culture, history and passion that have made the area so wonderful. And to think many people don’t even know this place exists, but it’s called the ‘Secret Coast’ for a reason! Coastal City Goods is dedicated to consistently and thoughtfully displaying this passion and joy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast community through their inspiring and curated designs, and hope it makes you want to share this spirit with others.
Bay St. Louis
Products available on their website, through delivery and in-store
Artist and antiquarian, Martha Whitney Butler, moved to Bay St. Louis to chase her dreams and was quickly woven into the colorful fabric of the beautiful town. When the opportunity presented itself, Butler scooped up the “tiniest, cutest little building on Main St.” and called it home to the goodness that would become The French Potager. An ever-evolving shop, there’s always something new and exciting bouncing around the store, as Butler is a creative force that plants the seeds of ideas and nurtures them until they bloom.
The French Potager specializes in a diverse assortment of gifts, antiques, books, vintage items, and even beautiful flowers! Browse their selection of interesting objects from the past, or find the perfect gift for that special someone. This holiday season, The French Potager has curated a new line of bespoke gift baskets full of products from the shop, which can be delivered to your front door!
This charming shop has your gift solutions for the person on your list who needs a little more Coastal Mississippi in their lives. The gifts range from local pottery to items from popular designer names.
Robin's Nest in the Pass
There’s so much to see at this gallery gift shop that it’s worth the trip just to take a look. But we know store owner, Dorothy Roberts, wouldn’t mind if you decided to do a little Christmas shopping while you’re there. The store is named after Dorothy’s sister, and Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts.
Waveland Candle Company
Visit this shop to find all natural soy candles, simmering melts, goats milk soaps and lotions, Epson based bath salts, fizzy bombs and much more! The gift shop is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and the manufacturing is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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Let’s go fly a kite! Do you have anyone both crafty and adventurous on your shopping list? They would probably like a gift from the Kewl Kites shop in Long Beach. This niche store specializes in...you guessed it, kites! They have everything a kite lover needs from beginner, to advanced flyer.
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Coastal Mississippi has the best options for that person on your list who just can’t seem to get enough of the great outdoors. South Mississippians understand the importance of enjoying natural resources. There are dozens of businesses scattered across the coast dedicated solely to equipping visitors and residents alike for the best experience. Here are just a few.
Islander Outfitters is one of several stores across The Secret Coast that offer the proper equipment needed to take advantage of the #MSCoastLife. The store features everything from watersport accessories, to camping necessities, and pretty much everything that will make the average outdoor enthusiast’s mouth water.
If you live or play near the water, you’ve got to have a way to enjoy it. Everything Kayak gets you out exploring the waterways of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and beyond. The store even has a testing pool so you can try out your purchase in-store. The merchandise doesn’t stop at kayaks, though. The store also has a wide selection of other outdoor exploring gear.
Silver Dollar III Fishing Charters
Betsy Ann Riverboat
There are many ways to get out and enjoy the water on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. One of the best ways is to take a chartered boat trip. The coast has many charter companies to choose from, and many different experiences available from shrimping and fishing, to simply cruising on the open water. Silver Dollar III Fishing Charters has decades of angler experience to put you on top of some of the best fishing spots anywhere. You would be sure to reel in a big win if you got this gift for the angler in your life. You could also give the gift a serene ride on the Betsy Ann Riverboat, or a ferry ride out to Ship Island!
RESTAURANTS + CULINARY
The dining options are nearly endless in Coastal Mississippi, which can make picking a restaurant pretty hard for that foodie on your list. We have a suggestion, do the picking for them and get them a gift card to one of the unique dining experiences that make up the Mississippi coastal cuisine. Take a look at this starter-list of one-of-a-kind restaurants on the coast, and feel free to explore the others not listed here.
Bay Saint Louis
Once you walk into Trapani’s right across from the beach in Bay St. Louis, you can expect some of the finest seafood selections around. Although the location has changed several times because of storms, the Trapani’s team prides itself on the same quality it’s had for decades.
Gift your favorite foodie with an evening of spirited dining at The Chimneys in Gulfport. This restaurant has been a favorite for locals and visitors alike for decades and has made several comebacks after storms took it out. The wrap around porch and big windows offer beautiful views of the gulf nestled under beautiful oaks.
Welcome to southern charm with a big dose of high-class dining. The White Pillars is another long-time staple on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that has made a recent comeback. The chef takes pride in mixing classic southern cuisine, and a farm-to-table concept, with an upscale twist. The large restaurant can accommodate parties both large and small and features a beautiful mahogany bar with a vintage feel.
Vestige is the perfect balance of fine dining in an intimate setting. The restaurant is in the heart of charming downtown Ocean Springs and is walking distance from shopping and a world-class art museum. Vestige features an ever-evolving menu that includes fresh, locally grown and harvested options. The fresh seafood is many times straight from the waters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Brady's Steaks and Seafood
This beautiful restaurant embodies coastal cuisine with its popular oyster selections, fresh seafood, and beautifully prepared steaks. Sitting at the foot of the Pascagoula River Bridge, Brady’s Steaks and Seafood offers some gorgeous views of the sunset over South Mississippi. The atmosphere inside has an upscale feel, but the staff give you that southern charm that is unmistakably Coastal Mississippi.
The Blue Marlin is Coastal Mississippi's newest elegant seafood restaurant located in Centennial Plaza. Here you'll find the freshest catch crafted into contemporary seafood dishes. Delight your taste buds from starters to dessert and enjoy a fully stocked bar. Open for dinner Sunday - Thursday from 4 until 10 p.m, and an incredible brunch awaits on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
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Send the gift of Gulf-fresh seafood to your loved ones this holiday season! Biloxi Shrimp Co. was founded in June 2020 by Mark Mavar and Jonathan McLendon, owners of merged commercial shrimp processing companies Biloxi Freezing & Processing, Inc. and M&M Shrimp Company LLC.
These two successful businessmen, whose commercial business tag line is “The Coolest Guys in Town,” were both born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi, “seafood capital of the world,” where they grew up in their respective families’ shrimp and seafood businesses with a natural love for their city, their Gulf Coast and their family heritage.
When the pandemic arrived in spring of 2020, they found their freezers full of product that would have otherwise been shipped to the shuttered restaurant industry. Naturally, with shrimp season set to begin soon, they needed a different sales channel to make room in their freezers for the new crop of shrimp soon to arrive at their docks.
Through the power of social media and an initial online page, they found surprising demand from the public, many of whom would sit in line in their cars and trucks for hours, ice chests ready to pick up large quantities of these amazing wild-caught Gulf shrimp typically sold to fine restaurants. One even heard from a friend in Biloxi and made a pit stop in his private plane on a business trip to pick up four large marine coolers full to take back home to Tennessee. Word soon spread about the great restaurant quality and the “close to wholesale pricing,” and all of a sudden a direct sales business was born.
Naturally, their entrepreneurial minds turned to the idea of providing these beautiful shrimp to the greater public in the rest of the nation. By combining their efficient, clean processing with their shipping and packaging relationships from the wholesale business, they have achieved the amazing result of being able to offer these shrimp to the public at extremely competitive prices even when shipping is factored in. Now the whole country can enjoy the secret that Biloxians and fine restaurants have been keeping!
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
INFINITY Science Center
The Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass is perfect for that travel enthusiast looking to experience a dose of culture, education, and entertainment. Each pass gives you access to top-notch attractions and museums throughout the region. These include options like the INFINITY Science Center, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and much more. The passes can be purchased at a set price that is far more affordable than going to each attraction without the passes.