The vibrant yet laid-back atmosphere of Santa Cruz lends itself to a wide variety of creative local boutiques where you can buy a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind souvenir to remember your trip by. Shopping in Santa Cruz offers a little something for everyone. Visit the shops on our list below to find something unique to Santa Cruz shopping for yourself or for someone you love!
Peruse the Boutiques of Santa Cruz for a Unique Souvenir
Downtown Santa Cruz is the shopping headquarters of the city, and is your best bet for wrangling extraordinary boutique finds.
Looking for cool men’s surf-style apparel but not the tacky gift shop environment? Berdels is home to local clothing labels like Uroko, Ventana, and Thieves. Mainstream surf clothing options include Pacific Wave and O’Neill Surf Shop.
Check out the locally-made artisan goods at Home/Work, where you can find hammered brass jewelry, handmade soap bars, linens hand-printed with block patterns, ceramic tableware, and more.
For a souvenir that you can honestly say you made yourself in Santa Cruz, A Brighter World offers tie-dye shirt making in the store. They also have a gift shop where you can pick up pre-made items, but the class setting gives guests a unique experience and a souvenir shirt to go with it.
If you’re looking for some beach reading, Santa Cruz has a number of book shops that can help you out. Logos Books & Records has an extensive collection of rare books, as does Bookshop Santa Cruz. Those who are interested in comic books will find that Atlantis Fantasyworld and Comicopolis will meet your needs.
Those who love the hunt of finding great vintage women’s clothing will appreciate the myriad of secondhand clothing stores in downtown Santa Cruz. Moon Zooom has a focus on clothing from the 1980s and prior, as does Retro Paradise and Cognito Clothing, though the latter also includes modern clothing as well.
Crossroads Trading Co. is another fantastic spot for new and recycled fashion that gears towards environmentally-conscious consumers, while The Closet Shopper features recycled fashion and locally-made apparel. Nectar Creation is another boutique with a focus on locally-made items.
Byzantine Jewelry showcases a collection of ethical jewelry that makes for an excellent gift.
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