Shop Local for Gifts and Decor Inspired by the Beach Memes and Quotes You Love


Laughter & the beach go hand in hand. 

Many of our Ward Realty vacation rentals are beautifully decorated with beach-themed pillows, signs, lamps, art and other decor that get you in a vacation frame of mind. Many of our guests want to bring these fun memories home, or hope to share the good vibes with family, friends, pet sitters or teachers back home! 

Luckily, there are plenty of local shops that cater to beach lovers of all styles.... whether you prefer kitschy, funny, sarcastic, classic, or sentimental. 

One of our favorite shops is Mia's Marketplace, located right off off NC 50 in Surf City. They shared a bunch of their favorite meme-worthy gift ideas with us! We hope they make you smile. 


Happier than a seagull with a french fry | Ward Realty

"Happier than a seagull with a french fry" 

Wouldn't this little block look adorable propped up on your entryway table, or hanging on the back porch where you drink your morning coffee? ☕️

Drink in my hand, toes in the sand | Ward Realty

"Drink in my hand, toes in the sand"

This cute pillow will remind you to forget about swimming or building sandcastles. The beach is for relaxing. 🍹

Love you to the beach and back | Ward Realty

"Love you to the beach and back"

Hopefully you have found a fellow beach lover with whom to share your life and adventures. 💙

May you always have a shell in your pocket | Ward Realty

"May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes" 

This pillow shows evidence of a vacation well-spent. 🐚

Work like a captain, play like a pirate | Ward Realty

"Work like a captain, play like a pirate!

We all have two sides to our personality! This pillow would be so cute in a rec room.  🏴‍☠️

These beachy blocks would be adorable displayed on your coffee table. Their muted, sea-inspired colors and understated sayings are all about promoting relaxing beach vibes. 🏖

Beach Body on hold | Ward Realty

Attention: Beach body on hold

This funny block reminds you to keep a great sense of humor, whether at the beach or not. 🩱

Shell Collection Display Boxes | Ward Realty

"Every shell has a story"

These cute boxes are the perfect way to display your favorite Topsail Island shells! 🌊

Beach t shirt | Ward Realty

Shrimp Cocktail

Mia's Marketplace has a lot of cute T-Shirts for bumming around the beach or vacation rental. Here are a few examples, but they get new stuff all the time! 

Beach t shirt | Ward Realty


Beach t shirt | Ward Realty


Mermaid's Candle | Ward Realty

"Mermaids Don't Have a Thigh Gap" 

Mia's sells some really unique candles that would make great gifts. This line uses humor to sell their products, but they also come in some pretty great scents. This one is from the Malicious Women Candle Co., and is an all-organic, soy candle. 

Hand Towels | Ward Realty
Hand Towels | Ward Realty

Mia's carries a bunch of hand towels that feature simple illustrations and will make the perfect gift for anyone back home needing a beach fix. 😎


Visit Mia's Marketplace!

14061 NC-50
Surf City, NC 28445
P: (910) 803-0316

2 shopping experiences in ONE HUGE STORE! 

Visit THE PANTRY ~ Old-fashioned candy, salt water taffy, dips, mustards and salsas, the best pretzels & chips!

The BOUTIQUE is packed with uncommon gifts, home decor, jewelry, resort-wear and specialties. 

You'll be glad you visited!


Read more about shopping on Topsail Island: 

This blog post gives you more information about some of our favorite Topsail Island shops. Many contain gifts as you see above, while others offer unique clothing, accessories, sporting goods, gifts and more. Shop local! 


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