Let’s shop!

No matter what you are looking for, we have it
July 25, 2023

Written by Amy Coyne Bredeson

Hilton Head Island has more to offer than its pristine beaches, gorgeous weather, delicious Lowcountry fare, outdoor activities and world-renowned golf courses. The island also has plenty of great places to go shopping.

Whether you’re staying in Sea Pines or in Bluffton, you won’t have to go far to find what you need. Looking for a new outfit for a night out on the town? Or a special trinket to take home to a friend? Hilton Head has got you covered.

On the south end, you have Coligny Hilton Head Island, a hotspot for shopping mere steps from the ocean.

Coligny evolved from the island’s first grocery store, Forest Beach Market, which opened in 1955, before there was even a bridge to the island. Now it consists of a variety of shops selling everything from sunglasses and swimsuits to designer dresses and children’s apparel. If you’re looking for souvenirs to take back home, check out Camp Hilton Head, The Tee Hut and The Shell Shop at Coligny.

For the quintessential Hilton Head experience, make sure to visit Harbour Town Shops in Sea Pines. Enjoy the breeze coming from the Calibogue Sound as you stroll around the harbour and browse the charming shops. Some stores, such as S.M. Bradford and Knickers, have been there for decades, serving the people and visitors of Hilton Head Island. Climb to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse, then pick up a souvenir or two at the gift shop. If you have time for a meal, the area has some of the best seafood on the island, and you can often listen to live outdoor entertainment in the evenings.

While you’re in Sea Pines, drive just around the corner to The Shops at Sea Pines Center, where you will find two art galleries, and shops specializing in just about everything – books, apparel, furniture, wine and liquor. Shop for gourmet foods at the nationally recognized Lowcountry Produce, and if you’re in the market for some new jewelry, go see the people at Forsythe Jewelers, a family-owned island business for the past four decades.

Treat yourself to luxury at The Village at Wexford. Get a facial at Faces Dayspa and a new “do” at The Hair Designers. Take a pilates class at Pilates Hilton Head and get an adjustment at Kelley Chiropractic and Wellness.  

Browse the latest in women’s fashion at Currents and children’s clothing at Island Child. If you’re a crafty type, stop by Needlepoint Junction for fibers, canvases and yarns for your next project.

Mid-island also has plenty of potential for shopping ’til you drop. Between Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and Shelter Cove Town Centre, there are dozens of shops to peruse – with fun activities and delicious food along the way.

At Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, you can go water skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding, or hop on a boat for a tour of the island. Wander around the various boutiques for coastal-themed home decor, apparel and accessories. Visit Christmas on the Harbour for holiday novelties and ornaments.

For souvenirs, head over to Neptune’s Niche, Tradewinds Trinkets and Treasures, and Treasure Island. As you make your way around the harbour, take in the sights and sounds that define Hilton Head. Enjoy dinner outside with year-round live music and fireworks during the summer.  

Just down the street from the marina is Shelter Cove Town Centre, which is home to Belk, Talbots, Francesca’s and several other shops. If you’re an athletic person, you’ll want to pop by Palmetto Running Company and Player’s World of Sports. If you’re looking for fun accessories and gifts, check out ArtWare. Take a break from shopping to grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants at Shelter Cove Town Centre. If you have children with you, take a short walk to Shelter Cove Community Park, which overlooks Broad Creek. The park hosts many festivals and performances, and there’s a Hilton Head-themed playground for the kids.

Located on the north end of the island just outside of the main gate to Hilton Head Plantation, Main Street Village offers an array of family-owned shops and services in a casual, charming atmosphere. Popular among islanders, Main Street Village houses Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy, Harris Teeter and Reilley’s Wine and Spirits. The shopping center is also frequented by visitors for its high-end boutiques, including Luna & Lillie, Lettrs, and Marsh & Light.

For unique floral displays, antiques, gifts by local artisans, and repurposed vintage items, visit Branches on Arrow Road.

For a wide selection of stores with great prices, head over to Tanger Outlets in Bluffton. As you drive off island, Tanger II is the first of the two outlets, and includes major brands such as Gap Outlet, American Eagle Outfitters, Carter’s Babies and Kids, Coach, Nike Factory Store and Rack Room Shoes. Take a lunch break at Salty Dog Restaurant, and then grab some souvenir T-shirts at Salty Dog T-Shirt Factory.

Just a little over a mile down the road is Tanger I, where you will find well-known brands such as Bath & Body Works, Brooks Brothers Factory Store and Saks Off 5th. You’ll also find some fun local stores, including Carolina Me Crazy and Spartina 449.

No visit to Hilton Head is complete without taking a little time to explore the wonder that is nearby Old Town Bluffton. Picture Spanish moss-draped oak trees, historic homes, breathtaking views of the May River and an eclectic mix of art, culture, cuisine and shopping.

The Store, located on Calhoun Street, has been in business since 1978 and continues to offer a funky collection of local art, home decor and jewelry. Eggs ‘n’ tricities on Lawton Street carries lots of fun and fashionable women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, home accents and hilarious greeting cards.

Stop by Moonlit Lullaby for the babies in your life and The Storybook Shoppe for the young readers. Old Town Bluffton also hosts farmers markets, festivals and live performances throughout the year.

Wherever you decide to do your shopping in the Hilton Head area, be sure to have fun and enjoy the scenery.