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  • Steve Marcotte,

Museum shopping

​The gift shop at California Surf Museum and the Museum Store at the Oceanside Museum of Art are treasure troves of California surf culture and fine art just waiting to be discovered.

Two Oceanside museums are not only fun to visit but also great places to find that unique souvenir or special local gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. From clothing to jewelry and fine art, you may be surprised at what you will find in the gift shop at the California Surf Museum (CSM), 312 Pier View Way, and the Museum Store inside the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), 704 Pier View Way.

California Surf Museum

“What we are trying to do is not be a surf shop,” said Camille Cacas, manager of the gift shop inside the California Surf Museum. “We carry museum-quality gifts that are not outrageously priced.”

In the gift shop, you will find paintings from local artists and classic surf posters. “I think the posters of the VW Bus are becoming more popular than the classic Woodie,” Cacas said.

The museum shop features books on surf culture, cookbooks, travel books, even a combination cookbook/travel book, “First We Surf Then We Eat” written by California Surf Museum President Jim Kempton.

“This book will make a great gift. He has interlaced travel stories and photos with different recipes,” Cacas said. They also spotlight books from various authors who have held a book signing at the museum.

The gift shop also carries ukuleles, which sell out quickly, along with another best seller, hoodies and T-shirts featuring the CSM iconic Silver Surfer logo.

Many items in the shop have a connection to what is on display inside the museum itself.