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Our Story

The Gift Basket of Topsail Island and The Topsail Island Trading Company have been destination stores for many generations of Topsail Island visitors. The Gift Basket opened its doors in 1973 and the Topsail Island Trading Co in 1992. Our stores joined together in October of 2007 when the Gift Basket purchased the Topsail Island Trading Co. Each store has its own unique character and charm, offering quality merchandise at reasonable prices.

The Topsail Island Trading Company (located at 201 North New River Drive in Surf City, NC) is a unique gift shop with a specialty in fudge.  Before the name was changed to Topsail Island Trading Company, it was a little gift shop called “The Ships Wheel” in a little building just up the road. The Ships Wheel is where the fudge making first began.

Our merchandise ranges from typical Topsail Island memorabilia to the most random and eclectic items you never knew you needed until you saw it.

Jewelry is another specialty of ours with something for everyone’s taste and budget. From nationally known lines to locally made pieces, we have it all.

If souvenirs are what you are looking for, we have you covered, literally, with a huge selection of Tee’s, Sweatshirts, and Loungewear. Plus, mugs, picture frames, magnets, and more. We have a large selection of Topsail specific and name-dropped items along with custom made items you can’t get anywhere else.

Simply put, we have something for everyone. Oh did we mention over 150 flavors of fresh cream and butter fudge? Made in house almost daily. From plain old chocolate to Irish potato (look it up) we have a flavor for everyone also. If you happen to miss it while you're here, don't fret, we have you covered. You can order to your front door year round.

No vacation on Topsail Island is complete without a stop (or two) to the Topsail Island Trading Co.

The Gift Basket of Topsail Island (located 6 miles south of Surf City Traffic Round-About at the corner of Davis Ave. and Anderson Blvd. at 702 S. Anderson Blvd, Topsail Beach, NC) was the original building (circa 1949) used as the Real Estate development office for J.G. Anderson and other various uses (including a barber shop) until 1973 when Louis and Mary Lou Muery established the Gift Basket.  The Gift Basket specializes in gold and silver jewelry and is the home of the Topsail Island Destination Bracelet which proudly displays meaningful symbols of our special Island.  In addition to fine jewelry,  we carry the best selection of tide clocks, wall art and unique home decorator items.  We also have a large selection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, resort wear and unique Topsail Island souvenirs.  

The Topsail Island Trading Company and The Gift Basket of Topsail Island are locally owned and operated (and have always been). We are proud to offer high quality items --- all moderately priced.  Your satisfaction is our mission. Our stores are truly an eastern North Carolina destination.