Footprints Gifts: Celebrating 40 Years as the “Best Little Shop on the Beach!”


March 1983 marks the humble beginning of Footprints Gifts. A transformed gas station was reimagined into an apartment complex and then eventually converted into a retail store by Janet Reeves for the “Footprints Gift Shop.” This Miramar Beach “Mom and Pop” gift store is a genuine success story! The name came about by a complete family agreement to the Biblical reference in Psalm 77:19, that says, “Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.”


Footprintsgifts Destinfllorida GiftshopJanet fulfilled her childhood dream of opening a one-of-a-kind retail store that developed into reality when her father-in-law’s one-bedroom apartment became available. She jumped on the opportunity! Life prepared Janet in her early years to launch this now local treasure. She worked at a local movie theatre and was honored with the title “youngest Confection Manager” at Sears department store! Fast forward to today, Footprints Gifts retails some of the best crafters in the area and is one of the top souvenir destinations in Sandestin/Miramar Beach.

This retail haven of all things “beachy” began with t-shirts, beach supplies, keepsakes, and inflated beach toys (supplied by the former gas station air pump). It evolved into an exclusive representation of local artisan products such as colorful bird sculptures, Sandy Pickle(ball), art prints, and magnets. In addition, including beach style home décor and gift items, or sea turtles, you can find man-cave tiki motifs, golf items, outdoor furniture, shells, and more! This magical treasure chest has created a loyal following from tourists to interior decorators and locals who crave these unusual selections.

Shop staff, Cheryl and Donna provide big smiles and enthusiastic service to all those who enter this retail retreat! In 2013, Donna’s husband Eric, described the store merchandise: “This looks like the inside of my wife’s mind!” Subsequently, Donna inquired about employment and continues to flourish in this expression of her mind!


You are invited to join in Footprints 40th year in business celebration! A word to the wise…don’t forget to bring your pocketbook!

9818 US-98, Miramar Beach, Hours: 9:30 am – 5 pm, Monday – Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Telephone: (850) 837-6711

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