A twenty-minute drive from Emerald Isle, Beaufort has lots of fine shopping, whether you're looking for antiques, jewelry, crafts, clothing, or nautical stuff. Two of my particular favorites:
Handscapes Gallery on the Beaufort waterfront. They carry beautiful items—handmade jewelry, ceramics, textiles, prints, sculpture, art glass, leather, wood, paintings, 252-728-6805
The Fudge Factory, 400 Front St., pretty near Handscapes. Try the walnut fudge--it has a wonderful maple-y cast to it.