Yes, there are multiple stores in Sausalito that all sell the same T-shirts and impulse items for visitors. But there are also many unique and wonderful shops that are fascinating to visit and browse, many with surprisingly reasonable prices.
These are some of our favorite special places to shop in Sausalito:
The Harbor Shop -- The place to go for classy Sausalito-logo clothing at reasonable prices, plus unusual nautical-theme gifts for adults and kids and a nice selection of books about Sausalito. They also have some classy children's items and Sausalito children's books. The shop also carries specialty items for local sailors. Located on a pier near the Ferry landing.
Out of Hand -- This wonderful little shop is focused on selling high-quality hand-made items from local professional artists, although they also carry other things. The housewares, jewelry, dinnerware, clothing and decor here are both charming and well-made.
Pinestreet Papery -- Stationery, gifts, greeting cards, holiday items that change by the month, things you haven't seen anywhere else in Sausalito and stickers stickers stickers! Good for family visits, and if you don't happen to have a kid with you this shop will turn you into one!
Tapia Art Gallery -- A Sausalito institution for the last 35 years. You'll almost always get to meet and talk with the artists themselves, and the paintings are as fabulous as the mood.
Coming soon: More unique clothing and gift shops, and even a hardware store that's regarded as a local treasure. (Sausalito residents don't need any cheat sheet to know the place we're talking about!)