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Make the most of your stay on Galveston Island with our insiders guide to exploring the area. Our monthly Staff Picks highlight all of the historic places, interactive tours, and family-friendly attractions that make our beachfront city so special. Read more to learn about our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

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01 Nov

Festive Downtown Shopping

Give the gift of original fine art with purchases at the Galveston Arts Center, the Galveston Art League Gallery, and the Buchanan Gallery. For unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories, check out The Jewel GardenFullen Jewelry, and Dorothy May's. You’ll find trendy women’s fashion at Tina’s on The Strand, ha.ba's, BLU: A Boutique by the Beach, and Tangerine Boutique.

For the chefs and foodies on your list, opt for gift baskets from Maceo Spice & Import Co., homemade candy from La King’s Confectionery, or a bag of freshly-roasted java from Galveston Coffee Roasters. Be sure to stop in at The Kitchen Chick for gourmet kitchen items and accessories. Also, visit Hendley Market for a cider beetle to make your holiday mulled wine and hot apple cider. While you’re there, browse the large selection of oddities, offbeat items, international fair-trade products, the huge variety of Nativity scenes, and many more curiosities.

For the hard-to-please folks on your list, The Witchery carries a complete line of herbs, essential oils, and books for self-discovery, self-empowerment, and spiritual enlightenment; while Strand Brass offers unique items from Tervis Tumblers, Christopher Radko, and Lilly Pulitzer, along with a large selection of holiday gifts and home décor. Also, check out the selections at the Gracie’s, Old Galveston Trading Company, Flea by the Sea, and Visker & Scrivener.

For wonderful accommodations, we suggest Hotel Galvez & Spa for a luxurious beachfront experience, The Tremont House in the historic Strand district for a deluxe downtown stay, and the Harbor House Hotel & Marina