This year, let Coast help you navigate across a sea of gift-giving options. We’ve made a list and checked it twice to help you find the perfect gifts at local boutiques, galleries and shops.
1. Holiday Soap
With scents like gingersnap, candy apple, mistletoe and ivy, these locally made soaps will awaken your senses to the holiday season.
Santa Fe Soap Factory
4809 Ave. L
2. Giclée Prints by René Wiley
$300 to $1,400
After Hurricane Ike destroyed René Wiley’s studio in 2008, she and her husband decided to represent her art, which has held residence in private galleries across Texas, on the island exclusively. Wiley’s ethereal prints capture the magic of Galveston in a sea of colors.
René Wiley Gallery
2128 Postoffice St.
3. Sweet Kisses Holiday Set
This four-pack of lip polishes includes two top-selling shades, Razzle Dazzle and Diamond Diva, and two new limited edition shades, Fancy Pants and Sweet Something.
Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio
3224 13th Ave. N.
4. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants Tote Bag by Out of Print
Sure to be a hit with the literati and yogis of all ages, this canvas book bag features adaptations of illustrations from Babar’s Yoga for Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff.
701 14th St.
5. Necklaces by Chan Luu
Chan Luu’s layering necklaces are strung with hand cut semiprecious stones and crystals and will be well-received by the fashion-forward favorites on your list.
2218 Postoffice St.
6. Headbands by Alpaca Flower
$18 to $27
A one-of-a-kind woman deserves a one-of-a-kind accessory. Each hand-embroidered headband by Alpaca Flower is unique, stylish and conscientious. The company sources its products from Peruvian artisans, which helps to provide a steady income for rural areas in the Andes region.
2005 Postoffice St.
7. Cosmetic Bag by Consuela
$20 to $40
Consuela’s Marfa Collection reflects the characteristics of its namesake, a quirky West Texas cow town that recently has become a haven for hipsters. The collection’s cosmetic bag comes in different sizes and features Consuela’s signature Southwest print.
501 E. Main, No. 1
8. Habersham Wax Pottery Vessels
These vessels, handcrafted in Georgia, provide home fragrance without a flame, redefining decorative fragrance accessories for the home.
501 E. Main No. 2
9. Candles by Archipelago Botanicals
Even if you’re staying home for the holidays, these fragrant candles will take you around the world. Fragrances include “Havana” with bergamot, tobacco leaf and ylang ylang and “Kashmir” with orange blossom, sandalwood and Kashmir vanilla.
2719 61st St.
10. Kelli Stone flip flops by Lindsay Phillips
Known as “switch flops” for their swappable baubles, these stone beige sandals are the perfect fit for someone whose style is always evolving.
West End Gallery & Decor
16708 San Luis Pass, Suites I & C
11. Striped Tote by Dash & Albert
Made by the rug gurus at Dash & Albert, these durable, striped carryall bags are good for nearly anything: groceries, gym clothes or the trio of modern necessities — wallet, cellphone and keys.
Chunky Funky Monkey
12. Swings by Magnolia Casual
Sturdy, stylish and comfortable, these combination chair-swings are perfect for lazy weekends spent unwinding on the porch. They come with a matching tote bag, so you can pack up and relax anywhere.
2950 state Highway 87
13. Baltic Amber Candles by Voluspa
$9.99 to $24.99
For candle lovers, there’s a new flame. The Baltic Amber candle by Voluspa is made of clean-burning, coconut wax infused with scents of amber resin, sandalwood, cedar and vanilla orchid.
The Front Parlor
14. Fanfare Wallet by Spartina 449
This cute clutch is made of linen in a navy and white geometric print and trimmed in bright green leather.
Bungalow Dry Goods
15. Statement Necklaces
$30 to $35
There’s is a reason to call them “statement” necklaces. These bright and shiny baubles will give a much-needed sparkle to any ensemble.
16. Silk Pashmina
For those serious about warmth and style, a silk pashmina is a perfect gift.
2201 Market St., Suite G405
17. Midtown Men Holiday Show
$39 to $98
Give the gift of entertainment. Four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys will take the stage to perform their Holiday Show at the Grand Opera House on Dec. 29.
The Grand 1894 Opera House
2020 Postoffice St.
18. Vitamix Professional Series 750
A foodie’s dream, the Vitamix is a self-cleaning machine that allows users to chop, blend, cream and purée their way to healthy, home-cooked meals, smoothies, juices, desserts and more.
The Kitchen Chick
528 23rd St.
19. Balinese Room Tablecloth
Once used at the island’s famous nightclub the Balinese Room, this tablecloth features images of midcentury Galveston. A truly one-of-a-kind treasure, there’s only one in stock.
1708 23rd St.
20. Tunic by Flying Tomato
In cooler coastal weather, haute hippie chicks can pair this embroidered tunic with tights and boots.
2213 Postoffice St.
21. Pajamas by Vera Bradley
$30 each for long pants and top, $25 for shorts
They’ll think they’re dreaming when they receive these pajamas with soft cotton texture and bold paisley prints.
The Clotheshorse Boutique
809 E. Main St.
22. Melissa & Doug Puzzles
Kid-friendly company Melissa & Doug makes quality curios for children of all ages. The wooden puzzles will help children build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and more.
1140 Grand Ave.
23. Corkys Flashback Western Boot
These boots, with a classic shape, embellished with inlaid pops of turquoise, are made for giving this holiday season.
Head to Footsies
24. Paperweights by Glass Eye Studio
Put some sparkle and shine under the tree with these dichroic glass orbs that take yesterday’s paper weight into the future.
25. Small Grill by Grill Dome
This isn’t your average backyard cooker. With its clean lines and sleek finish, this ceramic appliance will delight even the most style-conscious grill master. Order at least one to two weeks in advance.
ACHTWOO Pools & Spas
6622 Stewart Road
26. Spice Rubs
$3.95 to $5.75
Wild Bill Powell’s famous spice blends will add a kick to holiday dinners. Start by trying best-sellers: “Jalapeno Dusted,” a mild, all-purpose blend or “Herbal Red,” a gourmet blend best suited for seafood, roasted chicken or spaghetti sauce. Custom gift baskets available.
3407 Interstate 45
27. Zen Pillow by Hugger Mugger
Covered with sturdy upholstery-grade fabric, and filled with organic buckwheat hulls, the Zen Pillow helps yogis reach a meditative state in both seated and reclining poses.
2507 Market St. Rear
28. Silk Flower Arrangement
Make a statement on your holiday table with eye-catching, silk flower arrangements made to order.
House of Interiors
1005 Bayou Road
29. Driftwood Wreath
Bring the coast to your front door or share it with others with this driftwood wreath by local artist Cathy Blume.
Tom’s Thumb Nursery
2014 45th St.
30. Bead from the Original Galveston Story Bead Collection
The perfect gift for all who love Galveston, be they Born on the Island or Islanders by Choice. There’s the BOI bead and the IBC bead. And the popular Galveston Island Beach Bead contains actual sand from local shores. They’re compatible with major bead collections.
2215 Postoffice St.
31. Folk Angel by Cynthia Webb Designs
Have an angel on your list? Consider the handcrafted pewter angel by Cynthia Webb, a California artist whose work centers on faith, family and spirit.
Tina’s On The Strand
32. Mugs from Catstudio’s Geography Collection
Drink up your love for Texas or other states and also cities with these mugs with maps. The design has a watercolor effect and gives a retro road trip vibe. Made of high-quality stoneware, they’re packaged in a colorfully embossed tin box. Dishtowels also are available from the same line, $19.95
8111 state Highway 6
33. Janome Sewing Machines
Janome sewing machines have been at the cutting edge of sewing technology since the company’s earliest days. Sewing authority Janome has a model to please almost any sewer, from beginners to avid quilters and everyone in between.
1811 Sixth St. N.
34. Holiday Wine Bottle Stoppers
Keep your wine longer with these festive bottle stoppers that light up and change colors. Makes a perfect hostess gift during the holidays.
35. Wheel of the Year Wall Plaque by Maxine Miller
Seeking a gift that keeps giving all year? The Wheel of the Year celebrates the eight pagan festivals based around the solstices and equinoxes, known as the quarter days, and the midpoints between, known as the cross quarter days and represents growth and harvest through the seasons of the year.
2116 Postoffice St.