Santa Goes South: Christmas Shopping Island-Style in Islamorada and Key West

The multitude of funky boutiques, art galleries and shops make Christmas shopping a breeze in the Conch Republic. In Key West, Besame Mucho showcases gifts filled with vintage romance and a European touch, while the Green Pineapple puts a new spin on up-cycled and recycled items. The gift shop at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory offers one-stop-shopping for nature-lovers. For the bibliophiles on your list, Key West Island Books has everything Keys-related from literature to cookbooks. If you want to take home a taste of the Keys, Peppers of Key West's Goin' Bananas Hot Sauce or Kermit's key lime cookies in a Hemingway tin should do the trick. Need something sparkly for that special lady? Key West Local Luxe shines with handmade baubles made from precious and semi-precious stones.

Since Islamorada is the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, it's no surprise you'll find all the gear your family fisherman desires in World Wide Sportsman. Just down the street, buy for the art-lover at Gallery Morada, which is full of whimsical crafts from over 200 American and Canadian artists. As a bonus, most of these stores will ship, and some even gift wrap. Holiday shopping? Done.



For island-lovers: Hidden behind the Trading Post, a mom-and-pop grocery store in Islamorada, uCúmbe provides a solid anchor for the new Village Square. The store is set amidst a tranquil oasis complete with waterfall, white sandy beach and...  Read More



For the crafty: Gallery Morada is a colorful wonderland of modern, whimsical 3-D handmade crafts from over 200 American and Canadian artists in clay, glass, wood, metal, fiber, mixed media and paper. Owner Laurie Wickham eschews items that are...  Read More



For the fisherman: World Wide Sportsman is a two-story nirvana, offering one of the largest selections of saltwater, freshwater and fly fishing gear you'll ever find in one place. Men, women and children will find a wide variety of outdoor...  Read More



For a taste of the Keys: No visit to Key West would be complete without having a slice of refreshing Key lime pie, and Kermit's always makes the shortlist for the best in the Keys. When you stop in for a slice, it's hard to leave without an...  Read More



For the hotheads: Shopping for gifts at Peppers of Key West is literally a heart-warming experience. Belly up to the hot sauce bar to sample their spicy sauces from around the world. (It's free!) The "tasting staff" entertains and makes helpful...  Read More



For the bibliophile: It's hard to believe that a town with such rich literary heritage has only one remaining bookstore. Key West Island Books offers an extensive collection of local interest books, and the devoted staff can help you find that...  Read More



For the nature-lover: You don't have to go through the exhibit at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory to get to their amazing gift shop. Packed with everything from collectible pieces like Franz porcelain jewelry to inexpensive...  Read More



For that special woman: Key West Local Luxe is like cracking open a giant jewelry box and walking inside. The sleek gallery-style boutique is filled with dazzling displays of handmade, one-of-a-kind, rare-find jewelry made from precious and...  Read More

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For the eco-conscious: At the eco-chic Green Pineapple boutique, everything has a story. With a focus on what they call mindful consumption, the store is packed with gifts perfect for your earth-conscious pals. Creative up-cycled items include...  Read More



For the romantic: Off-the-beaten path in Bahama Village, this charming boutique has an air of vintage romance. Their apothecary's intoxicating scents will draw you in off the street. The approach is old-world, pure and simple like the cult-fave...  Read More


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