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Finish Your Holiday Shopping in Galena

Holiday shopping creates a different feeling for everyone. Some love the magic of the holiday spirit, while others curse the long lines and influx of traffic. Regardless of your stance, Galena, Illinois is a great place for holiday shopping. Galena is a beautiful, historic little town that looks as if it belongs in a Hallmark Christmas movie anyway, so why not cast yourself in, escape your day-to-day, and get that shopping list knocked out all at once?

Galena offers something for everyone on your list, whether they’ve been naughty or nice.


If the loved ones you’re shopping for have been exceptionally nice this year, you might want to check out one of these stores:

Peace of the Past

This charming bookstore and antique gallery is home to 30,000 quality-used books and a large selection of antiques and knick-knacks. You can find vintage advertising, pottery, jewelry, various art pieces, and more. Any bookworms or vintage-fanatics on your list would surely love to unwrap a present from Peace of the Past.

They are located at 408 S. Main Street.

Galena’s Kandy Kitchen

Described as “The Sweetest Shop in Historic Downtown Galena” the Kandy Kitchen has been offering quality candies since 1974. They carry a wide selection of goodies, including caramels, chocolates, creams, gummi bears, taffy, and so much more. A gift from the Kandy Kitchen would be an excellent stocking stuffer or treat for the sweet ones on your list.

They are located at 100 N. Main Street.

Chestnut Mountain Resort

The Midwest’s premier year-round resort is located just outside Galena on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Stop in to pick up gift cards or season passes for the skiing or snowboarding enthusiasts on your shopping list. If you’re making a weekend out of your shopping trip, feel free to book a room with amazing views, or stop in to enjoy a meal at Sunset Grille or Summit Sports Bar.

They are located at 8700 W. Chestnut Mountain Rd.

Gustafson and Grey

This fine jewelry, antique, and consignment store is a great place to find a unique and fun gift for the thriftier folks on your list. Look through a store full of necklaces, rings, earrings and more until you find the perfect piece for your loved one.

They are located at 301 S. Main Street.



Perhaps you have a few edgier folks on your shopping list this year, which means they might appreciate a sassier gift. Galena has something to offer these people too.

Gary’s Tattoos

This shop is a great place to check out if you know someone who is interested in getting inked or pierced. Their work can be found on Facebook at Gary’s Tattoos, and they have gift certificates available for purchase as well. They have some unique piercing promotions that occur weekly, so give them a call and ask about those!

They are located at 238 N Main Street and open at 2 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

Blaum Bros Distillery

This company was founded on the core concept of sibling rivalry. Their website dives into a lengthier story of how these brothers, the founders, decided to make a career out of the only cure to their bickering: whiskey. Founded in 2013, the distillery now produces whiskey, vodka, gin, bourbon, and absinthe. Grab some products for the drinkers on your list, and maybe something for yourself too.

They are located at 9380 W US Highway 20.

Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape

If anyone on your shopping list enjoys drinks and live entertainment, you’ll want to pick up a gift card to Miss Kitty’s. Better yet, treat them to an evening there yourself! They offer a variety of drinks and spirits and have entertainment every weekend night. Check out their Bloody Mary Buffet if you happen to be visiting on a Saturday around lunchtime.

They are located at 242 N. Main Street.


This unique store aims to provide those items that make people ask, “Where on earth did you get that?” While they don’t appear to be “naughty” by nature, they do claim to give shoppers a party experience for all ages, so maybe the trouble begins once you enter. From kids’ games to toys, art, jewelry, and dinnerware, this might be a great place to explore last, as they will act as a catch-all for anybody you have left on your list!

They are located at 402 S. Main Street.

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