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Best Hilton Head Island Shopping

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Hilton Head is not a major shopping destination in and of itself, but its well-heeled residents do like to hit the malls now and then. There are several upscale shopping centers on the island, and several discount outlets just across the causeway. For gifts and souvenirs, a handful of island shops offer jewelry, home furnishings and knickknacks.

Harbour Town Lighthouse Shop

Neighborhood: Hilton Head
At the top of the red-and white-striped Harbourtown Lighthouse, this small gift shop hawks the motherlode of lighthouse-themed gifts. There are lighthouse pendants, lighthouse Christmas ornaments, lighthouse earrings, lighthouses rugs, lighthouse pillows, crystal lighthouse figurines...get the picture? Various depictions of the Harbourtown Lighthouse by local artists are particularly neat. If lighthouse-related items aren't your thing, the store's still worth visiting for the climb and the views.

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Daufuskie Island

Neighborhood: Daufuskie Island
In 1972, Pat Conroy shared the story of Daufuskie's incredible isolation in his autobiography "The Water is Wide"—the Gullah elementary school students he taught there weren't even aware that Daufuskie was part of the United States. While the island's changed some since those days, it's still a place apart. While by no means a traditional shopping destination, the island has a handful of unique craftspeople worth seeking out. You can reach the island via boat tour or charter, and rent a golf cart to get around. Look out for artisans selling sweetgrass baskets, handmade pottery, carved bird decoys and driftwood sculptures. There are few formal galleries—look out for signs in people's front yards advertising their wares.

Tanger Outlet

Neighborhood: Hilton Head
For some, a trip to Hilton Head is not complete without a shopping binge at this large, somewhat overwhelming outlet mall. Highlights here include Banana Republic, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren and Nike factory outlets. Prices are great, but crowds and overstuffed racks mean you should be prepared to do some digging. Come on a weekday to beat the rush. If your energies flag, revive them with a chunk of fudge from Kilwin's Chocolate and Ice Cream, a vacation favorite. The mall is across the bridge in Bluffton, a few miles west of Hilton Head.

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Mall at Shelter Cove

Neighborhood: Hilton Head
Hilton Head's only enclosed mall, Shelter Cove is where well-heeled island dwellers go when it's too hot to golf. You'll find the island's only department stores—Saks Fifth Avenue and Belk's—here, as well as several dozen other upscale shops. If you've forgotten your heat-proof silicon spatulas, head to Williams-Sonoma. For clothing, J. Crew, Banana Republic and Talbots will supply you with all your preppy togs. For a touch of regional flavor, locally-owned Blue Parrot boutique has beach-themed charm bracelets, driftwood sculptures and sea glass paperweights.

Coastal Chic

Neighborhood: Bluffton
In Bluffton, this home goods store sells items that are beach-y without a hint of kitsch. As anyone who's spent time in a tacky furnished beach rental knows, this is not an easy-to-achieve aesthetic. The vibe here is sunny and cottage-chic, with lots of bright whites and crisp nautical prints. You'll find elegant antique-style furniture, tasteful botanical prints, breezy printed dishware and linens in soothing shades of sage and aqua. Even if you're not looking to furnish a home, this is a good place to look for gifts, like design books, seashell-inspired vases and pretty milk glass vases.

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