Step up your gifting game with items from these 12 local shops in and around Boston. You don’t have to resort to Amazon for last-minute presents this year when there are plenty of even lovelier options right outside your door! You can get delightful homemade presents while supporting local businesses by shopping at one of these local shops in and near Boston.
Cambridge-based clothing brand, Riviera Clothing Co. founded by Anne Sommers, will brighten up a cold winter gifting day and bring plenty of festivity into the holiday season with its cheerful prints. Riviera has something for everyone from women’s shirts, dresses, and pants to unisex shirts and accessories. Sommers designs these pieces herself, including some of the prints, so your special someone is in for an extra unique gift! Although Riviera doesn’t currently have a brick and mortar, being local means your products will ship in only a day or two!
Find it online and at select pop-ups throughout the city
Boston’s very first zero-waste shop, now with a second location in Brookline in addition to its landmark North End location, offers up guilt-free gifting choices. You’ll be doing yourself, your giftee, and the earth a favor by shopping from Uvida. Find here an assortment of adorable small gifts that are truly unique and won’t break the bank, or pick something up from Uvida’s stellar plant collection. Their Brookline location offers a curated vintage corner to find unique home decor and clothing too.
Find Uvida Boston at 28 Atlantic Ave and Uvida Brookline at 395A Washington Street
This Needham boutique is well worth the trip out of the city. You’ll be introduced to unique brands from all over the world in a range of products like PJs, jewelry, ceramics, accessories, and beauty, and maybe even find your perfect holiday outfit from their spicy clothing curation!
Find it at 28 Lincoln St, Newton, MA 02461.
Brookline Booksmith has been providing new and used books to the Brookline community since 1961— in fact, it’s turning 60 this year! In addition to reading materials, Brookline Booksmith also has some of the best knick-knacks in town that will make the perfect presents, from cozy socks and mittens to notebooks and coffee mugs.
Find it at 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Need a present for your friend or relative who’s just too cool for school? Cheapo Records is the place to go to shop for the indie music lover in your life. Not only do they have a fine collection of new and used vinyl records, but they also have racks upon racks of band tees, vintage clothes, and upcycled tees and hoodies as well. It’s a hipster’s paradise!
Find it at 538 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
This innovative chocolate master has festive flavors like Pistachio Praline, Almond Tart, and even a Candy-Cap Mushroom flavor that might sound intimidating but tastes like fresh maple syrup! Petrova Chocolates are the perfect gift for the foodie friend.
Find Petrova Chocolate online or at select pop-ups throughout the city
A Harvard Square classic since 1930, Bob Slate Stationer has all your cards and gift-wrapping needs covered for the holiday season. But along with the more practical purchases of wrapping supplies, Bob Slate has tons of small gifts that anyone will appreciate, from pens that write as smoothly as silk to gorgeous ornamental stationary and notebooks.
Find it at 30 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Curio Spice is a woman-owned business that specializes in directly sourced, sustainably produced spices from around the world. From the essentials to the rare and hard-to-find spices, Curio has an impressively diverse collection right in Cambridge.
Find it at 2265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
When shopping for last-minute holiday presents, your go-to spot should be a local museum gift shop. All of their knick-knacks have a local connection and look beautiful. The Gardner Museums’s gift shop is no exception: they have a great selection of reading materials, objets d’art, and even simple postcards and calendars that stand out as gorgeous displays of art. Not to mention, they also carry unique gifts crafted by artists, artisans, and small-batch makers from New England.
Find the Gardner Museum at 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
This darling new children’s bookstore just opened in Beacon Hill, and it’s just as whimsical as it appears from the outside. In addition to books, they have toys, trinkets, and ornaments to make your holidays merrier.
Find it at 73 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
Micro Plant Studio is a Latinx-owned plant store that caters to your green thumb from start to finish. They have a lovely array of flower arrangements and house plants for you to take home. But what’s even cooler is their planter selection – they have a 3D printer on hand to create the coolest geometric planter of your dreams! This is the spot to get a completely unique present for a loved one (assuming they’ll take care of the plant after the holidays, that is).
Find it at 365 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Choc Allure is the brainchild of French-trained Chocolatier, Liron Gal. Based in Needham, Massachusetts and available for nationwide and local delivery in addition to arranged pick-ups, Choc Allure has some of the best chocolate not just locally, but possibly worldwide!
Online only on the Choc Allure website
At this crafter’s haven the limit is as far as your imagination takes you. Hand tuft a custom rug with any graphic and of any size and shape at this cozy nook in Allston.
At Tutuland you can DIY custom rugs, claw clips, phone cases, art and so much more! It’s the perfect personalized gift or you could take someone with you as an experiential option!
Find Tutuland at 115 Brighton Avenue, Allston MA 02134
Founded 50 years ago by two optical engineers turned sunglasses designers, Randolph gets its name after the town it was born in, situated 30 minutes south of Boston. Randolph’s sunglasses became the official military specs in the 1980s and are now beloved by everyone from professional pilots to actors like John Krasinski, Brie Larson, and Steve Carell.
Founded by Boston University student, Cady Ghandour, joujete, sells some of the world’s comfiest pajamas-which circles back to its origin story 30 years ago. Ghandour’s pieces are inspired by her grandma, Jamila’s, original pajamas which were designed for her brother who complained of overheating and discomfort in his sleep due to his pajamas. Now, joujete is turning her family’s favorite pants into a flourishing venture and sharing the love with the world.
16. Juliet Aurel
The Mexican-born jewelry brand has new east coast roots, with the founder and CEO now based in Boston. Jhoseline Flores, the brains behind Juliet Aurel, notes some of their designs are influenced by New England coasts drawing inspiration from the sea, shells, pearls, and beauty.
Nothing is quite better than a day at the spa. Whether they’re the thrill-seeking cold plunge type or the stone treatment zen sort, these New England spas offer up all sorts of special experiences they’ll never forget.
Did you know oyster shells can be turned into yarn which can make the softest sweater on earth?
Well, now you do! Long Wharf Supply Co. is combining style and sustainability by producing knits from a proprietary trademark yarn known as SeaWell™. The yarn is a blend of recycled plastic bottles and oyster shells that both would end up in landfills. Shop one of their chic sweaters (named after northeastern seaside towns) for your most stylish friend.
The NYC-born brand has landed at The Current in Seaport for the holiday season! Inkerman is a contemporary footwear and clothing brand inspired by the spirit and heritage of New England. The brand just opened a brick-and-mortar on Nantucket and is the epitome of New England style, offering functional, high-quality wardrobe staples like chocolate suede loafers and cashmere sweaters made in Scotland.
20. Harbor Sweets
Get your chocolate fix at this Salem sweets shop! It’s especially perfect for a Salem souvenir, where the shop is based and handmakes all of its chocolates like spooky advent calendars or classic hot cocoa mixes to get you through the gloomy winter months.
21. Azienda Agricola Torre di Gamberaia Firenze Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Is your friend an olive oil snob? Blow them away with this extra virgin olive oil that is hand pressed on a family-owned olive farm in Florence, Italy. The owners of the farm are Boston-based and frequent Florence to do all of the harvesting and pressing themselves! Shop Torre di Gamberaia Firenze Extra Virgin Olive Oil online or at the SoWa Winter Festival.
What’s better than shopping small and local?
Shopping small, local and vintage!
With Chic Beat Vintage’s retail shop and holiday pop-ups you can do just that! The owner, Bridgette, focuses on elevated styles and fanciful details! Chic Beat Vintage also offers a “Sustainable Style Box”– four curated pieces to build your wardrobes (sustainably) for $80.
Find Chic Beat Vintage at the following locations:
Out of the Closet Marketplace: 61 Endicott St, Norwood, MA 02062
Kingston Collection Pop-Up Party on December 2 from 12-6 PM: 101 Kingston Collection Way Kingston, MA 02364
23. Wanderlust Shops
Founded by Boston-native, Gita Chari Mattes, Wanderlust gift sets include the hottest, trending must-haves curated from around the world. From London, Paris, and New York…to Sydney, Tokyo, and Mexico, these gift boxes from Wanderlust are the perfect present- beautifully packaged and ready to gift.
24. PXG Golf
Perfect for the golf fanatic in your life. While PXG is from Arizona originally, the Framingham location is excellent for a local, curated experience where you can gift a personalized club fitting! PXG also has a plethora of golf gear and apparel to explore for that special someone!
The Nantucket author known as “The Queen of Summer Reads,” has written exclusively about summers on Nantucket. Many of Hilderbrand’s recurring characters come from Boston, and so her stories take you all around New England. The writing is exceptional and addictive (turning anyone into an avid reader) and Hilderbrand’s Winter Series makes the perfect holiday gift for your bookworm!
26. Melanin Haircare
Founded by local entrepreneur Whitney White, Melanin Haircare has grown into a massive business now sold in Target and Sephora that started from DIY tutorials on YouTube. The products are effective and come in the most giftable packaging while still being made by a small, local, women and family-owned brand!
Not technically a shop, but a perfect experiential gift, present two or more nights at AutoCamp Cape Cod for a memory that’ll last a lifetime. The year-round nature retreat is the perfect escape from the city, regardless of the season. Enjoy strolls and bikes at sunrise, bathe under the stars, roast marshmallows over the fire, unwind with yoga overlooking a waterfront sunset and so much more! Reserve your AutoCamp gift online!
Founded in NYC and now finally in Boston, Catbird focuses on fine jewelry made from recycled materials! “We have so many wonderful old customers in Boston already, and we can’t wait to open our doors and meet everyone. Boston is a city of poets, scientists, and seekers, teeming with curiosity, swan boats, and bakeries – which means it’s a perfect place for us to be.”
“Our Boston store is tucked into a little brown building on Newbury Street – it feels so quintessentially Bostonian to these New Yorkers! As usual, there are bits of vintage and antiques collected by us throughout the Northeast, as well as ephemera from our Catbird archives,” said Leigh Plessner, Chief Creative Officer of Catbird.
The local gourmand has an amazing curation of niche specialty foods. Whether you’re looking for New England’s best jam or chips from Spain, Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe is a great spot to find a creative gift for your foodie friend.
Zenni Optical partnered with the Celtics to debut its first “Coach’s Collection.” The exclusive line of glasses curated by Boston Celtics Coach Sam Cassell reflects the style of a winning NBA star, with championship vision. The “Sam Cassell Collection” features 50+ signature frames in Cassell’s favorite shapes, styles and colorways and all frames can be ordered as sunglasses, prescription and/or Blokz® blue light-blocking lenses.
NEADS World Class Service Dogs in Princeton, Mass., invites Bostonians to give back this holiday season with their curated selection of perfect holiday gifts available at the NEADS Shop. With an array of specialty goods, cozy apparel, and delightful goodies, shoppers have the opportunity to support a remarkable cause while finding the ideal presents for their loved ones. The proceeds from each purchase are used to support NEADS Service Dog programs.
32. Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum gift shop has an amazing curation of sea-inspired goods like whale mugs and starfish jewels made by local artists and makers! You can find everything from home decor to jellyfish glass earrings and artifact replicas or art prints, all revolving around marine life and coastal culture. It’s a sweet gift idea for that salty friend!
33. Mel The Clothing
Add a little razzle dazzle to your life with a sequin piece from Mel The Clothing! The local entrepreneur is known for making fun sequin pieces from personal anecdotes! Wear a Celtics jersey, but make it sequin. The fashion-forward brand has even been spotted on Brittany and Patrick Mohomes’ daughter!