You don’t have to resort to Amazon for last-minute Christmas 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 7 local shops in Boston.
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
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 stocking stuffers 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
4. Curio Spice
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 Christmas 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 post cards 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
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