The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!
If you’re traveling to Boston this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
Olives & Grace
Start your holiday shopping at the store voted “Best Gifts” by Boston Magazine! Founded by Sofi Madison, Olives & Grace is dedicated to community building, which it pursues through storytelling, workshops, and its team of local makers. Olives & Grace offers a “curtsy to the makers” by providing a home for local craftspeople to get their start selling their wares on their journey to entrepreneurship. You’re bound to find something for everyone on your list here, with items ranging from curated gift boxes, specialty food items, handcrafted gifts, and a line of social-distancing products.
This Black-owned small business is the place to get cool T-shirts for the social justice conscience folks on your shopping list! 195essential was launched this year by a father and daughter team with a mission: supporting essential workers during the pandemic. A percentage of all proceeds goes to charities such as Nutre’s “Feeding Heroes” initiative, which gives meals to nurses and doctors in the Greater Boston area. The shirts offered in the shop feature artwork by local designers along the themes of voting, Pride, activism, and essential workers. This business doesn’t actually have a physical storefront, but since they’re based in Boston you shouldn’t have to wait too long for shipping!
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
No trip to Boston would be complete without a shopping trip at Faneuil Hall. Take your time and savor some delicious local food while you’re exploring the over 100 shops and pushcarts in this historic building. A few highlights include:
· The nonprofit America’s National Parks Store, which supports Boston’s National Parks sites. Located near the National Parks Service Visitor Center desk, you can browse a curated selection of educational gifts and books.
· Whether your shopping for your furry friend or an animal lover on your list, Wags and Whiskers is the place to go. They have an assortment of toys and accessories for cats and dogs, as well at pet-themed products for humans. A purrfect bonus is that 10% of every T-shirt sale is donated to an animal shelter!
Boston Logan International Airport
Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Boston. Don’t worry, the Boston Airport has you covered! This massive airport has a ton of options, but here are a few of the great shops you’ll find inside:
· New England Collections, with locations in all terminals, has an assortment of Boston-themed apparel.
· If you’re shopping for kids, check out Natalie’s Candy Jar in Terminal C for sweet treats and stocking stuffers.
· In Terminal A, BookLink has an assortment of small gifts and books.