Boston Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year again! Time to wrack your brain for the perfect item for everyone on your gift list. You don't want to break the bank, but no one wants to be a cheapskate gift giver either. Who said holiday shopping was easy? Luckily we've combed the best of what Boston has to offer and found the ultimate sources for gifts for him, her, and the little ones too. Here's to happy loved ones and a stress-free holiday season. (Photo: Black Ink, courtesy of Apartment Therapy)

Updated: October 21, 2009

Gifts for Men in Boston

Black Ink

5 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

If the male gift recipient in your life doesn't need anything, per se, but gets a kick out of knickknacks and doodads, you'll find the perfect gift for him at this Harvard square store that sells lot of, well, stuff. For the writer or obsessive list-maker, there are attractive notebooks and pads, and the organizational freak will appreciate thoughtfully designed clips, containers, office supplies and more.

The Boston Shaker

69 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

If a certain someone you know enjoys moonlighting as a bartender, show support for his hobby and get him the finest materials. The Boston Shaker has all of the drink-mixing paraphernalia to set up the dapper host with the most: martini glasses, recipe books, specialty bitters and syrups. Nothing wrong with a guy who can mix a proper cocktail.

Ball & Buck

3 Lewis St, Boston, MA 02129

Good quality American-made men's apparel is not easy to find, but Ball and Buck's hip yet rugged and outdoorsy collection fits the bill. Think sturdy boots, soft leather belts, warm scarves and well-made button-down shirts: just don't be surprised if he takes up a sudden interest in the great outdoors.

Gifts for Women in Boston


54 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Diamonds are overrated. For the gal who wants something unique, TistiK offers an exciting array of accessories that come from artisan jewelry makers in Mexico. The collections include elegant silver rings and bracelets as well as bold, colorful statement pieces. An added bonus, included with each piece is the name and bio of the designer so she'll know it was handmade with care.


22a College Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

Artifaktori may have the highest concentration of vintage goods per square inch in the Boston area. Located on a nondescript block off of Davis Square, Artifaktori packs in an impressive selection of dresses, satchels, boots, shoes, jewelry and more. If you see something you want to gift, though, it would be wise to snatch it up immediately. The gems of the bunch do not stay around long in this shop.

Bina Osteria

581 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

While a trip to Italy may not be in the cards, you can surely bring Italy to her in the form of gastronomic delights. Yes, Bina is a lovely restaurant, but less known is its alimentari, the attached food shop with a hunger-inducing selection of cured meats, cheeses, rich olive oils, pastries, pasta, wine and more--all perfect for gifting. And who wants the hassle of the airport anyway?

Gifts for Kids in Boston

Twinkle Star Boutique

7 Upland Rd, Cambridge, MA 02140

This friendly and laid-back children's store has a wide selection of clothing and toys. The shop has everything you're looking for--from the hottest new toys to comfortable shoes to cozy pajamas. And if you want to be the coolest gift-giver on the block, check out the selection of printed T-shirts.

Magic Beans

312 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

Adults have been known to use every possible gift-giving opportunity as an excuse to visit Magic Beans. Even the most serious grownup can get lost in wonderment amongst the games, dolls, puzzles and books. The selection is dizzying and includes everything from the trendiest Silly Bandz to the most classic board games. If you're clueless as what kids these days like, the staff won't leave you hanging.