Best Gifts in Boston

2015 Best Gifts



You can’t help but smile at the fetching, affordable curios at this Somerville shop: stylish tumblers and flasks for beer lovers, Ex-Libris journals made from recycled books for stationery geeks,…Read More

2014 Best Gifts

Olives & Grace


In keeping with her whimsical shop’s slogan, “a curtsy to the makers,” owner Sofi Madison can tell you the tale behind each small-batch snack, bracelet, necktie, and bar of soap…Read More

2013 Best Gifts

Black Ink


This was a winner in our 2013 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2013 winners…Read More

2012 Best Gifts

Gift at the Gardner


Unveiled as part of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s new wing in January, this shop’s jewelry, housewares, books, and children’s items are crafted by artists from all over the world….Read More

2011 Best Gifts

Simon Pearce


With artfully arranged pedestals of bowls, vases, and handcrafted housewares, Simon Pearce comes off more like an MFA gallery than a gift shop. These pieces, made by master potters and…Read More

2011 Best Gifts


North Adams

When you want to get a truly original gift for your best friend or the happy couple, this is the place to come. Run by two former art professors, Hudsons…Read More

2009 Best Gifts



A tightly focused inventory is all well and good for precision shoppers. For hapless procrastinators—the other 99 percent of us—less focus and more serendipity goes a long way, especially when…Read More

2007 Best Gifts



Owner Paul Niski culls the world for art and oddments seldom seen here in Boston, and consequently Good’s inventory of goods—which run the gamut from furniture to linens to pure…Read More

2006 Best Gifts

Wild Goose Chase


We know: It’s better to give than to receive. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Frankly, we beg to differ. But when we have to do the buying, we make our…Read More

2005 Best Gifts

Wild Goose Chase


Birthdays. Anniversaries. Mondays. Gifted gift-givers can always find occasions (however obscure) worth buying for. And Wild Goose Chase’s eclectic crafts and handmade housewares make it simple. The Brookline boutique sells…Read More

2004 Best Gifts

Flat of the Hill


Searching for the perfect gift can be a chore—unless you’re at Flat of the Hill. This cute shop stocks only things that are in style (providing, of course, that they’re…Read More

2003 Best Gifts

Flat of the Hill


After perusing the wares at Flat of the Hill, you’ll either wish you had more people to buy gifts for or you’ll break down and buy something for yourself. From…Read More

2000 Best Gifts


Chestnut Hill

See you later, Pottery Barn: Essentia is the perfect place to find a hostess, shower, or birthday gift. Accessories from this boutique have that handmade quality without smacking of hokey,…Read More

1996 Best Gifts

Oriental Gift and Design


For unusual gift ideas, this store offers gorgeous Asian silk robes and beautifully detailed prints and screens. there are plenty of inexpensive finds—wind chimes, figurines, and knicknacks—in addition to high-end…Read More

1996 Best Gifts

Artisans Gift Gallery and Cafe


An unlikely place to find Newbury Street-quality merchandise, but don’t be deterred by its setting hard by Foodmaster and Blockbuster Video. A small but lovely selection of art furniture, innovative…Read More

1995 Best Gifts

Artful Hand Gallery


A multi-year winner, and still the best place around for great handcrafted jewelry, hand-blown glass, terrific pottery, fabulous clocks, and other one-of-a kind items…Read More

1982 Best Gifts



The window is alluring, and once you’re inside, it’s tough to resist…Read More

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