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Where to shop locally for New England-made gifts

Posted by Melissa Massello  December 12, 2013 05:11 PM

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Whether you prefer shopping in person to online or are just gathering gifts at the last minute this holiday season, these Boston stores make shopping for an abundance of made-in-New-England wares as easy as a day trip by T.

Here's how to celebrate New England's centuries-old arts & crafts traditions as well as modern makers with these stylish gift ideas for everyone on your list.


Farm & Fable
South End newcomer Farm & Fable not only specializes in a stunningly curated collection of vintage cookbooks and cookwares, owner Abigail Ruettgers seeks out and personally sources a growing number of "modern heirlooms" made in New England. Currently in stock: copper pans handmade in Rhode Island by Jim Hamann of East Coast Tinning, and these Nantucket Basket-style bowls (shown above) handmade by Ruettgers' own 95-year-old grandfather.

Olives & Grace
Since 2010, this South End shop — whose motto is "a curtsy to the makers" — has been advocating the art & pleasure of shopping small and locally by curating a top-notch selection of artisan and handcrafted specialty food & gift items. Stop by the shop this Saturday afternoon to sip on cocktails made with local jam while stocking up on repurposed pieces from Boston jewelry designer Anne Keane and Highland Single Malt Scotch caramels from Boston-based McCrea's Candies, among other treasures & pleasures.

Nothing tops a fashion-obsessed Boston gal's list this year more than the kilim bags and kilim shoes by local designer Millicent Armstrong of Artemis Design Co, stocked by the independent and locally owned Flock boutique on Shawmut Street — only one of three retailers to carry these sought-after items. While you're there, pick up additionally free-spirited fashion finds from dozens of other Made in USA clothing & accessory designers curated by mother-daughter owners Lisa Kupsc and Dani McDonald.

SAULT New England
For the sartorially modern guy, there is no reason to shop anywhere other than SAULT New England on Tremont Street in the South End. From custom stockings made from vintage flannels and chamois shirts right here in Mass. to New England-made grooming products from Portland General Store (handmade in Maine) and Ursa Major (handmde in Vermont), plus clothing from New England Shirt Co. and Fidelity Outerwear (both made in Mass.), SAULT is truly a one-stop-shop for your man, your Dad, brother, grandpa…basically everyone you know of masculine orientation.


Eat Boutique x Fringe Union Pop-Up Store
With these two local maker movement powerhouses teaming up for a single weekend, it might be too much Boston-made awesomeness to handle, but we encourage you to try — and bring all of your spending money. Not only will Fringe Union members and Somerville-based brands Cuppow, Repeat Press, and Foret Design be there selling their goods, Eat Boutique owner and small-batch-foods maven Maggie Battista will be on hand selling a curated selection of Made in USA gourmet food products, most likely including Dave's Coffee Syrup from Rhode Island, Fat Toad Farm goat's milk caramels from Vermont, and Chemex hand-blown glass coffeemakers from Western Mass. If you need additional convincing, cult-favorite independent bakery Union Square Donuts will be there serving up sweets & cider.

Magpie + Magpie Kids
If you've spent any time in Somerville in the last decade, you've no doubt stopped into Magpie in Davis Square for a quirky letterpress birthday card or ironic tee. As we all grow up, so too does our favorite gift shop, which opened Magpie Kids this year to serve Boston's hipster parents in search of quality made in USA toys, clothing, gear & more for their growing wee ones — like Maple Landmark's wooden trains, handmade in Vermont. If Midnight Madness is past your (and your kids') bedtime, stop into Magpie Kids this Saturday starting at 11 am for refreshments from Highland Ave bakery 3LittleFigs, portraits with Santa by local photographer Jeremy Heflin, face painting, and a sale!

The Boston Shaker
For everyone from the newbie craft cocktail adventurer to the master mixologist, Boston Shaker has you covered with locally made bitters — including a bitters tasting bar — cocktail guides from local authors, Jackson Cannon bar knives made in Massachusetts, even hand-blown glass tiki glasses made right here in Boston.

Showcasing a curated selection of independent and Made in USA fashion designers, Davis Square newcomer whats-nu is a much-needed Somerville resource for sustainable, local clothing, accessories & other lifestyle goods. From steampunk necklaces by local jewelry designer Ilana Krepchin to cowl-necked sweatshirt minidresses from AlenA Designs, it's a one-stop-shop for funky, eclectically Somervillen-style finds.

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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