Best of Boston

BEST Gifts

2002 BEST Gifts, West

Long’s Jewelers

Burlington

Momentous milestones deserve momentous gifts. Find them all at this elegant but comfortable family-run store, where shelves and glass cases are filled with crystal (classic Kosta Boda, shimmering Waterford, and glowing Lalique), Howard Miller clocks, and Lladró porcelain. If wearable… read more»

2001 BEST Gifts, Baby

Ray Flynn’s book

John Paul II: The Personal Portrait of the Pope and the Man, which Flynn sent to Swift when she gave birth to twins. That should put them to sleep at night. read more»

2000 BEST Gifts

Essentia

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, homespun earnestness. Instead, the wares are stylish. On offer are… read more»

1999 BEST Gifts, Baby

Lester Harry’s

Marblehead

This store offers a mix of apparel, bedding and accessories, furniture, and eclectic items for infants and toddlers. Other times include sterling silver charm bracelets for kids, handmade, quilts, spoons, Moses baskets—in short, not your standard mall-store fare. read more»

1998 BEST Gifts, Housewarming

Fresh Eggs

Boston

After starting her stylish housewares store, F.kia, Ned Hand launched a second store stocked with chic furniture. But mixed in are some smart choices for gifts. Look for the stainless steel kitchen accouterments, beautiful glass items, tablewear, and linens. The… read more»

1997 BEST Gifts, Housewarming

Sweet Peas Home

Boston

This cheerful shop in Back Bay offers a selection of creative, user-friendly items for the home—hand-painted furniture, small handmade gift items. The staff is particularly helpful, especially if you’re trying to pick something up for that person who has everything. read more»

1996 BEST Gifts

Artisans Gift Gallery and Cafe

Charlestown

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 gifts, CD storage racks, mirrors, photo albums, and classy cards… read more»

1996 BEST Gifts

Oriental Gift and Design

Boston

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 items such as intricately hand-carved wooden chest. read more»

1996 BEST Gifts, Artsy

Artsmart

Boston

Life’s little necessities—from CD racks to toothbrush olders—artfully wrought, along with terrific accessories for the home, in two tantalizing shops. read more»

1996 BEST Gifts, Wacky Ideas

Pluto

Jamaica Plain

The place to go if you’re searching for that unusual, eyebrow-raising gift. Clothing, jewelry, mirrors, clocks, magnets, gargoyles, Keith Haring cards—and even “woogie lamps” (those revolving lamps with figures cut out of the shade). read more»