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BEST Gifts

2004 BEST Gifts, Martha's Vineyard

Midnight Farm

Vineyard Haven

You may not be looking for anything in particular when you enter Midnight Farm, but once you lay eyes on its quirky and exotic collection of clothing, housewares, bedding, and gifts, you’ll surely find an excuse to slap down your… 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 also tasteful), so buyers can rest assured their money will… 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 girlfriend-appropriate books to the Soular Therapy line of soaps and… read more»

2002 BEST Gifts, West

Long’s Jewelers


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


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


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


After starting her stylish housewares store,, 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


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


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»