Best of Boston

BEST Gifts

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

1996 BEST Gifts, Artsy



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


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»

1996 BEST Gifts, Housewarming

F. Kia


The majority of these specialty items are produced by local artists. From frames made of old printer’s type to revamped dressers with industrial-size wheels in place of legs, you’re sure to find a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on… read more»

1996 BEST Gifts, African American

Treasured Legacy


Rosalyn Elder opened this gallery/bookshop almost four years ago to make African American culture both approachable and affordable, and to foster a sense of artistic heritage that had been lacking in the community. Elder offers reproductions by such celebrated African… 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»

1995 BEST Gifts, Wedding, Inexpensive

Simon Pearce


At this shop you’ll find an abundance of sparkling glasses, goblets, pitchers, vases, and bowls at very reasonable prices. For real bargains, check out the slightly irregular merchandise in the little loft. read more»

1994 BEST Gifts, Distinctive, for the Home

Henry Solo


Whether it’s a delightful display of decorated birdhouses or a fetching arrangement of hand-painted plates, the windows always lure us inside this tiny shop, brimming with things we suddenly decide we cannot live without. read more»

1994 BEST Gifts, Wrapping Paper

Museum of Fine Arts


Even the merest trifle takes on special significance when wrapped in one of the beautiful gift papers form the MFA gift shop. read more»

1993 BEST Gifts, Wrapping Paper

J. Oliver’s of Boston


No matter what the gift, this shop has the wrap. The racks of beautiful papers in every motif imaginable—from botanicals to gilt medieval prints—are a visual feast. What’s more, the sheets are sold individually, so you don’t get stuck with… read more»