Best of Boston

BEST Gifts

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»

1996 BEST Gifts, Housewarming

F. Kia

Boston

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»

1995 BEST Gifts, Wedding, Inexpensive

Simon Pearce

Boston

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»

1995 BEST Gifts

Artful Hand Gallery

Boston

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»

1994 BEST Gifts, Distinctive, for the Home

Henry Solo

Boston

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

Boston

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

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»

1993 BEST Gifts, Unusual

The Artful Hand Gallery

Boston

From jewelry to furniture and everything in between, this gallery has something for every taste. The hand-blown glass from thumb-size miniatures to slender Art Noveau orbs are stunning examples of the glassblower’s art. And they are modestly priced. read more»

1989 BEST Gifts, for Women

O’Rama’s

Marblehead

Victorian picture frames, frilly froufrous, sugar and spice and everything nice. read more»

1989 BEST Gifts, Under $50

Crate & Barrel

For gifts you never knew you needed—say, a fish grill or a cafetière—but now can’t live without. read more»