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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 one-of-a-kind pottery pieces from the UK, Europe, and local areas, an array of linens and cushions, and a smattering of handmade jewelry pieces and other fashion accessories, including handbags and silk-printed scarves from RISD.

The Mall at Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, 617-244-4468,