Best of Boston

2009 Best Gifts, North

Peabody Essex Museum

Even if the proceeds didn’t benefit Asian-art mecca the Peabody Essex Museum, we’d still spend like drunken Qing-dynasty mandarins here. There are all-occasion gifts like Mariposa salad bowls alongside Far East-inspired finds both reverent (addictively collectible netsukes) and less so (pop-art trays printed with a bespectacled Pu Yi). Each new exhibit brings fresh goodies: Look for quirky jewelry and clothing to arrive this fall with ‘Rare Bird of Fashion,’ showcasing style icon Iris Apfel.

161 Essex St., Salem, 978-745-9500,