Best of Boston

Best Gifts

2008 Best Gifts, Shower, Eco-Friendly


Jamaica Plain
Shopping for an earth-mother-to-be? Consider feel-good products that actually feel good—like the ones at three-year-old Hatched, whose soft cotton diapers, soothing all-natural lotions, and cloudlike [...] read more»
2007 Best Gifts


Owner Paul Niski culls the world for art and oddments seldom seen here in Boston, and consequently Good's inventory of goods—which run the gamut from [...] read more»
2006 Best Gifts

Wild Goose Chase

We know: It's better to give than to receive. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Frankly, we beg to differ. But when we have to do [...] read more»
2005 Best Gifts

Wild Goose Chase

Birthdays. Anniversaries. Mondays. Gifted gift-givers can always find occasions (however obscure) worth buying for. And Wild Goose Chase's eclectic crafts and handmade housewares make it [...] read more»
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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] read more»
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, [...] read more»