Best of Boston

Best Gifts

2017 Best Gifts


When you’re over hipster onesies and cheeky monogrammed totes, venture to Nomad for rare objects that will remind your favorite dinner-party host of travels to […] read more»
2016 Best Gifts

Flat of the Hill

Flat of the Hill has everything you want but didn’t know you needed: handmade platters from Mariposa, sumptuous Finn & Co. fragrances, Sara Happ lip […] read more»
2015 Best Gifts


You can’t help but smile at the fetching, affordable curios at this Somerville shop: stylish tumblers and flasks for beer lovers, Ex-Libris journals made from […] read more»
2014 Best Gifts

Olives & Grace

In keeping with her whimsical shop’s slogan, “a curtsy to the makers,” owner Sofi Madison can tell you the tale behind each small-batch snack, bracelet, […] read more»
2012 Best Gifts

Gift at the Gardner

Unveiled as part of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s new wing in January, this shop’s jewelry, housewares, books, and children’s items are crafted by artists […] read more»
2011 Best Gifts


North Adams
When you want to get a truly original gift for your best friend or the happy couple, this is the place to come. Run by […] read more»
2011 Best Gifts

Simon Pearce

With artfully arranged pedestals of bowls, vases, and handcrafted housewares, Simon Pearce comes off more like an MFA gallery than a gift shop. These pieces, […] read more»
2010 Best Gifts, For Kids

Stellabella Toys

Whether you’re the grandma seeking something educational or the free-spirited auntie who extols the virtues of dress-up, Stellabella has gifts sure to please you—and, er, […] read more»
2010 Best Gifts, For Weddings


Sure, you could pick out a nice blender from the registry. But for a more original present, hit up Abodeon. The store’s vintage and modern […] read more»
2010 Best Gifts, For Him

The Boston Shaker

Most men appreciate a stiff one (we’re talking drinks, people). And most men enjoy impressing others with their knowledge of crafting a good stiff one […] read more»
2010 Best Gifts, For Her


When you’re looking to impress, skip the lame box of chocolates and head to Passport in Harvard Square. Inspired by her own adventures, owner Jessica […] read more»
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 […] read more»
2009 Best Gifts, South

La Petite Maison

A baby boutique, home décor haven, and antiques shop rolled into one and tied with a fetching French bow, La Petite Maison spans gift-giving needs […] read more»
2009 Best Gifts


A tightly focused inventory is all well and good for precision shoppers. For hapless procrastinators—the other 99 percent of us—less focus and more serendipity goes […] read more»
2009 Best Gifts, West


In the overflowing box marked ‘Good Idea at the Time,’ you’ll find, along with DIY plumbing and getting bangs, plenty of gift-buying impulses gone wrong. […] read more»