Best of Boston

Best Gifts

1996 Best Gifts, Artsy

Artsmart

Boston
Life’s little necessities—from CD racks to toothbrush olders—artfully wrought, along with terrific accessories for the home, in two tantalizing shops. read more»
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 […] 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 […] read more»
1996 Best Gifts, African American

Treasured Legacy

Boston
Rosalyn Elder opened this gallery/bookshop almost four years ago to make African American culture both approachable and affordable, and to foster a sense of artistic […] 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»
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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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»
1989 Best Gifts, for Men

Walkers

Boston
What buckeroo wouldn’t want to sport a bolo tie with a scorpion in amber from Walkers? read more»
1989 Best Gifts, for Women

O’Rama’s

Marblehead
Victorian picture frames, frilly froufrous, sugar and spice and everything nice. read more»
1988 Best Gifts, for Yups

The Nature Company

Boston, Concord
Ecologically correct and perfectly meaningless. read more»
1987 Best Gifts, Baby and Children

The Shepherd and the Lamb

Arlington
One-stop source for books, music, toys, cards, and cunning cotton clothes. read more»