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10 Boston-Themed Gifts for the City Slicker on Your List

Forget Harvard t-shirts and skyline prints. This elevated Boston swag will make for more memorable presents.


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The BOSTON Throw Blanket, $120
Olives & Grace, 623 Tremont St., Boston
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Consider this throw the updated version of those ubiquitous Massachusetts town blankets (you know, the kind draped over your grandma’s couch). This cozy cotton number won’t let you forget where you’re from, thanks to big, bold letters and exclamation points.

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Somerville High Crimson Hat, $25
Local Supply Co., 21 Union Square, Somerville
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Nothing says “high school” like a maroon-and-gold color combo. This Somerville High hat is adjustable (read: one size fits all), so you can gift it to a Somerville townie, an actual high schooler, or anyone in between.

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Boston Skyline Bamboo Board, $36
Greentail Table, 343 Watertown St., Newton
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Decorated with burn marks, this bamboo cutting board features a bubbly interpretation of the city skyline. It’s a practical present for home cooks, and could double as a cheeseboard for wine aficionados with hometown spirit.

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Boston Citgo Sign Wall Hanging, $39
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Nix a traditional Citgo sign art print in favor of this tapestry-like wall hanging. And you can forget about Command strips—this bad boy comes with a wooden dowel and cotton yarn for easy hanging.

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MBTA Salt & Pepper Shakers, $19.95
Leavitt & Peirce, 1316 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
leavittandpeirce.com

Behold, the most novel of novelty salt and pepper shakers. Salt goes in the Green Line car and pepper goes in the Red Line car, if you were wondering.

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Teal Triple-Decker Pin, $10
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Affix a likeness of one of New England’s most iconic buildings onto your jean jacket with this teal triple-decker pin. Crafted by Somerville-based artist Juliet Eldred, the miniature three-story homes measure 1.5 inches tall.

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Jamaica Plain Floral T-Shirt, $28
On Centre, 676 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
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Know a JP resident who also delights in floral print? This green unisex tee is an obvious gift choice. It’s available at one of Jamaica Plain’s cutest gift shops, On Centre.

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Boston Skyline Ring, $79.95
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If you’ve ever wanted to have Boston wrapped around your finger, this skyline ring should do the trick. It features itty bitty versions of Faneuil Hall, 111 Huntington Ave., Boston University, the Hancock Tower, Harvard, MIT, the Pru, and Trinity Church.

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MBTA Map Tie, $44
1735 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
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The sharply dressed transit nerd in your life will likely appreciate this accessory. You know who’d also enjoy it? Your favorite T operator.

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JP Tote Bag, $18
On Centre, 676 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
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Stamped with Jamaica Plain’s zip code, this tote is basically a JP dweller status symbol. It measures just over a foot wide.