Shopping

What’s In Store: Wrap It Up

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. Think of it as a chance to explore some of the city’s top indie boutiques and pick up the perfect gift for everyone on your list—and maybe even a little something for yourself.


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For the Host with the Most

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Myrth Ceramic tumbler, $34, Curio Spice

A freshly brewed pour-over tastes even better in this tumbler (3) from ceramists Abigail and Eric Smallwood, who work by day in high-profile design roles and craft a line of gracefully unrefined ceramics in their Allston studio in their free time.
2265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-1888, curiospice.com.

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Ted Muehling Large “Blade” silver vase, $315, E.R. Butler & Co

Known for his understated pieces mimicking organic shapes, New York City–based jeweler and designer Ted Muehling crafts this elegant vase (1) using metal produced by 100-plus-year-old silversmith Vienna Silver Factory. The plantlike showpiece needs no flowers to turn any room into an art gallery.
38 Charles St., Boston, 617-722-0230, erbutler.com.

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For the Hipster

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Vintage Japanese cotton-linen plaid scarf, $90, Covet + Lou

Covet + Lou proprietor Tina Burgos scours the globe for incredible vintage wares so you don’t have to. This raw-edge Japanese scarf (5) was made by patching together dyed dark-indigo cotton and linens, perfect for keeping your cool friend’s neck warm and stylish.
947 Great Plain Ave., Needham, 781-449-1408, covetandlou.com.

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Custom-built walnut turntable, $269, U-Turn Audio

In college, buddies and music lovers Ben Carter, Bob Hertig, and Peter Maltzan began building the record players they couldn’t afford to buy. Their ingenuity led to Woburn-based U-Turn Audio, which produces handmade, custom-built turntables (10).
uturnaudio.com.

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For the History Buff

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Reproduced 1675 map of Boston on fine art paper, $70, WardMaps

Browse Steven Beaucher’s antique map collection, 15 years in the making, at his Cambridge storefront, or shop his vast online database, where any rendering can be reproduced and framed to your liking.
1735 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-0737, wardmaps.com.

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Retrospecs 1944 “Everjax Ful-Vue” 12-karat-gold-filled frames, $845, EyeSpot

The closest you’ll come to traveling back in time and bringing home a souvenir, Retrospecs preserves antique eyewear by meticulously restoring frames from the 1890s to the 1980s to their original glory.
One Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-232-3303, eyespot.com.

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For the Style Maven

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Sibilia “Equilibrium” earrings, $98, Queen of Swords

Fernanda Sibilia works with a team of artisans in her native Buenos Aires to create a line of jewelry that reflects her colorful lifestyle, love of Latin-American art, and passion for travel—including these striking dangly earrings.
17 Hawkins St., Somerville, 617-718-0373, shopqueenofswords.com.

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Christina Lehr “Birch” sweater $398, Good

The daughter of New York–based designer Henry Lehr, Christina has continued her father’s legacy of making high-end clothing from superior fabrics that look incredible and feel so comfortable, they quickly become closet go-tos—like this classic cable-knit sweater made in Peru from baby alpaca fur.
98 Charles St., Boston, 617-982-6777, shopatgood.com.

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Art Lover

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Kim Baise paper-and-wood mobile, $65, December Thieves

Made from papier-mâché and repurposed materials, artist and designer Kim Baise’s brightly colored, bold mobiles are just the thing for the quirky collector.
88 Charles St., Boston, 617-982-6802, decemberthieves.com.

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Carmella Carney framed needlework, $450, Patch NYC

Talk about a family heirloom: Patch NYC founder Don Carney sketched this image on French burlap, which his mother, Carmella, later filled in with her needlework. As a final touch, Carney framed it in a gold vintage piece from his collection.
46 Waltham St., Boston, 617-426-0592, patchnyc.com.