Stuck in a shopping rut? As the season of gift giving is upon us, now is the perfect time to venture out to places you may have, perhaps, never gone to before. Try that funky little shop you’ve heard about, explore a neighborhood you usually only drive through or splurge at your favorite shop – getting to know it intimately like never before. To get you started – here are our top 5 spots for shopping, a perfect guide for this holiday season.
1 Newbury Street
Newbury Street is often thought of as the Mecca for Boston shopping and grooming. Whether you want to go for the simple spa or salon gift certificate or want to find that one of a kind gem, there are plenty of places to choose from up and down Newbury Street. For gifts with that artistic flair, check out the The Society of Arts and Crafts for truly unique gift options. The chef or want to be at home gourmet in your life is sure to love anything coming from the fabulously well equipped Kitchen Wares. And who doesn’t love a little cashmere for the winter months? Try The Best of Scotland Cashmere Outlet for the best of the best for men and women in a variety of styles.
Newbury Street runs from Massachusetts Ave. to Arlington St. and parallel to Boylston St. and Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, Boston
2 Beacon Hill
The quiet little strip of stores in and around Charles Street in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill are precious gems to residents of the area few others are generally privy to. Find some of the best boutique, art and specialty boutiques in this very quaint and cozy corner of Boston. Some to try include Wish for trendy ladies clothes and accessories, Elegant Findings for fine European porcelains, furniture and home décor or for help picking out the best wines or other holiday libations, visit Beacon Hill Wine and Spirits.
Beacon Hill runs from Storrow Drive to the State House and from the Public Gardens to Mass General.
3 South End
The past decade or so has been quite kind to Boston’s South End. Home to so many buzz worthy spots to dine, shop and explore it seems there is something new discover in the South End. If your holiday gift list includes delivering tasty treats to your loved ones, Flour is a must stop spot to have your list (whether you choose from their daily offerings or pick up their cookbook to make some yourself). If a hot pair of new kicks or a street shredding skateboard is a must, Laced is sure to be your next stop. Or for a full line of men’s apparel, visit Uniform.
The South End is generally thought of as Columbus Ave. to the Mass Pike and Massachusetts Ave. to E. Berkeley St.
4 North End
Shopping in the North End, it is very tempting to give in to the alluring scents of garlic that roam through the streets and the call of a good glass of red wine, and we say – why try to control yourself? Shopping after a little red wine is more fun anyhow. Some spots to try out once you are ready to shop are Filthy Rich of Boston, specializing in the costume jewelry of the stars; Injeanius for designer jeans; Lit, a ladies’ clothing boutique; and Shake the Tree for a great mix of modern and vintage styles.
The North End is located inside the belt of Causeway, Commercial, Atlantic Ave and Cross St.
5 Copley Place Mall
Chances are you have been in the Copley Place Mall. Maybe just to cut across Back Bay in the warmth of the mall during this chilly season or you may be a regular at Neiman Marcus. Maybe you even ventured here for that special trip to Tiffany’s. But you may not have explored all of the fabulous shops and boutiques here. Check out the beautiful home furnishings at Bellezza, select one of kind gifts for infants and toddlers at Mila Lilu, get the latest electronics at Sony Style, or select something sexy at Wolford.
Copley Place Mall is located at 100 Huntington Ave, Copley Place, Boston 617.262.6600