The holiday season brings Boston shoppers to the streets to enjoy the fresh air or into the malls to escape the chill. Either way, you'll find the city decked out in its holiday best every day of December to encourage the holiday spirit.
As you pop into the shops along Newbury Street, where the trees are wrapped in glittering white lights that enhance the architectural detail in the brownstones that house the shops, you'll find yourself in a place that sets the ideal scene for holiday shopping. The sidewalks you traverse (hopefully) even have a dusting of snow.
While you enjoy the ambiance, you'll also find a mix of stores packed with goods along this iconic shopping street. Shreve Crump & Low is a traditional Boston jeweler that sells giftware in addition to jewelry. Well known in Boston, their Gurgling Cod flies off shelves as gifts year-round, but they're extra popular during the holiday season.
Nantucket Christmas Stroll — Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
Another outdoor experience not to overlook (and it's not just for tourists, either) is Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Here, big name stores live beside Boston specialty establishments, allowing you to find any type of gift you desire, be it a Boston tree ornament or a brand name purse.
Of note is Boston apparel retailer Lucy's League, which specializes in cute Boston apparel and accessories for the female sports fan. But the best part of shopping Faneuil Hall for the holiday is the cobblestone streets lit up to the music of the Pops for their holiday spectacular called Blink!.
Grab a hot chocolate, and take it all in as you shop-hop this car-free zone.
Indoors you'll find malls like The Prudential Center, Natick Mall, Burlington Mall and South Shore Plaza decked out in holiday decor and manned by their very own Santa Claus, ready and waiting for you to come by and strike a pose to help you remember the season for years to come.
These malls are the best in the area and have every store you can imagine, while keeping you out of the elements.
Make a trip to central Massachusetts and the flagship of Yankee Candle. This is an experience like no other, because the Yankee Candle flagship is a collection of stores that let you delve into the world of this area brand.
Enjoy shopping the over 400,000 candles in over 200 scents, all set in a spot that oozes New England charm. Enjoy hands-on activities and candle-making in addition to shopping.
Zoodopts — Photo courtesy of Zoo New England
If you'd prefer to skip the material goods and give an experience, the Boston area has great ideas for you.
Zoo New England lets you give something different to the animal lover on your list, like an an annual membership or the adoption of an animal via their Zoodopts program.
Meanwhile, area hotels – including The Nantucket – offer special holiday packages for the family. Here you can buy your family or someone special a gift certificate to enjoy the holiday season, be it the Holiday Stroll at the start of December or the events taking place for Christmas or New Year's.
Wherever you choose to do your shopping, be sure to seek out great gifts with roots in Boston. Even if that gift you're seeking is a Bosotn area experience rather than a material item, you'll be sure to find the one thing that will make the holidays special.
Guest room at the Nantucket — Photo courtesy of The Nantucket