Move over, Oprah! There’s a new gift guide in town.
You know what’s NOT one of my favorite things? Mega-corporate shopping sites that were toxic to our economy even before we became home-bound, mired in a pandemic, and dependent on online shopping. While I know it’s not always feasible, I like to support small and independent businesses as much as I can. But that’s easier said than done. So, this year, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite small businesses, with the hope of both supporting them during these difficult times AND making someone else’s holiday shopping a little easier.
HERE WE GO!
Wonderfully handmade European-style style chocolates. I especially recommend the signature assortments and the caramels.
Jasper Hill Farm
While Moses Sleeper is my fav, all their cheeses are delish.
Blake Hill Preserves
Sweet and savory Jams and preserves, including some no added sugar ones. Don’t miss the black currant with wild mint jam.
The Boston Shaker
ALL the cocktail ingredients, tools, and books one could desire. I especially dig the Owl & Whale Sea Smoke bitters.
Every flavor of these cookies are like the best, most classic versions of themselves.
They sadly don’t ship their (fantastic) beer, but they do ship their merch and coffee blends.
I’m a sucker for a gothy brewery, especially if they have good beer. (Especially the stouts and IPAs.)
Gourmet chocolatier especially know for authentic and historic chocolate drinking elixirs.
Gourmet confections specializing in handcrafted marshmallows.
Raw, sustainable infused honeys with some incredible flavors. One of my favorite gifts!
Indie bookstore in Brookline, MA.
Porter Square Books
Indie bookstore in Cambridge, MA.
Local comics shop with a wide selection of funky/hard to find/vintage toys and collectibles.
Bookshop of Beverly Farms
Indie bookstore in Beverly, MA.
Pandemonium Books & Game
A bookstore and gaming store with a scifi/fantasy focus.
GIFTS & SUCH
Hive & Forge
Artisan clothing, soap, candles, jewelry, tarot cards & more.
Immensely cool Salem-based shop filled with gothy, steampunk, Victorian, & more offerings.
The Vermont Country Store
Gifts of all kinds with an old-fashioned flare.
High quality, handmade, and responsibly sourced pet treats.
Modern, witchy home goods from independent makers. (Salem-based, so you know it’s good.)
Witch City Wicks
Hand-crafted soy candles made in Salem, MA.
Fan Service Nails
A personal fav. Geek-themed nail polishes, perfumes, and other beauty items.