Local (and Last Minute) Holiday Gift Guide

In classic 2020 fashion, you may have noticed that things are taking a little bit longer to ship than normal (because we might as well end the year with a bang, right?) I ordered a few items just last week only to find out that they won’t in fact arrive prior to Christmas. December 8?! Who would think that that would be a date to cause holiday stress. Normally, I wouldn’t even have to splurge on rush shipping at that point. But this year, that is just not the case. If you, like millions of other people have yet to start your holiday shopping because it hasn’t yet hit you that Christmas is just over a week away, we’ve got you covered with a local and last minute holiday gift guide. Besides, this is the year to support local small businesses in your community–more so than ever before. These are the go-to gifts that are still sure to put a smile on your loved one’s faces when that item you originally bought them online just isn’t going to make it in time.

A book. I don’t know about you, but I have done more reading this year than in any year past. The best thing about books is that there is truly a book out there for everyone. Cookbooks, coffee table books, or the latest best-sellers, find a local book shop to support and pick out something to add to your recipient’s personal library. A few of our local favorites are Copper Dog Books in Beverly or Wicked Good Books in Salem (how fitting is that name?!)

A gift card to their favorite local restaurant. While we all miss the atmosphere of being able to go in & enjoy our favorite restaurants, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy via takeout or delivery. They get a meal they love, and you get the joy of supporting a local business that needs all of the help they can get from their local community. Sounds like a win-win to me! Pick their favorite, or theirs, or do a mix of a few for a gift of (stay-at-home) date nights that keeps on giving.

A candle. If I had to guess, I probably have somewhere around 15 candles throughout my home right now, but it’s NEVER too many. With everyone spending so much time in our homes, we might as well make them smell nice and feel cozy. The Spotted Hound in Marblehead has the BEST selection of small-batch candles, and I’m not just saying that because I know the owner šŸ™‚ While you’re there, check out the rest of the shoppe for the cutest curated selection of vintage & found home decor, treasures, & trinkets. You could probably find something for everyone on your list in here, honestly.

Art supplies. Thinking outside the box (literally, outside of the big-box art stores) allows your mind to wander to something that you may not know exists-local art shops! Ray Art in Marblehead has a wonderful selection of art supplies for all mediums. Just walking into the store makes me want to create something every single time I go in. They also have a cheeky selection of greeting cards along with lots of other fun things that would be perfect to pick up for the art lover in your life!

Handmade jewelry. There’s something about handmade jewelry that really says “hey, I saw this and I thought of you” because it feels so personal and special. We’ve been loving Boho North who is located in Danvers (but ships across the country!) and also sells at local shops such as the Spotted Hound in Marblehead, the Merry Lion in Wakefield, as well as various other local pop-ups around the North Shore. The owner ships super quick locally so there’s still time to get it under the tree before the big day. Check out the online shop for yourself to see just how cute all of these handmade clay earrings are! Do some research and find a local handmade jeweler to support near you.

DIY art or decor. Get your creative thinking cap on and create something. Pick up a paint brush, a pencil, or make a homemade ornament. The best gifts are the ones that truly come from the heart.

A plant or planter (or both!). Just like candles, there’s no such thing as too many plants. A live plant in a cute planter is always a good idea. Oak and Moss in Salem has some really great planters (as well as a plethora of other home decor items for everyone on your list!) and there are so many local florists to buy a cute little succulent or cool plant from.

Sustainable goods for the environmentalist in your life. MacRae’s in Marblehead has the cutest selection of everything sustainable, from cleaning supplies to personal care to compostable phone cases to miscellaneous decor and accessories. A company with a mission to use less plastic and work towards a cleaner world–another win-win! (AND, their company logo color is very similar to ours which is even better!)

Sweet (or savory) gift baskets from your local chocolatier or specialty grocery store. Who doesn’t love holiday goodies in the form of candies, chocolates, cheeses, crackers, nuts, cookies, etc? I will never complain about a food gift and a personalized goodie basket from your in-town specialty store or candy store is sure to please! There are plenty of candy shops, bakeries, and specialty grocery stores out there, we love Stowaway Sweets in Marblehead and Harbor Sweets in Salem, as well as Shubie’s Market in Marblehead for a variety of delicious treats.

Ornaments. A few years back, I had a friend who used an ornament as a gift adornment on the outside of the wrapping and I thought that was such a great idea! It actually inspired me in my own wrapping last year to use wood slice monogram tags as the name tag on the gift, which could then be used as a personal ornament rather than just throwing the tag out. It was a big hit! No matter how full your tree is, there is always room for one more.

Don’t worry, 6 days is totally enough time to get out there and shop local (luckily there are several safe options to do that right now!) and find the perfect last minute gifts for all of your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

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