623 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
The name really says it all. Motley prides itself on its Motley collection of goods. Whether you’re looking for clothes, home goods, silly stocking stuffers or cool coffee table books, you can find them all in this one place. You’ll also fall in love with the prices. No matter what your budget for Black Friday shopping, Motley can meet all of your needs. The shop is fun, funky and fresh.
579 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
Who doesn’t let themselves indulge a little for the holidays? When it comes to Felicity Sweets, the hard part isn’t finding a gift for everyone on your list, it’s trying to walk out of the store without buying a few sweet gifts for yourself. From sweet craft chocolates to kits to make your own cake in a coffee cup, there are tons of great gift ideas at Felicity Sweets. And if you find yourself having a hard time deciding, the staff is great at helping you narrow down your choices.
101 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
If you’re headed to Black Ink on Black Friday, be sure to plan to spend a lot of time there. The store is filled with such a fun and eclectic mix of items that you’ll want to be sure to give yourself time to “oohh” and “ahhh” over every little thing. The store really shines for Christmas as you can stock up on lovely little holiday-themed housewares for yourself. It also has a great selection of whimsical cards and gift wraps.
60 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
While many people are jumping on the buy-local, buy-handmade bandwagon, there are still plenty of people on your list who want something luxuriously brand name. Do you give the people what they want or do you stay true to your ideal and shop local? Why not do both? Enter Louis Boston. At this department store, you will find a whole host of nationally and internationally recognized brand name clothing, handbags and accessories. But the store is as local as it can get. Created in the 1800s, Louis Boston has been owned and operated in Boston by the same family ever since. You can still buy recognizable brand name goods and be supporting a local business at the same time.
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Shake the Tree
67 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
Shake the Tree is another great Boston boutique that features a little something for everyone. It has a wide selection of gift items ranging from jewelry to housewares and clothing to perfume. What really makes this store shine is just how local its flavor really is. You’ll find that the shop not only carries a wide range of Boston artisans, designers and artists, but that it hosts a series of events featuring local Bostonians too. From local authors to local shop owners, Shake the Tree really does highlight the best of Boston both in store and during its special events.
Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.