Shopping at locally-owned stores is a great way to make Black Friday shopping more meaningful. It helps keep money in the community and strengthen the local economy. Furthermore, many of these boutiques are mission based, so your purchases do more than just buy consumer goods.
(Image: LIT Boutique)

(Image: LIT Boutique)

LIT Boutique
223 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 421-8637

LIT is the perfect place to shop for friends, sisters and mothers. This beautifully curated women’s boutique has a great selection of apparel that includes all of the latest trends. However, it is sometimes hard to shop for clothes for other people, so make sure to check out LIT’s selection of accessories. Between its beautiful scarves, affordable jewelry and head-turning shoes, it is easy to find a gift for every woman.

(Image: Follain)


53 Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 284-7078

Follain has taken the Boston beauty scene by storm. Opened in the summer of 2013, Follain has become one of the most popular bath and body boutiques because of its incredible commitments to health, wellness and the environment. Its products are non-toxic and highly effective. The soaps and lotions make the perfect gifts for women or men. The small, South End boutique will be open on Black Friday and also has an online shop, for those who don’t live in Boston. The store employees are extremely knowledgeable, so shopping at Follain in person is the best way to get started in eco-beauty shopping.
Walpole, MA
(888) 320-7806

ClimateStore is a new Massachusetts-based startup with the goal of providing products and ideas to help consumers reduce their carbon footprints and mitigate climate change. Each of the 300+ products sold on the website help curb an individual’s impact on climate change. Purchasing a gift from ClimateStore not only supports this new business, founded on Earth Day 2014, but also shows commitment to environmental sustainability. Some of its most popular products include solar backpacks, hand-carved wood drying racks, LED decorative lighting and more. There are some really great gifts for new homeowners. On Black Friday, the website will feature markdowns as low as 50 percent off.

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Shake the Tree
67 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-0484

Shake the Tree is a trendy and eclectic boutique in Boston’s ever-bustling North End. For more than 15 years, Shake the Tree has “provided a selection of wonderfully curated gifts including candles, chic kitchen items, jewelry and accessories.” It is the perfect place to shop on Black Friday for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, gifts for newlyweds or new homeowners and more. In addition to basic accessories, Shake the Tree also has some gorgeous clothing, books, baby toys and even perfumes. It is the best one-stop-shop for all of your gift-giving needs.



Ku De Ta
663 E. Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-0008

Ku De Ta is one of the trendiest women’s boutiques in Boston. With locations in South Boston and Chestnut Hill, it is easy to get to, and even more easy to find gifts for friends and family inside. This is an especially good spot to shop for teen girls and 20-somethings. The helpful sales associates will be able to help find the perfect gift on Black Friday – after all, the store was founded by young Boston women and has quickly become one of the best boutiques in the city. While the true sales will be the next day – Small Business Saturday – both Friday and Saturday will be perfect for taking advantage of Ku De Ta’s selection.

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on