Christmas decor showcases a gambit of personal styles, from precious homemade gifts from family to golden eggs and silken ribbons wrapped in bows placed lovingly upon trees of all sizes and shapes. Boston’s original shops and boutiques enjoy this season for it’s versatility, offering glittering gold & shimmering silver trinkets. Find expertly crafted wooden sculptures painted in bold red, blues, yellows and greens while perusing any of the Boston area stores, where exciting ideas are bound to follow. The choices are ample at any of these local places to buy Christmas ornaments.
Cambridge Artists Cooperative
59A Church St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Cambridge Artists Cooperative is located in Harvard Square, a contemporary gallery of American craft work showcasing over two hundred artists unique designs found nowhere else in the country. Exploring the gallery for unique homemade ornaments will be one stop in the day to look forward to. Among its offerings, you’ll find gifts suitable for corporate affairs, weddings and of course that special something that will give your home decorating just the right panache. Ceramics, jeweled creations, glass — the list of options are as numerous as the number of talented artists that make the gallery an exceptional place to drop in and take a peek during the holiday season.
1741 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Nomad, for urban explorers, offers a wide collection of vintage ornaments this year. There are folk art crafts and hand carved wooden trinkets ranging from the most delicate to the large wooden bowls used in serving a fabulous meal for the evening. Located nearest the Porter Square section on Mass Ave, the trip to Nomads may be the only one you’ll have to make for the feel of colonial artifacts. Nomad staff recently traveled to Havana and Trinidad, Cuba, returning with specialty items selected especially for its Boston patrons. Artisans from the region, off-beat museums and cultural fiestas were carefully perused to stock the shelves of Nomad with memorabilia of the highest quality fit for the most experienced of urban explorers.
Joie De Vivre
1792 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Joie De Vivre is a favorite little shop that is one of the best kept secrets in Cambridge. From classic to downright wacky, there are ornaments-a-plenty for all ages. How about a singing hamster or mind altering fish? Well, maybe it’s best to chose for yourself. The antics along with the cultured sleek ornaments are shelved side by side; this is one shop that is not a ‘drive by’ experience. It’s not uncommon to decide suddenly the tree needs a Niel Bohr atom mobile instead of star at the top (just ask the shops owner Linda Given). Delight the family with a few fresh and unexpected ornaments this year.
1168 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
Sterling, pottery, bakelite/plastics, and glass all vintage & antique articles are featured at Streamline Antiques, a list that barely scratches the surface in its inventory. Remember the world’s fair? Did you miss the chance to gather memorabilia that year? Take a trip to this informal little shop that has been the talk of the town with it’s art deco, 50s era, added 60s funk and beyond. The shelves are stocked well with trips three times a year to famous antique shows across the nation. Each and every item found at Streamline Antiques is a collectible, start one today and be sure to return each year. Its bound to become a tradition to stop at this marvelous creation of Lynda Watson, who started this little wonder with her own personal collection she amassed over loving years in love with Art Deco.
676 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Finding a fun place to shop in the heart of Jamaica Plain just got a lot easier. The place for ornaments that are a bit quirky and definitely unique is called On Centre. The hours of operation are a bit quirky as well — it may be best to call ahead if making the trip for the first time. Is it worth it? Absolutely. On Centre is on a mission to bring its customers the type of Christmas delights people write home about. A colorful menagerie surrounds its patrons the moment you step into this quaint spot. Help yourself to a delightful hors d’oeuvre or two or three, and it may not be easy to chose which item to bring home, so bring them all. This is the season to enjoy the shopping experience. On Centre staff will be delighted you came the prices make it the perfect fit for any occasion.
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