If you’re anything like me, you still have a lot of holiday shopping left to do. Personally, I love the hunt of finding the perfect gift and often discover the best ones when I’m under a little pressure. I also love to shopping locally, so today I’m going to share some ideas on where you can purchase presents made right here in Somerville!
City Chicks Classes: Billing themselves as 21st century home ec, you’re sure to learn a lot and have fun at City Chicks Classes, which cover everything from food to at-home haircuts and take place at Kitchen Inc. (201 Somerville Ave.). Either treat yourself to a class (some will teach you how to make holiday gifts, like glassware) or buy one for a friend (if you attend too, it’ll be a fun night out)!
The Collector: Located at 160 Highland Ave., the Collector has lots of treasures of the mid-century variety (though there are plenty of antique and industrial pieces as well) that are sure to please the decorator on your list.
Cuisine en Locale: These locavore chefs prepare tasty meals each week (think of the service like a cooked CSA) and offer gift certificates so you can share the love with the foodie in your life. (Or buy a meal package for yourself to make the holidays a little less stressful!)
e. scott originals: This small, cozy shop at 199B Highland Ave. is full of handcrafted jewelry from designer and fabricator Emily Scott that she creates onsite.
MEM Tea: While this company is no longer based in Somerville, you can still find it’s delicious brews all around town. Pick some up for the tea-drinker in your life!
Nibble: This colorful cookbook focuses on the culinary traditions of Union Square and all proceeds go to benefit the programs of the Somerville Arts Council.
Night Shift Beer: A bottle or two of Night Shift’s unique brews (think Viva Habanera, rye ale brewed with agave and aged habanera peppers) are the perfect thing to bring to a Yankee Swap, put in someone special’s stocking or bring as a hostess gift.
Union Press: This tiny letterpress shop churns out delightful handmade prints, some of which are Somerville-specific (like the new one done in collaboration with Magpie featuring several local squares).
Whats-Nü: A new boutique at 67 Holland St. in Davis Square that stocks sustainable, locally made clothing, art, jewelry and lifestyle products. A very unique selection!
Where’s your favorite place to shop in Somerville for gifts around the holidays?
P.S. Tomorrow I’ll have a round-up of where you can purchase locally made sweet treats to gift or serve at your holiday party! And this Thursday, Davis Square is hosting Midnight Madness, which means many shops will be open late and have special seasonal deals! You can find all the event details here.