Enjoy a fun, festive environment at these local markets and boutiques while you find just the right gift for your loved ones this holiday season. The greater Cambridge area of Massachusetts can seem like a winter wonderland if you know the right places to explore and the right shops to peruse.
Joie De Vivre
Now here’s a boutique that will capture your imagination! Joie De Vivre caters to shoppers that are seeking something really special and perhaps a bit whimsical. Whether you are looking for something for a child or an adult, you can a present here. Among their treasures are figurines of dancers, novelty clocks, kaleidoscopes, science toys, watches, party favors, and customizable presents. 1792 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140, (617) 864-8188
You’ll feel welcome from the moment you walk in the doors of Ward’s Gifts. Take your time while perusing their many shelves full of goodies. You can find nice jewelry for your significant other. There are also toys and games for children. Also look for collectible and cool area souvenirs to give out-of-town guests who may be looking for something special to represent the Cambridge area. 44 High Street, Medford, MA, 02155, (781) 395-4099
Maxima Gift Center
As a lovely shop that prides itself in serving Arlington’s gift givers well, the Maxima Gift Center has a quaint store front complete with an archway-like entrance. It also houses a big variety of items, from chocolates to books to unique gifts for the home. There are even trinkets for stuffing those stockings. 212 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474, (781) 646-6835
This one-of-a-kind, artistic shop is located in Cambridge, and Abodeon features a hybrid of 20th and 21st century designs. Its proprietors are friendly, and they are happy to help you select just the right holiday present from their boutique. It’s a chic, upscale, and friendly place for finding unusual treasures for the home. 1731 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138, (617) 497-0137
Also in Cambridge, Tokai Gifts carries a plethora of crafts, gifts, and specialty items from Japan. You will find things that represent traditional Japanese culture as well as home decor and gift items that reflect modern culture in Japan. The boutique owners are happy to cater to special requests, too, if you already have a gift in mind. 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140, (617) 864-5922
It’s important to take time for yourself while doing a lot of holiday shopping to avoid the blues or a burn-out. After all, you don’t want to be grumpy for Christmas! So be sure to treat yourself to a nice lunch out while on the town. Try to stop and savor the holiday decorations in and around all the boutiques and markets. You just may find that holiday shopping in Cambridge becomes a tradition that you just adore!