South End Holiday Shopping Guide – Shop Local this Season!

December 18, 2015 |
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This holiday season, shop local and find something great for everyone on your list! Avoid the overcrowded parking lots and the long lines and head to the South End for all your gift-giving needs!


For the Fashionista: Flock

Start a new holiday  trend by stocking up on great items from Flock for all your fashion-forward friends.  Here you’ll find everything from cozy sweaters to that perfect little black dress- perfect for those holiday parties! Looking for some stocking stuffers? Check out the gifts-under-25!
274 Shawmut Ave., Boston MA 02118
(617) 391-0222

Christmas Gifts from Flock Boston


For the Foodie: Farm & Fable

This South End storefront boasts tons of foodie treasures.  With a huge collection of vintage and rare cookbooks as well as cooking supplies, any food lover would be satisfied with these delectable offerings! Be sure to ask about the Cookbook Book Club, meeting every month to explore new cookbooks and recipes!
251 Shawmut Ave, Boston MA 02118
(617) 451-1110

Farm and Fable Holiday


For the Don Draper: Bobby From Boston  

Tucked away on Thayer Street, this storefront specializes in vintage menswear and accessories. Step back in time and let shop owner Bobby hand-select ties, blazers, and cuff links that’ll make you feel like you’re on the set of Mad Men.

19 Thayer Street, Boston MA 02218
(617) 423-9299

Holiday Bobby's of Boston


For the In-Laws: Olives & Grace

Need to make some good impressions?

Olives & Grace can help you put together a custom gift package filled with goodies like hibiscus lavender syrup, beer and pretzel caramel, or a South End tote bag! Head to their website to start building your goodie bag, or go straight to the store check out their other great items!
623 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02218
(617) 236-4536

Holiday Olives & Grace


For the Curious Local or Visiting Guest: Bites of Boston Food Tours

Six local eateries in PLUS local history, architecture and culture all rolled into 3 tasty and informative hours?  A gift card from Bites of Boston Food Tours is sure to please the city-lover or out of town guest eager to learn more about  Boston’s South End and its eclectic food scene. The Sweet and Savory South End tour is perfect for locals and visitors alike! Tours run seasonally April – November but gift cards area available all year long.
(617) 413-1308

Boston Bites Food Tour


For the little ones: TadPole

Try not to hum songs from Babes in Toyland while walking through this fun-filled wonderland.  Here, you’ll find books, games, dolls, and stuffed animals sure to bring a smile to any child’s face.  Be sure to also check out the strollers and car seats if you’re shopping for new parents!
58 Clarendon St., Boston MA 02216
(617) 788-1788

Holiday Tadpole


For Dog Lovers : Polka Dog Bakery

Don’t be fooled by the name- the goods from this bakery are for Fido only! From hand made chewy dog treats to chicken strip jerky, the Polka Dog Bakery offers all kinds of treats that’ll be perfect for your furry friends.  Not only do they make all the treats in-house every day at their South End location, but they’re made with locally sourced ingredients. These treats are certainly worth sitting, staying, and fetching for!
256 Shawmut Ave, (617) 338-5155   

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For Your Parents: Stir Boston

Treat your parents to a night out by booking them a cooking class at famed Barbara Lynch’s teaching kitchen.  Whether they’re learning to make homemade Italian favorites or learning how to make the signature dishes from Park no. 9, they’re sure to have a wonderful night of food and fun!
102 Waltham St., Boston MA 02118
(617) 423-7848

Stir Boston


For the Fitness Guru: South End Athletic Company / Heartbreak Hill Running Company

We all have that friend whose New Year’s resolution lasts all year, so reward them with workout gear that’ll help them stay strong in 2016! Not a runner? No worries-they’ve got gear for any and all fitness activities. They also have a run club that meets in different locations throughout the year!
652 Tremont St., Boston MA 02218
(617) 391-0897

South End Athletic


For The Bookworm: Ars Libri Ltd.

Specializing in art history books, this used book store also offers up a hefty selection of rare and out-of-print books.  Even if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the staff here will generate a “want-list” for you, and let you know when books in your field of interest come in!
500 Harrison Ave., Boston MA 02218
(617) 357-5212

Ars Libri


For the Work-A-Holic: Follain

Turn a Type-A into a Type-Ahhhh with some relaxing bath salts and body scrubs from Follain! This small-but-mighty store carries make-up, hair styling products, and lotions too. And no need to worry about chemicals or toxins- Follain only offers products with organic and natural ingredients!
53 Dartmouth St. Boston MA 02214

Follain Holiday


For the Theater Buff: Huntington Theater Company

The Calderwood Pavilion located in the South End has a full calendar of shows this season.  Check their website to see when your favorites will be rolling into town- there’s still time to see Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation star in Confederacy of Dunces!
527 Tremont St., Boston MA 02115
Box Office: (617)266-7900

Huntington Theater Holiday


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