Gift Guides and Boston Shops for the Last Minute Elf

20 Dec

Tick-tock! Christmas is on Sunday and if you celebrate Hanukkah, well, you’d best be running to the stores right now. Still have shopping to do? While you may have a hard time getting any free shipping deals or finding the most popular toy of the season, you can rely on the web for some good gift ideas. Don’t go into the mall without ideas – you’re destined to leave miserable and empty-handed. Even worse, you may end up buying presents that end up in post-holiday “tasteless and useless” Yankee swaps.

Here are some guides that may help jog your idea train. I’ve also included a few of my favorite local shops under each category so you can run at lunch to get your shopping DONE!

For pups: Thank you, Lucky Magazine, for always steering me in the right direction! This list of best gifts for pets is great! Rachael Ray also has some great ideas

For tikes: Parenting magazine puts out a good gift guide every year as does The Washington Post. Just remember two things: 1) Kids grow out of clothing VERY fast (esp. babies) so don’t spend a lot of money on pieces made of precious material like cashmere and 2) Look for toys that are safe (BPA-free, PVF-free and those that use lead free paint) – two brands that I trust are Melissa & Doug and Haba.

  • Boston stores: Mulberry Road (Back Bay) has a great selection of kids clothes, Tadpole (South End) is perfect for modern gifties, Red Wagon (Beacon Hill) is a must stop for preppy and pretty things  while Magic Beans (multiple locations) carries quite a few toys

For men: Esquire Magazine has the best gift guides. This stylish gifts for under $100 list does the trick. Store specific lists like this one from J. Crew are also helpful

  • Boston stores: Bobby from Boston will have some unique gifts, Uniform carries Penguin (love) and Kiehl’s has the best skin products for men. For the last minute treat pop over to the Mac store or get a shave certificate from State Street Barbers

For women: Well every magazine out there has a gift guide this year. Elle, Lucky, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, the list goes on. There are plenty of resources for those of you who have NO idea what to get your mom, wife, girlfriend, sister, friend or colleague. You can also start with store gift guides too like this one from Banana Republic or this one from Lord & Taylor

For almost everyone else: Saks does it best.  Love this 50-Best list Need more? New York Magazine puts out an epic gift guide every year! For easy but rather unoriginal finds, use the Amazon gift finder

There is still time to find the perfect present. Off you go!


Style Girl


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