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!
- Boston stores: Head over to Fish & Bone on Newbury Street or Polka Dog Bakery in the South End (their treats are the best!)
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
- 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
- Boston stores: I’ll do this by locale to make it easier: Beacon Hill (Wish, Flat of the Hill, Good, Moxie and The Beauty Mark), South End (Flock, Hudson and Turtle), Back Bay (Intermix, Kate Spade, Jonathan Adler, Ted Baker, Nike and Nanette Lepore. Don’t discount Ross-Simon for very pretty, very affordable sparkly things!
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!