Sometimes finding the perfect gift (or any gift) for the people on your list is not the easiest task. For this reason The Current Quarterly released a special Gift Guide in the Winter Issue, on stands December 6, of the shopping focused magazine. Here are a few tips for giving great gifts, while keeping it local, from the Editor:
Books always make a great gift, because there is literally one out there for everyone. A reality of which most people are unaware: books are the same price anywhere you go – they are determined by the publisher, not the bookstore. Our favorite local bookstores are: Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich, Eight Cousins in downtown Falmouth, Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee Commons, Books by the Sea in Osterville, Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham, and the Brewster Bookstore.
If a new appliance or electronic toy is on someone’s wish list head to KAM in Hyannis or Crane Appliance in Falmouth and Orleans. For kitchen tools and accessories go to All Cape Cook’s Supply in Hyannis or The Cook Shop in Brewster.
For women jewelry is a great bet. The Giving Tree Gallery in Sandwich has unique handmade pieces from all over the country, and Mark August in Chatham has necklaces, earrings and bracelets that will suit every kind of style. For fancy jewels Stephen Gallant Jewelers in Orleans, Cranberry Jewelers in Harwich Port or Diamond Perfections in Hyannis. Or maybe she wants a cozy pair of slippers, a bathrobe or flannel pajamas? If so, Bedroom I’s in Osterville or Magleby’s in Orleans are the places to go.
Clothing can be hard to buy for women, but if you want to take on the task of finding a great sweater or dress for the woman in your life hit up Liberty House, Treasure Chest, Cape Chic ,or Green Eyed Daisy in Falmouth; in Dennis and Dennis Port stop by Linda Burke and Shawl Boutique and Consignment; Main Street Orleans has a great selection from Savvy on Main, to Karol Richardson and If the Shoe Fits; Chatham doesn’t disappoint with Sundance Clothing, Fisherman’s Daughter, Chatham Clothing Bar and Violet’s; Shine in Harwich Port; and in the seven villages of Barnstable go to Ports & Company, Shift Eco Boutique, SeaBreezes, TK Perry, Mulberry Corners or Puritan Cape Cod.
Puritan is a great place to go for men’s quality clothing as well. In Orleans, head to Watson’s Men’s Store for clothing and men’s accessories. Sportsman’s Landing in Dennis not only has some great men’s clothing items, but also fishing equipment. Other sporty gifts can be found at Hanlon’s Shoes, Play It Again Sports or Cape Cod Sea Sports in Hyannis, and Mocean in Mashpee,
For small unique gifts don’t miss M. Brann and Cape Kaleidoscopes in Mashpee Commons, The Little Beach Gallery in Hyannis, Mosees in Barnstable Village, Red Fish Blue Fish in Hyannis, ARTichoke in Brewster, and Adrift Cape Cod and Blake & Co in Orleans.
Weekend in Orleans is not just a boutique with killer women’s clothing; it also has a great selection of toys and unique gifts for children of all ages. Also in Orleans for children’s toys are Snow’s Home and Garden , The Moppet Shop and the Red Balloon Toy Shop, which also opened a second location in Mashpee Commons. For clothing try Cape Kids in Mashpee Commons, Pocket Full of Posies in Osterville, or Kid and Kaboodle in Orleans.
Teenagers can be the hardest to please, but you can’t go wrong by shopping for clothing and accessories at Board Stiff in Falmouth and the Boarding House and Mass Bay Co in Hyannis. For pop culture kitschy gifts Spinnaker and Newbury Comics in Hyannis are your best bets.
Don’t leave out your furry friends! Pupcakes in Hyannis, Uptown Dog in West Falmouth and Chatham Beach Dog will have treats and treasures for your dogs and cats. Hot Diggity in Mashpee and Dennis Port has their own line of collars and leashes that make the perfect present for your pup.
What would the holidays be without holiday décor!? A few local spots where Christmas Trees can be purchased include Cape Cod Beach Chair in Chatham, Hyannis Country Garden, CapeAbilities Farm in Dennis, and Mahoney’s in Falmouth. Decorate your own wreath The Farm in Orleans or a pick up beautifully decorated one at Scenic Roots in Sandwich.
Grab your LED lights at your local hardware stores, and garland and other tree basics at Snow’s in Orleans and Harwich. Shift Eco Boutique has a selection of ornaments that are made from eco-friendly materials, including recycled bombshells. The Little Beach Gallery also has a great selection of décor and ornaments that will certainly infuse the holiday spirit.