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Newton Holiday Gift Guide
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Gifts & stocking stuffers...
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20% off Sustainable Goods in Dec.

Newton resident Henry Palmer is on a mission to change how we shop for everyday goods by making it easy and seamless to purchase sustainable products. His zero-waste on-line store, Lochtree, is a top resource for thoughtful holiday gifts. The website is loaded with merchandise for home, body, kids, pets— and gifts like top-rated Leaf Razors, Lobster Rope Doormats, and trendy French string market bags. One holiday gift idea--a box packed with sustainable products for a zero-waste start to the new year. Just in time for the holidays and throughout December, Lochtree is offering a 20% off site-wide discount with code “ALLOVERNEWTON20.” Place orders by December 18 for delivery by Christmas.

Greentail Table

Best of Boston Award Winner

It's no surprise that Greentail Table is a Best of Boston award-winning store for entertaining. Walk into this Newton shop before the holidays and it’s like a dream come true. What to get first--Gifts? Hostess presents? Holiday décor for dressing up homes? Entertaining essentials like glassware, serving pieces, table linens? It’s all here, in one sweet store, at moderate prices that won’t break the bank. And for those who prefer to do their holiday shopping online, Greentail Table’s offerings are available for purchase 24x7 on their website, with easy pick up at the store or quick shipping. For the holidays they’re open 7 seven days a week through Christmas Eve: Mon-Wed: 10-6; Thur: 10-7; Fri & Sat: 10-6 & Sun: 12-5 (4PM on Christmas Eve) 343 Watertown St., Nonantum


A Taste of Italy for the Holidays

This Italian grocery store in Newton Center is all decked out for the holidays with items imported directly from Italy. Charcuterie spreads to feed a crowd, gift baskets stuffed with Italian foods, and Italian wines. Market-Tiamo’s Panettone selection alone is worth a visit. Made with the finest ingredients, they have an airy texture and a taste that puts common Panettone—the only ones we ever knew existed— to shame. But try everything yourself at their next not-to-be-missed food and wine tasting on December 16 from 12-3 pm. Mon-Sat: 10-7:30; Sun: 10-4. 36 Langley Road

Newtonville Books

Books, Toys & Holiday Gifts

Newtonville Books isn’t just for book lovers—not by a long shot. Of course, the stacks at this indie bookstore are lined with books from global authors covering every genre, for readers of all ages. But it also has a great selection of gifts from socks to candles, mugs, toys, games, puzzles, stationery—everything needed to fill up a stocking or celebrate all eight nights of Hanukkah. Mon-Sat: 10-8; Sun: 11-7. 10 Langley Road

& Soaps

Artisanal Soaps & Candles

Gorgeous artfully hand-crafted soaps & candles made in small batches using the highest quality ingredients. Perfect for gift-giving, hostess gifts, and to treat yourself. The cold process soaps are created from local ingredients when possible, including lavender and other botanicals grown in the gardens of this Newton business. Hand-poured container candles are 100% American soy wax and the pillar candles are a blend of soy and beeswax. & Soaps is an environmentally friendly company that takes sustainability seriously--steering clear of plastics and petroleum by-products, and even uses solar energy to power the studio in which it makes its products. It's a local business that you can feel great about supporting.

Dots & Stripes Organizing

A Personal Planner that (Finally) Works

Two Newton women entrepreneurs, Emily St. Martin, owner of Dots & Stripes Organizing, and Betsy Blazar of blazar design studio, have created a planner for those of us with executive functioning challenges and need help keeping on-track. Emily’s insights, based on years of hands-on experience helping clients organize their homes, identify organizational priorities and challenges. Betsy’s graphic design prowess beautifully and simply presents Emily’s ideas in an easy-to-use format. The result is a flexible planner—adapting to how each of us plans our schedules—whether it’s a day, week, or month at a time.

The planner is just $25, and available for online purchase on the Dots & Stripes website. It’s a perfect teacher appreciation gift, or even one to give ourselves. An extra bonus? There’s free doorstep delivery for Newton residents!

Just Next Door

20% off Christmas Crackers

Newton is lucky to have a gift shop like Just Next Door, which is almost always open, and where you can walk in and find lots of moderately priced gifts for everyone on your shopping list. There are toys, puzzles, and craft sets for kids of all ages, local chocolates, home holiday decor, gifts for home chefs, fuzzy slippers, warm gloves--and that’s just for starters. And we dare you to find a larger selection of greeting cards anyplace else in Newton.

From December 11- 17th, Just Next Door is offering 20% off Christmas “Crackers”—the fun wrapped cylinders that make a cracking noise when they’re pulled apart, revealing their hidden gifts and a paper crown. Crackers are fun at the holiday table and make great stocking stuffers, too. 327 Auburn Street, Auburndale. Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: 10-6; Thurs: 10-7; Sat: 9:30-5; Sun: 11-4.

Good Dog Records & Books

Buy Any 3, Get the 4th Free!

Good Dog is one of only two record stores in Newton and the city’s only used bookstore. It’s the type of shop where you can explore the racks and shelves for hours and keep coming up with one cool find after another. Record lovers and readers can have a field day here, with its huge, eclectic inventory of records and books at modest prices. Even better? Through the end of the year get a free book or record with purchase of any 3 books or records!

Good Dog features imported, hard-to-find records of pretty much every music genre. And if you don’t yet have a turntable, it carries them too, including the #1 selling, brand new, still-in-the-box audio-technica. It’s books cover all genres too, from charming $2 board books for kids to vintage offerings and first editions of favorite titles. 1187 Centre Street, next door to Tango Mango.


Jewelry, Accessories & Home Accents

Folklorica is a favorite jewelry destination in the greater Newton area—from classic looks to avant-garde statement pieces. And while this little Newton Centre shop made its name in jewelry, its collection also includes fashion accessories like warm and stylish gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats, as well as home accents like these SGW Lab multicolor porcelain vases, which come in 3 sizes ($28-$48) and a rainbow of color combinations. Perfect for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or as a collection. 61 Union Street

Lynne's Vintique

Food Finds & Vintage Maps

Lynne's Vintique curates local food and vintage finds. It's Newton's go-to source for truly local raw honey, and fans of locally roasted Dean’s Beans coffee know that Lynne’s has the best prices and widest selection in the area. She recently started carrying vintage maps, too, of Newton and the surrounding area. Text Lynne to see if she has the map you're looking for: 617-831-3781. Mon-Fri: 11-4; Sat: 11-5; Sun: 12-4. Located in the Echo Bridge Mall in Newton Upper Falls

Studio North Mittens

Hand-sewn mittens

Mother-daughter duo Barkley Shafer and Ellie Bernstein of Studio North sew warm, buttery-soft mittens from reclaimed and up-cycled wool, in creative color and texture combinations. Every pair has a cozy fleece lining, with lots of attention to detail—like antique buttons—that you can only find with fine-quality hand-made items, produced one at a time. Follow and reach out to them on instagram (@Studionorth.mittens) to purchase mittens!

The Cork & Board

One Stop Holiday Shopping

The Cork & Board is perfect for holiday shopping in Newton Centre. From fine wines to craft beer, all of the components for crowd-pleasing cheese and charcuterie boards, and gifts for everyone on your list, you can check off a lot of boxes with a single visit to The Cork & Board. 1207 Centre Street (between Mr Sid and CVS.)

Nina Rachele Decor

Vintage Finds

Just in time for the holidays, Nina Rachel Decor has a new trove of home furnishings and accessories perfect as conversation pieces in your own home or as gifts for others who appreciate quality and mid-century design. Whether they’re stunning showpiece vases from Sophie Freud’s estate (Sigmund Freud’s granddaughter), a Ludvig Pontopiddan 1960’s Danish Modern Teak Bar Cart, or a brilliant blue oversized 1960s Blenko Glass Waffle Pattern Ashtray designed by Joel Myers, Nina hunts out and fills her shop with mid-Century treasures that simply can’t be found elsewhere. Located in Newton Upper Falls' Echo Bridge Mall. Hours: Fri & Sat: 12-5 or by appointment.

Green Lady Dispensary

Online Holiday Guide & Free Gift Wrapping

Green Lady opened just a few months ago and now cannabis is finally available to the 21+ crowd in Newton Centre. For the holidays, Green Lady has a Gift Giving Guide with lots of fun suggestions for adult stocking stuffers and Hanukkah gifts. It also offers free gift-wrapping with every purchase. This family-owned and operated dispensary focuses on product quality, community, and education. 740 Beacon Street (next door to Jake’s Falafel.)

Tyed With Love

Tie Dye Events & Merchandise

Tyed With Love popped up in Newton over the summer with a drop-in tie dye location to complement their off-site events. Sadly, it’s leaving Union Street at the end of the year but has some big plans for 2024—which it’s not yet disclosing. To keep track of this growing, family-owned business, follow them on Instagram: @tyedwithlove2

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Marion B., A Taste of France

Authentic French Pastries

ooo-la-la...Here's the perfect hostess gift, Christmas Eve present, or sweet package for under the tree. Authentic French pastries from Marion b. A Taste of France are like Christmas in a box. Baked fresh, Marion’s pastries are available in various assortments for feeding one person or a crowd. Pastries are exquisitely packaged in a wooden box, ready for gift-giving or a self-indulgence. Visit Marion’s website for holiday offers and delivery/pick-up options. Order by December 17 for delivery/pick up Dec 23/24.


Hanukkah Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

Whether you’re looking for a little Hanukkah present, a stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or an edible tree-shaped centerpiece for the holidays, French macarons from Woops are perfect for celebrations big and small. Stop in and stock up for gifts for teachers, employees, friends and family.

Beth's Chocolate

Artisanal Holiday Chocolates

Newton resident Beth Kirsch trained in France as a Master Chocolatier. Her award-winning chocolates are made in small batches with the highest quality French chocolate and fresh ingredients. Beth has earned a reputation for top quality artisanal chocolates at modest prices, all made in Newton!

For the holidays, her always popular boxes of assorted colorful chocolate bonbons ($14-$70) are (almost) too beautiful to eat. There’s a jaw-dropping Deluxe Chocolate Gift Basket for serious chocolate lovers, lots of chocolate stocking stuffers, like $3 Christmas Tree Lollipops, chocolate ornaments, holiday chocolate bars, bark, and the best hot chocolate we’ve ever sampled. Shop from her website with easy pick up in Newton Highlands. Shipping is available, too, for orders placed by December 15.

Pon de Joy

Mochi Donuts in Holiday Flavors

Pon de Joy is one of the most fun new bakeries in Newton, specializing in mochi donuts, in a rainbow of colors and I-can’t-believe-they’re-this-good flavors. Mochi donuts are a fusion between American donuts and mochi— a Japanese dessert made from glutinous rice flour—that are lightly crispy on the outside with just the right amount of bounce on the inside. For the holidays Pon de Joy donuts are crowd pleasers for office parties and family gatherings. This shop’s donut menu changes weekly so there's always something new to try! 212 Sumner Street

Salt Patisserie

Buche de Noel & Holiday Sweets

Since opening less than two years ago, SALT has quickly raised the bar for baked goods all over Newton. Everything this sweet shop turns out is exemplary—you name it—Almond Croissants. Kouign Amman, Passion Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Bon Bons, and the list goes on and on. For the holidays SALT has jaw dropping buche de noel, which should be ordered soon because they're already beginning to sell out. 792 Beacon Street

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Holiday Cakes

Look who’s making the holidays tasty, jolly, bright, festive…and easy. Nothing Bundt Cakes has treats for the days leading up to Christmas and for the dessert table at the holiday meal. They’re a great choice to bring as a hostess gift that doubles as a dessert.

This bakery on Needham Street makes outstanding bundt cakes in crowd-pleasing flavors—at prices that won’t break the bank. Cakes are available in a variety of sizes and flavors, all drizzled with their signature, not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting. With flavor options like lemon, carrot, pumpkin spice, red velvet and white chocolate raspberry, it’s easy to find everyone’s favorite. Cakes come in sizes for large groups or small families and leftovers can be stashed in the freezer. All cakes are Kosher Dairy Certified. Open 7 days/week. 170 Needham Street, Newton, with easy parking.

Scratch-Baked Desserts for the Holidays
Bettina's Bakery
With their long histories as pastry chefs, Bettina Scemama and partner Naun Rivera bake everything from scratch at Bettina's. Further setting this Upper Falls’ bakery apart is its multicultural menu. Bettina is originally from Germany, Naun is Honduran, and they both trained in the US. Their love of their backgrounds and childhood foods yields a different kind of bakery where German, Latino, and American tastes come together. For the holidays there are scratch-made cakes – Red Velvet, Chocolate Mousse, and Tres Leches—and festive holiday cookie trays.

Call to order by Dec. 20: 617-206-2001. Last pick up is Sat. Dec. 23.
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New Women’s Clothing Store Holds Open House on Wednesday, December 13

New women’s clothing store, Soleamour, just opened on Lincoln Street in Newton Highlands and it’s already upping Newton’s style. Owner Stephanie Sipley hunts out items that are on-trend but not widespread, based on their wearability, function, and fabrication. We flipped through clothing on the racks, didn’t recognize one label, but loved everything. You can keep up with Stephanie's finds by following her daily posts on instagram (@soleamour). With shops in Andover and Winchester, Soleamour is celebrating its Newton opening with a Holiday Shopping Event on Wed, Dec 13, from 5-9 PM featuring pop-ups Devon Road Jewelry, One Grey Day Cashmere, artwork by Sharon Elwell, and refreshments. It’s the perfect time to explore Newton's newest boutique. 25 Lincoln St., Open Mon-Sat 10-5.

Lara B Designs

Artisan Bags & In-Store Specials

Newton Upper Falls is now home to high-end leather handbag designer Lara B. Designs, whose work has been featured in British Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan. Lara’s workshop/retail store is located in Echo Bridge Mall. Holiday shoppers will find lots of in-store specials on leather accessories—perfect for stocking stuffers—and larger statement pieces - for under the tree. Not sure which item to choose? Lara B. Designs gift cards are perfect! The lucky recipient can select her own handbag, wristlet, or pouch. Open: Dec 13-15 (Wed-Fri) 12-4 and Dec 19-23 (Tues-Sat) 12-4 or by appointment—just email

Revolve Boutique

Designer Consignment Shop

If there was any doubt that Union Street is Newton’s “Fashion Row,” just step into Revolve Boutique. It focuses on gently worn women’s clothing and accessories with well-known and high fashion names at modest prices. Here shoppers can find affordable Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Akris Punto, JW Anderson, and Louis Vuitton (just to name a few).

With four shops in greater Boston—including one on Newbury Street— Revolve may be the biggest player in the high-end consignment shop niche. This family-owned business’ three-part mission is to: provide everyone affordable access to quality clothing; support sustainability through reuse; and give back to the community. 67 Union Street.

Hetty Friedman

15% off Through December 15

For those drawn to hand-woven goods, Newton is home to one of the contemporary masters of the art, Hetty Friedman. You’ve probably seen her hand-woven shawls and scarves in boutiques, museum shops, and local art events. Hetty also sells her pieces from her online shop, and through December 15th she’s offering 15% off all merchandise with FREE SHIPPING. Each of Hetty’s pieces is a work of art—some with hand-dyed fibers and specialty yarns providing added interest and texture. Working with primarily bamboo and rayon, Hetty’s scarves and shawls are buttery soft, warm, and a pleasure to wear. Hetty recommends placing holiday orders early so they arrive on time, and definitely no later than December 18th!

Dear Duchess

Daily Holiday Gift Packages

Finally, a clothing store in Newton that gets us—on-trend without being over-the-top, comfy, and moderately priced. Racks are loaded with warm sweaters, and classic yet current tops and pants that can be dressed up or down. Dear Duchess has winter fashion accessories, too--hats, gloves, and scarves in cheerful prints and colors, and jewelry and bags for pulling winter looks together. It’s about time! Stop at Dear Duchess during the week of December 12 for special daily gift s, putting a little extra ho-ho-ho in your holiday shopping. Follow owner Rachel Sciaba on instagram (@dearduchessboutique) to see daily specials! 49 Union Street

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Blondie Salon & Spa

Holiday Gift Sets for Beauty Lovers

‘Tis the season to feel merry and bright, and simplify your holiday shopping! Newton Centre’s Blondie Salon & Spa is stocked with gift sets featuring beauty, spa, skin, and hair care products. Their huge selection of popular sets from top names like Farmhouse Fresh, Kerastase, Loreal, Shu Uemura, Dermalogica and Obagi, are sure to be hits with those on your list who appreciate a little pampering or enjoy exploring new beauty experiences. Whether you’re purchasing a set for yourself or someone on your list, Blondie can help select the best one based on your objectives. Gift sets are perfect for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, or to feel festive for the holidays! There are Blondie gift cards, too, in any denomination. Currently Blondie has a free gift with purchase of a 50+ gift card while supplies last. Blondie Salon & Spa is located at 9 Beacon Place, inside the Pelham Street lot.


A Time-Saving Salon Offering Cleaner Beauty

Hustlestop is a new type of salon in Newton that focuses on cleaner beauty for those allergic to wasting time. It’s small, with personal and professional hair and nail services designed for women who want to get in and out without spending the better part of a day in a salon. Open 5 days a week –-Saturday through Wednesday—Hustlestop specializes in root touch-ups, color and cut, blow-outs, and mani-pedis. Just make your appointment online (including same-day, up to one hour before your desired appointment time) and get in and out quickly. (Yep, on Sundays and Mondays, too.) And those who are really hustling can have hair and nails done at the same time. Even better? Hustlestop is located on Homer Street, across from City Hall and near the library, with lots of free, easy parking.

Hair By Hanna

20% off all Hair Services & 50% off Microblading

Hair by Hanna in West Newton has maintained a robust business for 25+ by delivering upscale hair services at neighborhood prices. The result? A steady stream of new and returning clients who walk out of the salon with high-end hair, and their wallets intact. For owner Hanna BenShabbat it all starts with healthy hair. She won’t push products or processes that are unnecessary or damaging. Instead, Hanna helps clients reach their hair goals. Whether it’s going grey “naturally;” getting an on-trend hair cut; or quickly covering grey roots before an event, Hanna does it all. Even better? she takes walk-ins, last minute appointments, and works expertly and quickly. Throughout December Hanna is offering 20% off all hair services and 50% off microblading. The salon also offers eyelash services. Open 10-5 Mon-Thurs; 10-2 on Fri; and Sun by appointment.

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11:11 Healthbar

Healthy Smoothies & Acai Bowls.

We dare you to find a better smoothie or acai bowl than what they whip up at 11:11 Healthbar in Newton Centre. This health food spot creates tasty smoothies designed to provide certain health benefits using only organic ingredients and no refined sugars. Owner Binka just debuted a new “Immune Elixir” smoothie to boost the immune system in preparation for winter. It’s a concoction of coconut water, banana, pineapple, ginger, pure vanilla, celery, and a touch of honey. Perfect to grab for a little fuel as you do your holiday shopping in Newton Centre. 87 Union Street

Thistle & Leek

House-made Eggnog, Irish Cream, Ice cream & Sorbet

Thistle & Leek is the only restaurant in Newton named to Eater’s 2023 list of Essential Restaurants to visit in and around Boston. It dishes out small plates that pull in flavors from around the world, complemented by local, in-season produce and creative cocktails. Since opening at the beginning of the pandemic, this comfortable and welcoming gastropub has become a Newton Centre destination for the lunch and dinner crowd. For something extra special for the holidays Thistle & Leek is selling limited quantities of house-made Irish Cream, Eggnog, Ice Cream & Sorbet. 105 Union Street

Johnny's Luncheonette

Eggnog Flapjacks with Cranberry Maple Syrup

There isn’t a more iconic restaurant in Newton Centre than Johnny’s Luncheonette. Known for their all-day breakfasts, you can enjoy locally-sourced comfort food for lunch and dinner, too, in a friendly down-home atmosphere. Here's one of their current holiday specials: Eggnog flapjacks topped with cranberry maple syrup.

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