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Gifts & Home
Artisan soaps, candles
Hand-crafted small batch soaps & candles using the highest quality ingredients. Cold process soaps are created from local ingredients when possible, including lavender and other botanicals grown in the gardens of this Newton business. Container candles are hand-poured from 100% American soy wax and the pillar candles are a blend of soy and beeswax. Wicks are cotton and burn clean for hours and hours. &Soaps is an environmentally-friendly company that takes sustainability seriously--steering clear of plastics and petroleum by-products.
Home Entertaining & Gifts
Greentail Table in Nonantum is a Best of Boston Winner for Best Entertaining Essentials and a destination resource for modern tableware and gifts for pretty much any occasion. Much of the store's merchandise changes with the seasons, keeping pace with the shifting needs of entertaining and gift-giving. As a result, Greentail Table always seems to carry just what you need, just when you need it. Shop online or in-store, and they offer fast shipping too!
Nina Rachele Decor
For those looking for just-the-right vintage piece to feather their nests, Nina Rachele Decor, in Newton Upper Falls, is a treasure trove of home furnishings and accents. Nina’s love of interior design, architecture, furniture, antiques and objets d’art, makes for a thoughtfully curated shop, with items spanning different decades and sometimes centuries. Specializing in Vintage, Mid-Century and Antique furniture, accessories, lighting, and art, the shop is stocked with items of varied styles and price points. In addition to furniture and decor, Nina offers vintage barware and serving pieces for entertaining, and fun kitschy items, like toys, and other collectibles.
If you’re like us, getting photos taken—whether it’s a family portrait, head shot, or even a passport photo—causes anxiety. How will I look? Can I relax in front of the camera? What should I wear? Luckily, there’s a professional photography studio in Newton, Famili Photography, that makes photo sessions easy and, well, even kind of fun. Photographer Christine Demura’s professional eye, attention to detail, and easy-going demeanor makes photo sessions a snap, resulting in A+ photos that are quickly delivered. The studio is located at 303 Auburn Street in Auburndale, and is open Tuesday-Saturday.
Just Next Door
Gifts & Cards
Since not every village in Newton has a gift shop like Just Next Door, residents from villages all over Newton head to this little shop in Auburndale when they need a special gift, card, or toy. Known for their voluminous card racks and gifts for any occasion, it's just the place to shop when you want to keep it local or need a last minute present.
The Paper Mouse
Stationery & Gifts
As far as we’re concerned, there’s no place in Newton quite like The Paper Mouse. This magical gift and stationery shop is brimming with thoughtfully curated merchandise that inspires curiosity, puzzles, toys, books, writing implements, notebooks, and one of the best selections of cards in Newton. It also has gorgeous art prints—many of which were created by Newton resident & one of Oprah’s faves, Felix Doolittle, and other uber-talented artists on the Paper Mouse staff. They’re perfect for adding a touch of joy, color, and whimsy to any home.
Sustainable Goods & Gifts
Newton is now home to its first zero-waste refillery, Fulfilled Goods! With the feel of a general store (it's gorgeous), and a mission to reduce waste and deliver value, this new addition to Newtonville has a huge selection of products--from pantry items to households goods, and personal care products. There’s also a collection of locally-made sustainable products perfect for holiday gift-giving. Bring your own containers to fill up, and if you don't happen to have any, there's an assortment of sanitized ones at the front of the store for you. 612 Washington Street, across from Whole Foods, in Virtuous Tea's former space.
Karma Fine Crafts
Global Goods, Gifts, Jewelry, Clothing
Karma is a curated, eclectic boutique like no other store in Newton. Owned by Phuni Kim Meston, a native of the Himalayas region of Ladakh, India, every object in Karma has a story. Phuni travels around the world, building relationships with talented artists and sourcing unique pieces. Committed to supporting up-and-coming artists from marginalized communities, Phuni has a strong connection to female artisans from the Himalayas. Karma's thoughtful and unusual finds include clothing, home accessories, and jewelry.
Perfume & Self Care
Henry Bear's Park
Gifts & Skin Care
CLOTHING & JEWELRY
Hetty Friedman Designs
Handwoven Shawls & Scarves
For those drawn to hand-woven goods, Newton is home to one of the contemporary masters of the art, Hetty Friedman. While you may have 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, by appointment, out of her home studio in Newton Centre. Each piece is its own 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 and a pleasure to wear. Colors and weight shift with seasons, with lots of options for year- round coverups and accessory pieces.
ThreadED- Fashion For A Future
Did you know that there’s a women’s clothing store right in Newton selling quality donated clothing and accessories to help students lacking resources achieve their dream of attending college? It’s called ThreadED: Fashion for a Future, and while they have a booming presence online, they rarely open for in-person shopping. Until their next in-person shopping opportunity, you purchase their curated clothing collection from their eBay site.
Barn Family Shoe Store
Kiki D Design & Consign
The Dressing Room
The Finer Consigner
Covet + Lou
specialty foods, spirits & edible gifts
Newton resident Beth Kirsch trained in France as a Master Chocolatier. Her award-winning chocolate is made in small batches with the highest quality French chocolate and fresh ingredients. Chocolates can be ordered online and picked up in Newton Highlands. Shipping available, too.
Farm to Table Coffee
Newton has its own coffee business, Ever’s Distributors, delivers world class coffee beans from Costa Rica to Newton doorsteps within days of being harvested. Husband and wife owners, Jean Carlo Contreras and Noelia Méndez, are industrial engineers, originally from Costa Rica, who live in Newton. Their vision for Ever’s is to support the small farms and independent businesses that comprise the coffee industry in their home country. The area’s high altitude, micro-climate, and volcanic soil create unsurpassed growing conditions. Order on-line with free doorstep delivery in Newton, or purchase at Newton's Farmers' Markets.
Off Our Rocker Cookies
Vegan, plant-based, gluten free cookies that taste great and are good for you too? Oh yeah. Off Our Rocker Cookies has turned the healthy snacking game upside down with their addictive, sweet-potato based cookies. Perfect for a quick breakfast, pre/post workout snack, or a healthy grab-and-go for anyone racing around. Order online for doorstep delivery.
Better Life Food
Family-style Comfort Food
Prior to the pandemic, many households in Newton had never heard of Better Life Food. But when this Nonantum caterer started making comfort meals and selling them at a pop up market at Dunn-Gaherins, it seemed like everyone had a stash of Better Life Food's meals in their freezer for days we were just too weary to cook. If you need to restock, or try them for the first time, orders can be placed online and picked up at their Nonatum kitchen.
Specialty Foods & Vintage Items
Lynne's Vintique curates local food and vintage finds. It's Newton's go-to source for truly local raw honey, and offers regular specials on fun food items. Those in the know in Newton also flock to Lynne's in the Echo Bridge Antique Mall for Boston's Dean's Beans Coffee, and 100% natural Wise Mouth Teas (available at a price below what you can find in grocery stores.)
The Cork & Board
Specialty Foods, Wine, Beer & Gifts
A one-stop shopping destination for foodies, The Cork & Board has a vast selection of specialty foods for charcuterie boards and more, fine wine, craft beer, and gifts. Here you'll find top specialty foods from local makers, so whether you pick up Somerville Chocolate's White Chocolate or Habanero Hot Sauce from Portsmouth's Spicy Shark, your purchases support small food businesses throughout New England. Among The Cork & Board ‘s gift items are works from Newton artisans, like woodcarver Matt Day and bladesmith David Singer, for meaningful and hyper-local gift-giving. Closed Mon. 10-8 Tues-Thurs. 10-9 Fri-Sat. 12-6 on Sunday.
Chocolate & Nuts
You can smell the heavenly scent of chocolate just passing by cacao, a dreamy chocolate, nut and dried fruit shop in the village of Newton Highlands. Opening at the beginning of the pandemic by Leo Baez, an emigrant from the Dominican Republican, Cacao sets the bar high for premium chocolate. They're stocked with gifts sure to make any chocolate-lover swoon. 9-5 Mon-Sat. 10-5 Sun.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Festive Bundt Cakes
Nothing Bundt Cakes are easy, fun, cost-effective, and most importantly, delicious. Perfectly moist cakes in a variety of sizes and flavors, drizzled with their signature, not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting, which freeze easily. Offering lots of flavor options like lemon, carrot, pumpkin spice, white chocolate raspberry—and that’s just for starters. Available in sizes for large groups or small families (there are even mini cupcake-sized "bundtinis"), all at reasonable prices. All cakes are Kosher Dairy Certified. Open 7 days/week. 170 Needham Street, Newton, with easy and ample parking.
Gift-worthy French Macarons + More
This sweet little shop, tucked away on Union Street in Newton Centre, has perfect gifts for celebrations or when you just want to treat yourself. Their exquisite French macarons pull in all of the season's brightest colors while melt-in-your-mouth alfajores (South American dulce de leche sandwich cookies), are favorites with foodies and available in a wide variety of creative flavors. (Ummm, honey lavender macarons? Alfajores dipped in white chocolate? Swoon...) Purchases are thoughtfully gift-wrapped in their distinctive boxes. Shop online or stop into their Newton Centre store!
Vegan Burgers & More
Italian Grocery & Wine
De Pasquale's Market
Italian Sausage, Pasta & More
Specialty Food, Spirits
Specialty Food, Spirits
The Walnut Market
Specialty Food, Wine, Beer
Candy & Gifts
FLOwers & so much more
Derby Farm Flowers
Flowers, Gifts, & Garden Furnishings
A boutique florist and gift shop inspired by nature. With a goal of extending the garden from the glories of summer through the chill of winter, Derby Farm Flowers is a year-round destination where you'll find an array of home and garden decor, botanical themed gifts and bespoke floral arrangements for any occasion.
Lotus & Lettuce
We just love this new hyper-local, sustainable florist who is quickly capturing lots of attention in the Garden City. Susie Margolin, an Auburndale resident, grows her gorgeous flowers from seed (in Newton) and then arranges these home-grown bouquets in vintage vessels which she scouts out, snaps up, and repurposes. Email for details: firstname.lastname@example.org