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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. 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, and even uses solar energy to power the studio in which it makes its products. It's a truly local business that you can feel great about supporting. Free shipping through Dec 23rd, and free Newton drop off for orders $75+. Last minute shoppers can make purchases in-person a the Thanksgiving Market at the Allen Center on November 22 from 12-4.
Derby Farm Flowers
Flowers, Gifts, & Home Decor
Offering gorgeous bespoke floral arrangements, hostess gifts, table décor, and inspired-by-nature home accessories, Derby Farm Flowers is unlike any other shop in Newton. A one-stop home resource for Thanksgiving and the holidays, Derby Farm has all of the just-right touches for creating warm, welcoming homes, and purchasing thoughtful gifts. Their flower arrangements--which recently made it onto the pages of Vogue--can be ordered for your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Make sure to place orders early--this new-to-Newton store has quickly gained a steadfast following! Hours: Mon: 10am-2pm; Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm. Closed Sunday. Location: 1280 Centre Street.
Home Entertaining & Gifts
Nonantum-based home accessory and gift shop, Greentail Table, makes every day dining special, so just imagine what they bring to the table for Thanksgiving! From festive and creative table settings, glassware, candles, table linens, home accents, and more, it's a must for all home entertaining, and the perfect spot to pick up just the right hostess gift, too. Shop in person or online. Their annual glassware sale runs from Nov 2-12--just in time for Thanksgiving!
The Paper Mouse
Curated Stationery & Gifts
Hands down, The Paper Mouse, a curated gift and stationery shop, is one of the most beautiful shops in Newton. It’s “Everyday Gift Guide” has lots of gift ideas for Thanksgiving hostesses and for everyone else on your holiday list! For those in search of something truly special, this sweet shop in West Newton Square is offering a 10% discount through Monday, November 28, with code “ALLOVERNEWTON” for online or in-store shopping. In other BIG news, The Paper Mouse is celebrating its 7th Anniversary on Saturday, November 19th, and has a fun day planned with in-store prizes and giveaways, an online scavenger hunt, and it’s annual Fountain Pen Exploration event. See their website for all the details!
Upper Falls Bakery
Bettina's Bakery has a full dessert menu for Thanksgiving, so you can spend less time in the kitchen leading up to the holiday, and know your desserts will be off-the-chart crowd pleasers. This sweet little bakery, owned and operated by two professional pastry chefs, is already taking Thanksgiving orders for its Apple Crumb, Blueberry Crumb, and Pumpkin Pies, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Dulce de Leche swirl, cookie and brownie dessert platters, and brioche dinner rolls. The last day to order for Thanksgiving is Nov 19th, but earlier orders are always appreciated! 295 Elliot St., Newton Upper Falls
Fournos Greek Pastries
Greek Pastries for your Thanksgiving Feast
For everyone who misses picking up Fournos' authentic Greek Pastries from Newton's Farmers' Market, here's some great news! This Newton-based business is taking orders for Thanksgiving, so you can stock your dessert platters with the same Fournos baked goods that you purchase at the market, incuding offerings like: petit-four, orange cake, baklava, orange cookies, galaktoboureko rolls, koulourakia vanilla cookies, and virgin olive oil sticks. Easy pick up at 15 Bowen Street in Newton and free doorstep delivery available for those with busy schedules. Despina will also be selling her pastries at the Allen Centre for those who aren't great at planning in advance. Call to place your order and for more information: (857) 636-8295
Fresh, Made To Order Thai Food
For all those hosting Thanksgiving, there’s one thing we all have in common—zero desire to prepare any meal over the next 2.5 weeks that’s unrelated to Thanksgiving. Right now, we’re drawn to meals that are simple, healthy, and different from anything on our Thanksgiving menu. Enter LeDu Thai in Newtonville. This small, family-owned restaurant features authentic Thai food, with meals made fresh to order. LeDu has a couple of tables for dining in, but is best known for its stellar takeout, quickly preparing tasty meals for busy families.
Mass Food Delivery
Holiday Produce Boxes
For those who prefer fresh, grown-in-Massachusetts produce for Thanksgiving, Mass Food Delivery is delivering Holiday Produce Boxes to Newton, stuffed with fresh vegetables from Hadley MA’s Joe Czajkowski Farm. Boxes are $40 each and contain: 5 lbs of onions; 5 lbs of chef potatoes; 5 lbs of sweet potatoes; 2 lbs of carrots; and 1 butternut squash. Boxes can be picked up at The Newton Thanksgiving Market at the Allen Centre on Tues, Nov 22 for a reduced delivery fee, or dropped off on Newton doorsteps for $12.50. (SNAP/HIP shoppers get free doorstep delivery.) All Boxes must be ordered by November 17th. In addition to the boxes, Mass Food Delivery has lots of locally grown and raised food for home delivery. The Allen Centre pick up location is for the standard Holiday Produce Box only. Tap butternut squash for ordering instructions.
Quicksilver Baking Co.
Easy Bake Hors D'oeuvres & Dessert
Quicksilver Baking's rugelach (in both sweet and savory flavors) are great meal hacks for serving up something special without investing precious time. With boxes of rugelach stowed away in the freezer, you can turn out guest-worthy hors d'oeuvres and desserts in a snap. Savory rugelach, in flavors like Jalapeño Cheddar; Olive Tapenade and Walnut; and Caramelized Walnut Blue Cheese Walnut, are perfect pre-dinner noshes, while traditional sweet rugelach are standouts on the dessert platter. Rugelach are purchased frozen and uncooked, then baked in your home with no defrosting. Rugelach can be purchased online and delivered in time for Thanksgiving. Or, skip the shipping costs with two options for Newton pick up: Pre-order and pick up at Dion’s Thanksgiving Wine Tasting event on Saturday, November 19 or at the Thanksgiving Market at West Newton’s Allen Center on November 22.
Thistle & Leek
Take Out Thanksgiving by Thistle+Leek
What could be better than having one of Newton’s top restaurants prepare all or part of your Thanksgiving meal? Thistle and Leek has the perfect answer to Thanksgiving—an a la carte feast with a host of exquisitely prepared sides, a cook-it-yourself Green Circle turkey, and pumpkin pie. Sides are ready to pop in the oven and dish out. Green Circle turkeys are pasture-raised, and fed a diet of clean, surplus vegetables and wholesome grains. Raised humanely on small farms without antibiotics or hormones, Green Circle turkeys are tender, tasty, and the stars of Thanksgiving tables. The restaurant has also paired wines (red and white) and champagne, for purchase with your meal. Orders must be placed no later than Saturday Nov 19. Pick up is Wednesday, Nov 23 from 12-6 pm at Thistle & Leek.
Fresh, Hand-crafted Cocktail Mixes
What could be better on Thanksgiving than whipping up creative cocktails or mocktails in a snap? Simple Sips’ small batch, fresh, artisanal cocktail mixes are perfect additions to your Thanksgiving feast, when time is short and you’re serving your guests only the best. Hand-crafted in Boston, these blended mixes contain the perfect proportions of fruit purée, juice, herbal syrup, and spices, in a variety of flavors for mixing with your favorite spirits. Also makes a fun, sure-to-be-a-hit hostess gift. Available for doorstep delivery.
Gifts & Home Accessories
This West Newton Square shop is filled with fine American crafts and jewelry. It showcases both local and national artists in a variety of media and price ranges. Perfect for finding unusual and thoughtful gifts for all of the special people in your life, especially those with a love for uncommon goods. Artitudes is stocked with a seemingly endless variety of gifts--from jewelry, to handmade clothing and objets d'art, and is just the right spot for finding hostess gifts as well as serve ware for your own feasts!
20% Off Home Accents Collection
Folklorica is a favorite jewelry destination of many in the greater Newton area, but did you know it has an expanding Home Accents Collection? Folklorica invites you to explore and save 20% on their home accents, which are perfect for brightening your home for the holidays or gifting to hostesses, family, and friends. Folklorica's collection includes art glass and ceramic vases, vintage stemware, votives and scented candles, picture frames and more. Mention code AON20 when visiting to save 20% on Home Accents from November 14 - November 20--just in time for Thanksgiving!
Just Next Door
Gifts, Cards & Home Decor
All of the pumpkins and decorative gourds needed to dress up your home for Thanksgiving are 35% off on November 19 at Just Next Door. Then, after Thanksgiving, this Auburndale shop is bringing back its always popular "Bounce Back Coupon:" for every $60 spent on Small Business Saturday (Nov 26), shoppers get a $10 Just Next Door coupon, which can be used any time from Nov 27-Dec 31!
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. This Thanksgiving, Beth has a special $60 gift basket, perfect for your holiday table or gift giving. The basket includes: 1 bag of chocolate bark (Cashew Cranberry or Rice Crispies); French Hot Chocolate Minibag (2 servings); Set of 2 chocolate spoons; 6 Chocolate Turkeys; 6 Chocolate-Dipped Apricots; and a Craft Chocolate Bar. Beth also has French Hot Chocolate available in a festive tin and two sizes of bags--perfect for gifts or treating yourself. Available after November 16th. Free pick up in Newton. Shipping also available.
Chocolates, Nuts, & Dried Fruits
You can smell the heavenly scent of chocolate just passing by Cacao, a dreamy chocolate, nut, and dried fruit shop in Newton Highlands. Opening at the beginning of the pandemic by Leo Baez, an emigrant from the Dominican Republic, Cacao sets the bar high for premium chocolate. They're stocked with gifts sure to make any chocolate-loving hostess swoon—including bonbons, truffles, chocolate bark, and more. And, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving, Cacao’s treats are sure to be favorites on the dessert table. Shop online or in-person. 23 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Open 7 days/week.
Hyper-local and sustainably-minded Grateful Tastes elevates preserves to an art-form, sure to delight local foodies. With flavors like Blueberry Basil Honey, Smoked Peach, and Salted Red Wine and Onion, this Lowell-based, family-owned and operated business doesn’t mess around when it comes preserve-making. Grateful Tastes calls their small batch jams and jellies ““artisanal spreads for more than just breads,” and offers lots of creative recipes from salmon to stuffed baked potatoes. Without a doubt, Grateful Tastes’ preserves will shine on any Thanksgiving cheeseboard, and are perfect hostess and holiday gifts. Order online for pick up at the November 22 Thanksgiving Market at the Allen Center. (They will not be selling their preserves onsite.) Grateful Tastes also sells raw, local honey and maple syrup
Lilac Hedge Farm Turkeys
Raised in MA, Delivered to Newton Doorsteps
There's one Massachusetts farm that's delivering fresh, raised-in-Massachusetts turkeys to your doorstep in time for Thanksgiving. But, you'd better put your order in quickly to make sure you can reserve one of these birds for your meal. Lilac Hedge Farm, out of Rutland, MA, currently has pasture-raised turkeys in all sizes-- from 9 - 32 lbs--with an option to purchase rolled turkey breasts as well. The farm also offers a variety of locally grown, raised, and made products, including dairy, produce, meats, and more. Their doorstep delivery fee of $15 is waived for orders of $150+. Delivery will be on Sunday, November 20th.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Festive Cakes for Thanksgiving
Who knew bundt cakes could be as extraordinary as the ones turned out by Needham Street Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes? And why on earth did it take us so long to visit this sweet spot with perfectly moist cakes in a variety of sizes and flavors, all drizzled with their signature, not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting? Nothing Bundt Cakes may just be the perfect Thanksgiving hostess gift, which will also be a standout on the dessert table. Add festive, colorful, holiday toppers to your cake—turkeys, pilgrim hats, pumpkins-- for a crowd-pleasing centerpiece. Offering lots of flavor options like lemon, carrot, pumpkin spice, white chocolate raspberry—and that’s just for starters. Available in sizes for feeding large groups or small families (there are even mini cupcake-sized "bundtinis"), all at reasonable prices. Online ordering for pick up or delivery, or stop by for in-person shopping. Open 7 days/week. 170 Needham Street, Newton, with easy and ample parking. (617) 336-7526
New East Asian Restaurant
New-to-Newton Centre East Asian restaurant, StarFoods, is offering enticing, value-priced specials for budget-conscious diners. Now through November 19, StarFoods has a two-for-one offer on its noodle soups. Prepared from scratch with its house-made bone broth, these tasty and nourishing soups feature fresh ingredients for hardy lunches and light dinners. To get this special promotion just mention you heard about the soup special from ALL Over Newton, and place your order directly on the StarFoods site (not on a third party site), by phone, or in-person. This new restaurant’s menu is perfect for all of the busy evenings leading up to Thanksgiving! 19 Pelham Street, Newton Centre.
French Macarons Worthy of Gift-giving
This sweet little shop, tucked away on Union Street in Newton Centre, is the perfect destination for those hosting Thanksgiving or in search of fun and festive hostess gifts. Woops’ exquisite French macarons in seasonal hues and flavors are favorites with foodies and can be purchased in distinctive Thanksgiving themed gift-wrapped boxes. Their macaron pyramids serve double duty as centerpieces of your dessert table, where guests can easily select their treat of choice. Shop online or stop into Woops’ Newton Centre store!
Blondie Salon & Spa
Holiday Skincare Specials
Throughout November, Blondie Salon & Spa has promotions to help look and feel your best heading into the holidays. Their popular microneedling and nano-infusion sessions are available as a valued-priced series! Microneedling combats signs of aging, improving skin’s texture and appearance, while nano-infusion targets skin tone and texture, yielding a glowing complexion. There's also a special on 60 minute "Winter Hug" facials to hydrate, firm, and soothe skin.
Blondie has skincare gift sets, too, for the holidays. Taking center stage this month is FarmHouse Fresh, with "farm to face" skincare using organic ingredients grown on the company’s Texas farm. Profits are used to rescue and then rehome abused animals in their Animal Sanctuary, making them meaningful holiday gifts. 9 Beacon Place, Newton Centre, inside the Pelham St. lot.
Best of Boston Florist in Newton
It’s easy to spot (and covet) flower arrangements from the award-winning Forevermark Flowers of Newton Centre. Their inspiration comes from classic Dutch Golden Age artwork, and their signature arrangements are fabulously layered, textured, and exquisitely styled. With every arrangement its own work of art, it comes as no surprise that Forevermark Flowers received the 2021 Best of Boston Award for its wedding arrangements.
The goal of Forevermark Flowers is simple: to bring the joy of floral arrangements to everyday life. Available at a variety of price-points, and with same-day delivery, this family-owned shop on Commonwealth Avenue across from Blacker’s Bakeshop, has an entire fall collection of arrangements, perfect for any Thanksgiving table. And if you need a really last-minute holiday centerpiece or hostess gift, Forevermark Flowers will even be open Thanksgiving Day from 10-2. 562 Commonwealth Ave, Newton Centre.