Shop Locally and Support Artists this Winter
This holiday season, gift-giving has a different meaning than ever before. Exchanging gifts with a friend or loved one by mail is a joyful experience no matter the circumstances, but during a pandemic, a tangible item or card is a much-needed reminder of personal connections.
And if you enjoy gift-giving for finding unique items that truly fit the person in your life, gifts created by artists are a surefire way to provide an extra-thoughtful touch to brighten up someone’s day.
Sunday, November 29th is #ArtistsSunday and #MuseumStoreSunday, new additions to the ever-growing list of annual holiday shopping specials that encourage shopping locally and holistically. We’ve crafted a list of businesses, arts organizations, and marketplaces in Greater Boston that are offering everything you could possibly need and more to surprise a pal with a little extra care this winter. And in buying from these local spots, you’ll be supporting some of the organizations and individuals hit the hardest by COVID-19’s economic impact.
Stay safe, and shop locally!
Established in 2017 as a pop-up market, Black Market Nubian is a place for Boston’s residents to gather, meet and shop while igniting Roxbury’s creative economy. This year, they’ve set up the Black Joy Market as a way for residents and visitors to “bask in the beauty of what it means to be Black — both the pain and the celebration.”
Using the directory on Artist’s Sunday’s website, you can hone in on individual artists and craftspeople from your area who have partnered with the campaign and get directed straight to their work and where you can purchase it.
From December 3-5, the South End Business Alliance (SEBA) and South End Local have partnered to create a Holiday Stroll, featuring local favorite boutiques, restaurants, and other businesses that make up one of Boston’s most festive neighborhoods.
Bostonians know and love the MFA’s Shop, and this season, items that tie into exhibits like Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation, and Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression are especially worth checking out.
CraftBoston Holiday Online from the Society of Arts + Crafts has some of the most remarkable and individual pieces that you could possibly come across during your shopping — their easy-to-use online platform makes it simpler than simple to find the perfect item that the art-lover in your life can treasure for years to come.
The ICA Store is beyond full with inspiring gift ideas, including themed gifts that are ready to get recipients tapped into their coziest and warmest selves for the winter. From clothing, masks, and cosmetic products to puzzles, home decor, and stationary, we guarantee that you’ll find something to brighten up your loved ones’ colder months.
Boston’s Seaport is decked out for the winter — complete with holiday shopping, tree market, and safe outdoor activities including dazzling Winter Wonder Walks and COVID-safe curling! Through the Ride Circuit program, you can catch a “sleigh” for a complimentary open-air ride to the area and start off your experience at Seaport Courtyard or Seaport Common. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the mysterious but welcoming Betty the Yeti!
DAP’s newly-opened store in Fields Corner is full of unique artwork, music, clothes, and other products by Dorchester artists, and you can shop while being immersed in the creative environment: DAP’s art and performance space is just upstairs!
PEM’s online shop is a portal straight to thought-provoking and creatively-stimulating items to add to your or a loved one’s rotation. Unique facemasks are not to miss, including this one by designer Carla Fernández, in celebration of the new exhibit, “Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion.”
We’re sure going to miss seeing the holiday tree and Blink! program at Faneuil Hall Marketplace this year, but the merchants are fully prepared to get into the spirit and provide a festive environment for grabbing gifts from stores, pushcarts, or food vendors.
PEM Shop – The Future is Handmade
At the Wrong Brain Headquarters in Dover, New Hampshire, the makers of the Bizaare are going to have pieces on display for the entire month of December! The market is a not-to-miss collection of work from local artists and craftspeople who create items like zines, visual art, and more.
Header Image: Seaport Snowport
Elena Morris (she/her/hers) is ArtsBoston’s Community Outreach and Marketing Manager. She is a dramaturg and arts administrator passionate about forward thinking in the arts. Elena holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, focusing her studies on dramatic literature and movement.