Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Your Giving Guide to Salem

The heat is on. There are eight shopping days until Christmas, and even fewer if you are shopping for Solstice or Hanukkah gifts. Yesterday I found three great gifts for three "people who have everything" right here in Salem. No mall traffic. No searching for parking in the outer realm of the mall lots. And the gifts I found are unique and rather awesome.

I'd tell you what I got, but at least one of the recipients read this blog. Ask me in January.

Here's some inspiration for you and your perennial gift hunt. Where's your favorite spot to shop in Salem?

For the historian
National Park Service Regional Visitor Center Book Store
Salem Witch Museum (especially if your historian is interested in the 17th century history of Salem or modern witchcraft)

For the Romantic - Getaway with a package!
The Hawthorne Hotel
The Salem Waterfront Hotel
The Salem Inn

For the Explorer
Discover Salem Passport - explore the House of the Seven Gables, Peabody Essex Museum, and the Salem Witch Museum.

For the Gift that Gives All Year
The House of the Seven Gables membership
Peabody Essex Museum membership

For the Sweet Tooth
Ye Olde Pepper Companie
Coffee Time Bake Shop
Ben & Jerry's
Maria's Sweet Somethings

For the Foodie
Nathaniel's in the Hawthorne Hotel
Sixty2 on Wharf

For the home
Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs
roost urban country design

For her
J. Mode
Rouge Cosmetics

For the family
Crunchy Granola Baby
Reds Sandwich Shop
Caffe Graziani

For the dog and the cat
Penelope's Pet Boutique

For Health
Artemisia Botanicals
Body & Soul Massage & Wellness Center
Living Well
Salem Cycle

For the Boss, the Host, the Secret Santa
Salem Wine Imports

For the Teacher
Cornerstone Books
Pyramid Books

For the Witch in Everyone
Awakening Guild
Crow Haven Corner
Hex: Old World Witchery
Nu Aeon

For the Collector
Glass & Etc. antiques in Museum Place Mall
Witch City Consignment

For the Future - A reading at...
The Broom Closet
Angelica's of the Angels

For Stuffing Stockings and more
Salemdipity on Pickering Wharf
Trolley Depot
Witch Tee's

For Wrapping it all Up
Coon's Card & Gift Shop, 226 Essex Street

And, for relaxing after you've crossed everyone off your list:
Gulu-Gulu Cafe
The Lobster Shanty
Victoria Station

For more information on shopping, dining, and exploring in Salem, Massachusetts, visit

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