The holiday shopping season has officially begun in Salem, and to help you find something for everyone on your list, we’ve outlined some of our favorite local gift ideas by price.
Outerwear & Sweaters
As the holidays approach, outerwear and sweaters are always at the top of the list for winter gift ideas. Many of Salem’s downtown clothing retailers stock high-quality jackets and sweaters, along with all the accessories you are sure to need to stay warm this winter. For just under $100, shop for weather-resistant outerwear at Avalanche Company Store or pick up a cozy sweater from J. Mode.
Salem has plenty of shops to help you find the right jewelry gifts this season. The Peabody Essex Museum Shop features pieces designed after current and past exhibitions as well as various motifs in the art world. Thinking of purchasing some jewelry but aren’t quite sure where to start? RJ Coins and Jewelry can help with ring-sizing, wish lists, and refreshments during Wish List Wednesdays (weekly through December 20).
Sweets & Treats
Tis the season to indulge in your sweet tooth, and what better way to do so than with some locally made chocolates? Candy gift sets are available from both Harbor Sweets and Ye Olde Pepper Companie, and a variety of sweet treats and gift items may also be found at Maria’s Sweet Somethings. For a more savory treat, visit Pamplemousse for a specialty gift basket or bottle of wine, or purchase a set of spice blends from Salem Spice.
Salem’s shops offer something for everyone on your list in terms of hats, gloves, scarves, handbags, and more. Whether you’re shopping for fans Harry Potter at Trolley Depot or a Lilly Pulitzer at Ocean Chic Boutique and Waterbar, you’ll find all the accessories you need to complete your holiday shopping this season in downtown Salem.
Art & Home Décor
Whether you’re shopping for the new homeowner, art enthusiast, or modern witch, you can come across everything you need with a walk through downtown Salem. Handcrafted witch balls like the one shown above are sold at Crow Haven Corner, Artemisia Botanicals, Salemdipity, and the Witch History Museum Gift Shop, and additional witchy décor pieces like statuary, prints, and candles may be found around town at HausWitch Home + Healing, HEX: Old World Witchery, and Nu Aeon.
Original art and reproduction prints are available at the Peabody Essex Museum Shop and Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints. The shops on Artists’ Row also create beautiful décor pieces, accessories, and original paintings and prints. You can keep up with each shop’s hours and products online at the Artists’ Row Facebook page.
Add a personal touch to your family’s tree with a Christmas ornament from your visit to Salem. Remember a visit to your favorite attraction with an ornament from The House of the Seven Gables Gift Shop, the Salem Witch Museum Store, or the Salem Maritime National Historic Site at Waite and Peirce or browse through a variety of styles from Halloween to Christmas themes at Partridge in a Bear Tree.
Stay under $25 and impress the coffee and tea lovers on your list with uniquely “Salem” mugs. Pick up the Witch City mugs featured above at HausWitch Home + Healing, or find just the mug to go with your attraction ornaments at the Salem Witch Museum and The House of the Seven Gables.
Score the sweetest stocking stuffers with made-in-Salem snacks! Pick up a couple of bags of popcorn from Popped! Gourmet Popcorn, or shop for candied treats gummy worms and “catch of the day” candy fish from Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie.
Can’t make it to Salem to shop in time for the holidays? Many local retailers have online shops in addition to their downtown storefronts. Visit our Shop page to view a complete list of retailers and learn more.