The holiday season brings many magical things including holiday parties and it can be a little nerve-wracking to find the perfect host gift that will be memorable, unique, and show how grateful you are to be welcomed into their home. Salem, Massachusetts is the ultimate place to shop for unique gifts while also supporting great local businesses and you will be able to find a gift for every type of host you will encounter over the holiday season.
A Recipe Book
Many hosts and hostesses love to cook, or if they don’t love to cook, they love to mix a great drink. There are many fun recipe books in Salem that will be both a great gift and a great conversation piece when you give them! The Marble Faun Books & Gifts (102 Wharf Street) on Pickering Wharf has many literary-themed cookbooks including the classic, Tequila Mockingbird. Also on Pickering Wharf, Salemdpity (86 Wharf Street) has great drinkable spell books so you can bring a little magic to the party. Stop by Wicked Good Books (215 Essex Street) for the Salem Chamber of Commerce’s new cookbook, Salem’s Cookin’, which features recipes from local chefs, bakers, bartenders, celebrities, and others.
Candles are an easy way to put anyone into a good mood. They make a great decoration, fit in most spaces and they come in so many scents there is one that exists for everyone’s tastes. Witch City Wicks (302 Essex Street) makes affordable candles that are hand-poured, labeled, packaged, and shipped by their team right here in Salem, Massachusetts. Their popular scents include “White Sage and Lavender” and “Midnight Amber,” and they have a variety of seasonal scents. A short walk away is Hive and Forge (30 Church Street), which features a collective of 30+ artisans including Wick3d Sisters which makes candles in small batches and are hand-poured in Lynn, MA. Their most popular scents include “Berry Vanilla” and “Lemon Drop”
A new set of glasses makes a great gift! Everyone uses them and they are easy to integrate into every home because they are always functional. They can also be a great reminder of the event you are going to because the occasion can decide what type of glassware to bring. Going to watch a sporting event? Pick up some pub glasses from District Trading Company (131 Essex Street), they also have wine and shot glasses if your hosts aren’t quite beer drinkers. A little further down the street, The Peabody Essex Museum Shop (161 Essex Street) has beautiful champagne glasses. If your host is a tea fan, swing by Coven Beauty (63B Wharf St) on Pickering Wharf for a “purrfect,” easy storage teapot and cup set.
Trying to find a gift that will add decorative flair to the home? Cheerful, decorative tea towels provide a fun way to bring the holidays into the kitchen that can be used for years to come, and Partridge in the Bear Tree (82 Wharf Street) on Pickering Wharf has a great selection of towels, as well as ornaments and other holiday items. For something a little larger that’s perfect for the winter season, pick up a handmade throw from Coon’s Card and Gift Shop (226 Essex Street). Coasters are always a great gift, and we love the fun selection at Moody’s Home & Gifts (109 Essex Street).
If your host will appreciate a little magic, look no further than a spell kit designed to protect and improve the home.. Hauswitch Home + Healing (144 Washington Street) has spell kits for “a cozy home” that will , and Crow Haven Corner (125 Essex Street) sells their “Egyptian Protection Spell Kit” to protect the home and its occupants.
Food and Drink
Food and drink are classic gifts for hosts and hostesses, and we have several options! If you want a delicious sweet or treat grab some chocolates from Harbor Sweets (85 Leavitt Street), macarons from Jolie Tea (316 Derby Street), or uniquely flavored popcorn from Popped (84 Wharf Street)! If you want to bring something savory, check out The Cheese Shop of Salem (45 Lafayette Street) for charcuterie boards that cater to all tastes. A bottle of wine is a perfect gift for most hosts, and you can pick one up at The Cheese Shop of Salem or Pamplemousse (185 Essex Street), where you will find a wonderful selection of wine, beer and mead. , For something non-alcoholic, head to Jolie Tea for a tea sample set that features a selection of bestsellers that everyone will want to try.