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Where to Shop This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again! And with the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to get a move on all that gift shopping. While you could play it safe and head to a local mall or jump online, why not check out some of New Hampshire’s local shops and centers? Who knows, you might just find the perfect thing for everyone on your list!
 

For One-of-a-Kind Gifts

 

Antique Alley, Route 4, Chichester to Lee

What do you get someone who has everything? How about something truly unique that you won’t find stockpiled in a million stores all across the country. Head to Antique Alley to browse one-of-a-kind goods you won’t find anywhere else! Antique Alley is New England’s oldest antique shopping district, stretching from Chichester to Lee along New Hampshire’s Route 4. With over 500 dealers, you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list.
 
Browse gorgeous antique glassware sets or elegant jewelry, vintage art and well-loved books. With piles of endless goods and wares, there’s something for every budget and taste. Pick out a vintage picture frame and print a photo for a thoughtful memento, or find the perfect watch for dad. Whatever you pick, it’s sure to be something extraordinary.
 

For Thoughtful Stocking Stuffers

 

Country & General Stores

There’s nothing that quite screams New Hampshire louder than a country or general store. It’s like stepping back in time to a simpler life, where everything you need is in one place and the folks behind the counter know you like family. While times have certainly changed, and our country and general stores have upgraded to keep with the times, they still offer incredible selections of local goods and wares like handmade soaps, unique gifts, classic candies, locally made food and crafts, plus so much more.
 
Explore our list of stores throughout the state, including The Old Country Store in Moultonborough famous for its decadent assortment of pickles, local wares, and fun trinkets, and the Brick Store in Bath—the oldest continuously operating country store in America! Choose from incredible smoked meats, cheeses, and plenty of other awesome local products.

For Boutique and New Hampshire-Made Gifts

Downtown Shops

 

If you prefer bustling downtown centers where the hum of other shoppers and festive decorations can get you in the holiday spirit, then head to one of New Hampshire’s charming towns or cities to explore locally owned shops and boutiques on your holiday shopping spree!

  • Keene: The charming downtown of Keene is lush with locally owned gift and boutique shops. With one of the widest Main Streets in the country, Keene’s downtown is also one of the most beautiful. Between historic buildings, art displays, and festive holiday lights—you’ll be in the spirit in no time. Check out the Hannah Grimes Marketplace which houses the crafts of over 250 local artisans or Urban Exchange, a high-end consignment shop.

  • Concord: New Hampshire’s capital city is home to a stunning downtown that’s lively with folks rushing in and out of quaint local shops. U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen claims “Concord’s Main Street is really New Hampshire’s Main Street.” So why not pay a visit? There are tons of storefronts and vendors lining the street, including Who Doesn't Want That?, a specialty gift shop and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen where you can pick up unique artwork and local crafts.

  • Portsmouth: The historic, cobblestone streets of Portsmouth’s downtown are almost romantic, especially during the holidays when decorations light up the city center. Here, you could easily spend an entire afternoon dipping in and out of chic boutiques, unique gift shops, local craftsmen galleries, and many more fun little stores! Check out Macro Polo for really unique and fun novelty items, or G. Willikers Toy Shop, where you’ll find the perfect gift for any kiddos on your list this year. Once you’re all tuckered out, stop in to a cozy café and warm up with a steaming cup of coffee or cocoa!

  • North Conway: Nestled in the White Mountains, the village of North Conway makes home to plenty of fun gift shops, home goods stores, and other unique retailers all lining the delightful downtown. Shopping for a culinary aficionado? Browse the selection at North Conway Olive Oil Company which offers a fine selection of gourmet infused oils, vinegar, spices and rubs, and much more. Or, make a trip to the Christmas Loft in North Conway for a festive gift shop with everything you need in one place!

  • Exeter: Located along the Squamscot River, Exeter’s historic downtown abounds with local charm. Explore the wide selection of classic toys and games at Whirleygigs, established in 1986. It doesn’t hurt to mention that this shop was voted ‘Best Toy Store in New England’ by Yankee Magazine! Or hit up Travel and Nature which specializes in travel books, outdoor equipment, nature guides, and more for those adventure-seekers on your list.

  • Hanover: While located with proximity to the Ivy League Dartmouth College, Hanover is much more than a “college town.” The bustling downtown is home to some incredible shops, perfect for finding the right gifts for everyone this season. Browse the shelves at Still North Book & Bar to find a great read for that book lover on your list, and afterwards, reward yourself with coffee, wine, or beer in-store! Or, My Brigadeiro offers an irresistible selection of fine chocolates and incredible cupcakes made from local ingredients—anyone with a sweet tooth is sure to appreciate something from here!

  • Littleton: As the northernmost downtown on our list, we promise Littleton is worth the trip. The downtown sits riverside and abounds with appeal between the historic brick buildings and wide sidewalks. The Huffington Post even gave hats off to Littleton as one of America’s Best Main Streets! Be sure to stop in to Chutters—which is home to the longest candy counter in the world. Pick up a souvenir or take home a sweet gift for someone on your list. Just down the road, Bella Funk Boutique is a charming shop offering curated clothing, skincare, and home goods—plus, it was voted #1 Best Women’s Clothing Store by the Calendonian Record Reader’s Choice!

For Style and Gadgets

If you’re looking for a real one-stop-shop, the outlet malls are going to be your best bet. You can find a selection of brand name stores and boutiques all in one place where you can browse gadgets, toys, books, kitchenware, clothing, and so much more all within walkable distance. Bonus: the outlets are notorious for having incredible sales—so you might even nab a great deal and have money left over! Which you can then splurge on a snack or meal at the plethora of food options the outlets offer. Sounds like a sweet deal!

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