We can’t wait for the Holiday Stroll this Saturday so that we can finally take care of our holiday shopping! For our first ever Holiday Stroll, the only stipulation for participating businesses was that they had to stay open till 8 pm – but so many of them are going above and beyond to improve your shopping experience. Do you know where to go for everyone on your holiday gift list? We did the leg work for you:
The History Lover – The House of Seven Gables Museum Store – 115 Derby St.
The Gables store will be staying open late for the stroll, and will be serving cookies and wassail in the lobby.
The Art Lover – Kensington-Stobart Gallery – 18 Washington Square W
Visit one of Salem’s finest galleries and enter a free drawing for a beautiful framed photo of Salem Common at Christmastime.
The Steampunk or Downton Abbey Lover – The Marble Faun Books and Gifts – 131-1 Essex St.
One of our favorite unique Salem boutiques carries all manner of Victorian, Brit-loving, literary fun – and tea!
The Harry Potter Lover – Remember Salem – 127 Essex St., Wynott’s Wands – 127 Essex St
Remember Salem and Wynott’s Wands will have their wonderful Crown and Shield Hall open and decorated, with a special visit from Dumbledore himself.
The Salem Lover – Coon’s Card & Gift Shop – 226 Essex St., Salemdipity – 86 Wharf St., Trolley Depot – 191 Essex St., Witch Tees – 173 Essex St. and Museum Place Mall
Uniquely Salem-ized gifts you can’t find anywhere else – or as the window at Trolley Depot says about shopping local, “It’s all about the bats, ‘bout the bats, no travel!”
The Craft Fiend – Crafters Market Candles & Gifts – 82 Wharf St.
While the Crafters Market carries much more than crafts, you’ll find plenty here for the crafty folks on your list.
The Wine-Loving Craft Fiend – Boston Bead Company – 10 Front St.
Not only can you find any type of bead you could imagine here, Boston Bead will be offering a special Make-Your-Own wine stopper project.
The Wiccan or Mystic – Angel’s Landing – 192 Essex St., The Coven’s Cottage – 190 Essex St., Pyramid Books – 214 Derby St.
Admit it, most locals have never visited the Wiccan or New Age stores that attract so many of our visitors. Spend just a few seconds in any of these three very different stores, and you’ll wonder what took you so long.
The Interior Designer – Delande Lighting – 22 New Derby St., Edward John Home Décor – 100 Wharf St., Hedrington’s – 61 Wharf St.
From little pops of flair to big-ticket items, these stores have plenty to help homes sparkle and shine.
The Friend with a New Baby – The Happy Sunflower – 78 Wharf St.
The Happy Sunflower’s section of baby items is possibly one of the best-kept retail secrets in Salem. Plus, Santa’s visit to the Winter Walk on the Wharf starts at this store at 1 pm!
The Fashionista – J. Mode – 17 Front St., Modern Millie Vintage & Consignments – 3 Central St., Ocean Chic Boutique – 96 Wharf St., Re-Find – 72 Washington St.
From funky to fashion-forward to functional, our amazing women’s retailers have options for any style on your list.
The Male Fashionista – Re-Find Men’s – 244 Essex St.
Trust us, it’s a thing. Also, you’ve never seen so many dashing hats in your life.
The “Under 12” Set – Mud Puddle Toys – 221 Essex St.
Our local toy store is pure happiness. Enough said.
The Chef – SalemSpice – 75 Wharf St
More varieties of salt than you could possibly imagine, plus free mulling spices with every purchase of $25.
The Cyclist – The Urbane Cyclist – 144 Washington St.
As the Urbane Cyclist changes starts focusing more on custom bikes, their remaining stock is all available for an astounding 50% off.
The Knitter – Seed Stitch Fine Yarn – 21 Front St.
Knitter’s paradise Seed Stitch will also be giving drop spindle demonstrations for the Holiday Stroll
That Special Someone – RJ Coins & Jewelry – 68 Wharf St., Treasures Over Time – 139 Washington St
The perfect destinations whether you need a one-of-a-kind gift, or a repair to a beloved piece, plus you’ll get a free Christmas ornament or Hanukkah dreidel with every purchase over $25
The Book Worm – Wicked Good Books – 215 Essex St.
Salem’s new bookstore is the place to be for any literary lover, and will always place special orders for anything they don’t have.
The Choco-holic – Ye Olde Pepper Companie – 122 Derby St.
America’s oldest candy shop is still pushing the boundaries with new, delicious goodies, plus you might catch a candy-making demonstration throughout the day.
Your Four-Legged Friend – Day of the Dog – 63B Wharf St., New England Dog Biscuit Company – 7 Central St., Penelope’s Pet Boutique – 99 Washington St.
It’s no secret that Salem-ites love our pets. Don’t forget your favorite fuzzy friend while shopping!
The Family – Salem’s Vintage Photography – 172 Essex St.
Didn’t get a holiday card picture yet? Salem’s Vintage Photography will offer 15% off certificates and any customers on Saturday.
Everyone Else – Roost & Company – 40 Front St.
Not sure who you’re looking to buy for, or what they might like? Roost always seems to have that thing you didn’t know you needed, plus you can keep any receipts from December to treat yourself to discounts in January.
Yourself – Melita Fiore – 83 Washington St.
Speaking of treating yourself, local patisserie Melita Fiore will be open late with hot chocolate and nibbles to reward dedicated shoppers.
And don’t forget to vote for the Holiday Window Contest while you’re out there!