Additional reporting by Madeleine Coleman
Photographed by Sharon White
Prop styling by Lauren Niles

As unique as the personalities on your Nice List, every Boston neighborhood has its quirks. And its boutiques are the shop windows to its soul. For our gift guide this year, we took to the streets of five locales to pluck presents and check off the season’s to-dos. So bundle up and hit the pavement, remembering that, despite the plummeting mercury, shopping for your loved ones can be a holiday treat.

Back Bay

With bountiful storefronts, the Back Bay has everything for everyone — even if you’re shopping for a canine friend.

Kelmscott Holdall $448 at Jack Wills | 857-753-4524 | jackwills.com
NPS Shoes Brayden Oxfords $298 at Jack Wills | 857-753-4524 | jackwills.com
Shun limited edition chef’s knife $299.95 at Kitchenwares | 857-366-4237 | kitchenwaresboston.com
Healthy Skin Essentials gift set $89 at Kiehl’s | 617-247-1777 | kiehls.com
Out of Africa hat $125 at Goorin Bros |617-247-4287 | goorin.com
Wagwear bowls $34 each at Fish & Bone | 857-753-4176 | blog.thefishandbone.com

Harvard Square

Apart from its obvious credentials, a mix of big stores and bijou shops gives Harvard Square its distinction.

Züny leather paperweights $40 each at Black Ink | 617-497-1221 | blackinkboston.com
Sex Bomb bath bomb $6.65; Cinders bath bomb $4.95; Mr. Punch soap $6.95; and Snow Globe soap $7.95. All at Lush | 617-497-5874 | lush.com
A.V. Max initial rings $26 each, and A.V. Max Python ID bracelet $32. Both at Mint
Julep | 617-576-6468 | shopmintjulep.com
Nixon 51-30 Chrono men’s watch $425 at the Tannery | 617-491-1811 | thetannery.com
Arlington shaving bowl $20, and Vintage men’s shaver $40. Both at Oona’s Experienced Clothing | 617-491-2654 | oonasboston.com
Visvim Lamina Corduroy 20L backpack $950 at Concepts | 617-868-2001 | cncpts.com
Vintage men’s scarf $12 at Oona’s Experienced Clothing | 617-491-2654 | oonasboston.com

South End

The hub's hub for artisans offers refined crafts to please the playful.

Vermont Cheese Board with Knife | $19.95 at Formaggio Kitchen | 617-350-6996 | southendformaggio.com
Holztiger Wooden Deer, Skunk and Fox | $16, $14, and $13 at Patch NYC | 617-426-0592 | patchnyc.com
Dishtowel | $25 at Hudson | 617-292-0900 | hudsonboston.com
Free People Socks | $24 at Flock | 617-391-0222 | flockboston.com
Thomas Paul Pillow | $24 at Hudson | 617-292-0900 | hudsonboston.com
Pendleton Travel Bag | $348 at Flock | 617-391-0222 | flockboston.com
Face Towels | $18 for 3 at Patch NYC | 617-426-0592 | patchnyc.com

Beacon Hill

With so many tasteful boutiques, a stroll down Charles Street turns up sparkly stones and smart accessories aplenty.

Seventy-Eight Percent Dimitri bag $525 at Good | 617-722-9200 | shopatgood.com
Faliero Sarti LIK scarf $360 at Piknik Popup | piknikmv.com
J. Fold men’s wallet $60 at Piknik Popup | piknikmv.com
Pendleton San Miguel blanket $228 at Piknik Popup | piknikmv.com
Beyond 123 hand-crafted cow $25 at Good | 617-722-9200 | shopatgood.com
Sonya Renee adjustable ring $115, and Druzy ring $70. Both at Moxie | 617-557-9991 | moxieboston.com
House of Harlow bracelet $68, and earrings $52. Both at Crush Boutique | 617-720-0010 | shopcrushboutique.com

Jamaica Plain

At the intersection of high-end and handcrafted, JP’s shops lend an off-kilter fancifulness to your shopping list

Resource Revival clock $72 at Fire Opal | 617-524-0262 | fire-opal.com
Will duffle $358 at Salmagundi | 617-522-5047 | salmagundiboston.com
Bow ties $46 each at Salmagundi | 617-522-5047 | salmagundiboston.com
Nervous System lamp $500 at Room 68 | 617-942-7425 | room68online.com
Lollipop Pottery cream and sugar set $80 at Fire Opal | 617-524-0262 | fire-opal.com
Beehive Kitchenware measuring spoons $50 at Fire Opal | 617-524-0262 | fire-opal.com
The Gent hat $88 at Salmagundi | 617-522-5047 | salmagundiboston.com