I love the holiday season.
There is something sparkly in the air, and everyone seems a tad more
tolerant of each other. If you celebrate any of the December holidays, you most
likely have been searching for gifts. And,
perhaps you are still looking for that elusive gift for your great-aunt? Or for
that tween nephew? Consider these local treasures.
On the Vermont side of the river, I found some unusual gifts at Post in downtown White River Junction a few weeks ago. This stationary/gift store has much to offer, including games, cards and very pretty ornaments. Other great gift shops in downtown include Oodles, Long River Gallery . For fun and affordable clothing look to Revolution.
Continuing down route 4 I also stopped at the Quechee Gorge Village with the Antiques Mall, which has many businesses besides their anchor store. Be sure and visit the Alpaca’s, and consider getting some nice cheese at Cabot. Other treats to consume are from the Italian bakery, and of course the Vermont Spirits Distillery. The antiques store is filled to the brim with retro goods that will spark great memories with your siblings, or better yet, find a toy that was special to you, and gift it to someone younger.
Norwich also has some excellent shopping choices, beginning with King Arthur Flour. My family out West appreciates treats from this local company each year. The Norwich Bookstore has an excellent collection of books, and you would be hard pressed to not find something, even for the pickiest of readers. Dan and Whit’s has a large variety of toys, clothing, good food and hardware.
Moving back across the river, you will find other shops to help you find that perfect gift. A terrific store that our whole family appreciates is Black Moon Games. We are fond of board games, and this Lebanon business makes it easy to supplement our interest. Consider stopping at West Lebanon Supply for the furry ones on your list. Perhaps a bird feeder with a bag of seed would suit a friend or family member?
Downtown Hanover gets plenty of business from me, as it is
easy for me to walk down on my lunch break and browse the stores. The Lemon Tree has excellent gift choices and plenty of items for all ages. Main Street Kitchens is a wonderful cookware
store with knowledgeable staff to help guide you. If you like to give artwork, the League of NH Craftsmen in
Hanover, and AVA in Lebanon are both great sources for all kinds of mediums. That Little Spot of Red is my main stationary store, and
like Post, it has much to offer besides cards and wrap, they have whimsical gifts and terrific pens.
And don’t forget, gift cards to local restaurants, or movie theaters are always appreciated. With all the independent stores in the Upper Valley, consider finishing (starting?!) your shopping with the shops just down the road. Not only will you appreciate the shorter drive, but you will be keeping the dollars you spend here in the Upper Valley. And even if you are done with your shopping, consider just getting out into our lovely towns to see the decorations. This year's Gingerbread House in the lobby of the Hanover Inn is well worth visiting. But please don’t shop til you drop! Enjoy this special season and support your local businesses.