5 Best Places in RI to Shop for Holiday Gifts

By mdblog - December 10, 2013
There are so many great rewards for shopping local. Not only does it support small businesses, but some vendors make a point to stock their shelves with handmade artisan gifts. Hey, some of these gifts are even made with love. If you're looking for holiday gifts but haven't stumbled upon the right ones yet, then check out our top favorite places below. We cover all major areas around Providence and even provide some major focal points. So without further ado... 5. Shop Downcity [caption id="attachment_2732" align="alignleft" width="180"]BIRD BOWL BY JONATHAN ADLER - BIRD BOWL BY JONATHAN ADLER -[/caption] Finding the right gift shouldn't be too difficult, as long as you're looking at the right places. If the person receiving the gift is an eclectic home goods fanatic, then you may want to check out Homestyle for the perfect gifts. There you can find creative objects for the home. Check out this awesome Jonathan Adler bowl. By the way, did you know that there's a holiday helpline open on Wednesday December 18th from 12-2pm? Yes, In Downcity Providence will   help all those from the Christmas shopping stress. Just tweet  them at @indowncitypvd using the #HolidayHelpline and they'll help you find the right gift(s) for your loved one. Can't get any easier than that.

4. Eat! Shop! Play! On Hope Street

Providence's Hope St. boasts an array of shops, restaurants, and creative workshops for everyone to enjoy. The most popular gift store on Hope is Frog & Toad, which was voted Best Gift Store Statewide by the readers of Rhode Island Monthly. And if you visit  Eat! Shop! Play! - Hope Street  online, you'll get a better idea of what else Hope St. has to offer. For instance, did you know that there's an actual second hand store specifically for children? It's called Hope Returns and they specialize in handcrafted gifts for children and families.

3. Wayland Square

The Shops of Wayland Square is good online source for those living in the immediate area. Although the neighborhood is a bit more on the quiet side, it does offer some great gift-giving options. OPT Eyewear is a high-end optical boutique store offering many independent brands as well. You know what that means...there's an opportunity to purchase frames that you won't find at Macy's, or other huge department stores. Popular jewelry store Alex + Ani is also located at Wayland Square and it's great for young women. A more artisanal jewelry store in the area is  Southwest Passage--a  Native American-inspired jewelry store. They offer a holiday layaway program for anyone who puts down 20% (non-refundable) on the item of his or her choice.

2. The Providence Flea at Hope High School

providence-fleaOh, this is a favorite. The next and LAST day of the famous Providence Flea market will be this coming Sunday, December 15th, from 10am-4pm. Where? At Hope High School. This urban market was launched on June 2nd, 2013 and hosted vendors from all of the state. Visitors can also stop by the local food trucks parked right near the market. For up-to-date info on their whereabouts, visit their  Facebook page  or  website.  

1. Holiday Show - The Foundry Artist Association 

[caption id="attachment_2739" align="alignleft" width="182"]Deb Kracht of Arthead Studio Deb Kracht of Arthead Studio[/caption] Located at the Pawtucket Armory, this holiday show will begin again this Friday, December 13th and run until Sunday, December 15th. This is THE ideal place for those looking to buy true artisanal crafts from our state's most talented. Many locals look forward to this event and it's definitely one you shouldn't miss. For more information on upcoming events, check out the website, or Facebook page.            


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