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TBF Gift Guide: Unique Gifts for New Englanders

Untitled #53Every year, there's always one "hot" item making the rounds for the holidays. Last year, it was those virtual reality goggles. This year, I feel like everyone is getting an Echo Dot. And hey, nothing wrong with that! My gal KP's Echo is pretty cool, although I confess the goggles I received last year are still in their original box and will be re-gifted to the neighborhood gift swap (sorry neighbors!). If you're looking for something a little different, I've rounded up some of my favorite goodies from throughout the year, pictured above. Some are more traditional (a snuggly hat is a classic holiday gift!) and some are a little more unique to New England. Read on to learn more...

(1) For those cozy nights in front of the fire... I think we are all aware here about my obsession with fluffy white robes. Boca Terry makes a number of styles, all from luxurious, high-quality fabrics, that are perfect for wearing to an apr├Ęs-ski hot tub, or for lounging about with a cup of coffee and the Times. Use code KRISTEN20 for 20% off between now and December 31, 2017 at 

(2) For the friend who monograms everything... Local jewelry designer Colby Davis is a one stop shop for understated, timeless pieces that look beautiful alone or layered. Think: monogrammed pendants, anchor and sand dollar charms, and even classic St. Christophers. Use code CHEERS2017 for 10% off at

(3) For the beauty junkie...  An advent calendar with gorgeous Clarins products instead of sub-par chocolate? Yes, please! The packaging is oh-so-pretty, and your pal will be pretty, too, with two dozen makeup and skin care surprises.

(4) and (7) For the glamorous gal pal... Nothing says like glam like leopard print and rhinestones. Leopard shoes perk up any outfit (Try them with all black! Or jeans and a tee! Or with preppy stripes!). And a beautiful beanie is a holiday gift classic, but this one with cheerful rhinestones will make your friend feel sunny, even when the weather is frightful.

(5) For the friend addicted to high-priced fitness studios... Oh my gosh, you guys, this gym bag is one of my favorite products of the year. Just look how much you can fit in this, and keep everything organized to boot! Gone are the days of digging through my bag for keys, spilling water or makeup all over my stuff, and generally getting everything I know smelly. It's durable and super cute - even the lining is chic! GET $50 off your first purchase using this

(6) For the foodie friend... Local chef and the genius behind Townsman, Matt Jennings, has penned this cookbook that reads like a love letter to New England. The recipes are easy to follow and to prepare, and are sure to inspire some dinner parties. Come for the clam chowder (did you know you can use seaweed to boost the brininess?), stay for the New England story-telling. Available via Amazon or

(8) For the high-flying travel bug... While most airlines are going low (ugh, really, no overhead space?), JetBlue is going high. Book that winter getaway to the islands on JetBlue Mint, JetBlue's premium travel service that offers fully lie-flat seats, inflight entertainment, seriously good dining, and these cute amenity kits from Haywood and Hopper. The service is available on multiple flights out of Boston, getting you to your vacation in mint condition.

(9) For the prim and proper lady... I love experiential gifts - something that you and your loved one can do together! My bestie Michele and I recently attended high tea at The Langham Hotel in Boston, and dah-ling you simply must do the same. From the elegant lobby, to tasty tea sandwiches and scones, it is a truly luxurious experience. Take your grandmother, your gal pals, your best pal from the office... anyone who deserves an afternoon of treating themselves! Reserve a table here or learn more at

(10) For the friend always consulting her horoscope... These constellation necklaces are at a great price point, and a nice way to give a unique, personalized gift! Available in silver, gold and rose gold, and the site is offering some fun specials right now.

(11) For the dancing machine... Going back to experiential gifts, the holiday season is not complete without a trip to Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker! I've written about The Nutcracker before (see here, here, here), and I attend every year. It never gets old. I always find something new that I love, or hadn't noticed before. Take a date, take your friend, or your favorite niece or nephew - it's a ballet that really has something for everyone.

(12) For the Anna Wintour wannabe... Longtime readers know that I have a thing for oversized sunglasses. Ok, I don't wear them inside (or at night), but I do wear them when it's cloudy, snowing, or almoooost sunset. These Swarovski shades are perfect for a sun or ski getaway, or for strolling down Beacon Street!

(13) For the localvore lobster lover... This Lobster Ladies calendar produced by Luke's Lobster raises awareness for the lobster communities of Maine, with whom Luke's works very closely. In its inaugural year of 2018, the calendar celebrates twelve women in Maine's longest standing industry, including lobster boat captain and sternman Krista Tripp. All proceeds from the calendar go to the Maine Lobsterman's Community Alliance. Available in local Luke's Lobsters (Downtown Crossing, Back Bay and the Seaport) and online at 

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