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Hi everyone, happy Monday and welcome back to the blog. Every year I do a gift giving guide based around Salem, MA businesses and shops. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, shopping local and supporting Salem’s own is more important than ever. The following are ten businesses you can support through the holiday season while you’re checking people off of your holiday gift list.
Keep in mind Salem is home to many amazing businesses and shops…this list is not all inclusive. If you want a run down of more businesses in the area, click here. You can also check out Salem.org’s list of online shopping here.
A glimpse into the future
The first item is actually located in the shop right here on my website. I offer tarot card readings! I have been reading for about ten years now and would be honored to offer you some insight into what the cards hold. You can read all of the details right here and if you’re buying this reading for a friend or loved one just specify that in the notes to me at check out.
The gift of accommodations
If you had to cancel your 2020 trip because of COVID-19 and are planning to reschedule for 2021 get your hotel reservations squared away early!! Salem is home to many hotels as well as Airbnbs and a gift card for a loved one is a great gift idea.
The search box below can help you pick one or you can grab an Airbnb gift card right here.
Related: Themed Airbnbs in Salem, MA
The Flower Child
The Flower Child is a new-ish shop to Salem and she has the cutest stuff in there! Such unique items that are all super affordable. Her online shop is updated regularly so if you can’t make it into Salem you can order online from the comfort of home. Click here to browse.
Witch, witch, you’re a witch!
Did you know the Peabody Essex Museum is currently running an exhibit all about the Salem Witch Trials? It goes through April 4, 2021 and if you’re planning to be in Salem before then, snagging tickets as a holiday gift is a great idea. You can read all about the Witch Trials exhibit right here. You can grab gift admission tickets right here.
If you won’t be in Salem in time to experience this exhibit, they have tons of others that run through the year. Alternatively you could check out their online gift shop right here.
Borah, borah, borah. Salem’s much beloved green faced witch. Did you know you can buy Salem’s Black Hat Society swag right on Etsy? The BORAHporium is located right here. Alternatively, if you’re local or visiting Salem, you can grab a selection of SBHS items at Coon’s Cards and Gifts.
Gift baskets, delivered locally
Pamplemousse is making gift baskets easy for you this year! If you’re within their delivery radius, you are all set to go. According to their website: “Come by, shop and pick the items yourself or give us a budget and an idea of what you would like and we’ll do it for you! Baskets start at $75. Please note, we do not ship gift baskets and boxes. We deliver to Reading, Wakefield, Melrose, Wilmington, Saugus, North Reading, Andover, Salem, Beverly, Peabody, Marblehead.” To read more about this, click here.
Harbor sweets has an awesome selection of holiday gifts right on their website. Browse hot chocolate/cocoa gift sets, boxes of chocolates, chocolate Santas and more, delivered right to your home.
Appetizers made easy
If you have been tasked with bringing appetizers or cheese spreads to the (socially distant) holiday get together, then the Cheese Shop of Salem has you covered. You can call to place your order/schedule pick up or browse some options online right here.
Okay, so you have the majority of your gift items all set to go. What about the stocking stuffers? Teas and gift items from Jolie Tea Co. would make a great stocking stuffer. Click here to head over to their website and browse for ideas.
The House of the Seven Gables is a favorite of mine and due to the COVID-19 pandemic they have been offering virtual tours. This means that you can give the gift of experiencing some of Salem’s history, right from your home! Click here to head to their website and grab tickets for yourself and loved ones.
I hope this helped give you some ideas for your 2020 holiday gifts. Salem’s businesses are doing everything they can to cope with these challenging times and shopping local is one way you can ensure the witch city is here to welcome you back in 2021. Happy holidays and enjoy!! <3