Your MVT Holiday Shopping Guide
Your MVT Holiday Shopping Guide
Shopping for the holidays has been known to instill endless stress, but in MVT holiday shopping isn’t just easy—it’s downright enjoyable. From the snow-capped mountains to the many wreaths and holiday lights that accentuate downtown Manchester’s magical landscape, you’ll be walking (or should we say shopping?) in a winter wonderland. It’s not only the atmosphere that will be a hit, however. With countless shops carrying everything from designer garb to handcrafted goods, you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list here in Manchester, Vermont—and we know just where to start.
You could spend a whole day among the shelves of the Northshire Bookstore—we definitely have—and there’s no better place to find gifts for everyone (and maybe even yourself). Hit the children’s floor for games, books, and toys that will make Christmas morning extra exciting, or explore their gift section downstairs laden with almost anything you could imagine—like the Room of Requirement, you’re sure to find what you seek within Northshire! Of course, it’s their book selection that shines above all. Be it poetry, cookbooks, best-sellers, or that obscure novel that you just can’t track down, Northshire’s staff is ready and waiting to help you pick the perfect page-turner. Don’t miss their shelves of cards while you’re there, and indulge in gift wrapping to make your shopping experience stress-free.
For the Foodie
Even the most experienced chef, or fanatic food lover, can get excited about new kitchen gadgets or beautiful dinnerware, and you’ll find endless gift inspirations among the stocked shelves of Kitchen Collection! Snag a new gadget or the perfect stocking stuffers at Kitchen Collection (their fun selection of cookie cutters, or cocktail accessories, make great gifts). Or head to the Le Creuset store for that beautiful set of cookware that will last generations. Have someone on your list who always throws the best parties? They’ll appreciate a little something from Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market, where Patti Fortuna-Stannard and her family make internationally-recognized meats and present imported Italian treats.
For the Artsy-Type
Manchester is a tried and true arts community, and has been so for more than a century, so it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of artisan goods to be found in the town’s many shops and galleries. Start at Tilting at Windmills, whose friendly owner, Terry Lindsey, has curated a collection featuring a broad selection of work by important regional, national, and international artists. And no stranger to a good time, Terry puts on fabulous get-togethers in the gallery throughout the holiday season with incredible eggnog and treats (as if you need another reason to stop in.)
Long Ago and Far Away is another can’t-miss stop for gift givers. Grant and Betsy specialize in Native American and Inuit art sourced from well-known, and some not-so-well-known, artists in communities around North America and feature these beautiful collections alongside small-town craftsmen. There are options for every budget, from jewelry to housewares, moccasins and more.
For something extra special, browse Perfectpiece Consignments for their vast array of art, furniture, collectibles, and rugs. You’ll find antiques and modern wares for entertaining and decorating which have been discerningly selected waiting for their next life and for you to say “it’s the perfect piece.” A little added value for shoppers: the extensive knowledge and experience in buying, selling, and appraising by owners, the Wallas.
For the Mountain Man—or Woman
For the outdoors man and women Manchester’s iconic outfitter The Mountain Goat has been in Manchester since 1987. Their longevity comes with a wealth of expertise and knowledge when it comes to gear, apparel, and pretty much any outdoor activity that can be experienced in the Green Mountain state. Spoil the gear-junkie in your life with the gift of snowshoes or cross-country skis, or shop brands like Patagonia, The North Face, and Prana to find the perfect gift. At The Mountain Goat, explore everything from stocking stuffers to big-ticket gifts that are sure to keep them outdoors.
Just down the block, you’ll find another long-standing establishment, specializing in the coziest après-ski and mountain town apparel around. Family owned since 1879, Heinel’s carries clothing from classic brands such as Woolrich and Levis for both women and men, with everything from pajamas and slippers to suits and tuxedos. Our suggestion? Check out the hand-knitted alpaca and cashmere goods that they carry for a gift that’s extra soft and extra special.
For the Out-of-Towner
As the name implies, Above All Vermont is Manchester’s go-to for anything and everything Vermont, with that classic country store vibe augmented by the shop’s old-timey decor and antique display cases. Within them you’ll discover handcrafted and specialty gifts that are quintessentially Vermont, including toys, indulgent apothecary treats, and enough food to make your mouth water. While it’s a great stop for pretty much anyone on your list, Above All Vermont is an especially good place to shop for the kids or that out of town relative with a love for the Green Mountains.
For the Fashionista
Let’s be real: when you’re shopping for that friend with a passion for fashion, the Manchester Designer Outlets should be on your list. A refined collection of more than 40 designer boutiques, you’ll find metropolitan standbys like Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade in Manchester, Vermont—and the deals are sure to blow you away. To please (or appease) the teens and tweens in your life, pop into shops like J. Crew and The Cosmetics Company to find the gifts they really want. Don’t underestimate the power of a gift-card either: what’s better than giving a day of shopping in MVT?
Manchester’s premiere consignment shop, Zippy Chicks, isn’t your typical “thrifting” experience. The store’s incredibly selective team curates an impeccable selection of high-quality, in-season, and stylish clothing, shoes, and accessories. With an eye towards conscious shopping and recycled fashion, Zippy Chicks is the perfect stop for that friend with a hefty respect for both the environment and a great deal.
To find a more intimate gift for the lady in your life, JOY- all things underthings is bound to have just the thing—be it a cozy pair of pajamas, stunning lingerie, and more. The shop offers “all things underthings,” and they aren’t kidding with gift-ready goods for all shapes, sizes, and ages from brands like Wacoal, BedHead, and the French brand Empreinte. An added bonus: if she’s shopped at JOY before, her sizes are likely to be on file already. Talk about a seamless shopping experience!
No matter who you’re shopping for, the perfect gift awaits in MVT. Add in a dash of craftsmanship and community spirit, and you’ve got yourself a classic Vermont Christmas.
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