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2023 Holiday Gift Guide

shop local. shop small. shop south shore.

By Christina Skeldon November 24, 2023

South Shore Macaroni Kid's focus has always been providing hyper-local e-newsletters and a website featuring events, activities, products and places for parents, kids and families. If you have been following Mac Kid SS for a while, you know we always promote SHOPPING LOCAL! Why? Because we too are a small business, run locally by a mom living right here on the South Shore, so we know the importance of supporting other local small businesses.

In this guide you'll find ideas for the whole family, from small stocking stuffers to personalized presents and everything in between! We encourage you to try and buy holiday gifts EARLY and from local stores, businesses, and artists. Below you'll find a fantastic list of local favorites that are sure to bring cheer to everyone in your life and on your holiday shopping list!




Not just cutting boards! BirchBarn Designs is a full artisan gift shop run by husband and wife team Matt and Shelley Swanson. They handcraft beautiful gifts using high quality hardwoods. From serving boards and beer caddies to barware and family games, they create the perfect gifts for anyone on your list. And everything can be engraved with names or initials for a memorable holiday gift.

Gift ideas: Monogramed cheese boards, engraved barware, lazy susan turntables and Minot lighthouse ornaments

Give a follow here: BirchBarn

Shop here: 13 Ford Place, Unit 5, Scituate MA or BirchBarn website and be sure to check out the Maker's Market at the BirchBarn studio on 11/25 from 10-3!

Use code: MacKid for 50% off engraving





Hand crafted, micro-batched formulas with a signature recipe and a unique fermentation process. Burke’s Hot Sauce recipes are simple, free from additives, and sustainably grown and produced. Special for the Holidays, they are selling their "Rooted in Love" gift box that is the perfect gift for any hot sauce lover or buy some individual bottles for stocking stuffers! Don't forget to buy yourself some while you are at it, it is truly addicting!

Gift ideas: Individual hot sauce bottles make the perfect stocking stuffer and a rooted in love gift box is the perfect yankee swap gift or present under the tree for anyone who loves some heat!

Give a follow here: Burke's Hot Sauce and The Fermentary

Shop here: 200 Webster St, #3 Hanover (The Fermentary) or Burke's Hot Sauce website

Use code: MKSS15 for 15% off your order!




Buttonwood Books and toys is an independent book store that carries books for adults and children, toys for all ages, and a curated collection of gifts and greeting cards. They are a one-stop shop with something for everyone on your list. Buttonwood offers ample parking and personalized service, not to mention complimentary gift wrap!

Gift ideas: 

Big Heart Little Stove: Bringing Home Meals and Moments from the Lost Kitchen by Erin French

The Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

The Big Cheese by Jory John

Tonies- Creative storytelling with audio! A screen-free alternative for home and travel. ages 3+

Wheely Bug- Sturdy ride-on toy in the shape of an adorable animal. Perfect for zooming around indoors. ages 12 months+

Explore Magnatiles' new Downhill Duo set. ages 3-99

Scents for the home by Thymes and Illume, cozy pajamas and jewelry by Ink and Alloy, Becoming, and more.

Cards and calendars by local artisans, including Finding Silver Pennies

Give a follow here: Buttonwood Books and Toys

Shop here: 747 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Cohasset or Buttonwood website

Coupon here: 15% off with this coupon!




CLNandDRTY is a natural skincare brand that specializes in creating innovative, effective solutions for a wide range of skin types and concerns. Their product line includes a variety of skincare essentials such as cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums, and specialty treatments. Key products like The Clout Stick and The “C” Serum have gained popularity for their unique formulations that cater to specific needs like sensitive and acne-prone skin. They prioritize high-quality, natural ingredients in all of their products, ensuring they are cruelty-free and formulated without harmful chemicals. Based out of the South Shore, CLNandDRTY is more than just a skincare brand; it's a community focused on empowering individuals to care for their skin and embrace their natural beauty.

Gift ideas: The Clout Cleansing Stick, The "C" Serum, our mental health stickers and The New Romantic Cleansing Stick (the cleansing stick is my holy grail skin product!)

Give a follow here:CLNandDRTY 

Shop here: CLNandDRTY website

Use code: MACKIDSS15 for 15% off





The Collective Co. is a workspace and event space created to help women thrive. At The Collective Co. we foster connection, learning and growth within our vibrant community. We encourage South Shore women to get together and support one another’s career goals and ambitions through collaboration and networking. In-person membership will provide access to our coworking space as well as exclusive curated programming, events, workshop opportunities and more. Not needing a physical workspace? Check out our South Shore Hub Membership that’s perfect for women that are still seeking connection and community. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, an established company founder, a freelance creative or simply looking for a new work environment — you'll find yourself at home amongst The CC's inspiring local community.

Gift ideas: Gift cards, Day Passes or Membership

Give a follow here: The Collective Co.  

Shop here: 400 Gannett Road in North Scituate or online here!

Use code: MACKIDS to save $50 on membership 





Dalby Farm is a family owned and operated educational rare breeds (forever home) farm in Scituate working to preserve endangered breeds while offering the community the opportunities to connect with and learn about them! 

Gift ideas: The Dalby Farm Pantry Gift Sets are perfect for friends, coworkers and clients! They also sell luxurious goat milk soaps, lotions, and really unique country store fare.

Give a follow here: Dalby Farm

Shop here: 59 Grove Street, Scituate and learn more/check store hours here!





FACE + BODY  STUDIO is an intimate, modern spa offering customized facial treatments, an extensive offering of massage therapy options including couples massages, lash lift and tints, dermaplaning, brow lamination, make-up application, waxing, spray tanning, eyebrow shaping as well as brow and eyelash tinting. The studio, which also features and promotes creative artwork from local artisans, is a place to relax, indulge and reenergize.   

Gift ideas: Gift Cards , Candles, Self Care Gifts, Stocking Stuffers 

Give a follow here: Face + Body Studio

Shop here: 696 Plain St Marshfield or here

Promo: $20 Bonus Card for every $100 GC purchased at open house on 12/3/23





Feather + Finn candles are clean, simple, + designed to complement your space. Hand-poured in MA by two best girlfriends, Feather + Finn candles are made with 100% USA grown soy wax + are free from phthalates, carcinogens, mutagens, + reproductive, acute, + organ toxins.

Gift ideas: 

Monthly or bi-monthly glow box subscription is perfect for candle lovers 

mini tumblers are perfect stocking stuffers 

the everyday collection is perfect for customers to burn after the holidays!

Give a follow here: Feather + Finn

Shop here: Feather + Finn website

Use code: MACKIDS10 for 10% off your order!




Four Corners Supply Co. is a small retailer in the heart of Four Corners in Hanover on a mission to provide the community with sustainable and bulk options. Products you find there are sustainably sourced, earth, plant and people safe, affordable, reduce packaging and waste as much as possible, give back to the community and thoroughly tested for quality.

Gift ideas: 

Le Petit Chef 3pc Knife Set for the kiddos

Recycled wool blankets from tbco

Wick Snips + Snuffer Set

Hot Toddy mix

Home Goods and so much more!

Give a follow here: Four Corners Supply Co.

Shop here: 144 Broadway in Hanover or here!

Use code: MKSS10 for 10% off your order!




Levitate has been focused on connecting communities through surf, skate, music, and art since 2003. With Levitate headquarters being right in Marshfield, you can shop all-time favorites, brand new styles and more built for New England. From flannels for the whole fam to outwear and cold weather accessories, Levitate apparel will always be a crowd favorite for the South Shore and beyond. 

Gift ideas:

Toddler and Youth Flannels & Tees

Men's and Women's Flannels and Sweaters 

Super cozy Baja Pullovers for Men and Women

Levitate Beanies for everyone on your list!

Give a follow here: Levitate

Shop here: 1871 Ocean Street in Marshfield or online here (with free shipping!)





Minot Candle unique aesthetic and clean sophisticated scents are all handmade in small batches in Hull, MA. Minot's non-toxic candles are free from parabens, phthalates, carcinogens, and hormone disruptors and make the perfect gift for anyone on your list! Minot Candle is a female-owned and operated company from the South Shore!

Gift ideas: Holiday Collection candle, Gift sets and Signature Collection candles 

Give a follow here: Minot Candle 

Shop here: Minot website

Use code: MACKID10 for 10% off your order!





Palm Prints is an illustration studio and shop with art prints, mugs, stationery and more that feature illustrations inspired by coastal New England. With maps from locations all over the South Shore, Boston, Cape and Islands and more, you can find a meaningful gift for anyone on your list!

Gift ideas: 2024 calendars, prints or mugs from your loved one's favorite vacation spot or town!

Give a follow here: Palm Prints

Shop here: Palm Prints website

Use code: MACKID15 for 15% off!





Rock Paper Scissors Toy Store (RPS) is a specialty toy store located in Duxbury, Massachusetts that offers a great selection of quality, hard to find toys. Founded by a local mom, Rock Paper Scissors is committed to providing high quality, unique toys that are fun, inspire imagination and promote learning. Their staff is trained to offer advice for the best, age appropriate gifts. Whether you visit their retail shop or shop online, you will find favorite brands like Haba, Hape, Ravensburger, Creativity for Kids, Douglas, Corolle and LEGO. You will feel like you have discovered a secret treasure for your child to learn, grow and play with RPS!

Gift ideas: Bitzee Interactive Hologram Pets from Spinmaster, Foosbots by Fat Brain Toys, National Sporting Goods LED Light Up Archery Set and Basketball Set, Buildzi Game from Tenzi, Rubik's Phanton Cube, Brite Stripes Squeege Art Set, Wandini Magic Wand by Fun in Motion, any Slime by Kawaii or Dope Slime, Ninja Turtles and Spongebob Shashibos, Lego Beach Camper Van, and Timber Tots Magic Treehouse and so much more!

Give a follow here: Rock Paper Scissors

Shop here: 62 Depot Street or online here!





As a company founded out of love, they continue to pour their love into their products, their team and their customers! What started as just handmade signs has grown into decorative accents, soft goods, accessories and apparel! All products are Made in USA. 

Gift ideas: There is something for everyone on your list! Any personalized signs make an extra special gift! Their new personalized Dear Santa or Letter to Santa tray are great for family traditions.

Give a follow here: Rustic Marlin

Shop here: Rustic Marlin website, Marlin Market 24/7 Marketplace in Hanover, Snowport in the Seaport and additional stores in Faneuil Hall and Mashpee Commons.

Use code: MACKID25 for 25% off your order!





Cruise through the easy-breezy lineup – kick back tees, snug sweatshirts, sun-soaked wine tumblers, everyday bags, laid-back candles, breezy notebooks and so much more. Local artist, Kristin Sturgeon, adds a splash of creativity to your coastal comfort in every piece she creates!

Gift ideas: Tumblers, Notebooks, Candles, Tote Bags and Apparel  

Give a follow here: Saltwater Prints

Shop here: Saltwater Prints Etsy Shop

Use code: MACKID for 10% off  




Showcase Cinema de Lux Hanover Crossing offers eight auditoriums, including an XPlus Laser Premium Large Format auditorium with laser projection, Dolby Atmos™ immersive sound, power recliners and a huge screen. It also offers private event space, a lobby bar and lounge and state-of-the-art concessions stand and box office.

Gift ideas: Buy a $25 gift card and get a free $5 gift card!

Give a follow here: Showcase Cinemas

Shop here: Showcase gift cards





Elegance for Everyone. At Simply the Best, different pieces of jewelry can hold significant individual meaning or act as that perfect addition to a favorite outfit. They believe that feeling elegant and empowered is something that should be available to everyone. Like clothes, jewelry needs a range of different sizes! All of our pieces come in varying sizes, and can be customized upon request so you find the perfect fit. They are honored to be a part of how you honor your memories, unique style and personality; so we'll always strive to deliver what you deserve - simply the best.

Gift ideas: Gold or silver beaded bracelet to go with anything, special mom bracelet or a simple necklace!

Give a follow here: Simply the Best by Nicole

Shop here: Simply the Best by Nicole website

Use code: MAC15 for 15% off your order!





Strand is a women's clothing and accessories boutique located in Duxbury and a pop up location at Derby Street Shops in Hingham! The goal at Strand is to bring fun, fresh & exclusive fashion to their customers for all of life's occasions!  They do a great job bringing new and upcoming designers as well as offering trusted and true brands. 

Gift ideas: Shit That I Knit Hats & Mittens, Stoney Clover Pouches, Sweaters, Chappy Wrap blankets and more!

Give a follow here: Strand the Boutique

Shop here: 35 Depot Street in Duxbury, Derby Street Shops and online here!

Use code: MAC15 for 15% off!




The Toy Box in Hanover is celebrating 47 years as your local, independent, parent-owned specialty toy and gift store! With unique to class toys and everything in between, you will find something that you didn't even know existed that will be your kids favorite gift! The Toy Box offers free gift wrapping and is always there to help you select the best gift for all ages!

Gift ideas: LEGO, scooters, squishables, ukuleles, doll carriages, Calico critters, bruder, games, Magnatiles, robots and more!

Give a follow here: The Toy Box

Shop here: 1376 Washington St. in Hanover or online here!





Beach, Bridal, and permanent jewelry inspired by our love for the coast and designed to compliment your natural beauty. Founder and designer, Sarah Jean began Where Watermelons Grow on Long Island where her love for the coast and its surrounding environment inspired her original work. Much of her collection is designed, fabricated, and finished in Sarah's studio, down by the bay in coastal Massachusetts where she and her family currently reside.

Gift ideas: Gift Certificates for the most loved service this year, permanent jewelry! Customized jewelry like the Back Bay birthstone necklace and my go-to gift for everyone on my list, the saltaire beaded wraps that can be worn multiple ways.

Give a follow here: Where Watermelons Grow

Shop here: Where Watermelons Grow website. Permanent Jewelry appointments can be booked through our website too for our Marshfield studio or pop-up events.  

Use code: MACKID15 for 15% off your order!





Workspace offers affordable, flexible office solutions for busy professionals. Their goal is to foster professional growth through productivity, community, and entrepreneurship. With flexible office space/coworking/meeting rooms available by the hour, day, month, year and offices in Hingham, Cohasset, Braintree and Canton, you can work whenever and wherever you choose.

Gift ideas: A month of coworking for someone who's currently working from home.

Give a follow here: Workspace

Shop here: Buy gift cards here!