Most likely, you have holiday shopping on your mind. But whether you’re one to plan ahead or procrastinate, you probably want to avoid buying your loved ones the same old tired gifts: a tie for dad, a new sweater for mom.
And if you’re looking for something more exciting – and a way to avoid the hassle of Black Friday — we have a solution.
BostInno’s 50 on Fire is next Thursday, December 4, and we’re thrilled to invite our finalists in Dining & Retail, Arts & Entertainment, Sports & Fitness, Media, Design, Education, Healthcare & Medicine and Technology to celebrate the who’s and what’s heating up Boston’s major industries. Companies and individuals who are truly setting the city on fire through innovation and entrepreneurship will be honored, and more than 1,000 guests will fill the John J. Moakley Courthouse for the hottest event of the year.
So, in the spirit of both 50 on Fire and Black Friday, we’ve come up with the best ways to shop our Retail finalists this holiday season. Trust us: You won’t be handing another tie over to dad this year with these suggestions.
Founded earlier this year, Boutikey is a locally based e-commerce site that sells the excess inventory of Boston’s best boutiques online — in one place. Its founder, Tiana Haraguchi, is up for a 50 on Fire win, and you can shop her favorites, as well as her curated collections, on ShopBoutikey.com.
For the holiday season, Boutikey has its own pop-up brick and mortar location in The Fenway, at 1369 Boylston Street. Shoppers can book their own private events, and on December 6 at 10 a.m., the company is hosting its first-ever Warehouse Sale, with $5-15 bins and $20-40 racks. Space is limited; you can RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
Converse, which is still working on its Boston-proper headquarters (to open April of 2015), has a collection of seriously cool kicks perfect for gifting over the holidays. The team at Converse has put together its own Holiday Gift Guide for Men, Women and Kids, and their specialty sneakers include plaid, leather and sequined versions of their classic Chuck Taylors.
This week, Boston’s alcohol delivery service is both helping you give back and get your booze on for Thanksgiving. The company will be donating 30 percent of profits to No Kid Hungry during the month of November, as well as hosting a “Get a Bottle, Give a Can” food drive: Those who order from Drizly between today and Wednesday can give canned goods to their delivery driver to be donated. Finally, the service is offering free delivery now through Thanksgiving for orders over $50. Just use the code “Turkey.”
Got a friend or family member who loves Harpoon brews? Head to the Harpoon beer hall and fill up some growlers. The brewery’s gift shop lets you choose one of their seasonal, classic or special-edition beers, and they’ll serve it up with their automated growler filler, which is like a soda fountain, but for beer.
This week, New Balance is releasing an exclusive Black Friday sneaker: the limited-edition US574, done in weather protective military green suede with a reflective, white N logo. The shoe will sell at $175, a drop down from the regular $230 price, and will only be available at the New Balance Boston and NYC stores on Friday. The shoe will be part of New Balance’s #MobilizeYourWinter package, which includes a water bottle, varsity socks and a custom messenger bag. New Balance’s doors will open at 9 a.m. on November 28.
For toys, home goods, and decorations, go to Wayfair. Boston’s e-commerce company has up to 70 percent off sales on holiday items throughout November and December, as well as a curated gift guide and super cheap items perfect for stocking stuffing.
Have a truly fashionable friend who seems to have everything? Find them something they’ll love from Nineteenth Amendment, the Boston-grown company that sells up-and-coming designers’ items, like jackets, coats, tops and dresses, from new and exclusive lines.
BostInno’s 50 on Fire is coming up Thursday, December 4; get your tickets now to be in the room.