Cambridge Local First wants to help you shop local this holiday season. Check out a variety of gifts, experiences, and edible delights from our favorite locally-owned businesses. Or, select a specific category in the menu above!
To make a purchase, just click the “Shop Now” button below each listing. You’ll be sent right to the business website to complete your purchase.
We recommend you make an in-person visit or opt for in-store pick-up depending on the last fulfillment date for some items.
Images and product descriptions included in this guide have been sourced from the local businesses’ original website, unless otherwise specified.
What do you want to see in next year’s guide? Let us know through this form (by December 31) and enter the Shop Local Holiday Giveaway! You’ll be entered to win a variety of curated baskets based on this year’s gift guide themes. Bonus points if you send us proof you’ve shopped at one of the businesses featured in this guide!
FOR CAMBRIDGE'S #1 FAN
SWEET, SMOKY, AND SPICY
Our flagship trio is a selection of the three sauces (hot, jalepeno, and ghost pepper) we launched our company with back in 2019. These are the BHS OGs that started it all!
Barry’s Hot Sauce is a Cambridge-based, immigrant-owned and family-run company that specializes in producing small batch, all-natural and flavor-forward hot sauces using locally sourced ingredients.
Find me at Formaggio Kitchen.
Welcome to Mocha Connection! We are on a mission to connect YOU, coffee lovers and enthusiasts with the exceptional flavors from Yemen – a country known for its rich coffee history. We hope you will consider playing a part in our story and help revive Yemen’s coffee heritage.
Check out our special offers for sampler packs, value packs and free shipping at our website.
FOR THE SPIRITED
Champagne Countdown: Sparkling Wines and NYE Traditions (December 30)
Find me and other events at Commonwealth Wine School.
There is no better way to ring in a New Year than with bubbles in your glass!
Join us for a night of celebrating bubbles and learn about not only Champagne but its French cousin Cremant, Prosecco, Franciacorta, Cava, and other sparkling wines from around the globe.
$15.99 – 69.99 (items pictured)
Whether you’re shopping for a holiday party, the perfect gift for a picky liquor lover, or an ale with a name that makes you chuckle, Cambridge Spirits has got it.
See what the staff at Cambridge Spirits have to say about Troegs Mad Elf: With its nuanced blend of sweet and tart cherries, Pennsylvania honey, chocolate malt and a hint of mischief. The essence of this legendary holiday ale, along with its ruby red glow, is born from five varieties of tree-ripened cherries.
FOR THE LOVE OF PAPER
FOR LIFELONG LEARNERS
FOR BOOKWORMS (& THOSE WHO OFTEN BUY BUT RARELY READ)
EGAD! You’re behind on Christmas shopping and it looks like you’re stuck doing last-minute online shopping or – gasp – giving gift cards this year. But all hope is not lost. You can redeem yourself if the gift card is an extra special one. So gift someone the opportunity to explore some of Cambridge’s locally-owned, independent bookstores! In the case of our last selection, you’re going to have to stop by in person and pick up a real book. #sorrynotsorry
Gift cards starting at $5.00
This one is extra special to us. Frank Kramer, one of Cambridge Local First’s founding members, entered the business in 1962 (30 years after the store was first founded). Also, we think it’s great that they own the domain harvard.com.
If you’re like us, you’re a huge fan of the Montague Bookmill, John Petrovato’s first bookshop. In 2005, Petrovato opened up Raven Used Books in Harvard Square (relocated to 23 Church Street in 2015).
Their story – worth exploring – is one of tenacity and grit. Read about it below, then stop by in person!
GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING
We think this is an excellent gift for travelers and parents who may feel stressed and anxious about travel.
Loaded with resources, strategies, tools, and techniques, Study Abroad Safety: A Parent’s Guide to Sending Your Child Abroad can help students, parents, and teachers start essential conversations about personal safety.
Learn more about the author here.
Take a moment to reflect on the true spirit of the season and donate to this woman-owned business – or get creative this year and donate on a friend’s behalf to a local non-profit (you know, the one who isn’t big on consumerism and has the biggest heart in the world).
Second Chances delivers free, empowering clothing to individuals who are low-income or experiencing homelessness in Cambridge and Somerville.
Do you know a creative in need of space for solo/private instruction, looking to display or sell their work, or independent educators who seek an open space to host video or small in-person classes?
270A Concord Avenue (honeyjones) is a multi-use studio and art gallery with fifteen foot high ceilings, walk through access, mounted ballet barre, newly lain pine floors, one restroom, collapsible tables and chairs for applicable uses.
Details: Porcelain tumbler. Midnight blue glaze with a wax resist painting. Dimensions: 5″ H x 3.5″ W x 3.5″ D
MOTTO offers an unusual collection of artisan made goods and have been a destination in Harvard Square since 1988.
Find more gifts like me at MOTTO.
Find me at Cambridge Artist’s Cooperative / made by Ann Schunior.
Details: Clay / Height: 4.5″; diameter: 5”
Perfect for small birds like finches, wrens and sparrows. This bird feeder hangs by a nylon cord that won’t rot.
Find me at Cambridge Artist’s Cooperative / made by Ariel Kessler.
Details: Giclee print of a mixed media collage / 10” width x 8” height / Unframed.
DECK THE TREE
FOR NEW PARENTS AND THE NEWLY EXPECTING
The flexible Postpartum Doula package is $30 hourly for a minimum of 4 hours day support and 8 hours night support. Both you and your baby deserve attention and a sense of
Give yourself permission to rest and heal without any guilt. You matter and you deserve to rest and rejuvenate!