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Where to Shop Small in the Portsmouth Area This Holiday Season

Where to Shop Small in the Portsmouth Area This Holiday Season

| November 24, 2021

Where to Shop Small in the Portsmouth Area This Holiday Season

Small Business Saturday falls on November 27th this year and has inspired the topic of our blog this month – where to shop small in the Portsmouth area. Small businesses are the backbone of the community – what would Portsmouth be without its welcoming, quintessential storefronts?

These stores are often owned (and employed) by our friends, family, and neighbors, and they could use some extra love and support from us right now. Plus, with current supply chain issues and crazy shipping delays predicted this holiday season, small businesses are the way to go. Rather than relying on Amazon and other large distributors to get your packages delivered on time, you are going to want to get out there and shop your local stores.

One of the great things about Portsmouth is that all you need to do is park your car and start walking, and you will trip over so many unique and independently owned shops. You should be able to find everything you need to fulfill your holiday shopping list, aside from, say, that iPhone 13 you've been eyeing or the newest video game obsession for your niece.

The gifts you will find at these shops won't be the same items you see year after year at major retailers. You'll find a variety of handmade, local, and one-of-a-kind gifts that don't feel overdone. And the owner is likely to greet you with a smile and make an effort to go the extra mile for you. Is something out of stock? They will call you the second it becomes available. Want something personalized? They will start working on it – ASAP.

If you're someone who likes to attack your shopping list head-on or looking for a bit of inspiration, be sure to check out some of the following Portsmouth area boutiques and retailers; you won't be disappointed by what you find!

For the Kiddos

If you have young ones on your list this year, these classic Portsmouth toy shops are the place to go. You'll find arts and crafts supplies, LEGOs, books galore, dolls, puzzles, stuffed animals, puppets, and endless amounts of toys.

For the New Moms

For the most adorable baby clothes and other odds and ends for the new moms in your life, check outLively Kids. They've got practical and special gifts for mom herself, too!

For the Health Nuts

  •   Do you have someone to buy for who's obsessed with all things health and wellness?Ellie's Raw Juice & Oxygen Lounge might be worth a visit to pick them up a gift card. They offer smoothies and juices, plus healing services such as an oxygen bar and infrared sauna.
  • Runner's Alley is the perfect neighborhood spot for the active guy or gal on your list.
  •   If you're looking for something unique for your health-forward friend, be sure to check outSociété for teas, crystals, essential oils, and Ayurvedic products. The store gets its inspiration from holistic health practices and creates various products that enhance beauty and health.

For the Wine Lover

AtCorks & Curds, in addition to fine wine, you'll find gift baskets and platters full of artisanal cheeses, cured meats, crackers, dips, fresh fruit and nuts, and other various gifts and specialty items.

For the Chocolate Lover

AtByrne & Carlson, you will find a delicious assortment of artisan chocolates that are perfect for just about anyone on your list.

For the Chef

A good home chef will always appreciate a sparking new kitchen gadget! Be it a new knife and cutting board, a fancy wine opener, or a brightly colored casserole dish, the cook in your life will love an update to their beloved kitchen fromLeRoux.

For the Fashionista

If you're looking for a gift for your most fashionable family and friends, you will be pleasantly surprised by the number of boutiques in the Portsmouth area to peruse, depending on your taste. Each store has a unique vibe with shelves and racks full of designer jeans, cute flowy tops, and in-style purses and accessories. Don't have much of a fashion sense yourself? Purchase a gift card instead! Our picks:

Honorary Mentions: These shops are worth the trip over the bridge to Kittery! These bright and gorgeous boutiques offer a selection of fashionable women's clothing, books, baby clothes, jewelry, and even a selection of natural wine.

For the Jewelry Wearer

If you are looking for that timeless, special piece of jewelry for your partner or child, look no further thanMarket Square Jewelers. They have an incredible selection of stunning pieces.

For the Music Lover

Bull Moose Music is perfect for the music fan in your life and a really cool place to spend an afternoon going down memory lane. They offer collectible vinyl records, CDs, posters, and movies, as well as toys, games, and other miscellaneous items.

For the Skincare Lover

Know someone obsessed with all things skincare? You're going to want to check outJanegee. You can either get them a gift card for a rejuvenating facial or purchase one of their perfectly curated gift sets.

For the Man

Men are notoriously hard to shop for. While we're not quite sure why that is and don't have the perfect solution, we can send you toSault, the place to go for men's clothing. They've got everything from sweaters, to flannels, to outerwear, to wallets.

Inside Out also features men's clothing and craft beer kits, and cocktail essentials, another excellent gift idea for the guy in your life.

For Your Furry Friends

Lastly, don't forget your furry pals – they deserve a stocking too! Check outCanine Cupboard for all your pet's needs. They cater to pups, but they do have some cat food and toys, too!


Happy holiday shopping! Good luck finding something perfect for everyone on your list.