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New Bedford’s Definitive #shoplocal Holiday Gift Guide

Here at Groundwork! we’re emphatic that supporting local business is the best thing we can do for our economy. We know it’s tempting to stay home in your PJs and use your Amazon Prime membership, but let’s face it: Jeff Bezos has an evil plan to take over the universe. And even if he isn’t evil, he’s not spending his earnings right here in our community.

All joking aside, one thing you miss when you do your holiday shopping online is the human contact. You know, that magical holiday cheer from the hustle and bustle of everyone out trying to find the perfect gift? It’s when surprise encounters and random acts of kindness occur. It’s when that shopkeeper helps you find the perfect sweater for your wife, or a pair of slippers for grandpa. It’s the charm of the holiday season.

To help you get out there and shop small, we asked Groundwork! members to share their picks for local gifts. They responded, and what follows is your (drumroll please)

New Bedford gift guide for the 2017 holiday season

Yoga on Union

Treat friends to a class card at Yoga on Union. (Photo courtesy of Yoga on Union.)

For the active folks in your life:

Cultivator Shoals

Cultivator Shoals has the prettiest and tastiest drinks in town. (Photo courtesy of Cultivator Shoals.)

For the foodies you love:

  • Treat them to a fancy cocktail with a gift certificate at Cultivator Shoals.
  • Get them a bottle or two of wine from New Bedford’s urban winery Travessia.
  • You can’t go wrong with the hot sauce and t-shirt gift pack at No Problemo.

Nothing beats a show at the Z! (Photo courtesy of the Zeiterion Theater.)

For those who prefer experiences over possessions:

Shara Porter

Shara Porter’s printed wallets and handbags come in a ton of colors and prints. (Photo courtesy of Shara Porter.)

For the fashionist@s:

  • Shara Porter’s custom printed wallets, handbags, and other accessories are great for both men and women.
  • Find them something cute and original at Calico, New Bedford’s stylish clothing boutique
  • Cozy them up with some winter wears from two local aplaca farms: KaveRock and Moonlight Rose.
  • You can’t go wrong with a classic “NBMA” hoodie or t-shirt at Solstice skate shop.
Shop at Hippo

Your friends will think you searched high and low for the unique gifts you’ll find at Hippo. (Photo courtesy of Hippo.)

For the person who has it all:

  • You can’t beat Hippo for unique, handmade gifts like coffee milk candles, Linguica and Coffee Milk mugs, New Bedford t-shirts, jewelry, and a whole lot more. Hippo is owned by Groundwork! member Shelley Cardoos, and their selection of quirky cards can’t be beat.
  • Groundwork! member Sandi Montour just published a lovely book of over 200 conversation starters. It’s the perfect gift for a host or a stocking stuffer for the person who loves to entertain. You can purchase “This or That” online, Sandi will be at local events around town throughout the season.
  • For the hipster in your life, head to Purchase St. Records for that obscure vinyl to complete their collection.
  • The Small Works Holiday Show at the Groundwork gallery has over 160 artworks for $200 or less. All artwork is cash and carry!
Birchstone Apothecary

Products from Birchstone Apothecary are natural, locally made, and come in beautiful packaging. (Photo courtesy of Birchstone Apothecary.)

For the stressed-out loved one who needs some serious self-care:

  • Treat them to a gift certificate at New Bedford’s own Indigo Spa Co, offering treatments from massages to facials and more in a relaxing environment.
  • Indulge them in herbal beauty products from local companies Birchstone Apothecary and Avraveda.
  • Set them up with local healer Sandra Sadhana for massage therapy, Thai yoga massage and private yoga instruction.
  • While Farmacy Herbs is not quite New Bedford (it is located in neighboring Providence), any tea lover on your list will love their huge selection of herbs.
Aminda O'Hare

Your do-gooding friends will love to support local non-profits. (Photo courtesy of Aminda O’Hare.)

For your favorite altruist:

Gift Certificates

Have a friend who works at home? Give them the gift of coworking!

For the entrepreneur in your life:

‘Tis the season to shop local.

That was easy, right? If you’ve got someone on your list we didn’t cover, send us a message and we’ll poll our members come up with the perfect local gift.

So get out there and support your local businesses! BONUS: The AHA! Holiday Shop and Stroll happens December 1-2 in downtown NB and is a festive, fun event for the family. AND, our fine city is offering free downtown parking Thanksgiving through New Year’s.

Happy holidays from Groundwork!

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Sarah lived all over South America, produced a documentary about Patagonia, and worked in digital marketing for a decade before settling in New Bedford to start Groundwork! She loves running a coworking space because she gets to meet the coolest people in the world.
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