Holiday Gift Guide :: Andover MA

What to Buy This Holiday Season :: A Local Gift Guide in Andover MA

When it comes to buying gifts for the holiday season, there are so many options. Thanks to modern day technology, the internet, social media, etc. it is so easy to find anything and everything. I know I tend to get overwhelmed when it comes to scrolling through Amazon, Target, and other big websites. Which is why I think staying local when it comes to buying gifts is so, so important. I’ve compiled some of my local favorites, whether it’s small businesses or independent artists, and put them all in this holiday gift guide. If you know of another small business, independent artist, or other local hidden gem near Andover MA comment on this blog post to let everyone know!

Small Businesses near Andover MA

One thing I love about the Andover, MA area is how many amazing small businesses there are. These are just some of the many amazing options in and around downtown Andover to shop for gifts! Below are some of our favorite small businesses to shop at for holiday gifts.

Helen Thomas, Simply Smashing

Helen Thomas, Simply Smashing is a boutique in downtown Andover, MA and has been a mainstay on Main Street for years. It has everything you could want when it comes to gifts. From artwork, to home decor, accessories, and more!

Dovetail Apothecary of Beauty

Dovetail Apothecary opened a few years ago on Main Street in Andover, MA and it has become a town favorite. Gorgeous candles and small batch beauty supplies are all a must try. And their shop is simply too adorable to pass up!

Chic Consignment

Looking for luxury on a budget? Consider second hand store Chic Consignment in downtown Andover. An upscale second hand boutique, they specialize in handbags and accessories, as well as women’s clothing. Always a fun place to stop in and check out.


Mak & Co is a gorgeous small business specializing in home decor and furniture. Not sure what to get for someone in your life? They also have gift cards, which would be a great gift for anyone with great aesthetic taste!

Andover Bookstore

Andover Bookstore is not just a town favorite, it is also the oldest continuously operating independent bookstore in the country! So not only are you supporting a small business, but also history. Not to mention it’s a cute little shop right on Main Street in downtown Andover! They periodically have blind dates with books, which is such a fun way to find new books to read. Gift cards are also a great option for gifts!

Highland and Heather

Highland and Heather is a new boutique to downtown Andover and is definitely one to try out! They specialize in home & kitchen items, fresh florals, small items, gifts for kids, and so much more. A definite must visit if you’re on Main Street!

Sweet Mimi’s

Sweet Mimi’s has been sweetening up downtown Andover for years, and are a must if you have someone in your life with a sweet tooth.

The Village Studio

The Village Studio in North Andover is such a fun spot for gift shopping. They’re a retail space that sells products made by local and independent artists. A great place to go and find something truly unique.

The Candy Dish

It wouldn’t be the holidays without some chocolate, which is why I have to include The Candy Dish in North Andover. They specialize in small batch luxe chocolate and caramels, and they are both delicious and stunning. If you haven’t tried them yet, you simply must!

Les Fleurs

Les Fleurs may seem like a florist at first glance, but they are so much more. In addition to stunning floral arrangements they also have beautiful home decor and accessories.

Merry Lion

Merry Lion is a sweet boutique in nearby Wakefield, MA with children’s clothes, accessories, and other fun gift ideas. This was a recommendation from a client that I cannot wait to check out myself!


Another florist shop that is more than just florals–SweetBay in Wakefield, MA is a great spot to get all sorts of fun holiday decorations and gifts.

Independent Artists in Massachusetts

We are lucky to have so many great local shops in and near Andover. But we also have some amazing independent artists! Whether you’re looking for artwork, candles, gifts, or some yummy treats, check out any of these amazing artists below. No holiday gift guide would be complete without beautiful art and yummy treats.

Cavalla Studios

A local, veteran owned candle company. These candles would make a fantastic gift, after all, who doesn’t love candles?!

Holly Coble

Holly Coble is a local painter, and her artwork is truly stunning. I love all of her collections, and think one of her paintings would be an amazing gift for the person who has everything.

Andover Bees & Teas

Do you like tea? Do you like books? Andover Bees & Teas combines those two things in such a fun (and delightful) way. This local artist crafts honey (hence the bees in the name) and tea blends that are delicious. And may of them are based off of books and series! Such a fun way to combine two different hobbies.

Antea Amoroso

Out of nearby Reading, MA, Antea Amoroso is known for her custom, hand lettered pieces. This is such a fun way to make a gift extra special. Whether you’re looking for ornaments, home decor, or apparel, she has so many fun gifts for every person in your life.

Roots and Spoon

Roots and Spoon is a new find of mine (thank you, farmers market!) and her pickles, jams, jellies, and more are the perfect addition to your holiday spread–or to give as a gift!

Local Eateries

We are spoiled in this area with not just amazing shops and artists, but also some delicious eateries. Here are some of my absolute favorites from Andover that would be great options for gatherings, date nights, or even gift cards to give as gifts!

Ultimate Perk

Ultimate Perk is a go-to spot for coffee and breakfast right on Main St. in downtown Andover. Just note–the Perk is cash only!


A hip little Mexican restaurant, BuenoMalo is owned by an Andover native. Great food, amazing cocktails, and equally great vibes. BuenoMalo is perfect for girls night, date night, or any night!

LaRosa’s Italian Cafe and Bar

LaRosa’s specializes in Italian specialties, gourmet sandwiches, handmade pasta and fresh salads. And let me tell you–they knock every one of those out of the park. They are a must try for lunch or dinner!

The Autograph Tavern

The newest addition to the Andover dining scene, The Autograph specializes in American food and craft cocktails. And as an added bonus–they are family friendly, too!

Yella Grille

Yella Grille is a definite hidden gem in Andover–down Post Office Ave right off of Main Street. Their Mediterranean food cannot be beat. Make sure to make a reservation to make sure you’ll get one of their limited tables!

Elm Square Oysters

If you’re looking for a fun date night spot, Elm Square Oysters is the place to go. Whether you get a table, or sit at the bar, you’re looking at good food, good ambiance, and great cocktails.

Oak & Iron Brewing Co.

For something fun and a little different, try Andover’s very own brewery, Oak & Iron Brewing Co. Located in an old mill building, not only do they have amazing beers, but the vibes are great, too. Perfect for larger groups, or a laid back date night.

At Crabapple Photography, we consider ourselves very lucky to have found a home in Andover, MA. Which is why we are so happy to be able to compile this holiday gift guide full of local small businesses and artists. As a small business ourself, we know how much it means to other shops and artists to shop small for the holidays.

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