As you make your holiday plans, hopefully, those plans include a holiday visit to Western Mass. Holiday traditions abound here including Six Flags New England Holiday in the Park Lights, Bright Nights at Forest Park, MGM Springfield’s Holiday Winter Wonderland, tons of holiday shopping spots and so much more! We’ve provided unique holiday gift insporation to guide you as you visit this special part of Massachusetts:
Yankee Candle Village: nothing says Western Mass like a gift from Yankee Candle. It was here in Western Mass where the beloved brand was invented. Yankee Candle Village pays homage to that brand in a big way – over 90,000 square feet of candles!
Springfield Museums’ Museum Store: Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind glass planets created by Josh Simpson, a selection of jewelry, accessories, unique hand crafted soaps, candles, stationery, and collectibles. Books, tee shirts, and gift items representing Indian Motocycle and Dr. Seuss are also available.
Eric Carle Museum Book Shop: Spark creativity this holiday season with a full selection of books, art supplies and creative crafts that will keep the family busy for hours. You can also choose the perfect puzzle or game for everyone on your list.
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen: A locally crafted sweet treat is a great option for holiday gifting. Stop by Richardson’s for handcrafted candy canes, hard candies and delectable chocolates. What’s fresher than watching candy makers packaging treats while you wait?
Atkins Farms Market: Atkins is a one-stop shop for locally made products including Kringle Candles, Polish Pottery, locally made greeting cards and more. Make it easy on yourself by selecting your items and they’ll wrap them up into a beautiful gift basket.
Basketball Hall of Fame Gift Shop: Every basketball fan should have their very own personalized Hall of Fame Legends Ball personalized with your name, event and date. You can also choose from wearables, signed memorabilia, pennants and more.
Randall’s Farm: Grab your favorite bakery, deli and gift items and the team at Randall’s will create a basket for anyone on your shopping list. They also have a large selection of wine and beer to complement your treats.
Williamsburg General Store: This great local spot is as much about the experience as it is about the gift! Browse this traditional country store and pick up a few gifts like handcrafted American jewelry, toys, preserves and so much more!
Bright Nights Gift Shop: Souvenirs from one of the best light shows in the country will always delight your friends and family. Stop by their holiday store on Main Street in Springfield for fleece blankets, hats, shirts, books and plush toys.
Table & Vine: Looking for that rare bottle of scotch for someone special? Or a fine wine? This wine and spirit superstore is the place to go for that person who has everything! They have a huge selection of local beer, wine and spirits, too. Pair them with gourmet snacks and you have a great holiday gift!
Old Deerfield Country Store: Specializing in Polish Pottery, Kitchen Gadgets, Coca Cola Products, Linen Calendar Towels, Ironing Board Covers, Baskets, Toys and Stuffed Animals, Candy, Jim Shore figurines, Cast Iron Figures and Doorstops, Willow Tree Angels, Dept. 56 Houses and Accessories, and Byers’ Choice Carolers.
These are just a few of the many Western Mass gems you can gift to those you love this holiday season. Of course, restaurant gift cards are always a great idea and we have a great selection of local options here. For the best shopping venues like Holyoke Mall, Longmeadow Shops and Village Commons, click here. You can even treat the family to our one-of-a-kind Western Mass attractions with gift cards to The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museums, Yankee Candle Village, Six Flags New England, MGM Springfield and even The Big E. Now, more than ever it’s important to support local businesses and what better time to ‘give the gift of local’ than the holiday season?!