Marketplace Gift Guides

6 Unique and Locally Inspired Holiday Gifts

We know you have been invited to a Secret Santa or Yankee Swap holiday party and that you have probably waited until the last minute to grab a gift. Or maybe you are in need of the perfect host / hostess gift. There’s not a better place to pick up a unique and thoughtful gift than Simpson Spring's Marketplace! Whether it’s for your office holiday party, your neighbor’s Christmas soirée or your Aunt Betty’s open house, you can give a nice local gift that won't break the bank. Here are five gift ideas that will make you the star of the show.

  1. Pick up some of Deano’s sauce and tri-color tortellini, in your favorite seasonal flavors. Located in Somerville, Deano’s has been making family recipe pasta and sauces for over 40 years. We have many varieties available in the store for the gift of a full belly.
  2. Also check out our locally roasted coffee selection featuring Boston Common Coffee, and Red Barn Coffee Roasters. Nothing says “happy holidays” like a bag of locally roasted coffee, and several different varieties are available at the marketplace. Coffee is the most essential part of any Christmas morning.
  3. Is there someone sweet you need to buy for? How about some honey stuff? At the Marketplace you'll have more than enough choices to make a honey-sweet gift. Our honey products are made from local companies and local bees including Celeste Apiaries, which are located behind Simpson Spring, Jenny D's Bees, Queen Bee Honey Products and Products of the Hive. Our vast selection includes candles, soaps, balms, lotions, salves and of course, pure local honey. Local honey is the best honey and you can't get more local than these. So, unless you have an apiary next door, this is as good as honey can get.
  4. Give a gift that is new and unique like some sweet almond coconut butter from Essentially Coconut, located in Rhode Island. These flavored spreads are made from the meat of the coconut and are delicious on bread, crackers or all by itself. Come in a pick up a jar. Leave a sandwich for Santa!
  5. Create a custom wellness basket. At our Marketplace we are lucky to have several health & beauty vendors, including Piper Dee's Naturals who will work with you to design a custom gift sets in cute ready-to-give packages. Piper suggests a Winter Survival Kit with Congestion Balm, Congestion Shower Cakes, Hand to Heel Balm, and Silky Lip Balm. Or, make a Teacher's gift set with Nail Butter, Muscle and Joint Relief Balm, and Silky Lip Balm. 
  6. There is no better treat that a hand-crafted, locally made soda which, lucky for you, come in all the colors and flavors of the holiday. Our lemon-lime and raspberry-lime sodas look like classic red and green Christmas lights. Or, if you like your taste a little bit crisper, our flavored seltzers, like our festive Cranberry Sparkling Spring Water, are perfect on their own or as mixers for your favorite cocktails. Mix up a six-pack for under $10. Or fill a locally made wooden crate with some nostalgic, old-fashioned flavors for just $45.