Happy Holidays everyone! In the spirit of the season, we decided to highlight some made in Cambridge and Somerville items you can buy for gifts this holiday season. Items are either made here in Cambriville or you can buy them here in the area.
Somerville Soap Works – because getting dirty is only half the fun!
We just bought special holiday treats for our mothers! Made in Somerville, and smelling delicious, you can’t miss with Somerville Soap Works.
Magpie – A brick and mortar highlighting the best in indie crafts!
Trying to find local artists and crafters in Cambridge and Somerville? Magpie is a great place to start! AND they have beautiful necklaces highlighting the New England states – great gift item.
Davis Squared – fun, modern gifts for him, her, baby and home.
Right across the street you can find more local artisans highlighted. Buy local, love local.
Oh that’s right – all you Mason jar users, that beautiful tool to make your Mason jar a to-go cup was created in Somerville! Order online now and you can still get gifts before December 25th.
I am Joolienn – making catastrophes stylish since ’84.
From feathers to flowers, treat your stylish family members to beautiful, handcrafted goodness!
Q’s Nuts – fine, artisanal nuts made in Somerville
Need some treats this holiday season? Don’t miss out on these deliciously spicy snacks!
Taza Chocolate – stone ground chocolates
For the sweet tooth in the family, Taza has the right stuff. Stocking stuffers, baking needs, and delicious all on their own, chocolates are the way to go.
Spindler Confections – satisfying every sugar fan
Oh delectable, bite-sized treats, how we love you so. Be careful when you buy these for people – they won’t ever be able to go back to other candies.
The Grommet – Unique gifts
Looking for something Made in the USA? Check out the newest addition to Somerville’s maker space – the Grommet. They feature free shipping for orders $25 or more!
Threla – Locally made beauty products for the people you love – including yourself!
Did you know that in East Cambridge you can find handcrafted body and skin care products combining the goodness of nature and science including lotions, soaps, lip balms, and more. Stop by to make a gift pack or grab a little stocking stuffer!
Follow the Honey – give the gift of honey!
Enjoy honey from near by farms or all the way across the world at the Follow the Honey Store in Harvard Square. They can make a great gift pack for your bee-loved!
Litographs.com – Make someone’s favorite book into a poster, t-shirt, bag and more!
Litographs creates art from the books you’ve read and loved. The co-owners of this Cambridge company produce posters, t-shirts, and tote bags are all created entirely from the text of classic books and designed by artists around the world.
Xylem – fun, modern gifts for the geeks in our lives.
Looking for something fun for the Star Wars fan? Or perhaps a “locally made” onesie for your favorite niece? Xylem has a variety of locally made jewelry, cards and more.
Boston Coasters – frame a map of your friend’s favorite neighborhood…or T stop!
Make sure to get your holiday order in soon for a personalized laptop cover or messenger bag at this great shop near Porter Square!
Boutique Fabulous – find something fabulous for everyone on your list
Did you know that the store offers free hot chocolate every Friday during December? Grab a coco a find some locally made chocolates, Cambridge/Somerville cards and signs and other fun local items.
MMMMaven Project – Give the gift of music
Know someone who has always wanted to dabble in the world of DJing? Perhaps there is DJ system collecting dust in your brother’s attic? MMMMaven has an array of classes for those interested in learning how to DJ to those interested in music production. Not sure which class is the best fit? Not to worry, gift certificates are available.
Porcelain and Stone – beautiful handcrafted jewelry
Porcelain and Stone is a ceramic jewelry business started by Cambridge resident Kimberly Huestis. All porcelain and stoneware ceramic pieces are handmade by in Cambridge, MA.
Kendall Square may now be known as the headquaters of Twitter Boston, Amazon, and Google, but it once was the home to a huge variety of industrial companies. Kendall Square is part of the East Cambridge neighborhood and was originally a salt marsh on the Charles River. In 1793, the West Boston Bridge (now known was the Longfellow Bridge) was constructed and provided the first wagon route from Cambridge to Boston. In 1810, the Broad Canal was dug, providing a little seaport, and the Kendall Square subway stop was opened in 1911.
As a result, in the 19th and early 20th century, Kendall became home to distilleries, electric power plants, soap and hosiery factories, and the Kendall Boiler and Tank Company (the square was named after the company). In 1915, MIT moved from Boston to its new Cambridge campus, where is has been ever since.
Besides the startups, venture capitalists, biotech and high tech companies, Kendall Square is home to variety of residents and smaller businesses. There are long standing restaurants such as Blue Room, Friendly Toast and Cambridge Brewing Company, and newer spots like Abigail’s, Firebrand Saints, Westbridge, Meadhall and the upcoming Commonwealth Restaurant. In addition to the restaurant scene, Kendall boasts an ice rink and kayak landing. There is something for the outdoor adventurer, techie, and the food lover here in Kendall Square. View our Kendall Square photo gallery.
Cambridge Center Roof Top Garden
4 Cambridge Center Garage, top floor
Cut through the new Google Arcade, take the elevator and enjoy one of Kendall Square’s hidden gems – the Roof Top Garden. The garden is a great place to eat lunch, enjoy a view, and get away from the hussle of the Square. The garden has benches and tables and has a variety of views of the neighborhood.
Kendall Square Canoe & Kayak and Ice Rink
Broad Canal (kayak) & West Kendall Street (ice rink)
Did you know that Kendall has a Canoe and Kayak rental area? Walk down Broad Canal past EVOO and Za and you will see the canal filled with kayaks and canoes. Charles River opened the Kendall spot a few years ago and provides rentals from early spring to late fall. The group also provides skyline and harbor tours as well as catering options for large groups.
Right down the road from the canal, a summer patio becomes a winter ice rink. Kendall Square Community Ice Skating offers ice skating on a refrigerated and Zamboni-maintained surface, skate rentals, lessons, and a snack bar to warm any cold feet at the end of your skate. Learn more about the rink here.
One Kendall Square, Lower Floor
State Park is the newest concept coming from the folks behind Kendall Square’s Hungry Mother Restaurant. This new bar, across the street from HM, will offer pinball, pool, shuffleboard, and a jukebox. The menu will be filled with fun items like pulled pork sandwiches, fried chicken, and an all-magnum wine list. State Park is slated to open in November.
One Kendall Square, lower level, near Blue Room
Belly is one of newer additions to the One Kendall Complex. Developed by the folks behind neighborhood faves like Central Bottle and Blue Room, Belly celebrates great wine and charcuterie. Belly offers a wide array of delicious salumi and spreads and a few main courses, including an “arm and a leg” of lamb. Belly likes to play games, too – on Sunday nights, Belly offers game night and Monday nights are “3 Blinds Night” where you must guess the wine. And if you like what you taste, all wine offered by the glass or bottle at Belly can be found at Central Bottle.
287 Third Street
Xylem is a modern gift shop, located on the Third Street corridor of Kendall Square. Xylem provides an assortment of wonderful gift items. Want a fun Pi pizza cutter or a Star Wars mug? Perhaps a fun kids toy, new earrings or birthday card? All can be found at Xylem. Stop by – you never know what you will find!
318 Third Street and 205 Broadway
It just seems like yesterday when the first Tatte opened up along Third Street, and now we have another one on the other side of the Square, near the Garment District. Tatte Bakery offers an array of baked goods from croissants to specialty tarts. In addition to traditional pastries, Tatte offers cakes and pies, gift packages and a diverse lunch and dinner menu. Visit a location today!
Squeaky Beaker Cafe
675 West Kendall Street
Squeaky Beaker Cafe comes from the operator of the local East Cambridge Spot 2nd Street Cafe. Anthony Miller, the owner, opened Squeaky Beaker to offer fresh, non-prepared food at a reasonable price. The Cafe offers a great variety of specialty sandwiches, as well as the ability to make your own. In addition to breakfast and lunch options, Squeaky Beaker also offers Christina’s Ice Cream and daily dinner-to-go specials. Next time you are in Kendall for lunch, check this place out.
9 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge Spirits is the newest addition to Kendall Square. Located along Broad Canal, the store provides a variety of craft beers, wines and local spirits like Bully Boy and more. Cambridge Spirits also offers a free weekly wine tastings on Thursdays from 5pm-7pm.