Rose & Dove
North Andover, 978-689-4141, roseanddove.com
Philosophy: Beautiful, affordable presents in a non-pretentious atmosphere is the goal at Rose & Dove.
Standout Qualities: The shop offers a wide range of gifts, but it has a particularly strong selection of jewelry choices and engravable items, perfect for gifts of sentimental value. Ask to have your gifts hand-wrapped to cut something off your pre-wedding to-do list.
What’s Unique: Customers repeatedly report finding items they want for themselves as well as their intended recipients—so be prepared to stay strong or budget a little extra for a personal treat.
Manchester-by-the-Sea, 978-525-0385, mimigiftgallery.com
Philosophy: Mimi is a shop that aims to make an impact both aesthetically and socially. The mother-daughter team behind the store carefully chooses to work with many companies that use recycled materials, adhere to fair labor practices, or donate portions of their proceeds to good causes.
Standout Qualities: Mimi has gifts that fit every taste, budget, and personality: Mariposa frames for your sentimental maid of honor, elegant gold earrings for your sophisticated sister, and French cotton tea towels for the friend who loves to entertain.
What’s Unique: In addition to its selection of gifts, Mimi also stocks a curated selection of art, much of it created by teachers and students at nearby Montserrat College of Art.