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Editors’ Choice 

Peabody Essex Museum Shop, Salem

Standout Qualities: The PEM Shop is operated by the Peabody Essex Museum and strives to exceed customer expectations by offering an exciting and ever-changing mix of gifts that align with exhibitions and collections at the PEM.

Insider Tip: The shop offers gifts in a range of price points to suit every budget.

What’s New: There’s always something! As exhibits change, so does the shop, so you can always count on new items.

161 Essex St., Salem, 978-542-1619,


Readers’ Choice 

The Hitching Post, Reading

Standout Qualities: The store features a host of items made by local artisans, and much of their inventory is made in the USA.

What’s Unique: They are well known for their “town of Reading” themed gifts, which are popular presents for students as they prepare to study abroad.

Insider Tip: Need a greeting card? The store carries a lot, many of them from small, independent companies, guaranteeing a unique selection.

2 Haven St., Reading, 781-944-9224,