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Imagine a place where you can visit a gallery, shop the coolest handicraft stores then have lunch at an outdoor café. All this in a compact, walkable neighborhood.  When it comes to shopping, good food and entertainment Lowell's historic Canalway Cultural District has it all!

Local Holiday Shopping Guide 2017

Visiting local shops and stores for the holidays is a great way to get your holiday shopping done early and help small businesses grow.  Here are some recommendations for great local stores for your holiday shopping.  From health and beauty to miscellaneous goods, there's no shortage of great gifts that you can buy for those on your "nice" list.


Health and Beauty

If you know of someone who loves natural soaps, body butters, balms and other health and beauty products then this section is for you. Take a trip to Mill No. 5 where you'll find Red Antler Apothecary which carries delightfully scented soaps that smell as great as they look along with body creams, balms, shampoos, scrubs and more. Next, take a trip to Western Avenue Studios where Eir's Garden offers Scandinavian-inspired soaps, lotions, creams and salves. Finally, take a trip to Mack Soaps for a variety of hand-made products such as soaps, aftershave, eye creams and lip balms.  These shops showcase the natural and local health and beauty products that are available to you and make great holiday gifts.


Music and Records

Music is an essential source of entertainment for many of us and can be a passion for inspiring musicians.  If you have someone on your gift list that enjoys music, check out the following. The Tone Loft at Mill No. 5 has great gifts for friends and family including new and used instruments as well as music lessons in guitar, percussion and vocals.  Near The Tone Loft is another fine shop for local music enthusiasts, Vinyl Destination. This record store stocks a variety of vinyl records in all different genres. If you're interested in more records, there's also Garnick's Records on Middlesex Street where you're likely to find records from the '50s, '60s and '70s ranging from classical to jazz to rock and psychedelic music. Just around the corner on Central Street is RRR Records, a used and new record shop where you'll find plenty of hidden gems. For a music lover, these stores present a chance to discover new music or a fun gift idea for more casual shoppers.


Art and Jewelry

The city is filled with artistic talent, and local artists and jewelry makers provide art scene gift options.  So, if you're looking for locally made jewelry and art products, here are some ideas. At Van Gogh's Gear on Market Street you can find art supplies such as brushes, paints, drawing tools and more. If you know someone who is interested in learning, take a trip to Western Avenue Studios where you can find The Cogitation Zone and learn how to make pottery at one of the classes offered. Then there's Lush Industrial where you can find fun and funky unisex jewelry made with new and repurposed hardware. Looking at local museum gift shops can also help you find a special gift, check out the shop of the New England Quilt Museum and the gift shop at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center. Whether you're looking for it or not, the city's art scene can be a great place to look for a holiday gift this season.


Goods and Stationary

Looking for other gift ideas?  This section is for you.  Whether you're seeking the perfect gift or you're unsure what to get someone, the choices that these shops provide can inspire you to find something great to gift someone this holiday season.  At Mill No. 5, visit Crose Nest and discover botanical herbs, teas, stationary, jewelry and more.  Next, visit Bon Vivant where you're likely to find an array of goods such as clothing, jewelry, candles, matches and chocolate.  At Sweet Pig Press, you'll find all sorts of stationary including journals, holiday cards and banners.  With these shops, you're bound to find a locally made gift that will make someone on your gift list all that more joyful this holiday season.

Don't forget to check out all of Lowell's unique neighborhoods and districts for more great shopping and fun ideas!