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Last minute Southie gift guide

Times a ticking! Still have shopping to do?  Here is our list of suggestions for some serious stocking stuffing and last minute gift ideas:

Fashionistas:

Ku De Ta (663 East Broadway):
This is a perfect spot to pick up something for your sister, girlfriend, mom or yourself and Christmas is no exception.  Ku De Ta style expert Laura can offer up some amazing suggestions like Alex and Ani, Ari earings, and designer jewelry pieces perfect for everyone on your list.

Dew Luxe (36 A Street) has high end candles on hand perfect for the hostess with the mostess, as well as designer handbags and shoes for those you’d like to splurge on!

Homebody:
Neatly Nested (373 West Broadway), winner of Best of Boston – has gifts galore from lovely candles, framed graphic prints, and ini live fir trees in pretty milk glass, mercury glass, and tartan plaid- 29.95!

Little ones:
Brining Up Baby (663 East Broadway) has a beautiful selection of children’s clothing, toys, and books.  Perfect for all the little children on your list!

Bike Lovers:
My Bike (391 West Broadway) is an award winning, full service bike shop offering sweet bikes and every type of accessory to go with biking.  Ask them about their repair memberships – perfect for the bike enthusiast on your list!

See Clearly:
Wink Eyecare (647 East Broadway) has gift certificates!  Give the gift of better vision or a better pair of frames.  Wink also has a great selection of sunglasses too!

Boston Fire Gear:
Get your Southie jake gear!  For all the BFD lovers on your list (and honestly, who doesn’t love a firefighter?) Boston Fire Gear has everything from t-shirts, hoodies, hats & more!  To check out their wares visit: http://www.bostonfiregear.com

Fitness:

Lifted Fitness (803 Summer Street): 
Get ’em a gift card to Lifted and they’ll get in the best shape of their lives! Their group fitness classes combine strength training and high intensity cardio, utilizing free weights, kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, suspension trainers, drive sleds and more to burn fat, strengthen and tone muscle, and boost metabolism.  For more information visit: http://www.liftedboston.com/

C2 Pilates (844 Summer Street) Channel your inner dancer at the trendy new fitness class, barre.  Designed to lengthen your muscles, barre is a fusion of pilates, dance, and yoga choreographed to music and done at the ballet barre.  This all over work-out will lift your butt, carve your abs and tone your legs and arms.  Be prepared to use balls, bands and weights to achieve ultimate results.  Stop by and pick up a gift card or sign up for yourself!

Handlebar  (141 Dorchester Ave) Get ready to pedal your way to lean and mean – think 600 calories in 45 minutes .  The Handle Bar, Southie’s first ever indoor cycling studio has opened its doors.  Located in the Macallen Building, The Handle Bar houses 30 bikes, a reception area, cubbies for riders, and two restrooms.    This high energy, fat-burning workout is a great addition to your fitness routine and is the perfect cure for workout boredom – it’s a party on a bike with a top of the line sound system, mood lighting and motivating instructors.  For more information on gift cards visit: www.handlebarcycling.com

Regan’s Motivated Gym (315 West Broadway)
Get Motivated! Regan’s has been proving itself as a butt-busting favorite since 2007.  Located right on West Broadway, Regan’s prides itself on providing education on becoming both physically and mentally fit. The neighborhood gym offers more than 20 classes per week, including Spin, Core Blast, Strength and Conditioning, as well as Cardio Boxing.  If you’re looking for an extra boost to blast through that fitness plateau, Regan’s also offers bootcamps three days per week for both members and non-members.  Other exercise equipment and free weights are also available for those gym-goers who are just getting started with their new year’s fitness regiment. For more information visit www.regansmotivatedfitness.com or call 617-269-5555. Gift Certificates Available!

For the Adventurer:
Give the gift of climbing!  Rock Spot Climbing – Southie’s indoor rock climbing facility – offers classes for all levels!  Whether you’re a beginner or experienced climber, Rock Spot Climbing is THE spot to be!   For more information visit: http://www.rockspotclimbing.com  Rock Spot Climbing also has digital gift cards!

Kick ass:
Ultimate Self Defense, 12 B Street – will have you blocking, kicking and punching your way to your best physical condition, all while building up your self confidence and improving your self discipline.  Offering classes for both kids and adults, the programs are designed for all levels of fitness and private lessons are available to fit your schedule.  For more information visit:For more information visit www.ultimateselfdefense.com or call 617-268-9893.  Kimora is offering a new student special for $99 for unlimited classes!  Give it a try!   Makes a great gift!

Food and Wine:

American Provisions (613 East Broadway):
Have the experts at American Provisions whip you up a gorgeous basket of goodies that will surprise and delight!

Foodies (230 West Broadway) have plenty of food items for entertaining or creating a thoughtful basket!

Cafe Porto Bello (672 East Broadway) – Are you entertaining this holiday season?  Cafe Porto Bello wants to make it a little easier for you.  Order up some of their legendary party platters and trays – like their delicious eggplant rollatini or lobster ravioli. They also have gift certificates which are perfect for everyone on your list!

Social Wines (52 West Broadway) A local favorite – this “candy store” of wine offers an a vast section of wine, craft beer, and liquor in comfortable and fun environment.  The experts at Social Wines have creative ideas for everyone on your list including prepackaged gifts perfect for Yankee Swaps and  ready for you to grab and go!  They also have gift cards too!

Del Frisco’s (250 Northern Ave):
Harborside baby!  Everyone loves an excuse to go out for a fancy steak dinner! Surprise your favorite couple with a gift card from Del Frisco’s.

Lincoln (425 West Broadway)
This wildly popular South Boston hot spot offers up gift cards that will please anyone that loves delicious comfort food and fun cocktails.

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar  (412 West Broadway)
This local favorite boasts over 25 types of tequila  and has a menu bursting with deliciousness featuring items like fried rock shrimp, tenderloin steak skewers, tuna crude and tacos galore!  Know what else will knock your socks off – Loco’s impressive new decor with its large wooden bar and lighting that creates a little ambiance.

Coppersmith  (40 West Third Street)
When you walk into Coppersmith you’re immediately in awe of the space itself.  Reclaimed steel, restored brick, exotic woods, multiple skylights, exposed timbers, and glass garage doors combine to create an air of openness, warmth, and brightness you can’t find anyplace else in the city.  After you catch your breath from just how beautiful the space is you’ll probably notice the food trucks. In addition to regular brunch and dinner menus Coppersmith has two food trucks with rotating menus.  They also have a fun cocktail list!

Gather  (75 Northern Ave.)
Welcome to the future, guys. The big issue with gift cards during the holiday season is it  sometimes seems impersonal and, let’s face it, the easy way out. Gather (75 Northern Ave.), one of our favorite spots for food & tasty drinks in the Seaport, is totally changing that.
Gifters have the option for purchasing a physical gift card or e-gift certificate, delivered immediately to your loved one’s email address. (Hello, last minute gift idea.) Or you can choose to specifically purchase their (or even your own) favorite item of the menu

Gift Certificate Specials:
Stephi’s in Southie (130 Dorchester Ave)
You’ll get a bonus $25 gift card for every $100 worth of gift cards you buy at Stephi’s where the dining by the fireplace is always warm and cozy!

Paramount (667 East Broadway):
Paramount is offering a $25 Gift Card for every $100 worth of Gift Cards you buy!  Perfect for stuffing stockings with or for a little “Merry Christmas” to yourself!

Gift Uncommon – https://www.giftuncommon.co
Gift local. Gift uncommon! Not just for one store, Gift Uncommon gift cards are for the entire community and are accepted at all participating local merchants in Southie. To purchase visit: https://www.giftuncommon.co/shop/?affiliates=c81e728d9d4c2f636f067f89cc1…
Give the gift of Southie!  Stop by their pop-up shops at the Cranberry Cafe on December 22nd/December 23rd 7am-2pm and at Indulge Day Spa on December 23rd from 4pm-8pm and December 24th from 10am-4pm

When it doubt, you can’t go wrong with gift card to one our local eating and drinking spots.  From sports bars to fine dining, here are our picks for where to go for a last minute gift:

  • ?Amrheins (80 West Broadway)
  • Seapoint (367 East Eighth Street)
  • Barlows (241 A Street)
  • Lucky’s Lounge (355 Congress Street)
  • Sportello (348 Congress Street)
  • Blue Dragon (324 A Street)

Pamper and Groom:

Indulge (637 East Broadway):
Treat someone special to a little indulgence.  They deserve it right? Right now they are running some amazing specials and they can customize a gift certificates.  Treat yourself to one too!

The Beauty Bar (699 East Broadway):
The Beauty Bar is a new Southie favorite and has an amazing section of jewelry, accessories and gift ideas.  They also have gift cards and if You purchase $100 worth of gift cards, you’ll get a $20 for free!  Sweet!
Let the beauty experts of Nurture Salon and Spa (127 L Street)customized a beautiful basket of luxurious products for you someone on your list.

Luxury Box (500A East Broadway):
Who says a guy doesn’t like a little pampering?  Pick him up a gift certificate for a hair cut and a hot shave.  The grooming experts at the Luxury Box will clean him up real nice!

Stretch:

Everyone needs to decompress around this time of year.  Give the gift of yoga!  Most studios are running specials and promos this time of year!

  • Radiant Yoga (516 East Second Street) – ask about their special class packs! 
  • East Side Yoga and Fitness (584 East Broadway) – East Side’s popular class pack special is back!  Enjoy a 10 pack class pack (expires 6 months from date of purchase) for $120 (cash only in studio purchase)

Southie:

We’re positive that there are plenty of people on your list that would love the gift of Southie pride!  Make up a basket of Southie t-shirts or sweatshirts, add a few scratch tickets and maybe a jug of their favorite poison.

  • The Spot (457 West Broadway): Looking for some edgy graphics of “Southie” on t-shirts, sweatshirts and knit caps?  The Spot is your spot.  Stop by and stock-up.
  • Southie’s Own (396 West Broadway):A local favorite, this store has plenty of special gift ideas.  Everything from Irish knit sweaters, to scally caps from Ireland to Irish step dancer ornaments.

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.