Pop-up Shops for Unique Gifts

While there are plenty of cute shops open all year round, this season we have noticed a crop of adorable pop-up shops appear in the Back Bay. With most open just until the end of December or early January, these stores all offer something unique, and could be a great place to look for that hard-to-shop-for person.

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TownPool. This Nantucket-based retailer specializes in items that are a bit unusual, and the whole shop indulges the quirky side of things. Spot which rubber duck in the window is swimming against the tide, and take a break from shopping to play a few rounds of mini golf in the back (seriously — they built a mini golf course back there!). Highlights include sail rope-inspired bracelets from Lemon and Line and shoes and bags made of vintage Turkish rugs from Res Ipsa, but the shop is full of interesting finds for men, women, kids, and home. Quirkier items include floral bowties and ugly Christmas jackets. (Tonight from 6-8pm, join them for a holiday party with small bites, oysters, Blackbird donuts, and prizes! 899 Boylston Street.

The Third Piece. Knitting is having a moment, and we’re so glad. There is nothing more cozy than a hand-knit merino sweater, and something so calming about curling up in the corner of the couch with a pile of yarn to create something warm as snow swirls outside. That’s why we are so into the concept behind The Third Piece — buy the yarn and pattern (and pop into the shop for advice if you get stuck), or have the knitting gurus behind the counter whip something up for you. Such a cool idea. Kits or knitted items are available online, but it’s so much more fun to admire all the yarn at the shop in the Back Bay! 177 Newbury Street.

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Misha & Puff. Speaking of knits, the children’s sweaters, bonnets, and bloomers at Misha & Puff are perhaps the cutest things we have ever seen. (Serena strikes a pose in her items above.) Founded by Brookline mom Anna Wallack after she realized how much she loved dressing her own baby in knits, the items are all hand made in Peru, and the designs are so sweet. While the merino sweaters are definitely a splurge, they feel like heirlooms. And there is nothing more satisfying than keeping a baby warm and cozy! The shop also has smaller items and adorable gifts. Find Misha & Puff in the Back Bay through December 24. 91 Newbury Street.

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Lark. We’ve had the chance to visit a few Lark Hotels locations, and have always been so impressed by the interesting design and unique feel of each spot. For just one week, Lark Hotels is popping up in the Back Bay! From December 13-18, visit the shop for a chance to win a stay at their new Salem location, shop a selection of furniture and accessories, and enjoy an evening schedule of demonstrations and style showcases from local brands, including Ellie Kai and M. Flynn Jewelry. More info and full schedule here. 144 Newbury Street.

Image Credit: 1) TownPool 2) Laura Chassaigne 3) Lark Hotels

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