Souvenirs in Boston

If you are visiting Boston for the holidays or just finishing off the Boston Marathon, you may want to buy some souvenirs from Boston for yourself or for friends and families.  Quincy Market certainly has plenty to offer. Just stroll through Quincy Market, South Market and North Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, there are many gift shops and souvenir shops with Boston themes to choose from. The pushcarts around Quincy Market often may have different things too if you are looking for something that is not too mass-produced.


Where to buy cheap souvenirs in Boston

  1. Quincy Market – loads of T-shirts, fridge magnets, mugs and all kinds of knick-knacks.
  2. Harvard Square – 5 miles away from Quincy Market, the Harvard Square in Cambridge
  3. Boston Public Market – the locals shop for their fresh produce here but it doesn’t mean that they don’t have good quality honey or maple syrup you can take home with.


Support the local museums and artists

After all, if you have to buy something anyway, why not support the local museums and artists?  There are multiple museums near Quincy Market where you can get something for everyone. 

  • The Museum of Science will have fun and educational books and science kits for the children
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has nice books and artefacts.
  • Boston Tea Party Museum gift shop
  • The Coop at the Harvard Square – The Coop s the official MIT Harvard apparel and gift shop. Harvard T-shirts or hats are standard souvenirs for most people.
  • The Cambridge Artists Cooperative Gallery at Harvard Square – it is a non-profit making gallery where artists’ works are displayed and are available for purchase. With its wide range of media, styles and prices, there are lots to choose from.
  • Boston Public Market – besides fresh produce, the market also has other speciality products like stonecrafts, bowls, trays, or napkin rings made from discarded or fallen trees from New England towns.

    Souvenirs for sports fans

    Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins are all from Boston.  It depends on which sport your friends or family member like.

    • Nothing beat the Red Sox if you are not sure. 
    • Visit the Fenway Park and get a Red Sox poster or Boston Fenway Park Red Sox wooden key ring.

    Souvenir food from Boston

    • Boston baked beans candy
    • Salt Water Taffy
    • Maple syrup
    • Maple sugar candy
    • Whoopie pies

    Souvenirs from Boston for kids

    Buying gifts for children from Boston is easy.  Here are some ideas:

    • Boston T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats everywhere
    • Sports team T-shirts and apparel
    • Books and toys from the museums
    • “Make Way for Little Ducklings Book” – the children’s book that takes place in the Boston Common
    • Boston baked beans candies
    • Salty Water Taffy – what sort of child won’t like a big box?
    • Whoopie pies can be found in many supermarkets or convenience stores.


    Souvenirs for the special ones

    If you want something more special, or to spoil your loved ones, try one of the following:

    • The Shreve, Crump and Low – It has pins, charms and jewellery of Duck boat, Swanboat or MBTA trolley themes. The Gurgling cod pitcher, in particular, is an original classic piece from the Shreve.
    • The boards and wine stopper made by local artists using discarded or fallen trees from New England.
    • The Museum of Fine Arts gift shops
    • Harvard Museum of Natural History gift shops
    • Aunt Sadie’s candles – family-run hand-made candles
    • A Paul Revere bowl from the Pual Revere House


    Cheap souvenirs in Boston

    Many shops and museum gift shops do provide a wide range of styles and price gifts.

    • Quincy Market and the kiosks nearby
    • Cheaper Red Sox merchandise can be found at the Marshall’s and Filene’s Basement on Boylston Street
    • City Sports next door to Marshall’s that has lots of Boston team merchandise
    • Cheap candies from supermarkets and stores