We all know that Santa just can’t do it all. That means he’s going to need a little help this Christmas. With so many amazing stores in our quaint New England Village it was near impossible to pick just “8 Can’t-Miss Stores for Holiday Shopping in Mystic”. In reality, we probably could have stretched this list to a count of 20. In the air of brevity here are the 8 stores that we felt you just can’t miss when visiting Mystic this holiday season.
8. Mallove’s of Mystic – on the first floor of the Hoxie House at The Whaler’s Inn
A family-owned staple of Southeastern CT, a gift from Mallove’s of Mystic is sure to impress. Whether a gem to dazzle your love or a sentimental piece from Alex and Ani for that best friend, the price points in Mallove’s range from “Merry Christmas” to “Marry me This Christmas”.
Hours: 10am-6pm Monday-Wednesday & Saturday
10am-7pm Thursday & Friday
The newest spot on our list has us converting to sustainable soaps and bath products. Luckily the Main Street Soap Emporium is just a couple of doors down from our East Main Street location. The charming displays, including a claw-foot bathtub full of bath bombs, call you from the street tempting you to treat yourself. But since this article is about holiday shopping, we should probably be encouraging you to put a dent in that mile-long list of gifts. With gifts for both men and women the Main Street Soap Emporium is a perfect spot for stocking stuffers, teacher’s gifts, or to sneak in a little something for yourself!
Tucked away on Holmes Street, Salt oozes a sense of warmth and calm. Handmade jewelry, beautiful greeting cards, and nautical home decor greet you as you enter this inspirational creative space. My go-to spot for greeting cards year-round, Salt offers a beautiful collection from a variety of artists. Salt is the perfect spot to pick up a little something for your favorite niece or even just a souvenir of your Mystic escape.
Hours: 11am-5pm Monday-Saturday
This beautiful gallery offers a variety of goods and art from around the world. Stunning leather accessories, vintage furniture pieces, and fine art and sculptures are thoughtfully displayed around the modern yet welcoming space. You are sure to end your gift search for that person who has everything at Curated. The recipient will be left thinking that you traveled far off exotic lands to find that perfect something.
Hours: Seasonal hours may vary.
A list of “8 Can’t-Miss Stores for Holiday Shopping in Mystic” is not complete without a Toy Store! Mystical Toys is not your typical toy store. Featuring your favorite toys from years gone by as well as sought-after toys of today, our local toy store is impossible to visit without buying the most amazing gifts for the little ones. Offering free gift wrapping and a genius “frequent buyer” punch card, Mystical Toys comes in at number 4 on our list this holiday season.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30am-6pm
For the foodie in your life, the “Spice and Tea Exchange of Mystic” will be sure to provide the perfect gift idea. Find spices, sugars, and rubs to complete your favorite recipes. Purchase a unique exotic tea for the tea lover in your life and pick up a pepper strong enough to clear your sinuses for the spice junkie. Although Spice and Tea Exchange stores are located throughout the country, the welcoming and knowledgeable staff invoke a warmth only a “mom and pop” shop exudes.
Hours: 10am-9pm daily
Formerly Radio Waves, Trove reopened last spring with a new look, new merchandise, and the same quirky personality. Any man in your life will feel like you’ve scoured hundreds of stores looking for the perfect gift, when in fact you’ve just made one stop at Trove. From record players to novelty books, to Mystic themed menswear, Trove is known as “Mystic’s Only Shop for Him”. If he’s a cocktail lover, you’ll find an array of tools and tricks to make the perfect libation.
Hours: 10am-9pm Daily
Speaking of the perfect libation….
Universal Package store comes in at number 1 of our “8 Can’t-Miss Stores for Holiday Shopping in Mystic”. Craft beer lovers, wine connoisseurs, and bourbon lovers alike will jump like a child on Christmas morning with a gift from the Universal Package Store. Plan ahead for next year and sign up for the “Beer Advent Calendar” which offers craft beer fans 25 surprise beers individually wrapped and numbered. Universal Package store offers local delivery and national shipping so there is no need to pack that expensive whiskey in your carry-on this time around!
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm
Well, there you have it folks, our “8 Can’t-Miss Stores for Holiday Shopping in Mystic”. Yes, we know we’ve missed a ton of other amazing stores, but we want you to get up and get shopping in all the great Mystic stores. So, stop wasting your time reading about how fabulous these stores are, get started early, so you can have an after-shopping cocktail! After all, Mystic really is the perfect place for both gifts and cocktails!