Category Archives: Gift Guide

November 22, 2017

PSA: Upper Glass is Your Holiday Win-Win

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I’m going to make a bold statement. You need a box of wine from Upper Glass.

During the holidays, there are countless occasions to gift wine or to open a bottle when guests are visiting. With your Upper Glass collection, you’ll get a box (four bottles) to ensure you always have some on hand.

Each collection has been curated by Boston’s sommeliers. Don’t expect wines that you see in the grocery stores. Instead, their picks emphasize underappreciated grape varietals, regions, and artisan producers. In highlighting some lesser-known wines, you’re getting great wine at an exceptional value.

Another interesting commonality is that lot of their winemakers tend to employ some level of natural, organic, and/or biodynamic winemaking practices.

They have a number of holiday collections coming up, and the two that I’m most excited about are PInot Stars and Spectacular Sparklers.

You also don’t have to buy one collection at a time. You can gift someone (or yourself) an Upper Glass membership two-, three- or six-month membership. Winter is long and hard and you don’t need a February snowstorm to come between you and your wine. If you’re interested in a subscription, then mark your calendar for this Monday. They’re having a Cyber Monday deal where you can get a three-month subscription for $200 ($40 savings). Purchase on Monday, November 27, via with the code CYBERWINE. Each collection includes four hand-delivered bottles in a stylish briefcase-style box, accompanied by winemaker profiles and tasting notes from the curator.

Upper Glass is the win-win-win you need for this holiday season. You have two bottles to give as gifts, a bottle to open when you have a friend over, and a bottle to enjoy when you’re Netflixing by the fire. All are expertly-picked, so you look like a total pro. (Is that a win-win-win-win?)

December 14, 2016

Gift Guide: Girl Boss

For all the girl boss, feminist, patriarchy-smashers in your life…this one is for them. Strong women: may we know them, may we raise them, may we shop for them.

Gift Guide: Animal Lover

I have two fur babies of my own, and I can’t imagine my life without them. This guide is for people like me, who cannot live without the love of our four-legged family members.

Gift Guide: The Guys

I had a inner battle over how to do gift guides that didn’t genderize. However, it’s hard to make a gift guide without making a few generalizations. This gift guide is based on what I would buy the guys in my life, and maybe it helps to trigger some ideas on what to get someone in your life. So, no matter who you’re shopping for, I hope that this little collection helps!

November 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday

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I know that today is still Black Friday, but I’m hitting publish on this a little early so you can plan your strategy for Small Business Saturday. I’m passionate about supporting small business, and – I might be biased – Boston is chock-full of really amazing ones.

I could wax poetic about each of these businesses. Instead, I gave as short of a description as I could but implore you to check them out for yourselves. You’ll immediately see why they’re each so special and worthy of your support.

Brick & Mortar

A Ruby // go-to essentials for every woman’s closet // Copley Place at 100 Huntington Ave, Boston and 680 Legacy Place, Dedham

Ball & Buck // menswear boutique focused on american made products // 144-B Newbury Street, Boston

Crompton Collective // think Brimfield plus artisans all under one roof // 138 Green Street, Worcester

December Thieves // well curated boutique of emerging brands // 88 Charles Street, Boston

deWolfe // artisan leather goods // 177 Newbury Street, Boston

Flock // clothing and gifts with a boho flair // 274 Shawmut Avenue, Boston

Follain // clean beauty // Boston locations are 53 Dartmouth Street and 65 Charles Street

Hudson // furniture & home accents in an eclectic mix of styles // 12 Union Park Street, Boston

Niche // urban garden supply shop – plants + everything you need to care for them // 619 Tremont Street, Boston and 286 Broadway, Cambridge

Olives & Grace // small-batch food products & bespoke gift items // 623 Tremont St, Boston

Seed to Stem // botanicals, natural objects, and curiosities // 138 Green Street #1, Worcester

Shake the Tree // stylish clothing and eclectic gift boutique // 67 Salem St, Boston

TownPool // the best of Nantucket in a Boston pop-up // 899 Boylston Street, Boston


Apotheker’s Kitchen // honey-sweetened chocolate and treats

Brass Clothing // capsule clothing at its best

Nectar & Green // organic pressed almond milk

Organic Bath Co // clean organic skin products

Paridaez // minimalistic women’s apparel line for work to work-out

Sh*t That I Knit // high-quality knitwear

If you live outside of the metro Boston area, it may not be feasible for you to check out these business in person, but many have online retail that you can shop. I also encourage you to go out into your own community and support businesses there. Artisan holiday fairs and bazaars are great places to discover new-to-you businesses to support.

Huzzah to community and a double huzzah for supporting each other this Small Business Saturday (…and always).