December – the month that always seems to sneak up on everyone. Between the baking and the shopping and the parties there is always something that seems to evade my to do list. Not to mention I am a text book procrastinator. With the horrifying realization that Christmas is actually right around the corner, I’ve put together a procrastinator’s guide to Christmas shopping and holiday prep featuring some of my favorite Dorchester spots.
Last Minute Baking:
Stop by Green Hills Bakery located in the heart of Adams Village. This traditional Irish bakery is a go-to no matter what the time of year for baked goods, coffee and breakfast sandwiches. They are currently offering everything from pies, cookies, and festive cakes, to holiday hams for the most wonderful time of the year. They even have a traditional Irish Christmas pudding.
Last Minute Christmas Trees and Decorations:
Lambert’s on Morissey Blvd still has plenty of trees! They also have an abundance of kissing balls, wreaths and garland. Nothing says Christmas more than the sweet pine fragrance of a Christmas tree!
Cedar Grove Gardens on Adams Street is a gold mine for Christmas wreaths, pointsettia and festive holiday décor. They specialize in custom made wreaths and I swear the store resembles Santa’s workshop.
Last Minute Gift Ideas:
Cedar Grove Gardens is also the perfect stop for last min gift ideas. This family owned and operated shop showcases local artists and craftsman. They have a bounty of Boston inspired gifts, holiday trinkets and beautiful handmade gifts to choose from. You’re bound to find something for that one person still left on your list!
Another family owned and operated shop, Phillips Chocolates offers handmade chocolates and sweet confections. Think, decadent chocolate truffles, peppermint bark, or melt-in-your-mouth fudge. Pick up something small for a last minute stocking stuffer, or stop in for a gift box of their legendary chocolate turtles.
Last Minute Gift Card Ideas:
Gift cards, every procrastinator’s saving grace during the holidays! Check out any of the following local businesses for the pet-lover, wellness-guru, foodie, or beer-geek in your life. Or give the gift of relaxation!
Lola Beauty Boutique
4 Corners Yoga & Wellness
Open Doors Yoga Studio
Dorchester Brewing Company
Boston Harbor Distillery
The Pampered Pooch Pet Supply