holiday shopping guide

Finding the perfect holiday gift can be a challenging task, especially if you’re searching in soul-sucking malls and shopping plazas. Add some joy to your holiday shopping by buying one-of-a-kind Christmas presents on Martha’s Vineyard. While many shops on the island close during the shoulder season, you can find gifts for everyone on your list at one of the many craft fairs, gift sales and festivals during the holiday season. This Martha’s Vineyard holiday shopping guide will help you find gifts for the whole family, and maybe even a little something for yourself.

Holiday shopping guide
Photo: Paul LaCedra

Holiday Shopping Guide for Martha’s Vineyard

Featherstone Center for the Arts Holiday Gift Show

There’s nothing more special than a handmade gift from the island. Featherstone Center for the Arts hosts their annual holiday gifts show in the month leading up to Christmas. Stop by and browse through gifts galore, from jewelry and purses to pottery and paintings. You can take pride in knowing that whatever you purchase, it will be one of a kind. In the spirit of the holidays, all sales benefits from the gift show will go towards local artists and the Featherstone Center to help keep art alive on the island.


Oak Bluffs Open Market

While Oak Bluffs Open Market is open through the summer and fall, this Martha’s Vineyard staple moves inside for the holiday season. With two markets held, one at the end of November and another in early December, the Oak Bluffs Open Market is ready to meet all your holiday shopping needs. And because most of Oak Bluffs regular vendors return for the indoor market, it’s easy to plan your shopping trip.


Christmas in EdgartownHoliday shopping

No Martha’s Vineyard holiday shopping guide would be complete without Christmas in Edgartown. While your children are partaking in cookie decorating and Christmas parades, slip away and take advantage of the deep discounts. Stop by Bryn Walker and get as much as 80% off clothing purchases, or attend the Christmas kickoff at Backwater Trading Co. and sip on hot cider while you shop. Plus, many local stores reopen just for Christmas in Edgartown, so this is your chance to pick up the perfect gift at your favorite Edgartown store.


Vineyard Holiday Gift Shop

Let’s be honest—not all of us are master planners when it comes to holiday shopping. For those of you who wait to hit the stores until three days before Christmas, Martha’s Vineyard has the perfect store for you. The Vineyard Holiday Gift Shop only operates during the Christmas season and, thankfully, stays open until Christmas Eve. Go to this everything-store to stock up on stocking stuffers for your kids, relatives, and even your dog. You can also purchase specialty items made by local artists and artisans that will be sure to impress even the most picky of family members.


With the help of this holiday shopping guide, you can bring some truly unique gifts home from Martha’s Vineyard. If you’re thinking of doing your holiday shopping on the island, consider giving yourself a relaxing stay at Vineyard Square Hotel. Located right in the heart of Edgartown, Vineyard Square will put the best holiday shopping on the island right at your fingertips.

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