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Christmas Shopping in Rockport, MA

12 Shops of Christmas In Rockport, MA
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Don’t get us wrong, we certainly love the convenience of Amazon (genuflects in front of Prime package). In fact, it feels like we’re recycling their boxes on a weekly basis. But, at Christmas, there is something special about finding the perfect hidden treasure at a local shop.

If you’re looking for a unique and thoughtful gift, Rockport, Massachusetts may just be the perfect destination. The seaside village of Rockport is truly the perfect Christmas excursion. With a bevy of boutique shops on scenic Bearskin Neck you’re sure to uncover some gems. Stroll through the seaside landscape, enjoy some fresh local seafood, and take in views of the famous fishing shack, Motif #1.

There are dozens of fantastic shops and galleries to choose from, but we’ve curated a list that we have lovingly dubbed of The 12 Shops of Christmas in Rockport, MA. So without further ado, here are some of our favorite Rockport shopping destinations:


The Pewter Shop

A Rockport staple for over 84 years, the Pewter Shop first opened its doors back in 1935. Since that time, the Pewter Shop has offered high quality pewter goods handcrafted both within their shop and by other craftsmen around the world. From unique bottle openers to keychains, steins, plates, ornaments and more, the Pewter Shop has a little something for everyone.

Rockport MA Pewter Shop

You can meet the shop owner and pewter smith Chris Murch who is there on site and incredibly friendly and helpful. He runs this shop with his daughter Zan who has her artwork featured in the shop as well.

Colby Davis At Pewter Shop Rockport MA

In addition to handcrafted pewter, the shop also offers an impressive array of jewelry, including the local Massachusetts jewelry from Colby Davis. The handmade quality and craftsmanship of the jewelry is immediately apparent. From pendants and rings to bracelets and earrings the coastal-inspired Colby Davis line offers the perfect statement piece.

The Pewter Shop
16 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966


The Kaihlanen Gallery

If you have a loved one in your life who appreciates art, the Kaihlanen gallery is an absolute must see! The owner and artist, Lauri Kaihlanen, is a second generation Finnish-American who creates some colorful, whimsical art that runs the gambit from purely representational to abstract fantasy.

Lauri Kaihlanen Gallery

Lauri attended New England School of Art and taught art in public schools for several years. He then left teaching in order to devote himself full time to his painting. Lauri has now owned his shop for over 20 years.

In the shop you will also find works from Lauri’s mother, Hilda, who created some impressive folk art pieces in her own right. And, a visit to the shop would not be complete without meeting the inimitable Trudy who can provide you any and all information on the art and the local Rockport scene.

The Kaihlanen Gallery
61 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966



Of course, if you’re looking for a gift with a nautical nod, Rockport is the perfect destination. Who doesn’t love a beautiful handcrafted sail bag? All the bags at Sea Bags are made from actual used sails. In fact, Sea Bags is responsible for recycling over 700 tons of used sails since 1999. Pretty impressive.

Seabags Bearskin Neck Rockport

From classic totes, to handbags, wine bags and duffel bags, Sea Bags has you covered. They also offer custom orders with personalization for your business or for special occasions.

SeaBags Store Bearskin Neck

All the sails are collected from a community of passionate boaters and are meticulously designed, sewn and finished by local craftspeople. It’s a gift that will truly last a lifetime.

In addition to the sail bags, Seabags carries other fun gifts such as bracelets, candles and jewelry.

Sea Bags
13A Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966


Original Beach Dog

If you’re looking for some great coastal wear, the Original Beach Dog (OBD) has you covered. Think Black Dog, but with lovable Golden Retrievers. The clothing is very high quality and a great value.

Original Beach Dog Rockport

There is truly something for everyone at OBD. From tee shirts and hooded sweaters to hats, bandannas and wood burned signs. We’re definitely down with OBD.

Original Beach Dog OBD

The owners, Jim and Nancy, are very friendly and, if you bring your dog, you are sure to be featured on their social media pages. The brand was inspired by the couples Golden Retrievers Lennon and Fenway, the pictures of which are lovingly displayed in the shop.

Original Beach Dog
18 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966



Feeling spiritual? You may want to check out Soulstice for unique clothing, handcrafted local art, a collection of oils and stones, body art, and you can even get a henna tattoo kit.

Soulstice Rockport MA

The shop owner, Valerie Doyon, opened on Bearskin neck back in 2002 and will gladly guide you through all the wonderful treasures within this Rockport gem.

Soulstice Pottery Bearskin Neck

The shop carries some great gift options including some fantastic local pottery. They also have a great selection of wood burned ornaments and they will even do custom orders. We are excited to be getting a few for the Addison Choate!

1 Tuna Wharf
Rockport, MA 01966


Tuck’s Candy

Need to satisfy a sweet tooth in your life, or maybe your own? Be sure to stop by Tuck’s Candy, a Rockport staple since 1929. From taffy to old fashioned fudge to peanut butter cups and hard candy Tuck’s has you covered. And let’s be real, chocolate becomes an accepted currency during the holiday season.

Tuck's Candy Rockport MA

They have 2 locations in town: A shop with a larger gift store and another factory store. You can venture down to the factory store in Dock Square and watch them make and package candy or you can visit their gift shop and browse their candy and a variety of other gifts and goodies that you didn’t even realize you were missing.

Tuck’s Candy & Gifts
15 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966


One Love One Ocean

Quintessential beach/surf wear. One love offers a variety of surf inspired clothing from snarky tee shirts to hooded sweaters and hats. And, you can feel good about your purchase since 5% of the profits go toward keeping the oceans clean.

One Ocean Bearskin Neck

However, the most impressive part of the clothing is the manufacturing process. All of its designs are carved into linoleum blocks which are then inked, and hand pressed onto the clothing. You can watch a video of the process in the store. It’s pretty wild.

One Ocean Rockport

In addition to clothing, the store carries a variety of other gifts including stickers, koozies, canteens fragrances and more.

One Love One Ocean
6 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966


Scott Tubby Fine Art

Rockport is certainly known for its art. The art colony in Rockport is one of the oldest in America and home to over 30 galleries, as well as the Rockport Art Association and Museum. One artist that we think you will love is Scott Tubby.

Scott Tubby Rockport Artist

Scott is a renowned potter who has won the praise of art critics, including the New Yorker, “the subtle range of colors and the delicate stylized necks distinguish them from any other ceramics we’ve seen.” From naked ragu to burnished and saggar fired pieces we think that you will definitely appreciate his pottery.

Scott Tubby Welcome Committee

Equally impressive are Scott’s vibrant paintings of coastal homes and boats. The warmth and perspective offered by these works are sure to draw you in. In his shop you have the option of buying both originals and prints.

Scott Tubby Fine Art
26 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966


Red Tractor Trading Company

The Red Tractor Trading Company is a fantastic new shop on Bearskin Neck that cultivates artists and makers from around New England. The shop has some beautiful original paintings and other works of art on display from talented local artists like Carole Loiacono of Gloucester, MA and Lindsay Hall.

Charcuterie Boards Red Tractor

In addition to paintings, the shop has some impressive works from American Stone Craft, charcuterie boards and cutting boards, pottery and other items.

Red Tractor Gallery Rockport

The owners, Gardner Hall and Steven Pazar are incredibly welcoming and friendly and will be happy to show you around and help you with any questions.

Red Tractor Trading Company
9-B Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966


Wicked Peacock

Wicked Peacock and its sister store the Strut Boutique offer unique, chic, edgy clothing and jewelry options hand selected by owner Silvana Costa. According to Costa, “The vibe I want to create is eclectic and bohemian, but [also] chic and elegant.”

Wicked Peacock

Mission accomplished, the stores offer some fantastic statement pieces which are stylish and reasonably priced.

Jewelry at Wicked Peacock

They also have a great selection of accessories and some incredible Balsam Cedar candles which you will likely find yourself burning year-round!

Wicked Peacock
17 Dock Square
Rockport, MA 01966


La Provence

Bring the south of France into your home with a little help from La Provence. The shop’s owner, Dawn Noble, has curated a colorful collection of French tablecloths, soaps, and perfumes from Pre de Provence, Roger & Gallet, Panier des Sens and La Lavande that you are sure to adore.

La Provence In Rockport, MA

The store also carries a wide variety of charming gift including La Rochere Glassware, Carbonel Santons, baskets, butter dishes, spatulas, bowls, vases, coasters and more!

Rockport La Provence

La Provence
4 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966


Rockport Candle Company

Rockport Candle opened back in the summer of 2016 by a group of friends who love Rockport and the ocean life. They understood that fragrance is intimately intertwined with emotion and memory and they wanted to produce something special that could serve as a reminder of trips to the scenic coastal village.

Rockport Candle Company

Shop owner, Christina Willcox, has created some incredible fragrances ranging from Buttered Lobstah to Salt Water Taffy and Millbrook Meadow. One of our favorites is Beach Rose, it’s a dead ringer! If you’re feeling creative, you can even try your hand at creating your own candles at the DIY workshop.

A Rockport Candle is truly the perfect gift. All of the candles are handcrafted right in Rockport with and are made of a special soy-based wax blend. If you’re coming to town do yourself a favor and swing by one of the shops to indulge in these unique scents.

Rockport Candle Company
45 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966

Rockport Candle Company Studio & Workshop
19 Broadway
Rockport, MA 01966

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed checking out this fantastic selection of Rockport Shops on Bearskin Neck. It’s definitely not a definitive list, but just a few shops that we love and think that you will enjoy as well. 

Christmas is a special time in Rockport.  On top of all of the great shopping, Rockport always has some exciting Christmas activities planned to make your visit a memorable one.

Every weekend in December there are activities to enjoy. From Santa’s arrival on a lobster boat on December 7th to Rockport Maker’s Festival on December 14th and the live nativity on December 21st Rockport does Christmas right. 

We hope to see you this December on Bearskin Neck! 

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