The Best Places to Buy Souvenirs in Boston

Marathon Sports lies in the heart of Copley Square
Marathon Sports lies in the heart of Copley Square | © Paul Marotta / Getty Images
Natasha Chang

Packing steamed lobsters and clam chowder into your luggage can get messy, but visitors seeking to show off a piece of Boston pride can still head to one of these places to get themselves a unique gift to take home. Skip the line and tourist trap at the airport, here are the best places to buy the souvenirs to cap your visit to historic Beantown.

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Faneuil Hall

Quincy Marketplace in Faneuil Hall is one of the most popular sites to see while in Boston. Built in 1742, this site has now transformed into a home of more than 150 different shops, restaurants, and merchant carts. This is a fun and lively place to browse for souvenirs in booths and boutique shops all over the area. Whether it’s something you need for a loved one, friend, or colleague, Faneuil Hall is the place to go for a wide variety of gifts fit for everyone.

If you’re looking for something unique and hand-made, try this open market. SoWa is a vibrant and popular weekend gathering of local artisans, chefs, musicians, and farmers. Food trucks, beer tastings, arts and farmers markets are packed into a block in the South End. Thousands of visitors from across the New England area visit the market for a chance to shop locally, meet the faces behind the produce and explore new galleries and boutiques. The market occurs between April 29 and October 29 and opens every weekend from 10 am to 4 pm.

Yawkey Way Store

Courtesy of Official Red Sox Team Store

You cannot visit Boston without picking up a hat or a jersey featuring a beloved Boston team. The Yawkey Way Store, located next to Fenway Park, is a must-visit for any baseball fan. This store is packed with everything adorned with the signature red booties. You can purchase jerseys, signed bats, books, hats, and even used game dirt, just to name a few. The store attracts many people an hour before the game so prepare to squeeze your way through for a full Red Sox game day experience.

TD Garden Pro Shop

If you’re a hockey or basketball fan, TD Garden Pro Shop is the number one place to stop by for any official sports memorabilia. They offer a wide selection of current and past jerseys, sports gear, souvenirs and even autographed materials – it is a Disneyland for sport fans. Even though TD Garden is only home to the Bruins and the Celtics, the store also sells popular Patriots apparel for football fans too.

MBTA Tokens

Courtesy of MBTAgifts

Boston is not only the birthplace of American liberty, it’s also the birthplace of American mass transportation. Massachusetts has the oldest and fourth-largest transit system in the nation. The MBTA gift store sells a variety of old memorabilia, some of which include old station signs, toy trains, fareboxes, and maps. However, if you want to take home a piece of Boston’s rich and colorful history right in your pocket, pick up an original MBTA 1988 Token. A timeless piece of currency that allowed people enter an MBTA transit, subway station, and light rail vehicle. This souvenir is sure to be a something you can’t find anywhere else.

Picking up Souvenirs along the Freedom Trail

Situated right next to Paul Revere’s house on the freedom trail, stop by the North End Gift Shoppe. This intimate boutique shop holds a collection of typical Boston souvenirs, from t-shirts to snow globes, at an affordable price. For those aching to leave with something from the “Athens of America”, they even have a selection of Harvard apparel to choose from. The shopkeeper is there if you need some assistance, whether it be in choosing souvenirs or recommendations on nearby bakeries and restaurants.

Marathon Sports

Marathon Sports lies in the heart of Copley Square

They don’t call Boston a running city for nothing. Marathon Sports, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Boston Marathon finish line, is the best boutique store for athletic gear and running shoes. They also offer a wide variety of gear for Boston sports spectators. Store associates make sure you pick running shoes to best fit your feet to get the most out of your workout. If you love to run, take a piece of Boston culture home with you enclosed in a new pair of shoes.

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