Make Newport Your Destination for Local Holiday Shopping

Photo courtesy of Onne van der Wal

Photo courtesy of Onne van der Wal

Think you have to brave crowded mall parking lots, long lines and an all-around lack of the “merry” spirit to get all of the items crossed off your gift list this year? Think again. We suggest embracing a much more festive way to getting your holiday shopping done this year by shopping here in Newport. 

Our boutiques are packed with an amazing assortment of all things unique and wonderful -- all set against a scenic backdrop straight out of your favorite Christmas movie. Read on for a roundup of a few of our favorite shopping spots in Newport this season.

Farmaesthetics

Photo courtesy of Farmaesthetics 

Photo courtesy of Farmaesthetics 

As the daughter of a seventh generation Texas farmer, Farmaesthetics’ founder and formulator Brenda Brock knows a little something about finding the beauty in the bucolic. Her extraordinary line of “farm to table” skincare -- which Brock first began selling from an organic farmstand in the countryside -- are a celebration of purity, simplicity and sustainability.

All Farmaesthetics products are made with natural ingredients from American family-owned farms with a focus on Rhode Island. Each of these products are encased in a nostalgic glass packaging, offering even more to love about this boutique.

Karol Richardson

Photo courtesy of Karol Richardson 

Photo courtesy of Karol Richardson 

England-born designer Karol Richardson made her way to New England via NYC, San Francisco and LA. Influenced by European art and sensibility with materials sourced throughout Richardson’s European travels, this luxurious collection of real women-inspired clothing is designed and produced entirely in New England.

Laura Jean Denim

Photo courtesy of Laura Jean Denim 

Photo courtesy of Laura Jean Denim 

Go for the to-die-for denim selection and stay for the one-of-a-kind selection of tops, shoes and accessories -- all hand-picked by owner Laura Jean. Newport’s premium denim boutique carries cult favorites like AG, Hudson, Frame, Sanctuary, Bella Dahl, Joie and many more. Laura Jean Denim is sure to have the perfect present for every fashionista on your list...and maybe a little something for you, too. (And don’t forget -- men like a great-fitting pair of jeans, too!)

Mimi’s for Kids

Have the little ones on your list? This grandmother-owned store for newborns through age 10 features specialty clothing, toys, books, accessories that you won’t find anywhere else in Rhode Island.

Michael Hayes

A staple of the Newport shopping scene, Michael Hayes first opened its doors in 1983 and has been outfitting stylish men and women ever since. How do you know that Michael Hayes is all it’s cracked up to be? In-the-know locals go here when they need high-quality, on-trend clothing and accessories with consummate customer service.

Kristina Richards

Kristina Richards got her start designing clothes and selling them to boutiques all over the country, but eventually returned to her native Rhode Island to open her eponymous Newport boutique. Devotees love the shops eclectic mix of mainstream designers and up-and-comers, not to mention a whimsical mix of gifts for the home, such as the playful Chex Elle Decanter.

Three Golden Apples

Photo courtesy of Three Golden Apples 

Photo courtesy of Three Golden Apples 

Nothing says “may your days be merry and bright” quite like the gift of diamonds. And we can think of no better place to shop than from Dan MacDonald's glittering inventory -- the biggest diamond selection in Newport.

Have something specific in mind and/or can’t quite find what you’re looking for? Three Golden Apples’ on-site jewelry workshop can bring your custom creation to life.

Angela Moore Boutique

Best known for its vibrant collection of hand-painted jewelry, accessories and resort fashions, this shop encourages patrons to “make everyday living an art by celebrating your own unique style.” Adopting this approach is easy when you’re surrounded by Moore’s elegantly ebullient designs.

The only hard thing about finding the perfect gift here? Choosing between so many alluring options.

Between these and Newport’s many other boutiques and shops, you’re certain to find exactly what you’re looking for -- and then some! -- without stepping foot inside a shopping mall this season. Can you think of a better gift to yourself this Christmas?