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Cape Cod Christmas Shopping Guide

Christmas on Cape Cod can be a magical and beautiful time of the year. Or it can be downright stressful if you end up fighting for parking at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis and waiting in long lines at big box stores while overheating in your winter coat. To avoid feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge before he got hit with the Christmas spirit, we have selected some of the best local shops that are full of wonderful and unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. From handmade pottery, to local art, to gorgeous housewares, we have you covered.

Christmas Shopping on Cape Cod

Maxwell’s & Co – Falmouth


maxwell logoMain Street in Falmouth is a fabulous shopping strip, boasting a great bookstore, many lovely boutiques, and the delicious French bakery Maison Villatte, a perfect place to refuel during your Christmas shopping spree. But among all these gems, Maxwell’s is a standout. It has a very artfully curated collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories for men and women. While the prices may be high, the quaility can’t be beat. They also sell high quality skin, face, body, and hair care products made by the New York City-based cult beauty brand Kiehl’s.

Cape Cod Pottery – Dennis & Woods Hole


Scargo Pottery – Dennis

Scargo Pottery

Handmade nesting bowls from Scargo Pottery would make a fantastic Christmas gift

Scargo Pottery, located in a sprawling house, nestled amongst tall pine trees, in Dennis has been around since the 1950s. Many different potters call Scargo there home. On any given visit there, you can see them creating their works of art. They sell very beautiful and highly functional stoneware pottery such as mugs, bowls, plates, platters, and more.

  • Location: 30 Dr Lord’s Road South in  Dennis
  • Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM – 5 PM
  • Contact: (508) 385-3894

Flying Pig Pottery – Woods Hole

This gorgeous whale platter would make a very special Christmas present.

This gorgeous whale platter would make a very special Christmas present.

Artist, illustrator, and potter Tessa Morgan creates some of the loveliest and most whimsical pottery on Cape Cod. She makes charming mugs, plates, bowls, platters, and more, featuring exquisite illustrations of whales, fish, mermaids, and other charming creatures.

  • Location: 410 Woods Hole Road in Woods Hole
  • Hours: Though the studio is often open for those looking to drop in, it is best to call to make an appointment.
  • Contact: 508.548.7482/

Bird Watchers General Store – Orleans


These binoculars would be a perfect present for your favorite birder.

These binoculars would be a perfect present for your favorite birder.

Cape Cod is a birdwatcher’s paradise, and a great hobby to cultivate for locals and visitors alike. If you have a bird lover on your Christmas list, then be sure to stop by the Bird Watchers General Store to pick up some fantastic gifts. They’ve got everything a birder would need including a wide selection of binoculars at a variety of price points and a thoughtful selection of books on birds and birding. Plus, the staff is very helpful to both the birding expert and neophyte.

Packard Print Gallery – Provincetown


You can purchase a framed and signed print for $175

You can purchase a framed and signed print for $175

Anne Packard is a local treasure. Based in Provincetown since the 1970s, her gorgeous landscape paintings evoke the exquisite beauty of Cape Cod like no other artist next to Edward Hopper. Her original paintings cost anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000, which is a little more than most Santas are able to spend. Luckily, Anne Packard sells high quality print reproductions of many of her paintings. So, give your favorite art lover a wonderful print of this iconic Cape artist. Prices range from $75 for a paper print to $3,500 for a large, limited edition giclée on canvas.

  • Location: 372 Commercial Street in Provincetown
  • Hours: Sat- Sun: 11AM – 4 PM and By Appointment
  • Contact: 508.487.4690/

Design Works – Yarmouth Port


These adorable handmade mittens are $45 for a pair.

These adorable handmade mittens are $45 a pair.

Located in a charming building along one of the prettiest stretches of 6A, Design Works is a superb shop filled with wonderful furnishings, antiques, gorgeous table and bed linens, jewelry, and more. Pick up a decoupage platter by John Derian, a gorgeous smelling soap, or some perfect table linens for the lucky ducks on your Christmas list.

  • Location: 159 Main Street (Route 6A) in Yarmouthport
  • Hours: Mon-Sat: 10AM – 5PM/Sun: 12PM – 5PM
  • Contact: 508-362-9698/

After all your holiday shopping is done, be sure to gather with friends and family for a lovely walk along a quiet beach on Christmas morning, feast on fresh, local oysters and champagne on Christmas Eve, and visit one of the Cape’s three fabulous Massachusetts Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries for a gorgeous hike to work off some of that Christmas dinner.

And if you are looking to buy or sell a home on Cape Cod, be sure to stop by one of our five offices across the Cape in Falmouth, Osterville, Chatham, Provincetown, and Barnstable Village, browse our exclusive listings, and speak to one of our experienced agents about how Robert Paul Properties can get your into the home of your dreams.

If you are headed to the city to do some Christmas shopping, be sure to check out our Boston and Cambridge Christmas Shopping Guides