Top Gifts for Ladies in West Roxbury and Roslindale

Kalembar Dune, Top It Off and Minerva's Owl offer local options for the ladies in your life.


Whether you're a husband, wife, boyfriend, daughter, son, father, grandson, grandparent, friend, long-lost cousin, or other, shopping for the ladies in your life can always be difficult. These Parkway small businesses, however, all have several holiday options.

The vintage shop has a little bit for everyone. Salesman Joe Luongo told Patch that those looking to shop for adults may find something that appeals to the giftee for nostalgic reasons, from classic Disney trinkets to pottery that grandma used to have to old type writers.

"The store evokes a lot of memories," he said. That doesn't leave out your younger daughters however. Luongo showed costume jewelry and other accessories that young ladies tend to like. Other reasons to shop at Kalembar Dune? Its resale element doesn't just lead to lower prices - it also makes it more environmentally friendly.

The shop, only on Spring Street for the holidays (its short-term lease expires on Dec. 30), works especially for the fashionistas in your family. "We're fashion-forward," said store manager Ashley Boiardi. The prices are also attractive, with the design company's signature wraps running between $25 and $55, no jewelry priced over $20, and $5 belts, and the shop offers weekly deals through its Facebook page. The top gifts this year, Boiardi says, are the versatile ruana wrap, the blossom scarf, and the faux cashmere sweater. The shop will also host a on Thursday, Dec. 15, where you can sip Scotch and check out the shop's wishbook, where women have been writing down what they might like for the holidays.

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Minerva's Owl

The recently opened Roslindale Village shop offers "style for the strong woman." Most of owner Julie Wesolowski's selection is American-made, with a lot of coming from New England, and features clothing, jewelry, candles, artwork, photos, belt buckles, and toys for young girls.

"We have women my age who want stuff," said Wesolowski, 53. "and women a lot older and a lot younger." The shop has affordable gifts, like its $14 earrings, and more expensive options as well, like some of its more lavish dresses.


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