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Ten Great Ideas to Please the Hard-to-Shop-For


For immediate release - December 1, 2010

Contact:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331 or



Turn holiday shopping stress into gift rest in Mt Washington Valley.  Not only will you find nearly 200 outlets, gift shops, antique and gift shops, but you will be treated to tax-free shopping too.  What you see on the price tag is what you get in New Hampshire.  With all the variety offered from 200 stores, outlets and boutiques, to great deals and tax-free shopping, Mt Washington Valley is THE answer to your gift dilemma for difficult Aunty Mildred this holiday season.  There are simply too many places to suggest for shopping in one Top Ten story, so for a complete list of stores, organized by products and type, start your journey at  You'll also find a nice selection of locally made gifts at too, where you can order online.

Handmade and Naturally Pine:  For handmade specialty foods and decorations, start your shopping tour at Mt Washington Valley's Farm Stands or nurseries and florists where you'll find everything from kissing balls to wreaths to jams, jellies and sweet treats too. Speaking of kissing, you're sure to find mistletoe there too!  And the Christmas Tree Shops and Christmas Loft are your headquarters for plenty of creative holiday decorations.

Art-Marts: Original artworks and framed prints, silkscreens, sculpture and glass works will be found throughout the Valley's art galleries.  Look for everything from vintage ski resort prints and oils from local artisans to gorgeous frames and more.

New England made:  Visit Zeb's General Store for the largest collection of New England made products in the country.  The Handcrafter's Barn also features two buildings of New England made crafts and specialty foods from 150 crafters.  Another great bet is the New Hampshire Country Store, a virtual emporium of New England made products in Chocorua, NH.  For New Hampshire made , the League of NH Craftsmen &Earth and Fire offer gorgeous gifts from the granite state.

Accessorize! Look for accessories from Mt Washington Valley's own Sally Bags to  a wide variety of fine jewelry including everything from charms and beads to diamond engagement rings. For the person with everything, why not an accessory for the house from Copper Tops Weathervanes & CupolasSoyfire Candles are another nice gift, made in America too.

Yum Yum:  Sweet treats and specialty foods are always a solution for those who have everything.  Who wouldn't want hand dipped chocolates from Bavarian Chocolate Haus or jams, jellies and marinades from Stonewall Kitchen.  For all the holiday food shopping needs, try North Conway Hannaford or Shaws Supermarket/Osco

Music, sports, puzzles and books: What's Christmas without toys under the trees? For the kids, the Toy Chest,  nearby Penguin Gallery of NH and Wal-Mart offer a store full of great ideas and list-fillers.  For the active family, choose sporting goods including everything from bikes and their accessories to skis and skiing apparel, and even motorcycles.  The North Conway Music Shop is the perfect one-stop shop for all your musical interests and White Birch Books offers not only a great selection of books, but a scenic location for browsing. For a touch of the unusual, how about a White Mountain Puzzle, offering hours of entertainment with unique puzzles.

Gifts galore:  Mt Washington Valley is a gold mine for unusual gifts.  Here you'll find everything from fine housewares to Christmas decorations and much, much more. 

Hobbies and crafts: Mt Washington Valley offers craft supplies, fabrics and yarns and plenty of inspiration from talented crafters too.  Look for classes in everything from candle making to knitting.  For camera buffs, Spectrum Photo offers a wide selection and great advice on the best camera to put under the tree this year.

Fancy Pants & more:  The options for clothing and footwear are almost endless in Mt Washington Valley.  Choose from outlets at Settler's Green Outlet Village  to Assets Jean Co and other boutiques in North Conway Village.  You'll find everything from outerwear to underwear! 

For the Connoisseur :  For those who appreciate fine wines and a good cigar, consider Wine Thyme for wine related gifts, or better yet, create your own private labeled wine at Vintner's Cellar Winery, then head over to the Village Cigar Emporium for a wide selection of premium hand rolled cigars.

Click here for a complete list of shopping destinations in Mt Washington Valley.

For more information about shopping getaways to Mt Washington Valley, visit  If you'd like to talk to a visitor representative, please call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).  : For further information about New Hampshire, visit the New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism website at