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2021 guide to local holiday shopping

Happily, the holiday ritual of visiting one’s favorite shop can now be resumed, albeit with masks on and social distancing in mind. This year you can enjoy hands-on shopping and the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting local businesses, all while avoiding uncertain delivery schedules and the big box stores. In addition to the old favorites, this year’s shopping list includes some brand-new shops in West Acton, plus two new Harvard-based shopping options, R-Yolo mat and Congo Bazaar.


Washable yoga mats

When yoga enthusiast and Harvard resident Donna Lee noticed that traditional yoga mats retained germs and bacteria even after being wiped down with cleaning products, she invented an alternative. The R-Yolo mat, which was created last year, is a machine washable and dryable mat for yoga, Pilates, or other mat-based exercises. Made locally in Nashua, New Hampshire, the padded, nonslip R-Yolo mat and gift cards are available for purchase online at https://r-yolo.com/.


Congo Bazaar

The Congo Bazaar, started last spring by a group of Harvard women, is housed in the main building of the Congregational Church on Still River Road, with entry through the fellowship hall. It is open Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or by appointment. The shop sells collectibles and new or gently used linens, glassware, dishes, paintings, antique dolls, and many other treasures. New items are donated weekly. Proceeds from sales go to the church’s missions and outreach.


Harvard General Store

The General Store, 1 Still River Road, is well stocked with gift items, but will be adding new merchandise over the next several weeks in the run-up to the holidays. Right now, Harvard-themed gifts include dish towels, water bottles, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and scented candles.

Body care items include a wide selection of Potager scented soaps, Harvard-based Porchside Farmstand lip balm, and Rhode Island Soapworks items. Knit hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves are also in good supply from makers RedMaple, Lucy Blue, and Harvard Knitting Company.

After Thanksgiving, gift store manager Hilary Maglothin plans to add throws from Beantown Blankets, a company that for every purchase donates a blanket to a person in need; many items crafted by local artisans; and a whimsical line of creature comforts.

Not to be forgotten are gift-ready comestibles such as Carlisle and Copp Family Farm honey, maple syrup, jams, coffee beans, and gourmet treats. Gift certificates are available. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to harvardgeneralstore.com or call 978-430-0062.


Fruitlands

Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, is holding an outdoor Holiday Artisan Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artisans in the museum store building and the Wayside Gallery will be selling jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, fiber arts, photography, mixed media, and more. Admission is free for members, $10 per car for nonmembers. Advance tickets are strongly suggested, and masks are required. Tickets are available on the website at https://thetrustees.org/event/67936.

The museum store is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with more than 1,000 items, including handmade clothing, Shaker items, framed fine art, and a wide selection of jewelry, glassware, pottery, books, toys, and much more. Many of those items are available for purchase online to be shipped or picked up, with the caveat that an advance parking ticket must be purchased to pick up online purchases. The online store is at shopthetrustees.org/collections/fruitlands.


Westward Orchards

The gift shop at Westward Orchards on Route 111 carries items you won’t see gathered at any other store in the area. Most are made in the United States and many are made locally, including wooden cutting boards from Bare Hill Woodworks, candles from Blackstone Candles, and handmade potholders, all produced in Harvard.

There are soaps from Stow, American Stonecraft coasters and food slabs from Lowell, and toffee from the New England Toffee Company in Acton. Westward also sells honey from Simon Hartwell House in Boxborough, meats from Lilac Hedge Farm in Rutland, cheese from Smith’s Country Cheese in Winchendon, pies from Joyce’s Bakery in Leominster, and pasta from Deano’s Pasta in Somerville,

Shelves and walls are covered with eye-catching wares, including holiday-themed mugs, kitchen towels, and ornaments, as well as scarves, candles, and lotions. Some of the more unusual items available this year include cocktail infusion kits from Camp Craft Cocktails, hot pads and coasters filled with spices from Alice’s Cottage, and giant peanut butter cups from CB Stuffer in Swampscott.

Westward’s annual open house will be held on Dec. 3, 4, and 5. Holiday pies and cider donuts are available by advance order. Custom-made gift baskets are available. The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Dec. 31. (westwardorchards.com)


Fiber Loft

The Fiber Loft, at 9 Mass. Ave., offers creative gifts for both the enthusiast and the casual crafter, with fibers for knitting, spinning, dyeing, felting, and weaving in all colors and textures. This year, in addition to its selection of fibers, the store features gifts for knitters, such as knitting bags, bowls, and kits. For kids’ gifts the store carries colorful stuffed alpacas and craft kits.

The upstairs is now open and offers weaving supplies. In-person classes are ongoing; proof of vaccination is required for registration. Gift certificates are available. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays) and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. (thefiberloft.com)


Carlson Orchards

Harvard is known for apples, and Carlson Orchards is the place to find apple-themed gifts, including apple salsa, smoky apple barbecue sauce, and mulled cider tea bags. Custom gift baskets can be made to order with items from the store, including Carlson’s T-shirts, sweatshirts, and drinking glasses and a variety of jams, jellies, and soup mixes.

In addition, Carlson sells a variety of products from local producers, including coffee from Muddy Water roasters in Harvard, candles with scents like “McIntosh apple” from Kitchen Sink Candle Company in Bolton, cheese from Smith’s Country Cheese from Winchendon, fresh Valicenti pasta from Hollis, New Hampshire, and meats from Dom’s in Malden. Local honey from Maxant and Hudson Hives is available, as are maple syrup and other maple products from Ben’s Sugar Shack in Temple, New Hampshire.

Pies for the holidays can be ordered in advance. Frozen pies and crisps are available in the store, along with many varieties of apples, including bags of utility apples for baking. Apple cider comes in multiple varieties and sizes, and five styles of Carlson’s hard cider are available in 16-ounce cans.

Carlson Orchards is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Apple gift boxes can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. Order forms are available on Carlson’s website at carlsonorchards.com. Hard cider 4-packs can be shipped to states that allow alcohol shipments to private residences; see the website for details. Holiday orders are due by Dec. 15.


Harvard Alpaca Ranch

The shop at the Harvard Alpaca Ranch, 58 Old Mill Road, is now housed in a new climate-controlled barn and offers an expanded collection of alpaca products for the holiday season.

The shop has a wide selection of super-soft, warm alpaca products that can be purchased in person or online, including socks, hats, mittens, scarves, a variety of alpaca fur stuffed animals, and finely knit, extra soft blankets that make wonderful gifts.

Also available are skeins of alpaca yarn from the resident alpacas, cat toys, and dryer balls; 12-month calendars featuring photographs of the ranch’s herd taken by owner Matt Varrell; and for the gardener, bags of “magic beans,” a low-odor, effective fertilizer of alpaca manure. Curbside pickup or direct shipping is available, as are gift certificates. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment—call or email to book a visit. (harvardalpacaranch.com)


Harvard Historical Society

The Harvard Historical Society sells “The Harvard Album,” Dianne Newton’s book about historical Harvard illustrated through many vintage photos, and Robert Anderson’s history of Harvard, “Directions of a Town.” Carlene Phillips’ new book, “A Common History: The Story of Harvard’s Identity,” is also for sale at the society, the General Store, or by contacting carphillips@charter.net.

The society sells reproductions, matted and ready for framing, of the works of 1900s resident Eleanor Merrifield, who hand-colored her photos of Harvard Shaker Village. Note cards with scenes of Harvard in the late 1800s, as well as old postcards, make nice gifts of nostalgia. The society has gift wrap—historical, of course—to use for the holidays or any other time of year.

A membership makes a great gift for the history buff, supporting the society and giving the recipient entry to members-only events, an occasional email with archival photos and tidbits, or program announcements. The Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Road, is open Monday and Tuesday 1 to 5 p.m., or by appointment. Orders can also be taken by email; contact Judy Warner at curator@harvardhistory.org.


Fivesparks

Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, is open Tuesday to Thursday, 12 to 6 p.m., Friday, 12 to 3 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of the month, 12 to 6 p.m.

There is no holiday artisans fair this year. Artworks from the current group show, “Mediated Landscapes” and “Portals and Thresholds,” are for sale. Paintings, drawings, and collages by 15 artists from around the world are mostly of medium size and explore contemporary ideas about the landscape and landscape painting. For more information about the exhibit, which is up through Dec. 18, go to fivesparks.org.


Toreku Tractor and Equipment

The shop, just off the Ayer rotary, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gift-giving options range from the grand—such as whole-house generators and a wide array of equipment and tractors for farm, commercial, and residential needs—to stocking stuffers, such as Harvard trash bags. Leaf blowers, snowblowers, and chainsaws are also popular gifts, according to owner Lisa Shaw. Gift certificates are available; call the store at 978-772-6619. (toreku.com)


Harvard Outdoor Power Equipment

Harvard Power, at 289 Ayer Road, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For stocking stuffers, the store offers flashlights and a variety of mini tools. (According to owner Steve Walz, the store no longer stocks Harvard trash bags.) Larger gifts include fire pits made in Massachusetts by Fancy Firepits, leaf and snowblowers, battery-powered brush cutters, generators, and chainsaws. Gift certificates are available; call the store at 978-772-2005. (harvardpower.com)


St. Benedict Center Gift Shop

The St. Benedict Center’s True Devotionals Gift Shop at 271 Still River Road features inspirational books, Advent calendars, artwork, music, DVDs, rosaries, statues, and other religious gifts—all of which are also available at the online shop. Store hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday noon to 3 p.m. Calling ahead is advised, 978-456-8296. (shop.saintbenedict.com)


Local photographers

Press photographer Lisa Aciukewicz (www.lisaa2z.com) shoots events (corporate, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs), portraits, and lifestyle photography. She also maintains an archive of Harvard Press photography from 2007 to 2021 at a2z.smugmug.com/Harvard-Press where you can purchase reprints of town events, including Bromfield sports, Fourth of July, first day of school, graduation, etc. Photos can be downloaded, made into quality prints, or kept as keepsakes on mugs, magnets, playing cards, and so forth. Lisa also sells scenic photos from around town at a2z.smugmug.com/Harvard-Press/Harvard-Scenics. Contact her at lisa.a2z@gmail.com

Harvard local Kathryn Costello is well known for her photographs focusing on dance and creative portraiture. She also works with clients to develop personal branding images and headshots. Visit www.kathryncostello.com to view her portfolio, or contact her to give the gift of a portrait session at info@kathryncostello.com or 978-257-0862.

Kelly Fitzsimmons specializes in fine art, family, event, documentary, corporate, and commissioned photography. Fitzsimmons describes her approach as unobtrusive, one that “elicits natural and spontaneous images that are classic, compelling, and timeless.” Newborn portrait sessions are one of her specialties. Gift certificates for a variety of photography sessions are available; digital images and prints are sold Contact her at kelly@kellyfitzsimmonsphotography.com or 978-549-0987.


Spirits and flowers

Wine, beer, and hard cider and seltzer for holiday parties or gifts can be found at the General Store on Still River Road and at The Grape Vine, 285 Ayer Road. (The General Store also sells assorted liquors.) The Grape Vine is open for business Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The General Store is open Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m, Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (alcohol sales begin at 10 a.m.).

Custom floral designs for gift-giving or the holiday table can be ordered from Flowers at Westcott Barn, owned by Harvard resident Richard Gioiosa. Contact him via email at richard.gioiosa@gmail.com or by phone at 617-771-0433. (flowersatwestcottbarn.com)



OUT OF TOWN - RESIDENT OWNED

Beyond the borders of Harvard, you’ll find the wares of Harvard residents in shops in Hudson, Groton, and Ayer.


Harvard Sweet Boutique

The shop at 25 South St. in Hudson offers gourmet desserts and gift boxes in the store, open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gift boxes can also be ordered online and either picked up in the store or shipped anywhere in the country. Gift options include gluten-free, low carb, and build-your-own collections. (https://www.harvardsweetboutique.com/)


Periwinkle Art & Glassworks

Now located in the Prescott Community Center, 145 Main St. in Groton, Periwinkle Art features works by more than 100 local artists, including Harvard residents Cathryn Noyes, Teresa Ferraiolo, Carol Panek-Clark, Carolyn Grant, Stephanie Opalka, and Judy Warner.

Holiday shopping hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Only six customers are allowed in the shop at a time, and masks are required. Private shopping is available by appointment. Many items are also available for purchase on the store’s website, periwinkleglassworks.com, and local delivery, curbside pickup, or shipping are available.


Teddy’s Honey Hut

Teddy’s Honey Hut, located at 27 Harvard Road, just across the town line into Ayer and across from Alltown Fresh, has an outside kiosk for the sale of honey and beeswax, open 24/7 on the honor system. The inside is generally open during daylight hours. The mission of owner Ted Maxant is to sell honey from the different seasons, from light to dark, and to sell honey produced by local beekeepers with their own labels attached. Maxant’s own brand of honey is sold in glass jars of several sizes and in large wide-mouth plastic jars.

Maxant’s namesake, Teddy, decided what to call the location one day when he was having lunch with his grandfather at the Maxant factory on Barnum Road in Devens. He reasoned that the building is not a store, not a shack, not a house, but it could be called a hut. Maxant sells his honey at the factory and also at Carlson Orchards and Willard Farm in Still River.



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Silver Unicorn

The Silver Unicorn, an independent bookstore at 12 Spruce Street, West Acton, carries a wide selection of books and games for all ages, with an extensive section of children’s books. The shelves, arranged by genre, hold both hardcovers and paperbacks, classics and the latest bestsellers. In addition to books are board and travel games, puzzles, sticker books, journals, art supplies, and cards. A new room at the back of the store has gifts such as plush animals, soaps, and candles. Gift cards are available in the store or online at silverunicornbooks.com. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Little Bee Bookshop

This new shop, owned and operated by Devens resident Debra Rivera, is located at 40 Main Street, Ayer. It features carefully selected used and remaindered books for kids of all ages. The fact that most of the books are used is reflected in their low prices but not in their condition, which in almost all cases is near pristine. The shop also has a variety of small gifts made by local artisans, including cheerfully patterned kid-size tote bags, framed watercolors, finger puppets, and jewelry. Gift cards are also available. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Jo Karen Fine Lingerie and Activewear

Jo Karen Fine Lingerie and Activewear at 340 Great Road, Acton, features many brands of lingerie and loungewear. Now in stock are warm, cozy pajamas, nightgowns, and robes for cold winter nights. Their small gifts such as jewelry and socks are perfect for seasonal stocking stuffers. Gift cards are also available. Store hours are Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the brands and services available, see www.jokaren.com.


Michael’s Shoe Boutique

Michael’s Shoe Boutique offers nearly 50 brands of footwear for men, women, and children. Styles range from dressy to casual and include a wide range of winter boots. Gift certificates are available to ensure a perfect fit. The store, under new management, is at 262 Great Road, Acton, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, see michaelsshoeacton.com.


Colonial Spirits

This Acton store, at 87 Great Road, offers specials on its extensive wine, beer, and liquor selections throughout the holidays. Online ordering with in-store pickup and shipping within Massachusetts is available. Gift cards are also available in any amount and can be ordered over the phone at 978-263-7775 or online at colonialspirits.com and sent directly to the recipient. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Bee’s Knees

This recently opened shop at 562 Mass. Ave. in West Acton—tucked behind Q Nails—features British imports from popular brands including Emma Bridgewater, Dunoon, Burleigh, Cornishware, Brixton Pottery, and Silverwood Bakeware. Populate your tea tray with cups and mugs, teapots and cozies, honey jars, tea towels, and teatime treats from the shop, or select from a wide array of gifts, such as scented candles, lotion, gifts for kids, and tins of all shapes, sizes, and designs. For the holidays, the shop is stocking Christmas puddings and candies. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online ordering with pickup at the store is available. (thebeeskneesbritishimports.com)


Eve & Murray’s

This new farm-to-home store in West Acton is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 525 Mass. Ave., in the lower level of the building that houses True West Brewing Co., Eve & Murray’s is a cheese and charcuterie shop—and much more. The cheeses are almost all American, from local farmers. Beyond the cheeses, bread, fancy crackers, jams, and jellies is everything else one needs for entertaining, all displayed in appealing settings around the room. One can find unusual glassware, pottery by local artisans, and handcrafted wood and slate serving boards. There is a selection of cocktail mixes, barware, and herbs. On one table is a pair of glazed black and white Ruth Bader Ginsburg mugs, one decorated with the late justice’s signature lace jabot. Gift certificates are available. (eveandmurrays.com)


Kitchen Outfitters

Kitchen Outfitters of Acton carries a variety of quality kitchen items, including cookware, cutlery, cookbooks, and gadgets. A few of the brands offered at the shop include Pillyvuyt porcelain; Emile Henry table and bakeware, All-Clad, Staub, Mauviel, Le Creuset cookware; Simon Pearce glassware; and all manner of coffee and tea accessories. Curbside pickup is available for orders by phone (978-263-1955) or online at kitchen-outfitters.com. Gift cards can be purchased online and mailed to the recipient. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Feens Country Living

Feens Country Living at 955 South Street in Fitchburg sells everything for the fireplace and hearth. Gift cards are available; call the store at 978-829-0099. (feens.com)


Great Road Farm and Garden

Great Road Farm and Garden at 687 Great Road in Littleton offers a vast array of products for pets, livestock, and bird-feeding, including birdhouses and seed, hay, and feed of all kinds. It also sells, rents, and repairs (with pickup and delivery) power equipment, including lawn mowers, snowblowers, utility vehicles, and chainsaws. Curbside pickup of merchandise is available, as are gift cards; call the store at 978-486-9200. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (greatroadfarmandgarden.com)


Cherrystone Furniture

Cherrystone Furniture at 160 Ayer Road in Littleton offers hardwood furniture including desks, cabinets, dressers; kitchen, dining, and occasional tables; chairs, hutches, beds, bookcases, and more. The furniture is manufactured on the premises. Cherrystone will build furniture to your specifications. Gift cards are available; call the store at 978-486-9846. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (cherrystone furniture.com)



Music, flowers, and food

A gift of music or flowers could bring some much-needed cheer into the lives of those you love this year.


Indian Hill Music

Indian Hill Music in Littleton offers gift certificates for its online school programs and livestreamed concerts. To order, call 978-486-9524 or email info@indianhillmusic.org.


Minor Chord

Independent music store Minor Chord in Littleton carries a large selection of acoustic, electric, and band instruments as well as amps, sheet music, and other musicians’ gear and novelties. Instrument rentals and lessons are available (online for now). The store is open, but for those who would rather browse online, many of the instruments for sale are described in detail on the store’s website, theminorchord.com, and some even include video demonstrations. Curbside pickup is available. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Pinard’s Florist Gifts and Coffee Cafe

Pinard’s Florist Gifts and Coffee Cafe in Ayer offers a variety of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa arrangements in its online store at pinardsfloristandgifts.com. The store is also open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and orders can be placed by phone at 978-772-3883.


Lancaster Gardens

Lancaster Gardens in Lancaster has holiday arrangements, poinsettias, indoor winter bulbs, and a variety of cacti, succulents, and other indoor plants, and new this year, Lancaster Gardens T-shirts. The store is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but many items are available online at lancastergardens.net.



Restaurants

A gift card to a local restaurant might be a welcome relief from the nightly home-cooked meals we’re accustomed to these days.


The Bull Run

The Bull Run restaurant in Shirley, a farm-to-table restaurant, is currently open for socially distanced dining, as well as for takeout and delivery. In-person ticketed events require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Gift cards are available online at bullrunrestaurant.com (The website deserves “most complete and informative” website award) or by phone at 978-425-4311, and are redeemable for dinner, drinks, concert and speaker series tickets, or retail items such as T-shirts, mugs, and caps at the restaurant’s gift shop, either at the restaurant or online.


Lucia’s Tavola

Lucia’s Tavola on Main Street in Ayer offers indoor dining specializing in fresh seafood, handmade pasta, fresh breads and mozzarella, and classic Italian dishes. The hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Gift cards are available at luciastavola.com, or call 978-391-4837.


Il Forno

Il Forno Italian restaurants in Littleton (978-540-2880) and Lunenburg (978-345-2511) offer indoor dining, takeout, curbside pickup, off-site and in-house catering, and delivery through a variety of third-party services such as Doordash. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Gift cards are available online at il-forno.com.



Health and wellness gift cards


Surprise your friends or family with a free guest pass to Koko FitClub of Harvard, which can be downloaded at harvard.koko fitclub.com. The pass entitles the recipient to a comprehensive workout demonstration or a customized strength and cardio workout by a certified personal trainer. They can call and schedule an appointment at 978-772-5656.


Bodylines Pilates of Harvard is offering livestream and in-studio class gift certificates. Bodylines is the fitness and wellness solution for busy adults trying to juggle the demands of life and still create time to rejuvenate and take care of their bodies. To see a full list of classes, visit their website at bodylinespilates.com. Contact Bodylines directly to purchase gift certificates: 978-772-2394 or bodylinespilates@yahoo.com.

Gift certificates from Dragon-fly Wellness Center can be used for massage and for any of the online or in-person classes and workshops, which include stretch, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and qigong; massage is also offered at this holistic wellness center at 176 Jackson Road, Devens. Certificates are available in the online store. (dragonflywellnesscenter.net)


Another healthy option is a gift certificate for virtual classes or membership at Anytime Fitness, 20 Andrews Parkway, Devens. The gym is open from 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Gift certificates are available in any denomination at the front desk, staffed Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (anytimefitness.com/gyms/713/devens-ma-01434)


Give a healthy, great gift—massage decreases muscular pain and increases the sense of well-being. Harvard Therapeutic Massage is a group of highly skilled massage therapists with a wide range of massage modalities including deep tissue, sports, prenatal, and relaxation massage, as well as Bemer vascular therapy. Gift certificates are available. Visit their website at www.htmassage.com, or call 978-772-0903.


Swymfit, just over the town line in Boxborough, offers the “gift of health,” gift certificates that can be used for a variety of classes or use of its facilities. Swymfit is currently offering water fitness classes, swimming lessons for all ages, small-group exercise classes, online exercise classes, and personal training. Lap swimming and use of the exercise room are also available by reservation.

To purchase a gift certificate, stop by Swymfit at 90 Swanson Road or call 978-635-0500. (swymfit.com)


The Just Understand My Potential program will once again offer the J.U.M.P. climbing rope. Handcrafted in Harvard, the J.U.M.P. Rope is about 6 feet of high-strength paracord, daisy-chained and secured with a good buckle and a water knot. Ropes, along with J.U.M.P. T-shirts, caps, and water bottles are available at jumpinc.org. All proceeds from sales go to the program, which offers youth development through mountain hiking experience.

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