The 2011 Gift Guide: Davis Square
1 Perfect for the gastro-snob on your list, this slate cheese board from Davis Squared comes with chalk for labeling obscure offerings. This winsome shop is full of stylish, practical items for the home.
BROOKLYN SLATE CO. CHEESE BOARD, $34 at Davis Squared, 409 Highland Avenue, 617-666-6700, www.davissquared.com
2 For the friend with a not-so-green thumb, a terrarium, locally made by Amanda Sawitzky, may be the perfect gift. Just mist that little ecosystem every three months for a pretty centerpiece.
TERRARIUM, $10 (for a tiny one) to $40 (for a large one, as shown) at Magpie, 416 Highland Avenue, 617-623-3330, www.magpie-store.com
3 Ritu Gorczyca picks womens clothing and accessories from local and international designers for her sophisticated shop. This scarf from Israeli designer Ronen Chen is sure to please any fashionista.
RONEN CHEN ALICE SCARF, $82 at Suneri, 67 Holland Street, 617-440-3559,www.shopsuneri.com
4 Pick up a pair of cuff links made locally from vintage buttons for your Mad Man.
SCOUT BY AMANDA WILLIAMS CUFF LINKS, $16 (pictured) to $20 at Artifaktori, 22 College Avenue, 617-776-3708, www.artifaktori.com
5 Bone, a comic now being collected in graphic-novel format, chronicles the adventures of three cousins lost far from home. Recommended for grades 3 and up.
BONE, BY JEFF SMITH, $39.95 at Comicazi, 407 Highland Avenue, 617-666-2664, www.comicazi.com
6 This time of year, locals line up at Daves Fresh Pasta not only for the handmade noodles but also for the homemade panforte, packed with chocolate, nuts, and fruit. Get in line, and get one for yourself.
PANFORTE, $16.99 at Daves Fresh Pasta, 81 Holland Street, 617-623-0867, www.davesfreshpasta.com
7 This neighborhoods cocktail-supplies spot stocks bar tools, vintage glassware, and artisan ingredients. A bitters box set will wow the mixologist in your life.
SCRAPPYS BITTERS SAMPLER, $24 at The Boston Shaker, 69 Holland Street, 617-718-2999, www.thebostonshaker.com