Find the Best Holiday Gift Shopping in Connecticut

Photo Credit: Ted Downs
Photo Credit: Ted Downs

The villages of Washington have the best one-stop holiday shopping, with the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (naughty or nice). A stroll through Washington Depot and New Preston’s festive shops will surely get you in the holiday spirit. Our local one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques offer luxury gifts to local artisanal crafts – and everything in between. Here are a few examples of great holiday must-haves.

Newbury Place
Privet House

Glorious gift giving

Skip the hustle and bustle of the mall and come to Washington to do your last minute holiday shopping. Our renowned shops carry a plethora of great gifts such as fabulous home accents, on trend fashion, toys, gourmet kitchenware, the latest coffee table books, and the perfect objet d’art. And, of course, stocking stuffers for the pampered pup. If you need help finding a gift, our shop owners are known for their excellent customer service and will be more than happy to help in your quest to find the perfect present.


Plain Goods
J. Seitz & Co.
George Home
New Preston Kitchen Goods

Don’t forget to also stop by Washington’s wonderful hair salons and wellness centers during your shopping spree. You can pick up gift cards for primping and pampering that will surely be appreciated. Or you can find the perfect stocking-stuffers in their very personal and unique collections of small gifts and accessories at the studios.

White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant
G.W. Tavern

Eat, drink, and be merry

Take a break from your shopping and enjoy one of Washington’s cozy New England taverns for a festive meal, or indulge your sweet tooth with a dessert break at our cafes. Washington’s food scene is unrivaled in Connecticut and a gift card to one of the town’s many eateries will be greatly appreciated by the foodies on your gift list.

DK Schulman Design

Don’t forget the kids

From December 13th to the 15th, the Gunn Memorial Library will be holding their annual Children’s Holiday Sale. Kids can purchase fantastic craft and gift items for all members of the family. Gift wrapping is included with every purchase.

After the Children’s Sale, take the little ones to enjoy the colorful and festive Sweeets! . This old-fashioned candy shop is chock-full of delicious treats and stocking stuffers that will make for a super-happy Christmas day. And many shops in town offer delightful toys, clothes, and gift ideas for even the littlest elves on your list.

Dog Days of New Preston Calendar
Washington Art Association

Giving – and giving back

There are so many ways to give gifts that make our community – and the world – a better place. Here are a few caring gift ideas that will make a real difference close to home:


When you’ve checked off all the lucky people on your gift list, enjoy all that Washington has to offer. Check out our featured events calendar for fun happenings throughout the holiday season, or take a look at our Winter in Washington recommendations.