Shop Small with Big Style this Weekend in Washington CT

Festive holiday decorations, unique shops, and a warm welcome – enjoy the “un-mall” shopping experience in Washington Depot and New Preston. Kick off the holiday season by exploring our elegantly decorated shops that will surely put you in a festive mood, all the while supporting local businesses.

From decorative home accents, to on-point fashion, to gourmet kitchenware – our locally owned, fabulous shops will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Design Mecca

The villages of Washington and New Preston are a veritable design mecca for exceptional, curated gifts for the home. You’ll find Swedish antiques, mid-century, sleek modern, and everything in between. Hunt for that perfectly crafted accessory for the design savvy folks on your gift list (and for yourself, of course).

On-point Fashion

Small town, big style! Our boutiques are chock full of unique fashion and distinctive accessories. Leather gloves and cashmere scarves in a gamut of colors, handcrafted jewelry, elegant leather accessories – the dandy in your life will swoon!

Gifts for the Gourmet

Check out the kitchen and gourmet shops for a wide assortment of cookware and specialty food items sure to delight the galloping gourmet in your life. Find the latest kitchen innovations, tabletop eye-candy, and exceptional foodie gifts. And for those friends who can’t even boil water, give them a gift certificate at one of Washington’s fabulous restaurants.

Reading and Writing

For those who appreciate the value of a hand-written missive and “real” book, our stationery and bookshops are sure to delight. These locally owned, yet oh so worldly, shops have an incredible collection of stationery, invitations and holiday cards that will spread the holiday cheer. Hickory Stick Bookshop’s renowned selection of books is a destination in itself. And enjoy several book signings this weekend, as well as the bookshop’s annual tradition of celebrating “Cider Monday”.

Exceptional Pampering

Give the gift of glam. A gift certificate for an afternoon of exceptional hair care, pampering, or eyebrows on fleek at one of our premier salons is the perfect stocking stuffer. And a heavenly massage, wellness treatment, or fitness membership is always a super gift that keeps on giving.

Festive Holiday Art Fairs

For a truly one-of-a-kind gift, visit the Washington Art Association Holiday Fair, featuring hand-made crafts and art by over 75 artists and artisans. And for the person who has everything, the Winter Indian Arts & Craft Market at the Institute for American Indian Studies features pottery, jewelry, artwork, and other gifts made by local Native American crafters.


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.