2020 man. Honestly, as each day ticks by I have less and less to say about it. Dismay and disbelief compounds on the daily. 

But like the Grinch finally realized, you can’t stop Christmas from coming. And maybe — if we choose a local store — maybe we can make Christmas mean a little bit more. Small businesses are struggling. Our local artist friends and makers are struggling. In lieu of a gift guide this year, here’s a list of small businesses in Berkshire County, as well as some local artists and makers.

Like the Whos down in Who-Ville, let’s make this year mean a bit more.

Shop with your heart. Shop local. Shop small. 

Local Outdoor Gear


Berkshire Outfitters                   

169 Grove St., Rt. 8, Adams berkshireoutfitters.com

Nature’s Closet 

61 Spring St, Williamstown naturescloset.net

Arcadian Shop 

91 Pittsfield Rd., Lenox arcadian.com

Instant Replay

10 Lyman St., Pittsfield. Newest gear posted on FB page.

Kidding Around Consignment

700 North St., Pittsfield. Newest gear posted on FB page.

Local Toy Shops


Where’d You Get That?

100 Spring St., Williamstown wygt.com

Tom’s Toys 

297 Main St., Great Barrington tomstoys.com

The Gifted Child 

72 Church St., Lenox thegiftedchild.net


This list includes terrific places to purchase gear to get you and your family outdoors all winter long. Funds tight? Check out Instant Replay & Kidding Around Consignment to score great deals on outdoor gear and more!

Most local businesses did a hard pivot and got themselves online this year. So stay home and shop Where’d You Get That online, one of my favorite shops because they have an amazing selection of creative outdoor toys.

Local Experiences



110 Brodie Mountain Rd, Lanesborough


Spirit Ballooning

 41 Moses Mead Rd, Canaan, CT spiritballooning.com

Catamount Aerial Park 

17 Nicholson Rd, South Egremont catamountski.com

Berkshire Camino 

Lee, MA  berkshirecamino.com

Hancock Shaker Village 

1843 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield  hancockshakervillage.org


5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge  thetrustees.org

Flying Deer Nature Center 

122 Daley Rd, East Chatham, NY flyingdeernaturecenter.org

Flying Cloud Institute                352 Main St Ste. 212, Great Barrington flyingcloudinstitute.org

 Zoar Outdoor

Charlemont, MA zoaroutdoor.com


With no end in sight for social distancing, there’s never been a better time to give the gift of outdoor experiences! Plan a day trip to Ramblewild, a week of nature camp at Flying Deer, or give yourself a gift and unplug with Berkshire Camino (Check out my Mom’s Day Out for more info!).

Local Small Businesses


Storey Publishing

210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams storey.com

 The Garden

148 North St., Pittsfield



Pittsfield, 413shirts.com

The Berkshire Box

Pittsfield, theberkshirebox.com

Dragonwell Tea Shop

149 Eagle St., North Adams


Walla Sauce Apparel

North Adams, wallasauce.com

Peace Train Tees

2 South St, Pittsfield, peacetraintees.com

Things That Work

Pittsfield, thingsthatwork.co

Local Etsy Shops


The Busy Beans

Dalton, MA


Soulful Intentions

Dalton, MA


Shire Alchemy 

Dalton, MA


The Scripted Scribble

West Hartford, CT



Etsy is chock full of artists and makers selling incredible, one-of-a-kind gifts that you won’t find anywhere else! I’ve included some ultra-local favorites, as well as some of my go-to shops for nature and outdoor gifts for kids. Some of these shops aren’t local to the Berkshires, but zip codes are just a number in the #shopsmall movement anyhow.

Etsy Shops for Nature Lover’s


Beverly, MA, etsy.com/fundanas

Wee Things Fiber Arts

Montague, MA, etsy.com/weethingsfiberarts

Red Oak Adventures

Nashville, TN, etsy.com/redoakadventures

Twig and Moth

Louisiana, etsy.com/twigandmoth

Lumber Jill Toys

Westhampton Beach, NY, etsy.com/lumberjilltoys

The Curated Set

Foster City, CA, etsy.com/thecuratedset

Sensory Play

Plainfield, IL, etsy.com/sensoryplay

The Idea Box Kids

Wilsonville, OR, etsy.com/theideaboxkids


If you need more ideas, check out last year’s gift guide HERE.

Did we miss your local business? Have a favorite we didn’t include? Drop it in the comments!