Nantucket Keepsake – What to bring back from your vacation

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The idyllic island of Nantucket is a dream come true for travel enthusiasts, from stunning beaches to historical museums, exotic art galleries, and charming restaurants. The island is a shopper’s paradise brimming with unique finds, including the iconic Nantucket Lightship Baskets, handcrafted jewelry, and antiques.

What better way to celebrate your visit to the stunning island and the memories you made than to pack them in a suitcase and wear or display them at home? The scenic island is full of treasures and finds, and you need to know how to find the diamonds in the rough.

Complete your fulfilling shopping experience with a stay at one of Nantucket’s charming vacation homes. Whether traveling solo or with your brood, these showstoppers are the ultimate home away from home.

We’ve rounded up Nantucket’s top shopping destinations for chic and unique local souvenirs. After all, when you travel to an exotic getaway like Nantucket, you want to take home more than just another vintage scarf.

Let’s jump in!

 Nantucket Looms

If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind handmade crafts with a unique and tasteful touch, you’re in luck. Nantucket Looms abides by the philosophy of showcasing a life well lived through its time-honored legacy of cottage-style living since 1968.

The offering favors a luxurious selection of sleek handwoven textiles, refined accessories, signature Wildflower soaps & lotions, fine clothing, beautiful home furnishings, and elegant jewelry crafted by over 80 top-tier local artisans.

The retail showroom features an interior design and an on-site weaving studio upstairs. Watch the master weavers craft heirloom-quality handwoven from stylish carpets to rugs, sweaters, and throws using luxurious merino wool, mohair, lustrous Scottish cashmere, and Japanese silk. 

Nantucket Looms, 51 Main St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Murray’s Toggery Shop

The House of Nantucket Red, Murray’s Toggery Shop, is the Mecca of classic preppy clothes with its stylish signature red pants.

Murray’s has refused to compromise on its red fabric with a unique guaranteed-to-fade charm, style, and quality, for over half a century. The iconic retailer fuses its faded dusky red fabric with a healthy dose of street style to appeal to new audiences.

Shop an eccentric collection of clothing and accessories from shirts to pants, dresses, footwear, sports jackets, yarmulkes, hats, and belts in Murray’s signature red color.

Murray’s Toggery, 62 Main St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Nantucket Pearl Company

A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls“- Coco Chanel.

If you’re looking to make a wardrobe investment, might we suggest pearls? Timeless and classic with a touch of elegance, pearls are a wardrobe must-have.

Nantucket Pearl Company is a century-old brand specializing in making unique handcrafted jewelry using handpicked pearls, leather, stones, crystals, and glass interspersed with diamonds, sapphire, or turquoise to highlight the soft reflection of the pearls.

Shop the fascinating collection at a price point under $400- a worthy investment given their style, quality, and versatility. Throughout each season, the pearl retailer has proven to be durable and reliable, designing distinctive jewelry with iconic designs for everyday wear, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and one-of-a-kind pearls.

Nantucket Pearl Company, 40 Straight Wharf, MA 02554

Paul Mc Carthy Wood Carving

Nantucket’s legendary woodcarver Paul McCarthy Wood Carving specializes in carving masterpieces such as tavern signs, eagles, whales, house numbers, architectural carvings, and maritime quarter boards.

Paul McCarthy is a master at his craft with over five decades of hand carving one-of-a-kind breathtaking pieces of artwork from wood. Each creation demonstrates the wood carver’s love, passion, exceptional skill, and patience.

Paul McCarthy Wood Carving, 15 Main Street, Nantucket, MA 02554.

Flowers on Chestnut

Flowers on Chestnut is Nantucket’s premier shop for an assortment of cut flowers sourced from floral markets worldwide. Find the perfect, stylish gift hamper for any occasion, including soap, candles, silk flowers, wall art, antique decor, throw blankets, books, and napkins.

A tour of the lush garden ushers you into a captivating green haven of seasonal indoor and outdoor plants, pots, statues, and furniture.

Flowers on Chestnut, Chestnut St. Nantucket, MA 02554.

Bottom line

What better way to invest in memories that stay with you than buying one-of-a-kind local antiques? Nantucket is a premier shopping destination for unique souvenirs. So when you’re done exploring the pristine beaches, treat yourself to some local masterpieces. 


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