Looking for the best Boston souvenirs? We've got you covered. Boston is arguably the most historic city in America. It is home to the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, the USS Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”), the Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill Monument and many other historic destinations. The city also manufactures a host of Boston souvenirs related to these and other iconic sites.
However, Boston isn’t just about history; it’s a modern city humming with classical present-day sites, such as Fenway Park, home of the beloved Boston Red Sox; Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world; and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, one of the top art museums in America. These much-visited sites and a plethora of others also offer souvenirs from Boston that will make your trip memorable forever.
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Souvenirs from Boston
Bostonians cherish and love their city, and also love showing it off to visitors. One way they do this is through Boston souvenirs, so finding the right one will not be a problem. Bostonians also revere their hometown historic figures, such as John F. Kennedy, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams, and celebrate them via souvenir. As for JFK, you can find souvenirs commemorating the 35th President of the United States at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. History buffs can also find historic Paul Revere memorabilia at the museum shop at the Paul Revere House. And what better way to honour Colonial hero and Founding Father Samuel Adams than to lift a pint at the Samuel Adams brewery, where you will not only find Boston’s best beer but a cornucopia of Boston souvenirs bearing the Sam Adams logo.
Freedom Trail Souvenir Shops
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile path that “tells the story of the American Revolution.” It passes by 16 historically significant sites in Boston, including Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, Paul Revere House and Bunker Hill Monument. If taking the trail, which is brick-lined and has special markers, you will also pass a number of related gift shops. The Revolutionary Boston Museum Store, located in historic Faneuil Hall, and Olde North Square Gift Shoppe are two of the best. Here you will find all things Boston, both past and present. Faneuil Hall is also home to the Boston Pewter Company, which proudly reflects the Boston tradition via its hand-crafted pewter products. You will also find many gift shops that are part of specific Freedom Trail sites.
Old North Church
The Old North Church, located along the Freedom Trail in the North End at the Boston National Historical Park, was founded in 1723 and is the city’s oldest standing church. It was made famous by Paul Revere’s midnight ride (think “One if by land, two if by sea”). The Old North Church is not only one of the city’s must-see sites, but an ideal place to pick up a souvenir from Boston. Its gift shop carries a quantity of historic Boston souvenirs, including books, clothing, jewellery and inspirational items, such as pewter nativity scenes and serenity prayer plaques.
Paul Revere House
This National Historic Landmark, also located in the North End along the FreedomTrail, is the former home of Paul Revere and now a museum honouring one of America’s most revered patriots. The museum gift shop carries fantastic souvenirs commemorating Paul Revere, as well as other things American Revolution, including books, such as “Paul Revere’s Ride,” “Paul Revere In Primary Sources,” and “One April in Boston”; and gifts and prints, including a Paul Revere House cross stitch kit, Revere House charm, Revere House mug and ornament, 1769 map of Boston, Paul Revere postcards, Freedom Trail guide and more.
Bunker Hill Monument
Bunker Hill is the site of an epic Revolutionary battle that took place in 1775 during the Siege of Boston. In fact, it was the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. The Bunker Hill Monument, located along the Freedom Trail in Charlestown, is one of the most visited sites in the greater Boston area. Its main exhibits and bookstore are located across the street from the Monument at the Bunker Hill Museum, where you will find a cache of Bunker Hill and Boston souvenirs.
Before heading back into Boston proper from the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, check out the USS Constitution. “Old Ironsides” is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. The USS Constitution is berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard on the Freedom Trail. Here you will also find the USS Constitution Museum and a plethora of great Boston souvenirs, such as USS Constitution apparel displaying Old Ironside’s helm and anchor, pens made from the ship’s wood, copper medallions, hats, matted photographs of the ship, ornaments, bracelets and more.
Boston Red Sox Gear
Bostonians are fanatical about their sports teams, particularly the Red Sox, who have won the World Series four times since 2004. Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, is not only home to the Sox, but the ball club’s official team store. Here you can find the perfect Boston Red Sox souvenir, such as baseball hats, jerseys, baseball cards, Boston Red Sox yearbooks and calendars, baseballs with the Red Sox logo, tote bags, pint and shot glasses, scarves and much more. If you can’t make it to Fenway, fear not, as countless stores in Boston sell Red Sox gear.
Boston Celtics and Bruins Souvenirs
Bostonians are also rabid Celtics fans. Haven’t seen the new Garden yet? Head on down to the multi-purpose arena for all things Celtics, including jerseys, T-shirts, hats and all manner of apparel and accessories proudly displaying the Celtics logo. Are you also a hockey fan? If so you’re in luck, because The Garden is also home to the Boston Bruins and the team’s merchandise.
Boston Patriots Accessories
The National Football League’s New England Patriots, who have won the Super Bowl six times since 2002, are also revered in Boston. Unfortunately for visiting Patriots fans, the team plays at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, which is located about 30 miles southwest of Boston, as is the team’s official store. However, any sports store in Boston worthy of the name will have Patriots gear, including All-Stars, located in Faneuil Hall. Here you will find Patriots hats, T-shirts, jerseys and more, as well as clothing for other home teams like the Red Sox and Bruins.
Harry Potter Paraphernalia
Are you a die-hard Harry Potter fan? If you answered yes, you don’t have to travel to Hogwarts for Harry Potter souvenirs. Look no further than the Harry Potter Shop located on Boston’s famous Newbury Street. Here you will find a magical array of Harry Potter memorabilia, including Hogwarts house scarves, mugs, stuffed animal owls, jewellery, Harry Potter apparel, pennants, chocolate and, of course, Harry Potter books.
Boston is a big college and university town, home to MIT, Boston College, Boston University, Emerson College, Berklee College of Music and Tufts, to name but a few. However, the granddaddy of them all is Harvard, an Ivy League University founded in 1636. Although Harvard is one of the hardest universities in the world to get into, you don’t have to be a Harvard student to don its crimson colours. The Harvard Shop has three locations in world-famous Harvard Square, selling souvenirs such as Harvard T-shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts, shorts and pants for men, women and children. You can also find Harvard accessories, including bags, hats, ties, mugs, glassware, keychains, magnets and more. If Harvard isn’t your cup of tea, all of the aforementioned Boston colleges and universities have their own school stores.
Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
Boston is famous for beans and the Samuel Adams Brewery. This beloved Boston brew is sold everywhere. If taking a tour of the brewery make sure to stop in its massive gift shop, which sells Samuel Adams headwear, including caps and beanies; apparel, such as T-shirts, jerseys and flannel shirts; drinkware, including pint glasses, growlers and can coolers; and, naturally, the iconic beer.
Cheers is an iconic TV show set in a Boston bar and loved around the world, and yes, there really is a Cheers in Boston, located on Beacon Street. The real-life Cheers is a pub and gift shop, and the ideal place for a Cheers memento. You can take some Cheers back home via a Cheers mug, hat, T-shirt, Cheers entrance sign, beer bucket, flask, glassware, bottle opener, magnet or any number of products showcasing the Cheers logo. There is also a replica of the original Cheers TV set in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Cheers Faneuil Hall is a bar, restaurant and museum, featuring Sam’s Red Sox jacket and Cliff’s mailman uniform, where you can also buy Cheers memorabilia.
Comic book collectors and friends or relatives of comic aficionados won’t want to miss renowned Newbury Comics on acclaimed Newbury Street. The shop sells exclusive comic variants, all of which make for great souvenirs from Boston. But Newbury Comics is much more than comics; also sells a wide variety of other souvenirs, such as Star Wars Mandalorian pins, bobbleheads and T-shirts; Funko SODA cans, featuring Batman, Robin, Fred Flintstone, Grape Ape and more; and exclusive vinyl. Newbury Comics also has a Faneuil Hall location. Other notable comic book stores in Boston include Comicopia and Comicazi.
Boston Irish Souvenirs
Boston has a proud Irish tradition, a large Irish population and a treasure trove of Irish souvenir shops. Some of the city’s best Irish- and Boston-themed souvenir stores include Southie’s Own and Irish Eyes. Southie’s Own, located in South Boston, sells Irish imports, South Boston apparel, local art and speciality gift items, such as handmade jewellery, custom toy boxes, clothing and hats that say “Southie” and have shamrocks on them, Irish flags and much more. At Faneuil Hall’s Irish Eyes you’ll be smiling when you see its eclectic selection. The store specializes in Irish- and Boston-related clothing, gifts and souvenirs.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), or just the “T” as it is locally known, is the oldest and fourth-largest transit system in the United States. The MBTA also has its own store, where you can find framed station signs, old maps, wooden toy trains, MBTA souvenir tokens, MBTA vehicles coaster sets, keychains, T-shirts, ties, socks, hoodies, baby bibs, blankets, towels, magnets, mugs, jewelry, postcards, ornaments, puzzles, stickers and books.
Boston Baked Beans
And what about those world-famous Boston baked beans? Boston baked beans are ubiquitous in Beantown and are a variety of baked beans that are sweetened with molasses and flavoured with salt pork or bacon. They are sold in numerous restaurants and shops throughout the city. Pick up a can to take home and eat or save as a classic souvenir from Boston. You can also buy Boston baked beans beanpots to cook your beans or just display as a memorable souvenir. If you have a sweet tooth you can find Boston Baked Beans Candy-Coated Peanuts all over the city.