It’s the most wonderful time in the Capital City; you know what that means—holiday shopping is in full swing. Use our holiday gift guide to snag one-of-a-kind gifts for the ones you love. We have curated the perfect list of gifts to make shopping for your partner, kids, friends, and coworkers easy! Experience Hartford is here to help with the best holiday gifts for 2022. 

Apparel & Accessories 

Hartford Prints 
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Apparel from Hartford Prints is a must when you go out holiday shopping. The shop is located on Pratt Street and offers unique apparel, Hartford + CT goods, greeting cards, candles, and so much more! Check out their new candle for winter, the Alpine Fir Candle. The candle gives off mild citrus notes with deep undercurrents of cedar, fir, and moss. If you're looking for a unique gift, make sure you pop into Hartford Prints or check them out online! 

Gentle Bull Shop
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This is great for a co-worker, and this is great for a friend. Gentle Bull Shop offers curated collections of vintage clothing, including thermals, sweaters, sweatshirts, and denim! While there, you can also find candles, plants, and assorted goods like stickers, pins, and notebooks. A must to check out is their selection of hand-picked vintage Levi jeans that are a girl's dream!

The Key Bookstore 

Are you looking for a book subscription for children's books? Women and black-owned, The Key Bookstore offers a three-tier membership where you can have your children fully enjoy all their favorite reads throughout the year. 

The Gift of Experience 

XL Center Events 
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The XL Center hosts various events each year and is home to the Uconn Huskies and Hartford Wolfpack. Give the gift of season tickets to sporting events or shows like Disney on Ice & Paw Patrol. Check out their schedule of events to see what you want to grab tickets for throughout the year. 

Hartford Stage 

A show at Hartford Stage is the perfect experience to give someone who loves performing arts. The stage is right in the city's heart, perfect for grabbing drinks before a show! Hartford Stage has incredible shows lined up for 2023 — Espejos: Clean, The Art of Burning, The Winter’s Tale, and Trouble in Mind, to name a few! Head to their website to learn more about their various events and shows. 

The Bushnell 
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For over 90 years, The Bushnell has served as a unique gathering place to enjoy arts, education, and community activities. Getting tickets to a show or concert is the perfect way to enjoy a gift and quality time with others! Look at their schedule to see what piques your interest for 2023. 

Connecticut Science Center 

To enjoy the science center, you don’t need to be a scientist. Instead, consider an annual membership to the Connecticut Science Center. There is always something changing throughout the year. Immerse yourself in the future possibilities of science with a membership. 

Peaceful Surrender Massage & Wellness 

Do you know someone who needs to sit back and take a beat from their busy life? Peaceful Surrender Massage & Wellness focuses on connecting your mind, body, and spirit. There are a handful of services that are available for purchase

For the Foodies 

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Hartford is home to authentic and tasty eats. Purchasing a gift card to some of the most popular restaurants in Hartford is the perfect gift for grab bags at work or secret Santa gifts! Check out some restaurants to purchase gift cards from that are running great holiday promos. 

Capital Ice Cream - Ice cream, you scream; we all scream for Capital Ice Cream! Every kiddo loves a good ice cream shop, and a gift card makes a great stocking stuffer! They are open Tuesday — Sunday from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm; you can also head to their website and purchase a gift card online! 

Republic at the Linden - For the holiday season, Republic at the Linden is offering a special promotion on gift cards, receiving a $25 bonus for every $100 purchase. 

The Capital Grille - Capital Grille always puts together a great holiday deal for its customers. This year if you purchase $500+ in gift cards, you will receive an additional card worth 10% of your purchase, along with a gift set of signature steak knives.

Other restaurants to snag a gift card from to make the perfect holiday gift: 


Max Downtown 

J Restaurant | Bar

Trumbull Kitchen 

Vaughan's Public House 

Red Rock Tavern 

J’s Crab Shack

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