Christmas is just a few days away, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve barely made a dent in your holiday shopping list. And let’s face it—there’s no such thing as a “quick trip to the mall” the week before Christmas. Instead of battling the crowds at major shopping centers, why not head to your local independent bookstore? They’re sure to have something for everyone on your list. Here are some of our favorites:

Wellesley Books: We’ve already sang the praises of this Wellesley staple, but with its amazing staff and local charm, we’d be remiss not to mention it again on this list.

Porter Square Books: Another local bookstore we featured on our blog this holiday season, Porter Square Books has an incredibly knowledgeable staff that can help you pick out the perfect book for even the trickiest person on your list.

Trident Books and Cafe: One of Boston’s only  independently owned bookstores, Trident carries a wide assortment of novels and non-fiction—though we’re partial to their regional section.

The Book Rack: We profiled this Newburyport indie in our “Santa’s Local Elves” blog series last year. They have a great range of titles worth checking out!

Jabberwocky BookshopThe employees at this North Shore gem are happy to help you track down hard to find out-of-print books for that special someone.

Brookline Booksmith: A Coolidge Corner favorite, the Brookline Booksmith has tons of selection—and a great events line-up! When you’re looking to unwind post-holidays, stop by their “Bawdy Boston” event (co-hosted with Union Park Press and Bully Boy Distillers) at the nearby Regal Beagle.

Newtonville Books

Newtonville Books

Newtonville Books: This lovely little shop in Newton Centre is easily one of the coolest indies in the Greater Boston area. Stop by and see for yourself!

Buttonwood Books & Toys: Located in Cohasset, Buttonwood Books has something for people of all ages—but this is an especially great place to shop for gifts for young kids.

Front Street Book Shop: This long-running indie has been on the Scituate Harbor for over 50 years and has a great selection of fiction.

Wondering what books to buy? History buffs will relish Drinking Boston and New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens, while island lovers will enjoy Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands. Pick up copies of Boston Baby and North Shore Baby for new and expecting moms, and snap up The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston for sports lovers. And, as always, Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces and Under Cape Cod Waters make for fantastic gifts. Happy shopping! Real Local!