Cohasset Common, photograph by Martha Heinemann Bixby

Can you believe that this is the last weekend before Christmas? If you haven’t started working on that list yet, now is the time to get going. With that in mind, we continue our campaign to celebrate our favorite independent shops and eateries in the Greater Boston area, where people are hard at work to make your holiday season a special one. They are the ones acting as Santa’s local elves, dispatching gifts through bricks and mortar shops, found in each and every neighborhood and town. We began by focusing on a few downtown neighborhoods, then headed west to shop Brookline, Newton, and Wellesley. This week, we are offering up a double hitter, with the South Shore this morning, and the North Shore this afternoon!

Since the South Shore is a big region, and has several amazing shopping districts in towns like Quincy, Hull, Weymouth, Scituate, Duxbury and more, it might just be impossible to cover all of the wonderful places where you should be shopping. We decided to focus in on Hingham, and offer up a few other suggestions around the region that we think should not be missed!

South Shore—Hingham, Cohasset and Beyond

Fuel up! Try out the new Red Eye Roasters on Route 3A in Hingham (opposite Stars), read up on them here.

Shop ‘til you Drop: For the fashionable woman on your list, you can’t go wrong with the stylish clothing and accessories at Crossing Main in Hingham Center. Looking for a fun gift for your pooch or for someone who is dog-obsessed? Look no further than Maggie’s Doghouse on Main Street.

If you are feeling the stress of last-minute shopping, simply head to Buttonwood Books & Toys in Cohasset.  You will be sure to find something special for each person on your list this year at this great independent bookstore. Need a bit more help? Consider buying Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores while you are there—and you’ll also be giving the gift of adventure this Christmas

Do Lunch: Dine like a Wahlberg and lunch at Alma Nove at the Hingham Shipyard Marina. Not in the mood for white tablecloths? Head to the buzzy Wahlburgers instead!

Apres-Shopping Drink:  Head to The Snug in Hingham Harbor for a cozy afternoon and a frosty beer. For something a bit fancier, consider a cocktail at The Red Lion Inn’s Zapp Brasserie.

Cohasset Church, photograph by Martha Heinemann Bixby

Other South Shore Favorites from Union Park Press:

Stop by the fantastic Front Street Book Shop, which has been on the Scituate Harbor for over 50 years, and stock up for the holidays for the bibliophiles in your life. Peruse the store’s great selection of fiction, and pause to flip through New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens in their regional section. We think you won’t be able to resist the great photography and stories shared by author Kim Knox Beckius.

Head to Duxbury to visit West Winds Bookshop is a South Shore Tradition that dates back over 60 years and has a large range of books. If you or a friend is nostalgic for the summer seaside days as much as we are, we suggest checking out Under Cape Cod Waters, a beautiful book that features stunning underwater photography and essays on the conservation of this beloved environmental resource.