Novelty perfume is hot this year: Both Salt & Straw and Powells Books have crafted custom scents to transport you to their shops, even while youre stuck at home.
Novelty perfume is hot this year: Both Salt & Straw and Powell's Books have crafted custom scents to transport you to their shops, even while you're stuck at home. Salt & Straw

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In the year of COVID-19, shopping small and supporting local businesses is even more important than ever. To help you with that, we've rounded up a selection of our favorite food gifts, restaurant and bar merch, novelty items, and other things to buy for your family and friends (or yourself!) this holiday season. Note that you're advised to buy early—many deadlines for on-time shipping are in mid-December—to guarantee your gifts arrive on time, but many of the places below also offer in-person shopping or curbside pickup. For more ideas, check out the Mercury's guide to gifts from our partners.

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