All Things ACK: A Nantucket Shopping Guide

August 6, 2018

Nothing beats beachcombing for seashells, but the real treasures on the island are inland. Stroll downtown with our shopping guide to find quality clothes, enviable homegoods, and superlative souvenirs.

Nantucket Necessities

Your island gift getting begins with two unmissable shops. The first is The Blue Beetle, Nantucket’s favorite stop for all things monogrammed and personalized. Have your initials engraved on any piece of jewelry, or start a special tradition with a Nantucket charm bracelet that you can add to every visit. For a jam-packed homage to island life, stop into The Sunken Ship, where you’re as likely to find a classic tee as you are a paintball gun. They’ve been steadily filling their store with Nantucket-knows-what since 1975, as well as playing homebase to the local diving community. Stop in for a beach toy, and you might just leave with scuba lessons.

The Crown Jewels of Nantucket

Though she works on a small island, Jessica Hicks’s jewelry has made well-deserved waves. Seen on the likes of Jessica Alba and Hayden Panettiere, her elegant, nature-inspired pieces are more art than accessories. Choose a remarkable ring from the bubbly, beachy Lorraine Collection, or find a treasure of gold, agate, or emerald from her one-of-a-kind works.

Murray’s Toggery Shop is the original home of the Nantucket Reds Collection.
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Nantucket Reds and Beachy Threads

From breezy boat rides to beachside picnics to elegant evenings downtown, Nantucket is an island of many occasions. If you’re after a classic island style, head to Murray’s Toggery Shop, the original home of the Nantucket Reds Collection. They have every garment you can think of in the island’s favorite hue, guaranteed to fade to the perfect pink. If the beach is your favorite runway, let The Lovely be your wardrobe away from home. Maxi dresses, handbags, and even water bottles meet effortless cool at this delectable shop, where elegant finds a fun edge.

Handmade Treasure Island

Imagine a sunlit shop filled with gorgeous gifts from ocean-inspired ceramics to crocheted baby toys — that’s the type of treasure you uncover at Gift & Box. Everything is handmade, ethically sourced, and aims to support artisans and craftspeople from Nantucket and the wider world.

Down four blocks and over three from Gift & Box sits one of Nantucket’s oldest stores, where handmade meets handsome. When you step into Craftmasters of Nantucket, you’re greeted by the smell of woodsmoke and welcomed into a world of traditional scrimshaw. You might find ivory cufflinks engraved with whales or a leather belt embossed with three masted schooners, crafted with the kind of quality and care you’ll only find on the island.

Stroll along the water to peruse lovely Nantucket shops.
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What’s the best thing after a day of shopping? A homebase in the heart of downtown Nantucket like The Roberts Collection, where you can set down your shopping bags before your next island adventure.