Best Of 2006

Best Place to
Buy a Gift for Your Girlfriend: Banyan Tree

The unofficial mascot of this Tremont shop is an enthusiastic toy poodle, who greets you at the door before returning to his tiny couch to snooze while you browse. The store offers a wide variety of gift options -- from silver and glass jewelry to hip belts, wallets, Oriental satin purses, and scented candles. On the home decor side, there are sculpted plates, wooden salad bowls, and handcrafted cutting boards. There's even a generous selection of baby booties, hats, and blankets. No matter what you pick, it's sure to appeal to her inner Gilmore Girl.