While looking a gift horse in the mouth may turn a party into an etiquette lesson, looking a gift basilisk in the eyes will turn the birthday girl to stone. Give curse-free gifts and goods with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $18 worth of jewelry, décor, and gifts at Lovely Things.
Located in downtown in the historic Old Port, Lovely Things fills its late 18th-century building with an eclectic mix of new and vintage items. Scented gems such as soaps in grapefruit or vanilla-orange ($12 each) tantalize noses while taunting mouths. Painted in a variety of chromatic possibilities, Ringlet Cafe cups perfect any retro drinker's breakfast nook ($5.99 each). Truly vintage items, such as a porcelain ballerina lamp ($39.99) or an oil painting of an oriole ($48) can add time-tested flair to ordinary rooms, propelling them into chic nirvana. Cute character tote bags stuff themselves with as many items as possible in a bid to win the title of World's Fattest Animal-Shaped Bag ($14).
Guests stepping into Lovely Things often notice its wonderful smell, put forth by a small but potently scented array of beauty products, candles, and soaps. Brand names like Archipelago Botanicals and Vera Bradley take shelf space next to locally made items.