Holiday Shopping Season Sale Guide 2023

The merchandise in our fun and unique stores run the gamut from upscale clothing to vintage finery, cigars to gourmet food, books galore, jewelry and just about everything else in between!

The Harvard Square Business Association has joined the national trend that now commemorates the day after Thanksgiving as Plaid Friday. Nationally, Plaid Friday celebrates independently owned and operated businesses. We are proud that 70% of our businesses are locally-owned and independent. In addition, several larger retailers add to the dynamic shopping experience found here in Cambridge. Whether Plaid or Black, make Harvard Square your holiday shopping destination!

Abroad Modern

15% off online and instore Friday 11/24 through Tuesday 11/28. Online code is PLAID15. Direct link here.

Blue Heron

20% off tickets to their Christmas concerts with code HARVARD20. Valid Friday 11/24 through Tuesday 11/28. Direct link here.

Bob Slate Stationers

They will be open extended hours for the holiday season, beginning Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas Eve: 

     Friday – Saturday open 10 – 7

     Sunday open 11 – 6

     Monday – Thursday regular hours 10 – 6

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The holiday collections are available now, in addition to their exceptional gift items for writers and readers. 

Bon Me Logo

Bon Me

$5 off of a minimum purchase of $30 for the Smith Campus Center location and the Harvard Plaza truck location from Saturday 11/25 through Tuesday 11/28 mentioning the discount code SMALL23.

Brick Marketing

They just released their second cookbook “Baking Baklava Cookbook”. Check it out.

Commonwealth Wine School

Get ready for their biggest sale of the year! Starting on Black Friday 11/24 and running through Cyber Monday 11/27.

Forty Winks Lingerie

30% off sale Friday 11/24 through Monday 11/27.

Grafton Street Pub & Grill

Russell House Tavern

The Hourly Oyster House

Gift card promotion for the holidays! Black Friday through New Year’s Eve.

Purchase a gift card for $100 or more at The Hourly Oyster House, Grafton Street Pub & Grill, Russell House Tavern and receive an additional 10% free!

For gift card purchases of $500 or more receive 20% added to your card. This offer is also available on each restaurant’s website and gift cards can be used at all Grafton Group restaurants.

Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums shop will have a 10% discount (it cannot be combined with other discounts) from Friday 11/24 to Tuesday 11/28.

J.P. Licks

Get yourself a treat on Black Friday! Customers will receive double points on all eligible purchases at J.P. Licks on Friday 11/24. Plus, receive a $10 bonus eGift on Cyber Monday, 11/27 when you purchase a $50.00 eGift card at (eGifts must be in denominations of $50.00).

Le Macaron

Get yourself a free coffee on Black Friday with a $5 minimum purchase. See store for details.

Life Alive Organic Cafe

Gift card promotion starting on Black Friday 11/24 and ending on December 31st

Buy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card. 

This promotion is available in person at all Life Alive Cafes or online at

Marine Layer

25% off storewide on Friday 11/24 from 11am to 7pm.

Off The Beaten Path Food Tours and Experiences

10% off their Food or Chocolate Tour with code HARVARDSQUARE. Valid from Friday 11/24 to Tuesday 11/28.


30% off Purchase (regular priced items only).  Spend $110 and receive a FREE 15-piece kit ($98 Value). Starting on 11/21 through Sunday 11/26.

Playa Bowls

Black Friday 11/24 – every Playa Rewards Member will win a mystery reward, with rewards ranging from $1-$3 off and 5%-15% off. Plus, online-only gift card offers.

Cyber Monday 11/27 – Playa Rewards Members will get $5 off any order of $20 or more through or their app. Plus, their merch will be 35% off with code: cybermonday at checkout through their online shop.

Vico Style

Holiday Promotion:

Vintage Scarf & Scarf Guard – $30

Wool Beret & Vintage Brooch – $35

Find more about Vico Style here.

Y2Y Harvard Square

Giving Tuesday 11/28. Link to donate here.

Zinnia Jewelry

10$ gift card with every 50$ purchase, to use on any future purchases. Promotion running from Friday 11/24 through Sunday 11/26.