A Locally-Owned Old-School Gift Shop in Plymouth, Mass.


John Alden Gift Shop, Plymouth, Mass.

John Alden Gift Shop, Plymouth, Mass.

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Article and photo by Eric H.

The John Alden Gift Shop in Plymouth, Mass., has been around for 90 years and, in the best sense, still acts that way.

Orange rubber lobsters, oversized lollipops, orange and black bumper stickers with the primitive Pilgrim and Minuteman illustrations, regional history books and booklets, and t-shirts, shorts, hats, coffee and tea mugs and stuffed teddy bears with Plymouth logo  help create old-school gift shop charm to this authentic retro store across from Plymouth Harbor and all its travel attractions (Plymouth Rock, Mayflower II, PIlgrim Museum, etc.).

With a stillness in the air (translated: no hyerpactive, bombastic background music or stentorian-like employees) the John Alden Gift Shop also sells homemade fudge, taffy and various candies. Last time we visited, they also sold, behind the counter, Kodak 35mm film! 

Some might call the John Alden Gift Shop a tourist trap or outright tacky, but I love this place for its old-fashioned wholesomeness, durability in an ever-increasing upscale retail world, and the reality that there’s something for everyone here. We’re glad the locally-owned John Alden Gift Shop landed in Plymouth a long time ago, and remains that way.  You just want to give a place like this a big hug for being so old-fashioned and lovable!

John Alden Gift Shop, Inc.
74 Water St
Plymouth, MA 
(508) 746-1887

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