Kids will hope to see Santa himself at Kringle’s Country Store (Rte. 16, Glen, 603/383-6669, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. daily.), and they won’t be far off—the old-fashioned store resembles Christmas morning, what with its shelves stocked heavily with treats like maple sugar candy, unusually flavored sodas, and oversized chocolate chip cookies.
Sweet tooth still isn’t sated? Make your next stop Flossie’s General Store (Rte. 16A, Jackson, 603/383-6565, www.flossiesgeneralstore.com , 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon. and Thurs.–Sat.; 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.; closed Tues.–Wed.), right next to the town’s covered bridge. And in addition to the penny candy selection, you’ll happen upon jewelry, handbags, and colorful puzzles made by local craftsmen.
Speaking of which, puzzle lovers ought not miss White Mountain Puzzles (Rte. 16B, Jackson Falls Marketplace, Jackson, 603/383-4346, www.whitemountainpuzzles.com , 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.). While not a store per se, the company headquarters sells more than 150 designs of intricate puzzles created by big-name designers in the puzzle world.
An ever-evolving collection of glassworks by local artists and hand-crafted gifts are for sale at Ravenwood Curio Shoppe (7 Main St., Jackson, 603/383-8026, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; closed Sun.).