When life gets you down, there's nothing better than retail therapy.

Even if you don't have the budget for a shopping spree right now, it costs nothing to walk into a store, wander the aisles, and simply look around.

This writer is reasonably careful with her money, but still loves perusing through her favorite stores and checking out clothing, books, and knick knacks.

Most people would probably say that visiting brick-and-mortar establishments is way more entertaining than shopping online. Sure, you have a greater selection of items on the World Wide Web, but nothing beats walking into a store and seeing said items right in front of you.

If you're thinking of embarking on your next shopping excursion in New Hampshire, you can always visit the chain stores that people know and love. But an alternative option that is often overlooked is local businesses.

These stores are special for several reasons. Not only are they locally-owned, but if you're looking for a gift that's extra special or unique, these one-of-a-kind spots are the way to go. And of course, the owners are often quite kind and passionate about the work they do, so it feels great to support their efforts.

We decided to ask our Facebook readers to share their favorite local businesses in the Granite State, and received all kinds of suggestions. Let's look at some of the most popular ones below.

Retail Therapy: New Hampshire's Must-Visit Stores That Locals Love

Gallery Credit: Megan

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