Best Holiday Shopping in NYC
Wow, this semester went by quickly. This is my last post until January so, I thought I’d leave you all with some great tips on where to get all your holiday shopping done! NYC is such a unqiue and fantastic place to go shopping. Your friends and family are going to be so lucky, you will without a doubt have the best gifts this holiday season! Here we go!
The Big Ol’ Department Stores
You’ve gotta make atleast one stop at Macy’s this holiday season. Who knows, you might get all your shopping done in one place! Around town, the other department stores that cannot be missed, thanks to both impressive windows and equally impressive shopping selections, include Lord and Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York. Bring along willpower or a fully-loaded wallet as the wares at these swanky department stores generally come with a hefty price tag, which may not be a problem if Santa himself is footing the bill.
I can’t reccomend these things enough! (If you’ve read some of my previous posts you’ll know what I mean.) Bryant Park is aglow with twinkling lights as artisans, bakers and candy makers fill up glowing glass stalls to pedal their goods at the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. This Euro-style open-air marketplace hosts over 125 vendors selling toys and puppets for wee ones, jewelry, handmade goods and plenty of sweet and savory treats including kettle corn, dumplings and chocolate treats including the chocolate pizza from cocoa-legend Max Brenner. The Grand Central Holiday Fair is the city’s only indoor holiday festival filling up the 12,000 square foot Vanderbilt Hall with toys, jewelry and crafty goods. Or, stroll through the Union Square Holiday Market with a warm cider and peruse the goods from over 100 merchants. Looking for something specific? The Market Concierge can point you in the right direction for cool housewares, unusual kids’ gifts, tasty food and more. You’ll be able to find lots of unique gifts at these markets, stuff you won’t find anywhere else in the country! And it won’t break the bank! Remember to haggle!
If you’re in the market for toys for some future NYU students make sure to check out these standards.
- FAO Shwartz (Come on, you wanna go there anyway!) You can even make you’re own Muppet here!
- The LEGO Store
- The American Girl Doll Store
Not quite sure what caterogies to put these guys under expect they are where I’ll be doing the bulk of my shopping and they’re totally worth checking out! Artist & Fleas is one of my favorite places. Ever. They have a location in Chelsea Market and in Brooklyn (worth the train ride). You can pick up some of the coolest, hippest, cheapest and incredibly unqiue gifts here! Go! I’ll also be picking up some books at The Strand! People under estimate the power of a good book. Write something meaningful on the inside cover and you don’t even have to buy a card! Books are the way to go if you’re on a budget, and The Strand is the best! But if you are buying Christmas cards, The Strand has some of the best!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
See you in a couple of months!