Buy, Buy, Buy
It’s beginning to look a lot like stress-mas. The Palisades is packed and Macy’s is mobbed, so what’s a holiday shopper to do?
Head to the markets.
Etsy’s Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
December 13 and 14
Hosted by a collective of local artists, designers, and makers who sell their handmade goods on the mother of all handmade sites Etsy.com, the 7th Annual Holiday Handmade Cavalcade will feature unique wares including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, body products, and more from 62 different indie vendors all based in the tri-state area. In the Hudson Valley, the Etsy team heads to the Howland Cultural Center on December 13 for a Holiday Craft Fair with more than 20 local artisan and handmade sellers from the Hudson Valley.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Open through January 4, 125 boutique-like shops surround their popular (and free) outdoor rink. Fun find: Wrecords by Monkey, featuring jewelry, iPhone cases, clocks, and more made out of reclaimed vinyl records. And while you’re there, don’t forget to Carpe Donut NYC.
Union Square Holiday Market
Open through December 24, this market is one of the most popular around. With more than 100 merchants featuring pretty much everything (Tibetan crafts to crack pie), this market is equal parts amazing and a maze, so check out this handy dandy map to see where you’re headed. Bang-for-your-buck find: $20 City Shuffle Diner’s Deck, gives you a deck of 52 $10 gift certificate or coupon cards redeemable at the destination (food or drink) destination it describes. That’s $500 in savings.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Forget the Time Warner Center! Right across the street in one of the most stunning locations in NYC, you’ll find this market where you can pick up gingerbread houses, handmade wooden puzzles, and more through December 24.
Chelsea Market’s Holiday ID Pop Shop and Jingle Holiday Market
On December 6–12, shop the best of holiday/winter fashion with independent designers at the ID Pop Shop featuring clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more from more than 25 vendors. On December 16–28, step inside the Jingle Holiday Market for some last-minute holiday finds. Plus, Chelsea Market has dozens of finds on a regular day, including Artists & Fleas, a daily market that brings 30+ independent makers and collectors into one room for lots of shopping, and food favorites like Fat Witch Bakery and Eleni’s New York for family members with a sweet tooth.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
NYC’s only indoor holiday market fills Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall with more than 75 vendors through December 24 with an array of holiday gifts including art, ornaments, jewelry, treats, and more.
Hester Holiday Market
The Hester Holiday Market at One Penn Plaza brings 30 of the market's most cherished gift and food vendors to 34th Street through December 23. In addition to curated and handmade gifts, there’s an incredible roster of artisanal food vendors fueling holiday cheer. Food find: You can have your cake and eat it too with Caketails by Kicky’s Kitchen, the cocktail inspired cake shot.
If you’re going to flea, it should be in Brooklyn. With 125 vendors (both food and vendors) on Saturdays and Sundays through March, you can do some pre- and post-holiday shopping indoors.
Croton Artisans Holiday Boutique
The Croton Artisans will be selling handcrafted items including ceramics, Japanese paper art, half-hour portraits, scarves, oil paintings, knitwear, jewelry, and more on December 13 and 14. There will also be guest artisans participating in the Boutique. In past shows, guest artisans have offered henna body art, wood bowls, and watercolor paintings, luxuries for bath and home, pottery, and fashion accessories. The Holiday Boutique is the perfect place to purchase unique handmade gifts for the holidays. Come shop and visit with the artisans while enjoying tasty treats and live music!
Chanukah Fun House and Gift Shop in Irvington
through December 22
Open Sundays through Fridays, this is your one stop destination for activities, including a clay bar, Chanukah crafts, edible crafts, glow in the dark room, and gifts for the holidays from their Chanukah boutique.
So maybe you can’t spent $750 on a sweater for mom. That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the extravagant holiday window displays at some of the city’s biggest department stores like Saks, Barneys, Bergdorf, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s without spending a cent. Each year, they get bigger, better, and more out of this world—Macy’s 2014 windows send Santa on a
sleigh spaceship through the galaxy back to Earth to deliver a kid’s Christmas wish. Start at Macy’s and head up Fifth Ave to see the shops along the way with this NYC Holiday Windows Walking Tour Map.
Additional markets and fleas include:
Artists & Fleas Williamsburg Holiday Market
Astoria Market through December 21
Creeds Collective Holiday Pop-Up through December 28
SoHo Holiday Collective through December 24
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland through January 4
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