While holiday shopping can feel like a burden during the busiest time of the year, our guide is here to lighten things up with a list of shopping spots that will help you check off everyone on your list. Who knows—you might even find that perfect little something for yourself! Check out our list of the merriest shopping spots in and around New York City.

Holiday Markets

Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Park, East 14th Street, New York, NY

With the mission of spreading creativity and community in mind, Urbanspace creates city marketplaces where local chefs, entrepreneurs and artisans can join forces to show off their talents … and what better time than the holiday shopping season to do so? This year’s holiday market in Union Square Park has no shortage of one-of-a-kind gifts and offers visitors a perfect day out with food, live music and immersive experiences.

Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY & 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY

Like Etsy come to life, hand-crafted gifts are in abundance at the New York Handmade Collective’s annual market. With vendors and artisans on display, visitors can choose from their beautifully crafted wares while learning more about their local businesses. And better yet, the Cavalcade has two locations: the Brooklyn Historical Society from December 7-8, and Chelsea Market from December 9-15.

Renegade Brooklyn
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY

Last-minute guests coming for your holiday celebration? Luckily, Renegade Brooklyn’s warm and vibey winter marketplace is taking place in the nick of time on December 21-22. The expo consists of fine home goods, clothing, jewelry, art and more from over 230 vendors with the added bonus of holiday DJ sets, cocktails and locally-sourced snacks.

Cultured & Classic

MoMA Design Store
11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY

The newly renovated Museum of Modern Art boasts not only expanded gallery spaces and a sleek redesign—its design store certainly merits a visit, too! The shop holds an ideal array of cool and curated gifts for art-lovers and beyond. From funky prints and colorful homewares, to quirky knickknacks and jewelry, there’s no shortage of original gifts.

Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

All things cultural converge in Lincoln Center’s various gift shops. From the Met Opera Shop, the Juilliard Bookstore and beyond, the gift hunt for theater-goers, opera fanatics and classical music buffs is a breeze here. And there’s more—The Big Apple Circus is in residency at Lincoln Center now through February. On top of unique gifts galore, consider giving the gift of tickets, or take a holiday shopping break under the big top with Big Apple’s updated take on classic circus whimsy.

Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center
November 28-February 2; Multiple Showtimes

Pop-Ups

Ampersand Collective
198 Allen Street

Considering that shopping may not be at the top of most men’s lists, the Ampersand Collective pop-up makes it easy to pick something both special and high-quality for any guy in your life. The brand brings together hand-crafted artisan menswear from online-only brands, meaning you can finally snag that pair of leather dress shoes he’s been eyeing online.

Sip. Shop. Eat!
554 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York

Blending online brands big and small, the Sip. Shop. Eat! collective has done all the gifting research for you—all you need to do is show up and get inspired by their impressive layout of mini pop-ups. The event brings together NY-based fashion, design and self-care online retailers all in one place. Plus, there will be craft cocktails and light bites, a celebrity manicurist and tarot card readings while you peruse. Don’t miss out—this pop-up runs only from December 14-15.

Photo: Ravi Sarma


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