The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!
If you’re traveling to New York City this holiday season and you’ll be near the Carnegie Hill neighborhood, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
The Corner Bookstore
The Corner Bookstore has been a landmark of the Carnegie Hill neighborhood since 1978. The owners take pride in their stock and “carefully select current fiction and nonfiction titles to bring only the best of the best” to their customers. So, pop in and find some great new reads for everyone on your list! Please note, the store is currently taking COVID-19 precautions that include required masks and gloves for all (they can provide gloves if you don’t have them), limited store capacity to 3 customers at a time, and capping off your browsing time at 15 minutes.
Uptown Wine Shop
You can pretty much never go wrong with bringing a nice bottle of wine to your holiday hosts. Or two -it’s been a stressful year. You can check out the selection at the Uptown Wine Shop, located on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 90th street. They stock fine wines from different regions across the world, and have plenty of affordable options, too. The shop may be small, but its bright neon sign is another neighborhood landmark of Carnegie Hill.
Why not get your holiday shopping done at a UNESCO World Heritage site? In the Guggenheim’s gift shop, you can do just that. The Guggenheim Store has all sorts of gift items that are art-inspired, architecture-inspired, or in the popular mid-century style. You’re bound to find something for everyone on your list amongst their selection of colorful scarves, fun socks, drinkware, patterned umbrellas, jewelry, books, and more! There’s a holiday gift guide on their website if you want to do a little window shopping before your visit. If you want to give a little culture as a gift this season, you can further support the museum by gifting tickets or a membership.
S. Feldman HousewaresEven if you didn’t end up buying anything, it would be worth going to S. Feldman Housewares just for the history. The shop was founded in 1929 by Russian Immigrant Sam Feldman as a 5, 10, and 25 cent store. Of course, prices have gone up quite a bit since then, but even if you’re on a budget, your bound to find some of the more affordable gifts on the Upper East Side here. The store has anything anyone could need in the housewares category, as well as just-for-fun gift items like kitchen and bath extras, novelty items, greeting cards, candles, coffee mugs, and more!