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 Times Square, you surely know that there are a ton of big-box stores in the area where you can do your holiday shopping. But as an alternative, we’ve compiled a few local businesses you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. By shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
If you’re shopping for a Broadway fan, Theatre Circle is must-visit gift shop for you! The store is jam-packed with theatrical and NYC-related memorabilia, like songbooks, posters, books, prints, and more. Some of it is even signed by Broadway stars! Theatre Circle is located on West 44th Street.
If you’re looking to get something glamourous for that special someone, head up 7th Avenue between 49th and 50th streets. There you’ll find Martinique Jewelers, a third-generation family-owned business. The shop carries plenty of high-end jewelry and specializes in diamonds. They also have a huge stock of Pandora pieces.
Sometimes, you’re trying to buy for people who already have everything. And when that’s the case, food is usually the right answer! There are a couple of great small-business bakeries in Times Square where you can pick up cupcakes or other treats to make the holidays a little sweeter for the people you’re shopping for.
· Mia’s Brooklyn Bakery, on 7th Avenue, is open from 6am to 2am, so no matter what time you arrive in the city, you’re likely to be able to stop here and pick up some pastries.
· Donna Belle’s Bakery, on W. 49th Street, is tiny, but it has lots of delicious baked goods. Fun fact: it was named for one of the co-owner’s mothers.
The Winter Village at Bryant Park
If you’re trying to get away from the blaring commercialism in the center of Times Square, walk a couple of blocks southeast to Bryant Square Park. New York usually has many amazing holiday markets, and while the markets at Union Square and Columbus Circle are closed this year due to COVID-19, the holiday shops at the Winter Village at Bryant Park will be open with new social distancing measures in place! And the great thing about a good, old-fashioned holiday market is that you can find gifts for anyone and everyone from the plethora of shops there. Just a few examples are:
· Soap & Paper Factory is women-owned and makes everything right here in the US! You can pick up natural, eco-friendly soaps and other bath products at their kiosk.
· It seems like everyone’s getting into jigsaw puzzles these days due to the lockdown, so check out New York Puzzle Company. They make cute puzzles for children and cool puzzles from vintage artwork and maps for adults.
· Artisans of New York is a great place to buy for the artsy-set. They specialize in funky glass items like plates, paperweights, sculptures, and vases.