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 in Upper Midtown near Carnegie Hall, there’s no shortage of shopping around. Of course, most of those options are well-established chain stores. It’s so important to shop small when you can over the holidays, and while there aren’t many independent businesses in this part of Manhattan, there are still some key art and cultural institutions that really need your support! We’ve compiled a list of few gift shops you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs.
The Dairy Visitor Center and Gift Shop
Walk about 12 minutes from Carnegie Hall into Central Park and you’ll come to an historic building. The Central Park Dairy was built in 1870 in the Victorian Gothic style. It was originally intended as a place for 19th century local children to get access to fresh milk. Now, the building is a visitors’ center and gift shop for Central Park! The Dairy Visitor Center and Gift Shop makes for a fun gift shopping experience -despite being in the middle of Manhattan, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a barn when you see the brightly painted ceiling beams inside.
Zootique at Central Park
Also near Carnegie Hall in Central Park, is the Central Park Zoo. With a mission of “saving wildlife and wild places,” you’ll definitely want to support them if you can! An easy way to do that is by doing your holiday shopping at their gift shop, Zootique. It’s a great place to find animal-related gifts for adults and kids alike, such as plush toys, games, and books.
Museum of Modern Art
Located just a few blocks away from Carnegie Hall is the Museum of Modern Art. They’re currently offering both in person and online shopping. At the MoMA Design Store, you’ll find a huge range of gifts in just about every price range. All of their items are unique, creative, and artsy -with a modern twist! 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.
Museum of Arts and Design
If you want to keep supporting the city’s cultural institutions, walk about 5 minutes Northeast to Columbus Circle. There, you’ll find the Museum of Arts and Design, which has another artsy gift shop. They have artwork-printed T-shirts, tote bags, and pocket squares, home office supplies, dining accessories, and books! And if you’re looking for something really offbeat, you can also check out their more unique collections, like their felt hats from Germany, velvet pumpkins, and sola cubes. Any of those would be a gift to keep the family talking for quite awhile!