New York City is world renowned for its shopping scene. As the holiday season approaches, what better place is there to stock up on presents for your friends and family? From department stores and high-end shops to local vendors and Christmas markets, the Big Apple had everything you need for holiday shopping. Here are some of the best places to find holiday gifts in the city. All of these places are great options if you’re looking for presents for your loved ones.
From Thanksgiving to January, a number of holiday markets open throughout the city. These markets offer shoppers a unique experience. Individual vendors — usually local — set up their own boutiques within the markets. If you get too cold or hungry you can usually pick up some food or a hot beverage. Many of the food vendors grow organic locally-grown foods, so you know you’re eating something good for both you and the environment.
Let’s take another look at the best holiday markets in the city (trust me, they deserve another mention!):
–Bryant Park – Located at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, Bryant Park turns into a winter wonderland during the holidays. Over a hundred vendors have booths at the park. They sell everything from artisan clocks and fair trade scarfs to fried pickles and gourmet hot chocolate.
–Union Square – Located near 14th Street and Broadway, the Union Square market also has a wide selection of holiday vendors. You can buy custom-made housewares, eclectic toys and other interesting trinkets. Be sure to warm up with a hot cider before you head out.
–Grand Central Terminal – As the city’s only indoor Christmas market, Grand Central is a great place to go if you need to take a break from the outdoors. There are still a number of vendors, including one selling custom-decorated wooden hearts and another carrying MTA-themed merchandise.
–Brooklyn Flea – This huge open-air market is available all year round, not just during the holidays. Just don’t go on Tuesday, the only day of the week the market is closed. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a rummage sale — it’s quite the opposite, actually. Hundreds of talented local vendors showcase their goods at the Brooklyn Flea. The market is located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in the same neighborhood as the new Barclays Center.
If you prefer larger stores over markets and boutiques you’re also in luck — New York is famous for its department stores.
Macy’s has everything you’d want in a department store, from high-end retail to more reasonably priced store brands. The flagship store is located at Herald Square on 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. This is the home of the store’s famous holiday window displays. Macy’s also has locations in downtown Brooklyn and Queens.
You can also find a number of other great department stores around New York. Barney’s, Saks 5th Avenue, Lord and Taylor and Bloomingdale’s are a few examples. Be prepared to spend a pretty penny at most of these stores, though. Presents you buy here won’t exactly come cheap. However, if your friends and family are into high-end designers and the trendiest apparel these stores may be your best bets.
If you have a strict budget, you might consider going to less expensive stores like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. There are number of these stores located all around the city. In addition, there are some original discount department stores in New York. Gabay’s in the Lower East Side sells the same clothes and accessories you might find on 5th Avenue, but at a much lower price. Century 21, called New York’s department store, offer similarly great deals on designer clothing. With locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey, it’s easy to check out a store near you.
If you have a really strict budget, you may want to check out some of the consignment shops around the city. Shopping at thrift stores in New York is different from shopping at thrift stores in the rest of the country. New York’s consignment stores are just as trendy as the rest of the city. With a little patience, you can often find some excellent deals. Many stores, like Housing Works, also support great causes.
For example, the money you spend at Housing Works will go towards AIDS relief.
No matter where you choose to shop, there’s no better place to find great Christmas presents than in the Big Apple. Start browsing these shops today!