3 NYC Boutiques That Actually Make Holiday Shopping Fun Again
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You made all the pumpkin pie. You ate all the stuffing. Thanksgiving is officially over, and now it’s time to start buying holiday gifts.
Sure, you could go the easy route and buy 17 life-changing garlic presses online. (Ta-da: Everyone on your list is covered and you’re done.)
Or you could go the fun route: Check out these three amazing independent boutiques in NYC that make this whole holiday-shopping thing a vacation, not a chore.
BASH & BOW
So you want to buy some gorgeous handmade jewelry for your best friend, but you have two problems: One, she’s insanely picky. Two, you refuse to drop triple digits on a Christmas gift--it’s a matter of principle. This cute-as-a-button Gramercy boutique is the solution to both dilemmas. The shop’s thoughtfully curated jewelry, home goods and body products are both beautiful and reasonably priced, so you’re likely to walk out with the majority of your list covered…and three more necklaces for yourself, because come on.
MUST-BUY: New York skyline necklace ($28)
210 E. 21st St. (at Third Ave.); 646-494-9412 or bashbowny.com
Know what makes braving holiday shopping crowds a million times better? Free waffles. Starting at the boutique’s Small Business Saturday celebration on November 28, shop every Saturday before Christmas and you’ll be treated to on-the-house food and drinks from indie vendors like Wafels & Dinges, Korilla and Milk Truck. But no matter which day you go, it’s an incredible place to visit--the rotating shopping space’s new “Home for the Holidays” concept is like touring the coolest house ever, where everything in it just happens to be for sale.
MUST-BUY: Yield Design Co. French press ($150)
144 Tenth Ave. (at 19th St.); 212-242-4853 or thisisstory.com
You need to buy gifts for your nieces and nephews, but there’s no way in hell you’re going within a ten-block radius of that Toys “R” Us in Times Square. Stop by this Nolita gem instead. It’s stocked with fun, colorful and, most importantly, quality items for kids and adults alike. While you’re there, snag a few pieces to add to your winter wardrobe so you can remain the cool and fashionable aunt from New York City.
MUST-BUY: Wooden rainy day games ($160)
243 Elizabeth St. (at Prince St.); 646-692-4472 or thomassires.com