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Dec 15, 2020 | Seasonal Things to Do

A Very NYC Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you’re shopping for a friend in the city or sending a present to someone out of town, NYC has no shortage of gift ideas. Here’s a very NYC holiday gift guide curated to delight anyone (and everyone) you’re shopping for in 2020.

Unique Gifts from Winter Village at Bryant Park

The beloved open-air holiday market returns in 2020 to host artisans from NYC and around the world. In addition to four new NYC minority-owned businesses showcasing their products in rent-free booths, Bryant Park’s allées, plazas, and terraces will host an array of holiday shops featuring local crafts, artisan provisions, and exquisite gifts. Shop collectibles from the 70s to 2000s at Brooklyn Woke Vintage, add an extra kick to your holiday feast with Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce, or gift a jigsaw puzzle made from recycled cardboard and soy ink from New York Puzzle Company.

Russ & Daughters Gourmet Savory Food Spread

Satisfy your favorite foodie’s culinary cravings with a package from Russ & Daughters. The world-famous culinary and cultural icon has been the “home of bagels and lox” since 1914! Give the taste and tradition of a true New York experience with one of their mouth-watering spreads. Try their ‘New York Brunch’ package which includes all-natural cream cheese, hand-rolled bagels, chocolate babka, and Private Blend coffee with a Russ & Daughters mug or the ‘New York Nostalgia’ spread that comes with their famous Gaspé Nova smoked salmon, smoked sable, house-cured pickled herring fillets in cream sauce with pickled onions, all-natural cream cheese with scallions, bagels, traditional rugelach, and a piece of old-fashioned marble halvah.

NYC Pastries or Baked Goods Gift Box

From flaky artisanal halva to fresh baked cookies, gift a cornucopia of sweet treats that are unique to NYC. Visit Daily Provisions at their Union Square or Upper West Side location to snag a Sweets Box which includes two black and white mini tarts, a black and white cookie, chocolate caramel chunk cookie, PB&J cookie, fudge brownie, chocolate cookie crust, chocolate custard, cheesecake mousse, and cocoa nibs. Daily Provisions aso has their ‘‘Cookie Monster Box’ which can be shipped nationwide. Seed + Mill’s halva makes for a flaky, sweet Arabic treat made from Ethiopian sesame seeds. Visit their counter in Chelsea Market or place an order online to have one of their popular black sesame, date walnut, marzipan, or pistachio halvas shipped to your loved ones. For delicious baked goods, visit Ovenly at one of their locations in Brooklyn or place an order to be delivered to Manhattan. Choose from pastries like their currant rosemary scone, raspberry chocolate brown butter blondie, and pumpkin olive oil cake.

KES NYC Face Mask

Put a smile on someone's face (even under their mask) by gifting a locally made face mask. Stop by KES NYC on the Upper West Side to check out their beautiful collection of sustainable masks in a range of styles and colors. The designer makes their products locally in NYC and each mask is biodegradable and washable for easy reuse. For each purchase, KES donates one mask to healthcare professionals. The local fashion brand has donated tens of thousands of masks to those in need, including low-income individuals and organizations and healthcare workers. KES has an array of masks in the brand’s signature luxury fabrics like 100% mulberry silk and 100% organic cotton in everything from neutral tones and organic dyes to vibrant colors and prints.

Homesick NYC Candle

Give the scent of the Big Apple to those who can’t enjoy the city this holiday season. Homesick developed a scented candle indicative to the city. Their ‘New York City’ custom fragrance has top notes of bergamot, lemon, and grapefruit, mid notes of jasmine, concrete, and water lilies, and base notes of oakmoss, sandalwood, and musk. The distinctive scents of spring days in Central Park, fine department stores, and concrete capture the energy of the greatest city on earth! Homesick uses a natural soy wax blend with 100% organic cotton wicks and refrains from using lead, plastics, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes in their candles. The fragrance is also available in a reed diffuser and car freshener.

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