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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings...oh, where will I find all my favorite things?
Let’s be honest, while New York City at the holidays is magical, it only takes one time getting caught in a crowded store or getting lost in the cold to turn this winter wonderland into a disaster.
And while the idea of twirling through the streets, ducking in and out of stores at leisure sounds nice, the reality is that when you’re ready to shop, you need to know where to go, how to get there and what’s likely to be available when you arrive.
So you don’t have to waste any of your precious shopping time, we handled the hard part of the equation and pulled together 10 spots that are tried-and-true gift havens for everyone on your list.
Below, you’ll find the best places to Christmas shop this holidays, from old standbys like Bloomingdale’s to the seasonal markets at Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and Union Square. And a bonus? If you hit up these major shopping spots, you’ll also inadvertently see a collection of New York landmarks and neighborhoods, just by association.