10 Places to Buy Your Christmas Gifts in New York City

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.

Hosted in the iconic Grand Central train station, the Grand Central Holiday Fair is the only seasonal market in the city that's housed indoors. The artists here are often more established than at some of the other markets, so you can expect the...  Read More

Upper East Side

We could have easily put any of New York's stalwart luxury stores, including Barneys or Saks on this list, but we chose Bloomingdale's for a few reasons. For starters, their brown shopping bags are icons by themselves, and no one we've ever...  Read More

Pearl River Mart isn't your typical Christmas time destination, but we think it warrants a visit. A Chinese market nestled between the designer stores in Soho, Pearl River stocks everything from clothing and home décor to cultural tchotchkes...  Read More

Usually home of the city's largest green market, radishes and rhubarb are replaced during the holidays with a bevy of gifts made by local artisans and foodies. Helmed by Urbanspace, coordinators of the popular summer pop-up Madison Square Eats,...  Read More

Over 100 vendors and a pop-up restaurant called Celsius set up stalls at The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park this year. Surrounding the center ice skating rink, the shops are reminiscent of a European open-air market. Unlike the Union Square...  Read More

Media outlets around the country have called the Brooklyn Flea the best summer market in the US. Thankfully, after the summer has ended, the Brooklyn Flea combines with Smorgasburg (think delicious, delicious food) and moves indoors to a new...  Read More

Financial District

If you're ready to brave the crowds for a bargain deal, consider Century 21 the answer to your shopping prayers. This megastore is known by New Yorkers as a top spot to find high-end, designer brands at bottom of the barrel pricing. The catch is...  Read More

Located in Central Park, the scenery at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market couldn't be more picturesque for a Christmas market. Step inside and come face-to-face with the artisans and designers who've come to hawk their holiday wares. You'll...  Read More

Upper East Side
Dylan's Candy Bar
Photo courtesy of Dylan's Candy Bar

Sweet treats and sugar rushes are basically synonymous with Christmas day, so help to fuel the tradition and put Dylan's Candy Bar on your itinerary. A great place to pick up stocking stuffers for the little ones on your list, the store is 3...  Read More

Garment District

Known for its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade (the most watched Santa parade in the world) and the movie it inspired ("Miracle on 34th Street"), Macy's is a venerable city landmark venturing 10 stories up and stretching the length of an entire...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

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