NYC Gifts for Last Minute Giving

by | Dec 18, 2020 | Editor's Pick, Featured, Shop Local, Shop Local

As we head into the last weekend before Santa makes his masked and socially distanced midnight ride, it’s time to make sure everyone on your list is taken care of. Here are some of my favorite NYC gifts to give and receive.

NYC Gifts Gem Spa Tote Bag

Gem Spa Tote Bag

Gem Spa streetwear

The legendary Lower East Side newsstand and purveyor of the world’s best egg creams may not be with us in the physical realm anymore, but they live on in their collection of hoodies, tee shirts, joggers, hats, totes, and of course, face masks! Give the gift of rock and roll and literary New York history.

Fire Escapes of New York

NYC Gifts tenement museum ornament

Tenement Museum Fire Escape ornament

The Tenement Museum tells the story of the immigrant communities that came to our shores looking for a better life and helped create the New York City we all know and love today. While the museum is closed due to COVID, you can still sign up for a walking tour of the Lower East Side, or shop in what I consider to be the greatest New York gift shop in all of the five boroughs. Their newest ornament pays homage to that classic feature of New York life, the fire escape.

Hudson Whiskey

Hudson Whiskey NY Bright Lights Big Bourbon


Hudson Whiskey is New York attitude, distilled. These fine spirits are handcrafted in Gardiner, New York, using grain from local, family farms. My personal favorite is Short Stack, a full-bodied New York Rye finished in maple syrup barrels. For stockists:


Zen Holiday

TribeTokes CBD Gummies

TribeTokes CBD Gummies

Embrace the CBD lifestyle with TribeTokes, a woman-owned business located right here in the Meatpacking District, NYC. They have everything from tinctures and beauty products (try the green, superfood mask!), to vape pens. And the gummies, with 15mg of CBD each, make the perfect stocking stuffers.


NYC Gifts CW Pencils Charm

CW Pencils Charm

Write Stuff

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with pencils so when I discovered CW Pencil Enterprise on Orchard Street, naturally I became a regular customer. Their website is packed with great gift ideas, but I particularly love this little 14k gold pencil charm, designed by Cass Lilien, an NYC-based jewelry designer. Perfect for the creative people in your life.

NYC Gifts Russ & Daughters

Russ & Daughters


Russ & Daughters is a 106-year-old appetizing shop that is part of the rich culinary history of the New York Jewish community. It is also the BEST place to buy smoked salmon, pickled herring, whitefish, as well as bagels, bialys, halvah, dried fruits, and more. Create your own spread to nosh on, or have the team put together a stellar platter or gift box for the ultimate in NYC gifts.

John Derian Puzzle

John Derian Puzzle

Splendid Decor

John Derian is known for his decoupage work, which appears on everything from plates to coasters, and it’s all produced right here in NYC. But his East Village shop is also filled with all kinds of sweet and cheerful items, including Steiff animals, ornaments, home décor, textiles, art, and vintage and antique finds. These jigsaw puzzles are perfect for  stay-at-home days. This one is a 19th century print of the Manhattan island.

NYC Gifts Arielle Sustainable Fashion

Arielle Medea Coat


Texas-born Arielle launched her eponymous brand in 2018, after over 10 years in the fashion industry. The fully sustainable label is committed to zero-waste, ethical sourcing, and elegant, lasting style. The Medea Coat is made from vegetarian shearling using Responsible Wool Standard American merino wool backed with Repreve®, made from recycled water bottles. Oversized lapels and welt pockets highlight a clean, straight cut with open front. Fully lined in organic cotton. Made in NYC.

 Bee Raw Butch Wax

Bee Raw Butch Wax

Busy Bee

Bee Raw champions American family-run farms and apiaries and produces a collection of honey-based goods packaged in post-consumer paper, glass, and metal. Butchwax is a moisturizing balm that softens skin, made from beeswax, jojoba, rosemary, peppermint, and tea tree oils, and made right here in Industry City, Brooklyn, NYC.

Give Give Give

The season of giving is also a great time to remember our neighbors in need, especially during this pandemic. Some of my favorite organizations with local roots are: Lower East Side Girls Club, Project Renewal, Girl Be Heard, Bowery Mission, DIFFA

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