Christmas shopping and window displays in New York

Whether you're gift-buying or window-gazing, let us guide you through the best places to shop in New York this Christmas.

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Henri Bendel holiday window displays

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Henri Bendel holiday window displays

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Henri Bendel holiday window displays

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Henri Bendel holiday window displays

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Henri Bendel holiday window displays

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Macy's holiday window displays 2012: The Magic of Christmas

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Macy's holiday window displays 2012: The Magic of Christmas

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Macy's holiday window displays 2012: The Magic of Christmas

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Macy's holiday window displays 2012: The Magic of Christmas

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Macy's holiday window displays 2012: The Magic of Christmas

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Macy's holiday window displays 2012: The Magic of Christmas

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Macy's holiday window displays 2012: The Magic of Christmas

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Barneys holiday window displays 2012: Barneys and Disney present "Electric Holiday"

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Barneys holiday window displays 2012: Barneys and Disney present "Electric Holiday"

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Barneys holiday window displays 2012: Barneys and Disney present "Electric Holiday"

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Barneys holiday window displays 2012: Barneys and Disney present "Electric Holiday"

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Barneys holiday window displays 2012: Barneys and Disney present "Electric Holiday"

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Barneys holiday window displays 2012: Barneys and Disney present "Electric Holiday"

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Bloomingdale's holiday window displays 2012: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

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Bloomingdale's holiday window displays 2012: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

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Bloomingdale's holiday window displays 2012: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

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Bloomingdale's holiday window displays 2012: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

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Bloomingdale's holiday window displays 2012: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

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Bloomingdale's holiday window displays 2012: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

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Lord & Taylor holiday window displays 2012: Santa's Day Off

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Lord & Taylor holiday window displays 2012: Santa's Day Off

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Lord & Taylor holiday window displays 2012: Santa's Day Off

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Lord & Taylor holiday window displays 2012: Santa's Day Off

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Lord & Taylor holiday window displays 2012: Santa's Day Off

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Lord & Taylor holiday window displays 2012: Santa's Day Off

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Bergdorf Goodman holiday window displays 2012

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Bergdorf Goodman holiday window displays 2012

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Bergdorf Goodman holiday window displays 2012

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Bergdorf Goodman holiday window displays 2012

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Bergdorf Goodman holiday window displays 2012

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Bergdorf Goodman holiday window displays 2012

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Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows 2012: Snowflake Spectacular

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Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows 2012: Snowflake Spectacular

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Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows 2012: Snowflake Spectacular

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Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows 2012: Snowflake Spectacular

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Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows 2012: Snowflake Spectacular

Get a head start on crossing names off of your holiday shopping list with our guide to the best holiday and Christmas shopping in New York. You'll find information on the big department stores, such as Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as a guide to the best holiday markets in New York City. Plus, check out our photos of the most festive department-store window displays.

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Macy's Herald Square

It may not be as glamorous as New York’s other famous stores, but for sheer breadth of stock, the 34th Street behemoth is hard to beat. You won’t find exalted labels here, though—midpriced fashion and designers’ diffusion lines for all ages are its bread and butter, along with all the big beauty names.

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Bloomingdale's

Ranking among the city’s top tourist attractions, Bloomie’s is stocked with everything from bags to beauty products, homewares to designer duds. The cosmetics hall, complete with an outpost of globe-spanning apothecary Space NK and a Bumble and bumble dry-styling bar, recently got a glam makeover. The compact Soho outpost concentrates on young fashion and cosmetics.

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Barneys New York

Every fashionista's best friend, the LA outpost of the legendary New York department store offers five floors of cosmetics, jewellery, shoes, designer clothes (for both sexes), lingerie and home accessories; the high-end likes of Prada, Fendi and Marc Jacobs are typical of the fare for sale. Above sits more elegance: Barney Greengrass, a classy rooftop restaurant.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

This high-end department store features some of the best brands around.

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Bergdorf Goodman

The mothership for ladies-who-lunch (particularly those who love to lunch at the Kelly Wearstler–designed BG), this venerable institution—housed in the former Vanderbilt mansion—is the Neiman Marcus of New York (they're part of the same company, so you can use your Neiman's card here). Though they play host to extremely established and elegant lines like Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren, they up their edge factor with design stars such as Proenza Schouler and Doo.Ri. The much-trafficked fifth floor is packed with more-affordable, on-trend iterations from See by Chloe, Catherine Malandrino and Anna Sui while the shoe department—a series of small, boutique-like rooms—features tried and true classics like Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik along with upstarts such as Loeffler Randall. And like all good department stores, they have a plethora of upscale beauty products, including Slatkin candles, Laura Mercier lipglosses and Frederic Fekkai hairbrushes. The men’s store is across the street at 745 Fifth Ave.

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Lord & Taylor

Oft-overlooked for its more glamorous department store counterparts, Lord & Taylor offers an ever reliable selection of classic brands like Ralph Lauren—minus surging crowds. The men's department is particularly strong, and they offer loads of basics, like lingerie.

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Henri Bendel

While the merchandise (a mix of high-end and diffusion designer clothes, accessories and big-brand cosmetics) and prices are comparable to those of other upscale stores, the goods at Bendel’s somehow seem more desirable in this opulent atmosphere and those darling brown-striped shopping bags don’t hurt either.

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Apple Store

iPod junkies can get their fix 24/7 at the Apple Store’s Fifth Ave open-all-hours flagship, which is marked by a dramatic 32-foot glass entrance. There are other branches at 103 Prince St between Greene and Mercer Sts in Soho, 1981 Broadway on the Upper West Side and 401 W 14th St at Ninth Avenue in the Meatpacking District. All are equipped with Genius Bars, offering technical help for Mac users as well as repairs.

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Holiday gift guide 2012: The best gifts to give over the holidays

Check off every name on your list with our holiday gift guide, which features unique gift ideas and the best gift shops in New York City. New Yorkers are a busy bunch, so this year, TONY has compiled the lazy person’s holiday gift guide. Find unique, affordable gift ideas at New York’s best holiday shops, including pretty packaged presents that don’t need to be wrapped, stores that offer speedy mobile checkouts, great gift ideas at massive online retailers and much more. RECOMMENDED: Christmas in New York guide The best one-stop shops in New York City Make your holiday shopping easier and find the perfect presents by consulting this gift guide of one-stop shops in New York City. Take the stress out of holiday shopping: Our gift guide of one-stop shops features places to find the best gifts in New York City. Find stylish, unique gifts from Jonathan Adler, By Brooklyn, Dry Goods NY and more. Cog & Pearl Owners Kristin Overson and Seth Walter curate the selection of quirky goods at this Park Slope store, where you’ll find stylish apparel, jewelry, unique home goods and more. Pick up embroidered pillows by Coral & Tusk ($80) or one-of-a-kind beeswax candles molded from vintage jars and bottles by Pollen Arts ($9–$29) for a design-conscious family member. If you need a cool hostess gift for a holiday party, forgo a bottle of wine for a pair of cocktail dice by Leafcutter Designs ($18), which are printed with various ingredients for fun drink combinations. By Brooklyn This sm

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Store recommendations from NYC shop owners

NYC store owners reveal their favorite local places to shop for holiday gifts, helping you find the perfect present. Shopping for holiday gifts can be difficult, so we went straight to the experts for advice. We asked the owners of some of our favorite indie shops, including By Brooklyn, Catbird, the One Well and In God We Trust, where they like to shop for holiday gifts. Follow their recommendations and you’re guaranteed to find the perfect present. RECOMMENDED: Complete holiday gift guide You might also like Shopping with Nate Berkus, author of The Things That Matter Trend watch: Tortoiseshell accessories, home decor and beauty products Top ten: Cheap blowouts Top ten: Big- and small-shoe resources Holiday gift guide 2012 The best one-stop shops in New York City Make your holiday shopping easier and find the perfect presents by consulting this gift guide of one-stop shops in New York City. Take the stress out of holiday shopping: Our gift guide of one-stop shops features places to find the best gifts in New York City. Find stylish, unique gifts from Jonathan Adler, By Brooklyn, Dry Goods NY and more. Cog & Pearl Owners Kristin Overson and Seth Walter curate the selection of quirky goods at this Park Slope store, where you’ll find stylish apparel, jewelry, unique home goods and more. Pick up embroidered pillows by Coral & Tusk ($80) or one-of-a-kind beeswax candles molded from vintage jars and bottles by Pollen Arts ($9–$29) for a design-conscious family member. I

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100 best gift shops

Use our lists of the best stores by neighborhood and stop schlepping all over town. Related Top ten online-only gift shops Best holiday markets See more of New York's best shops

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