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17 amazing holiday gift ideas from NYC makers

Buy better thanks to our locally-sourced NYC gift ideas that say, “Hey, I’m shoppin’ here!”

Written by
Jennifer Picht
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After a tumultuous year, we need a little Christmas and we need it, like, yesterday. So hang the Christmas lights, polish your menorah and start checking off your shopping list with our hand-picked holiday gift ideas! You can lift spirits by opening your heart or your wallet. If you’re able to do the latter, pay it forward by doing all of your holiday shopping in NYC. By that, we mean supporting your favorite mom-and-pop stores and local makers who are selling epic gifts this holiday season. Our top picks include amazing NYC gifts from a Black-owned jewelry company, an LGBTQ+ accessory designer, a Brooklyn woodworking company and more outstanding businesses.

Gifts from NYC makers

We could all use a “little luck” right now, whether it be in our lives or on our lobes. Yam, a Black-owned jewelry business in Astoria, creates stunning earrings like these classic brass studs with an upcycled pearl drop. Extend some good luck charms to someone you love!

$68 from Yam NYC.

Pretty Connected Face Mask Chains
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Pretty Connected Face Mask Chains

Face masks are a huge part of all New Yorker's lives this year. Unfortunately, we’ve all encountered that awkward moment between putting them on or taking them off when they’re either weirdly cupped around our chin or dangling precariously from a single ear. Well, NYC-based company Pretty Connected has an ingenious solution that makes for perfect stocking stuffers. Their striking face mask chains come in a wide variety of types and colors, and can also work as sunglass chains or bag straps when (hopefully, soon) we can pack up the masks for good.

$22–$58 from Pretty Connected

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We love a slow burn, particularly for candles, and this coconut and vegetable wax light created by Kristin Rose of The Koop burns up to 45 hours! If you know an intense, fast-moving New Yorker who could use a leisurely walk in the park, gift them this candle. It smells like crisp fall mornings while strolling along Central Park West.

$21 from The Koop New York.

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Give the gift of better hair days when you snag this holiday bundle from a New York brand that’s all about the process, not just the products. Crown Affair’s high-quality kit is not just a steal — it’s a ritual in a bag that will inspire the receiver to take more time for self-care. Trust us, daily use of the pocket sized combs, hydrating oil and 100 percent silk scrunchie will lead to a healthier mane and mind!

$98 from Crown Affair.

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Keep apple cider doughnut season alive thanks to this baking kit that is fun for amateur chefs and folks who use their oven for storage. FarmSteady and Brooklyn Brew Shop founders Erica and Stephen have perfected the easiest and most delicious doughnut recipe that makes an awesome gift for roommates looking for a quarantivity with a hint of cinnamon-sugar!

$25 from FarmSteady.

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