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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!”

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.

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Little Luck Stud

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.

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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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Photograph: Courtesy The Koop

66th St. candle

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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Photograph: Courtesy Susan Alexandra

Star of Susan Necklace 

Jewish NYC designer Susan Korn’s accessories evoke a familiar Y2K flair that makes all the nostalgia-loving style queens squeal with delight. Her vibrant and playful products, from beaded handbags to rainbow earrings, are filled with eternal sunshine, so why not give the “Star of Susan” to the person who lights your menorah?

$98 from Susan Alexandra.

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Photograph: Courtesy Ariel Tidhar/Sapir Matmon

Shalom Hair Clip

American-Israeli accessory designer Ariel Tidhar makes these too-cute hair clips for any Jewish fashionista who is looking for a stylish way to bring peace to their tresses, especially when they have bed head.

$30 from Ariel Tidhar.

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Photograph: Courtesy Bianca's Design Shop/Bianca Negrón

The Future Is Inclusive Patch 

A gift to inspire! Queer Latinx artist Bianca Negron designs art, clothing and feel-good flair like this empowering patch that shows love for the LGBTQ+/GNC/TRANS/POC/TS community.

$10 from Bianca Designs.

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Photograph: Courtesy Crown Affair

The Holiday Kit 

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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Photograph: Courtesy Friend of All

Tabletop Greta Jade Green lamp

Brooklyn company Friend of All believes light and color are the most powerful tools you can use to transform a house into a home. If you know someone who could use a little help in the decor department, the brand’s stunning, handmade stained-glass lights will turn any dull space into a warm and artsy abode.

$320 from Friend of All.

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Photograph: Courtesy Naomi Feuerstein/Overlook Woods

Don’t Get Incensed

Since many of us felt incensed (mad as hell) this past year, here’s a gift that will help promote calm and tranquility. Overlook Woods, a Brooklyn woodworking company, makes these modern incense and tea light holders that come in various stains.

$45 from Overlook Woods.

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Photograph: Courtesy www.littlejohnnewyork.com

Odor-proof Stow Slim Case 

Here’s a high-class gift for a bud you like to roll with! This resourceful and innovative Brooklyn-based designer found a way to create sleek, smell-proof leather stash bags by using a scent-neutralizing technology that masks, er, strong scents. Genius!

$50 from Little John New York.

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Energy Clearing Kit 

This kit is said to clear unwanted energy, which is a must for your mystic-loving friend as we enter a new year. The bundle, packaged by one of Brooklyn’s witchiest stores, includes a mini clearing spray made with essential oils, a palo santo-scented soy candle and an orange selenite wand for protection, luck and energy healing.

$28 from Species By The Thousands.

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Photograph: Courtesy Kings County Distillery

Date Night Set 

Give this set to your favorite couple whose perfect night at home includes shots of hard whiskey followed by a sloppy make-out sesh. (At least we assume that’s what the bourbon-flavored lip balm is for.) For funsies, the bundle also comes with a puzzle of Kings County Distillery’s barrel room and a bourbon-scented candle to set the mood.

$59 from Kings County Distillery.

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Photograph: Courtesy Stickybaby

Starry Beret

Know a star wares fan? This locally-made chapeau by fashion designer Amanda Litzinger is great for any francophile who insists on dressing to nines, even while in quarantine.

$33 from Sticky Baby.

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Photograph: Courtesy 718 Heat Factory

Sweet and Savory Hot Sauce Duo 

Leilani Kali Rivers and John Hercel of 718 Heat Factory swear that hot sauce can put you in a really good mood, so lift someone’s spirits with these complementary, made-by-hand hot sauces. Bonus: They’re rich in antioxidants!

$14 from 718 Heat Factory.

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Photograph: Courtesy Babe of Brooklyn/Colin Beresford

Babe of Brooklyn

Aside from masks, beards are the other most popular facial product of quarantine. Know someone whose mug is understandably fuzzier than usual? Give them this natural beard balm that’s handmade in Brooklyn. The cleansing botanical blend of palo santo and frankincense will surely smooth and soften their scruff.

$35 from Babe of Brooklyn.

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Apple Cider Doughnut Baking Mix 

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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Photograph: Courtesy Fe Knits/Coque Prieto

Hat Número 1

This brand’s sustainable knitwear is made in Brooklyn using only the purest fibers. Don’t be fooled by Fe’s super-lightweight cashmere beanie — it’s soft and cozy enough to keep any head warm during the coldest days.

$90 from Fe Knits.

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