The past year has put a lot in perspective, and when it comes to holiday shopping, many of us are hoping our dollar will also help others in some way. That’s why 6sqft has put together a list of gifts that give back, from Parachute sheets that fund malaria awareness to artwork from Society6 that supports Black artists to a tote bag that helps Americares’ COVID-19 response efforts. We’ve also included some more local ideas, like Citymeals on Wheel’s holiday cards and a food gift box from Brooklyn restaurant Emma’s Torch, which acts as a culinary school for refugees and asylum seekers.
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In the pandemic world of 2020, online holiday shopping is expected to grow by 33 percent, and many retailers are taking advantage of this by offering bigger, better, and longer-running Black Friday and Cyber Week deals. Of course, the number of bargains out there are countless, but here at 6sqft, we decided to round up the very best deals on offer from some of your favorite New York City-based brands and small businesses. From Insta-famous companies like Brooklinen and Great Jones to local favorites like CatBird jewelry and The Sill, these promos will save you money and support our beloved city.
With the pandemic hitting the NYC restaurant industry especially hard, the holidays are a great time to support your favorite local businesses. So many restaurants, bakeries, and food/drink businesses based in New York offer national shipping on their products, which means you can send your loved ones a taste of the city no matter where they are. From virtual cheese classes at Murray’s to pierogi samplers from Veselka to Bread’s Bakery’s famous chocolate babka to sake made right here in Brooklyn, there’s a little something for everyone. Ahead, we’ve rounded up our favorite options for shopping local and spreading some delicious cheer this year.
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Long after the day of chocolate boxes and candy hearts is over, these gifts will still be as cool as the person who gave them. Because if you’re going to wear your heart on your sleeve, it had better look good! Ahead, we’ve rounded up 15 great gift ideas, from chic pottery and lamps to heart-shaped succulents to a hot sauce kit to spice things up.
Image courtesy of The Sill.
Plants don’t just make our rooms look great, they also purify indoor air by absorbing toxins and producing oxygen. They’ve been known to boost mood and creativity and reduce stress (and they sure do look good in apartment spaces, for a relatively low cost). They require care but far less than the average pet. And it’s rewarding to see them grow. Even if plant care and feeding lies just outside your skillset, faux foliage, like the life-like specimens from The Sill, has come a long way. Plants and everything you need to nurture them can be easy and convenient to order online, and plants and accessories make great gifts for both experienced “plant people” and newbies. See our guide below for some great green thumb gift ideas.
Not sure what to get the New Yorker who has it all? We’ve put together a list of 20 items at every price point that will satisfy even the most jaded New Yorker. From historic prints of old New York and classic mom-and-pops to skyscraper champagne flutes and Brooklyn map coasters to some more offbeat items like a sew-your-own Jane Jacobs doll and an authentic Katz’s deli apron.
Nobody appreciates a great gift like a child, but New York City kids are a tough audience. They’ve already got the world at their feet, even if they’re not possessed of a pile of material goods. Fortunately, there are lots of options for cool presents for your favorite pint-sized architects, athletes, fashionistas and foodies as well as the Big Apple babies on your list. Check out our list below for a handful of gift ideas for New York City kids.
Advent calendars–those countdown calendars with little doors or tabs that can be opened each day of the month–are a visual, hands-on way to deal with counting the days ’til Christmas. The idea falls somewhere between a card and a gift, with the added excitement of having each day be a chance to reveal a new bauble, bonbon, potion or prize. Both the ritual of finding out what’s behind the door–and getting to enjoy it–can be almost as fun for grown-ups as kids. Below are 12 cool countdown calendars stocked with treats from chocolates and tea to Marvel figurines and “Game of Thrones” socks (yes, really.)–and one DIY version you can fill with whatever you like.
Whether you need just a few more items to check off your holiday shopping list or you haven’t even started thinking about it yet, follow our guide to make this year’s gift-giving totally stressfree. We’ve rounded up the 40 best presents that are uniquely New York for every type of Big Apple dweller, from the transit nerd and the foodie to the architecture buff and bookworm. Priced between $10 and $295, recommended gifts include everything from a cheese class with Murray’s Cheese to a walking tour of Flushing, Queens.
The catharsis of shopping and gift giving does not come without monetary guilt, but in a city as commercially diverse as New York, it’s possible to spend locally and come away with products bringing long-term relaxation and mental balance. No one wants to give or receive a gift that feels empty of emotional value and purpose. Here are some ideas for purposeful products and experiences that can be bought within the five boroughs for friends and family (or yourself!) this holiday season.