The Best Weekend Spots For Holiday Gifting

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Have a Bizaar Holiday—If you haven't been to the Holiday Bizaar yet you better get your butt toot-sweet over the bridge to Brooklyn to check it out, because the conceptual pop-up store only has one week left in business. Designed for interaction and inspiration, Holiday Bizaar houses a carefully curated, eclectic mix of goods from independent designers from both New York and abroad. Featured brands include Assembly New York, Reid Peppard, Brook Farm General Store, Electric Feathers and Iris Loeffler. You can expect to see directional home wears, quirky jewellery, ancient books and other oddities amongst some of the treasures. If the prospect of shopping for one-of-a-kind, beatific goods wasn't enough, this bazaar has a host of enticing activities planned for their final week. To give you a little taste: on Wednesday you're invited to drink and draw, on Friday there's a photography exhibition, on Saturday it's DIY Christmas Giftmaking worshops and on Sunday a glorious pre-Christmas brunch. Check out the Holiday Bizaar website for more information on how you can get involved in this weeks events!
Holiday Bizaar, ongoing through Friday, December 24; 82 Oak Street (between West and Franklin streets); Brooklyn.
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Multi-Designer Sale—If you're anything like us, you're running a little bit (okay, a lot) behind with your holiday buys. Make up for it at the at the Mary Meyer Multi-Designer Holiday Sale, where you can get some serious gift shopping done . A whole bunch of uber talented designers, including cult faves Bliss Lau, Mary Meyer, and Chris Havana have teamed up market-style to put on a sale that's sure to fill up all those boxes under the Xmas tree. With items from designer and vintage clothing to jewelry and handmade candles marked down to wholesale prices, this is one shopping experience where you can't go wrong!
Mary Meyer Multi-Designer Holiday Sale, Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; 555 Metropolitan Ave (between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street); Brooklyn.
Get Gifting—Cross presents off your list for everyone from your crotchety Great Aunt to your slammingly cool BFF by crossing the Brooklyn bridge to Gifted, a holiday market that takes over a whopping three floors. Presented by Brooklyn Flea and featuring over 100 vendors, it's sure to have something for everyone on your naughty or nice list! If that's not enough to get you out of bed and ready to shop like a teen with Daddy's credit card, remember that whilst you peruse the antiques, art and clothes, you can indulge in some festive nibblies to warm your insides and spread the holiday cheer!
Gifted, ongoing through Thursday, December 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Skylight One Hanson; 1 Hanson Place (at Flatbush Avenue); Brooklyn.
Winter Wonderland—Christmas is a time for giving—not only to your peeps, but also to the local creatives who keep NY the crazy-rad city that we all love. So, keep it in the 'hood these holidays and support homegrown talent by heading down to Williamsburg Winter Wonder, a must-visit local designer and artist market extravaganza. Put together by none other than the Gift on Grand girls, the spot-on arbiters of great taste, the markets features designers including Purldrop, bonbon Oiseau and Leoworks. Be warned, though: the place is stuffed from floor to ceiling with gifts so good you might just want to keep them all for yourself!
Williamsburg Winter Wonder, Saturday December 18 and Sunday December 19, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Big Sky Works; 29 Wythe Avnue (at North 14th Street); Brooklyn.
Cleopatra's Presents—Your wallet may be getting a workout with all that shopping, but don't forget about your brain! Give yourself some thinking time with a dose of culture straight from the arty guys at Leo Koenig Inc. Projekte. Check out their Cleopatra's Presents exhibition, which shows work from a Brooklyn-based curatorial collective. The super social bunch of artists, Xavier Cha, Jenna Gribbon, Hannah Hoffmann, Andrea Huelse, Anna Lundh, Caris Reid, Hanna Sandin and Maayan Zilberman originally came together over potluck dinners (makes us think that we should be doing something more creative at meals besides just, well...eating)! The show includes painting, video, text and sculptural installation and celebrates the friendship and discourse that has developed between these like-minded aesthetes. So grab a friend of your own and mosey on over to the gallery—arts always a great way to say I love you this season.
Cleopatra's Presents, ongoing, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Leo Koenig Inc. Projekte; 541 West 23rd Street (between 10th and 11th streets); 212-334-9255.
Cool Hunting—The must-visit pop-up store for mind-blowingly amazing stocking fillers, Cool Hunting for Gap, is finally open for trade (huzzah)! With a superbly curated selection of goodies, from exclusive one-offs by Jonathan Adler to limited-edition Mast Brothers chocolate, the entirely locally sourced items allow you to give gifts that are pure NY. Plus, be sure to clear your calendar for Monday 20 December, when witty wordsmith Amy Sedaris will be doing an in-store book signing. Featuring so many of our favorite things, Cool Hunting's pop-up is making us want to leave the office and go for a shop, stat!
Cool Hunting For Gap Pop Up Shop, ongoing through January 2nd; 680 Fifth Avenue (between 53rd and 54th streets).
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