Whether your list is long or short, we’ve got ideas, from gifts for the traveler, to luxury spoils, Nordic-inspired must-haves, eco-conscious picks, foodie favorites and local finds that will spread the cheer of the city. Heck, we’ve even got your pampered pooch covered. You’re welcome.
Thoughtful gifts for those ready to get back on the road
With the holiday frenzy upon us, travelers are looking to reconnect with family and friends, jet setting abroad and looking forward to carefree adventure travel to far-reaching destinations. Whether you’re traveling far or near, by plane, train or automobile, these goodies will ensure you stay entertained and comfy, and arrive refreshed.
With this luggage tag you can take a piece of the NYC subway with you with wherever you go and not lose sight of your luggage. $10
Grin and bear it
Help keep your younger companions occupied and mess-free with this compact magnetic travel game by HABA. For ages 4 and up. $15
Personalize this super chic and sustainable weekender bag with either embroidery or hand-painted lettering. From $295
Sock it to ’em
With every purchase of this women’s festive Merino wool calf sock gift box four-pack, four more pairs go to someone in need. $94
Sustainably soft Sherpa lined Merino slippers in winter berry, suitable for both indoors and out. $155
Pretty in pink
This Unicorn Kids rolling luggage set includes a 360-degree rolling luggage and backpack for the mini traveler. $9
Get airplane ready with this mini travel case —includes antibacterial wipes, a mask kit, soap and hand sanitizer. $55
Sleep well wrapped up in the Brady vegan faux fur blanket and eye mask set in sugar pink, or gift to your favorite traveling companion. $214
Keep your mind and body in check with this daily propolis kit, which uses a resin made by bees to protect against bacteria, viruses and inflammation and aid in natural healing.
Push the boat out if you have someone to spoil
Does your wish list for Santa include some high-priced items like those ultra-flashy shoes that might only be worn once? Hopefully yes — and while it may bring out the best and worst of us, a pricey item (or two) is highly recommended.
Panama crossgrain leather phone bag with card case fits iPhone Xs Max and Samsung S10+ $455; Smythson.com
An iconic symbol of the holiday season, Swarovski’s festive gold-toned crystal ornament designed by Michele Blasilli is a dazzler. $50
Get blingy and noteworthy for the holidays in Prada’s crystal logo flat loafers. $1,550
Sealed with a kiss
Pucker up your pout in a limited-edition lipstick from the Clé de Peau Garden of Splendor collection.
Click and shoot your travel adventures using the Ricoh all-weather WG-70 crush-proof camera. $246.95
Zip around the city faster while lowering your carbon footprint on the Gotrax G Max Ultra Commuting electric scooter. $900
Banwood’s First Go Balance bike is a pre-pedal must for those who want to skip the training wheels. Suitable for ages 2 to 5.
Eye of the tiger
Glam it up with a luminescent Cos Bar eye shade in regal emerald. Sales support the SUJÁN tiger and leopard conservation. $52
Gifts for the sustainably minded
Never has there been a more critical time for shoppers to consider the environmental impact of the gifts they buy. Fortunately, there are so many amazing brands that don’t harm the environment or add to the landfill waste in the aftermath of the holidays. From handmade goods that are naturally biodegradable to stunning, upcycled selections, this eco-conscious line-up will reduce your footprint.
Lush’s “All the Best” gift set is handmade using ethically sourced ingredients. $37.95
Chalk it up
Outdoor art has never been more fun. Maya & Siona’s sidewalk chalks house real succulents and sales benefit a children’s charity. $40
Art of glass
Saulė makes superglam upcycled jewelry, like these glass-beaded hoops in Spanish emerald.
Help reduce landfills by choosing Better Battery Pack’s recyclable, carbon-free alkaline batteries. $45
Rinse and repeat
Gift the full Sk*p To It Set (face and body wash, moisturizer, shampoo and conditioner) for balanced cleanliness in shower-friendly cartons. $59
Grab and go
Forgo the single-use plastic for holiday-themed reusable silicone bags that are microwave, dishwasher and freezer friendly. Comes in a pack of three. $37
Spread warmth with Nordic-inspired gifts
While it may feel frosty outside, these wintry accessories will have you and your giftee channeling warm and toasty on the inside. From stylish Scandinavian goods that will remain forever timeless to fashionable Fair Isle prints, we’re hot on these cool winter vibes.
Hit the downhills freestyling on Funboy’s inflatable snow toboggan. $79
The Mt. Hood Aprés Set includes Rumpl’s original puffy blanket and two Mt. Hood tumbler glasses. $229
Seat of style
Fritz Hansen’s iconic Grand Prix chair is crafted from layers of molded ash veneer in dusk blue. $569
Every pooch deserves a festive multicolored Fair Isle sweater for the holidays.
Walk this way
Timberland Heritage 6-inch waterproof boots for men are made with recycled content and responsible leather. $198
Blanketed with love
Marimekko’s cele-brated ’60s abstract pattern, Suur Unikko, is especially striking on this soft cotton- and wool-blend throw. $229
Fun and flavors for the foodies
You can’t go wrong with gifts that are incredible edibles, or even a sushi playset for the little ‘uns.
Wrap and roll
Foodies will delight in the Sushi Party Set made from 100 percent beechwood. $45
A world of flavor
Sample 16 ethically sourced spices in this beautiful World Traveler Kit. $64
Limited edition, signed prints of NYC’s best food destinations from John Donohue. Proceeds go to restaurant workers. $90
A complete kit of all the coffee essentials including a grinder, steel dripper, mug and beans. $99
Let them eat cake
16 mini cakes from Marvelous By Fred, with flavors including praline and hazelnut with flavored cream. $45
Totes Tomato gift set includes assorted homemade jams, linen clutch and Honeybee ornament by Smiley. $74.
Indulge in the holiday ornament coffret of 24 assorted chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat. $65
Assorted holiday tea tins from Palais des Thés. $21
Unique items you can find close to home
You don’t have to travel far to find gifts that have mass appeal. From pet lovers to museum junkies and the fashionable set, the local flavor has never been so palatable.
Show your metal
Artist Christine Galvez is the mastermind behind Metalight New York, where she upcycles scrap metal to make unique art forms like this brass Central Park West water tower with removable lid. $750
Take a visit to NYC’s slime mecca Sloomoo Institute (475 Broadway) and sample one of their festive scented treats. You Sleigh Me is available for pre-order and will
ship on Dec. 12. $20
Iconic NYC symbols like hot dogs, pretzels and dumplings are all featured in these New York Shuffle Playing Cards.
Get Fido ready for a holiday party debut with the City Slicker; includes all your pet grooming essentials in a reusable tote. $95
Works of art
Snag this set of three BAGGU nylon pouches depicting motifs of some of the Met’s collections. $34
Show some Big Apple love wearing this 14k yellow gold disk that’s made in New York.
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