THE BEST HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN NEW YORK CITY

by Marisa Marcantonio

New York is ready for the holidays, but are you? Here are the best shop small spots that ring in the holiday season right, filled with festive cheer and great gifts. From home decor  to hostess gifts, you will find the right thing at one of these spirited shopping destinations. 

Photos courtesy of KRB

Photos courtesy of KRB

Start your shopping sojourn uptown at KRB, Kate Rheinstein Brodsky's home store filled with special antiques, decorative accessories and unique finds, predominantly in her favorite shades of green.  If you love color, do not miss this curated assortment. They are moving to a new location after the holidays, so check their website for the new locale.

KRB 135 1/2 East 79th Street

Kate has beautiful items made expressly for the shop, like the KRB Drinks Table above, and has a great sense of classical design

Photos by Jack M. Kucy

Photos by Jack M. Kucy

As you make your way downtown, Lexington Avenue has a stretch of fantastic home decor shops that you can't miss. One of them is the magical cabinet of curiousities Creel and Gow, where Jamie Creel, Marco Scarani and Chris Gow scour the world for one of a kind finds and get exclusive objects made for them. They can be credited with the fascination for all things rock crystal, gemstones and sea life. From setting the table to taxidermy, they have it all.

Creel and Gow 131 East 70th Street

The mix. Such a treasure trove!

Photo from @MecoxGardens

Photo from @MecoxGardens

Mecox Gardens is just around the corner from Creel and Gow. You can rely on Mecox to a have colorful, plentiful assortment of the latest coffee table books, picture frames, accessories and more. They recently held an exhibition of Carolyne Roehm's limited edition prints of her botanical watercolors, as shown in their window.

Mecox Gardens 962 Lexington Avenue

If you seek ornaments and holiday decorations alongside fresh flowers, Lexington Gardens is it. For the past 15 years (or more) they have been providing the Upper East Side with glorious window designs, fresh flower arrangements and a shopping experience with a sense of discovery.

Lexington Gardens 1011 Lexington Avenue

Photos courtesy of Bunny Williams Home

Photos courtesy of Bunny Williams Home

Designers come from near and far to shop at Bunny Williams Home. Located in their new (ish) home in the Fine Arts Building, her collection pieces live with stylish antiques, art, objects, lighting, decorative accessories and finds brought back from Europe. They are going through a blue color story at the moment and there are touches of it everywhere. Perhaps it is the influence of her new book on her Punta Cana getaway, A House by the Sea?

Bunny Williams Home 232 East 59th Street

You will find Bunny Williams Home pieces and pretty accessories to finish a room

Photo courtesy of @thisisstory

Photo courtesy of @thisisstory

Swing by retail guru Rachel Shechtman's rotating theme permanent pop up store/concept shop, STORY in Chelsea. Her concept,  started 5 years and done by theme, is a shopping "experience." The current offering, "Home for the Holidays" is a themed takeover to delight gift givers. The large space is filled with great gifts from smaller brands, indie darling labels,  a bit of irreverence and a wink and a smile. Her curation is always jaw-droppingly good.

STORY 144 10th Avenue

Photo courtesy of Medres Ditte-Isager

Photo courtesy of Medres Ditte-Isager

Then head downtown to Le Coucou for a drink in the cozy Roman and Williams designed bar. You will feel as though you have been instantly transported to Paris. The New York Times just gave it rave reviews, so lunch or drinks is a way to experience the beautiful setting.

Le Coucou 138 Lafayette Street

Photo courtesy of Sibyl McCormac Groff

Photo courtesy of Sibyl McCormac Groff

If you want to brush up on your NYC Yuletide knowledge, give "A New York Christmas: Ho-Ho-Ho at Gothamtide!" by Sibyl McCormac Groff a read. It is filled with holiday traditions, what to see and where to go in Gotham at this magical time of year. And lights!