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There’s really nothing quite like holiday shopping in New York. The twinkling lights, department store windows, and endless markets geared toward gift giving are what makes this time of year so exciting — and so overwhelming.
Skip the crowds at the markets inside Grand Central and Bryant Park (or, go at a weird time), and instead, check out one of the many A+ pop-up shops that are springing up in the month of December, which include rare brick-and-mortar appearances from online-only retailers and indie bazaars for gifts you won’t find anywhere else.
All of the pertinent info for each is below, including addresses (click on it and you’ll be taken straight to Google Maps) and hours.
The Real Real Pop-Up
The luxury consignment e-tailer is opening a physical space for the holidays that’ll be filled to the brim with a highly-curated selection of pre-owned luxury goods from Chanel, Hermès, Proenza Schouler, and more (many of which are exclusive to the pop-up.)
In addition to ready-to-wear and accessories, fine art and home decor will also be available, with experts on hand to help guide you toward the perfect purchase. While you browse, treat yourself to some coffee and House of Waris teas from the Lower East Side’s Cafe Henrie.
Where: 79 Greene Street, Soho
When: December 1st through December 15th. Monday through Friday, 11am to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 9pm.
One Kings Lane Holiday Pop-Up Shop
One Kings Lane — the go-to website for Instagrammable home decor — is hosting a holiday-themed pop-up in its showroom, The Studio. The festive space is filled with giftable home goods, like scented soy candles in marbled ceramic holders from D.L. & Co, as well as vintage jewelry and accessories.
To shop, book online, which also ensures a personalized, intimate shopping experience.
When: By appointment during the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 8pm; Saturday, 12pm to 3pm (closed on Sundays). Call 212-430-7800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Unwrapping Style: W Hotels Holiday Pop-Up with Sarah Easley
Curated by Sarah Easley of Kirna Zabête, this pop-up will play host to 12 ready-to-wear, beauty, accessory, and home brands. Hosted inside the W Hotel in Times Square, the shop will feature jewelry from K/ller, edgy athleisure brand No’Ka’Oi, natural skincare from Drunk Elephant, and perfume brand Ellis Brooklyn.
When: November 29th through December 18th, 9am to 7pm daily.
Etsy Handmade Cavalcade
Located within the cobblestoned halls of Chelsea Market directly across from Amy’s Bread, this annual handmade extravaganza, now in its ninth year, will, for the first time ever, be extended for an entire week.
60 vendors will be set up in booths throughout the space; shoppers can meet the artists and makers of the goods on display, buy gifts right on the spot, and also place custom orders. Some of the stuff available this year includes cozy knits from Birdy27 Designs, handcrafted porcelain pottery from Ostergaard Pottery, and delicate jewelry by Angie Colombo Design.
The first 100 shoppers on Saturday and Sunday will receive a swag bag. Admission is $2 at the door, but free by RSVPing through Eventbrite.
When: December 5th through December 11th, 10am to 7:30pm daily.
More of a warehouse than a boutique, the Manhattan Vintage holiday pop-up is located within MILK Garage’s capacious 8,000-square-foot space stationed below the Highline. It’ll include thousands of vintage goods from over 25 top vendors. Look for pleated Issey Miyake from andArchive, Chanel “cc” earrings from IMJM Antiques and Vintage Couture, and Paco Rabanne chainmail dresses from Vintage Le Monde. There’s a fee of $15 to enter, but discounted admission can be purchased in advance at Manhattanvintage.com.
When: December 2nd and 3rd. Friday, 1pm to 8pm; Saturday, 11am to 6pm.
Cabana New York Holiday Pop-Up
The Southampton-based multi-brand concept store is moving out west for the holidays — specifically, to the heart of Tribeca. The shop will be stocked with candles from Hotel Costes, cut-out cashmere sweaters from LNA, Breton striped tops from Edith A. Miller, and textured stationery from Well Received (for a super-modern touch to the all-important thank-you card).
Julie Heller, the store owner, has also included a curated selection of luxury couture vintage — think Chanel, Halston, and Saint Laurent — from her vintage shop, EraLuxe. There are trunk show events scattered throughout the duration of the pop-up, too, with special treats and discounts.
Where: 42 Hudson Street, Tribeca
When: Through December 30th. Monday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm; Sunday, 12pm to 6pm.
Young & Able Holiday Pop-Up Shop
In its third year, Young & Able will showcase 35 female New York-based designers. The space was designed to be “stress-free” — so you won’t see any clutter (or the designers themselves).
Inside, you’ll find prints by artist Danielle Kroll, handmade sunglasses from Covry, abstract-painted ceramic mugs from Risa Nishimori, and organic claw rings from Renee Frances Jewelry. Swing by for special events, which include a hand-tooled belt workshop on December 11th and a Holiday Wreath Workshop on December 20th.
When: December 8th through December 24th. 11am to 8pm daily.
Caribbean-Themed Holiday Market
Caribbeing, the arts organization dedicated to Caribbean culture, is hosting a holiday pop-up in its upcycled shipping container (which serves as a mobile art and cultural space for the organization throughout the year).
Situated next to the Flatbush Caton Market, the shop is small — just 200 square feet — and is modeled after a tiny house. 15 vendors in total will participate, and gifts range from hand-printed napkins from Ulric + Arly to bespoke jewelry from Luni Jewelry, as well as hand-poured candles from Pointe Wax Candles.
Events include weekly happy hours with Caribbean food and drinks served with a side of live performances of Caribbean jazz and Trinidadian folk parang.
When: December 2nd through December 24th. Friday, 5pm to 8pm; Saturday, 1pm to 8pm; Sunday, 1pm to 5pm (closed Monday through Thursday).
International Playground Holiday Pop-Up
Although the eclectic retailer closed its Soho shop earlier this year, the owners will open up a pop-up for the holiday season. Known for a collection of emerging labels and cult European designers, International Playground will fill its 2,000-square-foot space with architectural ready-to-wear from Chromat, renegade streetwear from Gypsy Sport, mix-and-match fragrances from recently launched Bon Parfumeur, and books from One Grand Books.
When: December 9th through December 11th. 10am to 7pm daily.