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Dec

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2010

The Best Places To Shop Local- WHA Holiday Gift Guide

by mackenzi | 10 | Share this Article:

in Boutiques, Long Island City, Shopping

{WHA Note: Today we’re thrilled to be part of  ’NYC Bloggers Do The Holidays,’ a series of great posts authored by some of the best local bloggers around. For those new to We Heart Astoria, welcome! }

Look no further that our own amazing neighborhood for all your holiday gift giving this year. Here’s a round-up of the best reasons to shop local (or hop on the N) this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did. Research shows that for every $100 spent locally, $68 stays right here in the community! And last, but not least, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to read all about our exciting “12 Days of Giveaways.”

NYC BLOGGERS DO THE HOLIDAYS- First up, some great posts by some amazing NYC-centric bloggers. Get into the holiday spirt with these great blogs and then continue on to our WHA Shop Local Gift Guide.

A Child Grows- Where to See Santa in New York City and Brooklyn
Eater’s Digest- 10 “Warm-You-To-the Bone” Holiday Eats in NYC
Give and Get NYC- G&G for the Holidays: Gifts That Give Back
‘the improvised life’- Design (or Hack) Your Own Holiday E-Cards
Manhattan User’s Guide- The Gift Guide: 21 Over $21
NY Barfly- Holiday Cocktails, And We Ain’t Talkin’ Egg Nog
offManhattan- The Anti-Holiday Travel Guide: 5 Quick Getaways from NYC
the skint- 11 free and cheap non-holiday things to do this holiday season
This is FYF- A Drug-Friendly Guide to Your New York Holidays
Patell and Waterman’s History of New York- Christmas with Andy Warhol
Walking Off the Big Apple- A Mortal’s Guide to the Angels of New York City
Markets of New York- Festive Food at New York’s Holiday Markets
Mommy Poppins- 11 Experience Gifts for NYC Kids

We Heart Astoria’s

2010 Shop Local Gift Guide


Inside Astoria (3720 Ditmars Blvd. Astoria) - If you need a one-stop-shopping spot this Christmas, look no further than Andrew Purdom’s Inside Astoria. Chock full of great inexpensive finds, this Ditmars Blvd. based shop is a true Astoria gem. Look for: Coffee table books, an extensive selection of kid’s gifts, greeting cards, home décor and accessories, and other unique gifts.

Candy Plum (30-98 36th St. Astoria) - Rich with handmade objects, locally designed gems, and one-of-a-kind accessories. If unique is your thing, do not miss Astoria’s own Candy Plum. An eclectic mix of designer clothing, jewelry, Queens themed t-shirts, totes, handbags and more. Perfect for all the ladies on your list.

KrisTees (2401 23rd Avenue Astoria)- A contemporary women’s boutique right in the heart of Astoria. If you’re looking for upscale clothing with a downtown edge, look no further than KrisTees. A great choice for those looking for a fantastic new piece to wear to that special Holiday party, a luxurious gift, or just something totally special. Things to covet: KrisTee’s own Hell Gate Bridge Tote Bags, painted enamel bracelets, and silk and wool hand painted scarves.

Loveday 31 (3306 31st Ave. Astoria)One of the Astoria’s first shopping hot spots, Ivona Bilicic’s Loveday 31 is the perfect place to stock up on gifts for all your fashionista friends. Choose from a perfectly edited selection of vintage frocks, jewelry, jackets, coats, and shoes. Don’t miss their to-die-for belt section, too.

The Little Soap Shop (2207 36th St. Astoria)- This tiny Astoria shop bursts at the seams with handmade, organic and all natural bath and body products, perfect for filling stockings or gift giving for hard-to-shop-for co-workers. The Little Soap Shop uses only fine quality ingredients that create handmade, hand cut and hand wrapped goodies that are sure to please.

Belief (29-20B 23rd. Ave. Astoria) - Astoria’s newest retailer, Belief, is a wonderland of skate shop goodies. Lining the walls of this modern boutique are skateboard decks and accessories, sneakers, sweatshirts and other locally made objects of desire. If you’re looking for that hard-to-find guy gift, put Belief at the top of your list. Belief even offers skateboarding lessons at the brand new Astoria Skate Park- the perfect gift for hard-to-shop for teens and tweens!

Creator’s Co-Op (26-16 23rd Ave. Astoria) - This just-opened cooperative features an impressive collection of indie, handmade, and local works of art, clothing, and more. Handpicked and never dull, the items here might just be the thing you need for that hard-to-please person on your list. Things to covet: pin cushion rings, chic children’s clothing by Baby Noir, and hand-strung glass necklaces.

SITE (35-11 34th Ave. Astoria) - The shop in Astoria for truly unique gifts. This charming boutique features a curated mix of handmade, vintage and well-designed items for everyone on your list. Look for Melissa and Doug kid’s toys, SITE exclusive Queens and Brooklyn pillows, totes, & onesies, and a wide variety of great gifts under $20. SITE also has a great selection of holiday cards, ornaments and decorations, too.

Astoria Market (2919 24th Ave. Astoria)- A totally unique shopping experience awaits you at Astoria Market, located in the beloved Bohemian Beer Garden. Shop from dozens of local crafters at this Brooklyn Flea style market. Pick up soaps, jewelry, pillows, cards, art and more every Sunday from 12-5. A great one-stop shopping spot!

Ethereal (4738 Vernon Blvd. LIC) – After over two decades in the fashion world as a designer and stylist, owner Adriana Ron, decided to bring her expertise and refined sense of style to Long Island City. Head to Ethereal for chic, refined pieces by Ark, Lush, and Moon Company. Their Jacket Dress with Tie Belt is a steal at $75.

In addition to having some of the best places to shop for gifts, we also have some of the most generous shops, boutiques, and restaurants around. Starting Monday, December 6th look for our exciting new December feature, “12 Days of Giveaways.” Get to know 12 amazing gift spots even better and enter for a chance to win free goodies, just in time for holiday gift giving.


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