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Make a One-Stop Shop for the Holidays in Bryant Park

Diana Denza
Now you can get an head start on your holiday shopping at The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, which opened to the public on November 5 and will last until mid January. The vendors are welcoming and the merchandise for sale is both creative and festive. The shops are a great way to spend a few guilt-free hours of checking your parents and siblings off that holiday list.
Handmade ornaments, scarves, and hats would be perfect for mom and dad, while younger siblings’ hearts will melt when they open a box of chocolate from Max Brenner. This chocolate giant’s booth is particularly exciting, with sales associates offering free samples of chocolate bars and chocolate covered walnuts. I treated myself to a gooey chocolate chip walnut cookie, which was so warm and delightful I couldn’t even feel the autumn chill in the air.
As I toured the shops, I noticed that the price of a handmade knit hat at several of the booths was comparable to a similar hat off the shelf of Urban Outfitters. And don’t worry, they are exceedingly more stylish than those crazy knit hats your grandmother sent last year. Finding unique gifts that won’t break the bank and skipping those insane store lines? You can count me in.
And if you can’t seem to quit that ‘been there, done that’ mentality you’ve developed from being dragged to one too many holiday stands, there are plenty of worthy new vendors that will gouge your interest. New to the market is Soap Creek, a seller of luxurious artisan goodies. You can keep a special someone smelling fresh and feeling good, or just keep them for yourself. Either way, the bath salts and exfoliating scrubs smell delicious. If you’re a major foodie, you should walk right over to brand new Daisy’s Grits for a bowl of savory, steaming hot grits. They come in fun flavors like Ball Park Hot Dog and Hong Kong Spinach. And if you’ve been desperately searching for a gift for older relatives (because you’ve been giving them mugs and dish towels for the past five years), look no farther than Wells-Ware, a new booth where you can drop off some adorable family photos to have etched onto charms.
The official shop hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Don’t save holiday shopping for the day before Christmas. Maybe you’ve miraculously pulled off an A on your last paper that you wrote just hours before it was due, but your family members won’t appreciate old socks in their stockings.
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