It’s that time of year again. You’ve made your list and checked it twice–why brave the cold and crowds only to return with lackluster loot? WC&Co. hit the Union Square Holiday Market to scope out the hottest seasonal swag. Step up your gift game this year with our top holiday picks.
Gift trends this season are all about the artisanal and the unique, with a lean towards local and handmade products. Here in NYC, we’re coveting this bevy of offerings from the 5 boroughs and beyond.
The timeless tradition of gifting jewelry for the holidays gets a welcome and earthy update this year. Ditch the predictable glitz and glam and treat your loved ones to bling as gorgeous and authentic as they are. We love Brooklyn-based Jessica DeCarlo’s elegantly rustic pieces made with hand-tooled metals and natural stones. For the mystic in your life, give the gift of good juju with rawspirit of Bushwick’s stylish earrings and necklaces, all handmade with raw, healing gemstones.
Natural, small-batch bath and beauty products are another trend we’re digging this season. Keep that winter skin in check with Onurth’s line of luxury skincare, made in the Hudson Valley from only the purest, natural ingredients. We also loved Beekman’s Copa Soap, which is 100% vegetarian and scented with essential oils, and Nio’s ultra-exfoliating Dead Sea Salt Scrub.
LOCAL, ARTISANAL FOODS
Whether you’re in Louisville, Los Angeles, or right here in NYC, a selection of locally-made, artisanal foods makes an on-point pick for your favorite foodie. Our local standouts are Plenty of Good’s vegan macaroons and the decadent truffle oil, butter, and mustard from The Truffleist. New Jersey neighbors Izzy & Tallulah make delicate and delectable candies—try the chai spice caramels for a delicious update on a candy classic.
For the die-hard locavore in your life, pick up a gourmet DIY kit like the sweet variety we found from Brooklyn Brew Shop. Everything you need to brew beer, hard cider, or sparkling wine right in your own kitchen comes in one cool, convenient box (check out their FarmSteady food kits, too!). These babies are ready to be unpacked, assembled, and thrown up on the ‘gram faster than you can say “micro-brew.” Let your friends thank you in a couple of weeks when the boozy fruits of their labor are ready for drinking—and sharing.
And these are just a few of our favorite things… No matter where you hail from, hone in on products unique to your area and your gifts will be prime, personal, and (bonus!) support local artisans. Now get out there and find what gems your city has to offer. Happy shopping!