Finding the perfect holiday gift can be a daunting task, but it gets easier when handmade and locally crafted items are together in one location. Instead of perusing the mall or chain stores for an object or piece of clothing everyone has, search the winding alleys of the city's holiday markets, which are crammed full of unique trinkets, snacks and toys.
These shops can be found across the city from the markets at Union Square and Columbus Circle to the Brooklyn Flea, and the Astoria and FAD markets.
To make it even easier, we've put together a list of where you can get in the holiday spirit and find the best gifts below:
Winter flea and holiday market (Nov. 25-26)
Give-back Gift Shop (Nov. 27-29)
Garment District Holiday Market (Through Dec. 24)
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade (Dec. 8-10, 16-17)
Turnstyle Underground Market (Through Dec. 31)
Winter Village at Bryant Park (Through Jan. 2)
Union Square Holiday Market (Through Dec. 24)
Columbus Circle Holiday Market (Nov. 28 to Dec. 24)
Grand Central Holiday Fair (Through Dec. 24)
Oddities Holiday Market (Dec. 2-3)
Astoria Market (Dec. 3, 10 and 17)
Grand Holiday Bazaar (Dec. 2-24)
FAD Market Holiday Edition (Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17)