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For last minute Christmas shopping, try these downtown alternatives to the big box stores

While the city offers plenty of national brands for holiday shopping, there are also dozens of hidden gems nestled between the giant retail chains. We've found local, small business options for any last minute gifts.


-Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Destination for special events and full cafe with all donated merchandise, all profits benefit people living with homelessness & HIV/AIDS, 126 Crosby St., Mon?Fri: 10 am?9 pm, Sat?Sun: 10 am?5 pm,

-St. Mark's Bookshop, Specializes in cultural theory, graphic design, poetry & small press publishing, film studies and more, 31 3rd Ave, Mon-Sat: 10 am-12 am, Sun: 11 am-12 am,

-Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers, Buy, rent or sell used textbooks, 716 Broadway at Washington Pl., Mon-Sat: 10 am-9 pm, Sun: 12 pm-7 pm,

Toy Stores

-Boomerang Toys, New, family-owned story with endless, age-appropriate options for play, 1 North End Ave, Mon-Sat: 10 am-6pm, Sun: 11am-5pm,

-Hombom Toys, Specializes in quality, educational toys at mid-range prices, 345 Greenwich St.,, (212) 226-7456

-Toy Tokyo, A wide range of unique and designer toys, 91 2nd Ave, Mon-Thurs, Sun: 1 pm-9 pm, Fri, Sat: 1:30 pm-9:30 pm,, (212) 673-5424

Jewelry Stores

-Doyle & Doyle, High-end singular antique, estate and contemporary pieces, 412 W 13th, Tues, Weds, Fri: 1 pm-7 pm, Thurs: 1 pm-8 pm, Sat & Sun: 12 pm-7 pm,

-Greenwich Jewelers, Engagement rings and designer diamond jewelry, 64 Trinity Pl, Mon-Fri: 10 am-7 pm, Sat: 11 am-6 pm,

-Erica Weiner, Antique jewelry, recycled gold, extensive low-price collection, 173 Elizabeth St, Mon-Sun: 12 pm-8 pm,

Home Goods

-ABC Carpet & Home, Inspired and sustainable design at the forefront of innovation, 888 Broadway Ave, Sun: 11am?6:30 pm, Mon?Wed & Fri- Sat: 10 am?7 pm, Thurs: 10 am?8 pm,, (212) 473-3000

-Droog, A Dutch design collective outlet with pre-designed interiors, 6 Greene St, Mon-Sat: 11 am-7 pm, Sun: noon to 6 pm,, (212) 941-8350

-Matter, Original modern furnishings for the home, 405 Broome St, call store for hours,, (212) 343-2600


-Mystique Boutique, women's clothing, Fashion forward, 547 Broadway (btwn Prince & Spring), call store for hours,, (212) 274-0645

-Necessary Clothing, Trendy and inexpensive clothing, 442 Broadway Ave (btwn Grand & Howard), Mon-Sun: 9 am-9 pm,, (646) 214-7881

-No Relation Vintage, Large vintage clothing store, Mon-Thu: 1 pm-8 pm, Fri: 1 pm-9 pm, Sat: 12 pm-9 pm, Sun: 12 pm-8 pm, (212) 228-5201

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