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For last minute Christmas shopping, try these Upper East Side 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.


-Corner Bookstore; Extensive cookbook, travel and children's selections, 1313 Madison Ave (btwn 92nd & 93rd), Mon-Fri: 10 am-7 pm, Sat: 10:30 am-6 pm, Sun: 11 am-6 pm,

-Crawford Doyle Booksellers, An old-fashioned, independent bookstore covering all fields, 1082 Madison Ave (btwn 81st & 82nd), Mon-Sat: 10 am-6 pm, Sun: 12 pm-5 pm,

-Logos Bookstore, Specializes in religious and spiritual books, fiction, non-fiction, history, psychology, children's and young adult books, Mon-Fri: 10 am-9 pm, Sat: 10 am-8 pm, Sun: 12 pm-7 pm,

Toy Stores

-Mary Arnold Toys, Mid-range prices at New York's oldest toy store, 1010 Lexington Ave (btwn 72nd & 73rd), Mon-Fri: 9 am-6 pm, Sat-Sun: 10 am-5 pm,

-Children's General Store, A small toy shop packed with classics at mid-range prices, 168 E 91st, Mon-Sat: 10 am-6 pm, Sun: 11 am-5 pm, (212) 426-4479

-Blacker & Kooby, Gifts, stationery and arts & crafts store, 1204 Madison Ave at E. 88th, Mon-Fri: 9 am-7 pm, Sat: 9:30 am-6 pm, Sun: 10 am-5 pm,

Jewelry Stores

-Lexington Jewelers, Low priced jeweler and repair shop,1236 Lexington Ave (btwn 83rd & 84th), Mon-Sun: 10 am-7 pm,, (803) 359-6068

-Alex's Jewelry, Fine jewelry and watches at discounted prices, jewelry and watch repair, Mon-Fri: 10:30 am-6:30 pm, Sat: 10:30 am-5:30 pm, (212) 988-5135

-Murreys Jewelers, an institution for 77 years. 1395 Third Avenue, between 79th and 80th streets. (212) 879-3690

Home Goods

-La Terrine, Spacious store featuring a variety of home & kitchen goods at reasonable prices, 1024 Lexington Ave (btwn 73rd & 74th), Mon-Sat: 10 am-5:30 pm,

-Treillage Ltd., Wide assortment of mid-century products in all price ranges, 418 E 75th

(btwn York & 1st), Mon-Fri: 10 am-6 pm,

-Keesal & Mathews, Wide assortment of gifts, flowers and home decor pieces at a range of prices, 1244 Madison Ave (btwn 89th & 90th),


-Blue Tree, Upscale boutique with clothing, jewelry and gifts for the home 1283 Madison Ave (btwn 92nd & 91st),

-Alice & Olivia, High end women's fashion, 755 Madison Ave, Mon-Fri: 9 am-6 pm (btwn 65th & 66th),

-Searle, High end women's clothing boutique,1296 3rd Ave, call for store hours,, (212) 838-5990

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