unionsquareWhile New York City offers some of the best shopping in the world, I like to shop the Pop Up Holiday Markets for their unique and hand-crafted merchandise. The Holiday Markets are the perfect place to buy gifts for those “difficult to please, I have everything friends and family.” For me that is pretty much everyone on my list.

My favorite go to shopping venue is the Union Square Holiday Market There is something for everyone from Shearling gloves and hats, personalized golf merchandise,  unique handcrafted jewelry, puppets, hand-made soaps. My personal favorite were the Freudian slippers from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild.

If you are not near Union Square, the city offers three other Pop – Up Holiday Markets dotted throughout the city.

New York City Holiday Markets:

Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square between 14th Street and 16th Streets.
Everyday  11 am – 8 pm
Subways: N, R, Q, L, 4, 5 or 6 trains to Union Square/14th Street

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets
M-F:  11 am – 8 pm
Sat: 10 am – 9 pm
Sun:  10 am – 6 pm
B, D, F, V, 7 to 42nd St., Bryant Park
A,C,E,1,2,3,N,R,Q,W to Times Square (then walk 2 blocks east)
4,5,6 to Grand Central Station (then walk 2 blocks west)

Holiday Market at Columbus Circle

Central Park West at 59th Street
Everyday 10 am- 8 pm
Subways: A, B, C, D, 1 or 2 trains to 59th Street/Columbus Circle

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Grand Central Terminal, 42nd Street at Lexington