While holiday shopping in the city has its charm, we love shopping local. As in you-don’t-even-have-to-get-on-the-7 train local. We’ve gathered up 5 unique (and unexpected) gifts you can buy in our very own Long Island City.
Matted LIC ($32) The new S’well water bottles are all the rage in the reusable bottle industry. These stylish vessels keep your iced tea chilled for 24 hours and your steamy coffee hot for 12. Their mission as a company is to eradicate the use of plastic bottles in New York City. Huzzah! And we love that Matted LIC on Vernon Blvd carries the S’well bottles. You can get a gift for your sister-in-law that is environment friendly, useful, and trendy, all the while supporting your local economy. You might even find something for yourself!
51st St Bakery ($12) We’re pretty sure the lunch menu from 51st St Bakery keeps our team nourished and fueled through the work week. We love their use of fresh ingredients and real olive oil! But one unexpected find we came across is their Dona Chai Tea Concentrate. This tea is brewed just across the way in Brooklyn and makes for a great gift! Also, you can indulge in some cake and coffee while your there. Or wine. Depending on your mood.
Tiny You ($9.50) Tiny You is a children’s boutique on Jackson Ave that sells stylish designer clothes, handmade baby items, and unique trinkets and toys. But something you wouldn’t think to find there is Piggy Polish – a natural, non toxic, odorless nail polish and remover. That means it’s safe for children of all ages! This makes for great holiday fun and even the most natural minded of mamas can’t say no to a homemade mani/pedi.
Sacred Waters ($99) is fairly new business to our neighborhood but we love their mission of helping people live their most authentic life. They offer community full moon meditations, sensory deprivation sessions, and a stocked store of healing goodies. They have some new Mala Beads that were charged by our most recent supermoon. Everyone needs a little calm and intention in their lives and that’s exactly what these beautiful and sacred pieces do. Composed of 108 beads of varying stones, these necklaces are so much more than a fashion statement. Consider this a thoughtful gift for any yogi or healer in your life!
Earth + Sky ($19.95) At our own office, we’ve expanded our retail items in efforts to help your dedication to shopping local. We just stocked our own store with grass fed, 100% organic Ghee from Pure Indian Foods. The 6 pack sampler includes a variety of spiced Ghee jars. Oh, what is Ghee? This nutritionally rich and time tested Ayurvedic healing food is made from clarifying butter. It can be used as a cooking oil, but has a higher smoke point, is lactose intolerant friendly, and is very shelf stable. This is a great Holiday gift for the health food junkie. It won’t gather dust on a bookshelf and they will think of you every time they pull out the pots and pans!
Some other goodies you can find in our apothecary to satisfy your gift shopping list are Soapwalla new “Balm”, Jean’s Greens Tea, DIA Method’s prenatal and postpartum workout DVD’s, handmade waterproof baby blankets and some Urban Moonshine Bitters and Tonics.
It can be hard to find gifts so we hope this list helps!