Starbucks has officially rung out the next batch of festive seasonal drinks (Peppermint Mocha with extra whip, please), which means it’s now socially acceptable to start playing your Nat King Cole Christmas music and flirt with the idea of throwing an epic holiday rager decked out with mistletoe, velvet, and champagne. But if you’re anything like us, which is terribly last minute, then you know the anxiety that ensues when it’s just days before your scheduled celebratory gift giving holiday and you’ve forgotten to get your favorite Auntie Carmen a gift and oh, shit what about your cousin Paul?
It’s a common plague that we all suffer from this time of year, the rush and bustle of holiday shopping. You’ve checked out every mass retailer just to be disappointed by the generics and leftovers of the unwanted items sprawled about in heaps. You long to land your sights on something unique and special, curated and personal. We’re here to tell you, you won’t need a Christmas Miracle for that because we’ve compiled a list of holiday pop-ups that’ll offer you an abundance of options to get just the right gift for your BFF and loved ones, too.
We love a reason to go to the Ace, especially when it involves liquor infused shopping trips. That’s why we’re leaping for joy with this Artist & Fleas Holiday Pop Up happening at Liberty Hall in the Breslin. This one day holiday shopping event will feature 26 of the best artists, designers, and vintage collectors from Artists & Fleas Brooklyn, Chelsea, and LA markets. What’s better is the first 100 guests will not only receive The Breslin’s “Sweater Weather” cocktail made of bourbon, Fig, Ramazotti Amaro, Port and Fresh Lemon to sip while they shop, but a complimentary Artists & Fleas tote bag, some of which will contain golden tickets of up to $150 in shopping cred. So sip, shop, and boogy down to tunes played by DJ Turmix, DJ Brother Daniel, DJ Alf Alpha and DJ Kevin Anthony.
Where: Liberty Hall, Ace Hotel New York, 20 West 29th St
When: Saturday, December 19th
Right in the middle of Union Square Urban Space brings us this annual pop-up market showcasing a variety of local artisans selling their hand made crafts and concoctions in charming holly-lined stalls. With vendors ranging from Bee Raw, S.W. Basics, Brooklyn Brew Shop, and Julie Nolan Jewelry, you’re bound to find just the right gift for that special someone.
Where: Union Square
When: November 19th-December 24th
Monday-Friday 11am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-8pm, and Sundays 11am-7pm
Danielle and Jodi Snyder of coveted Dannijo are poppin off with their very own pop-up shop right near their showroom in the Meatpacking District, which they’re calling “Conversation Pieces.” Along with classic, exclusive and holiday jewelry and bags, they’ll be offering vintage clothing from A Current Affair, lingerie by Morgan Lane and some books (we could all use some new reading material), all of which look killer with their jewelry. Icing on the cake? Three Kings Tattoo artist Joseph Aloi created a pretty badass custom window display as well as free hand designs on mannequins.
Where: 68 Gansevoort Street
When: Now until December 31st
Here at TTS we love a good party. That’s why we’re throwing one tomorrow night at curated concept shop Nude House where you can sip on hot toddies while making your very own shade of lipstick for mom, your best friend, or yourself (you deserve it). More of a wino? Work on a rare form wine and fragrance pairing. In all the festive fun, don’t forget to check out our curated assortment of products that are perfect compliments to your family and friends all while getting down with us. RSVP at email@example.com to get in on the pre-holiday debauchery.
Where: 252 Elizabeth Street
When: November 18th 7pm-9pm, TTS curated picks end December 3rd. Nude House is open through end of December.
Beloved jewelry designer Susan Alexandra is teaming up with Bulletin to host a two-day oasis from the holiday craze (we all could use that) in a Soho loft. They’ll kick it off with a “special” holiday party (we love anything deemed as special) Saturday night and aside from hosting us willing patrons, they’ll have over 30 artists selling their works such as jewelry, skincare, art, furniture, and more making this a one stop pop-up shop you won’t want to miss. Make sure to RSVP to get all the latest updates on what to expect and when to expect it.
Where: 271 Canal Street, 5th floor
When: December 12th & 13th
Typically housed in Chelsea Market ID POP SHOP is returning for the holidays in a stand alone store in the Meatpacking District that will offer up goods from 25 New York based, independent designers. With a different selection of gifts (think skincare, apparel, accessories, art and more), you’ll want to keep going week after week to check out all the new digs you can score that’ll make you the family fave this year.
Where: 446 West 14th Street
When: December 1st-21st
Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sundays 11am-7pm
If you’re shopping for the men in your life (pops, your annoying little brother, your beau, etc) you’re definitely going to want to hit up the Mr. Porter pop-up shop. It’s where you can actually touch and feel all the beautifully curated goods they drool over online and now they can actually try it all on for size without having to wait for delivery. Having just finished up a successful pop-up stint at The Gent yesterday, it’s safe to say their holiday edition that will run from December 9th to the 12th at Core Club will be a sight to see. Follow them on Insta to keep up to date with what’s to come.
Where: 66 E 55th St
When: December 9th-12th
Purveyor of products that are chic and minimal, Fab’s got that whole ‘we have something for everyone’ thing down pat. Mark your calendars on Dec 3rd to the 6th, because this online retailer is hitting the LES pavement with quirky merchandise that will have you wishing you’d set aside some money to gift yourself.
Where: 118 Orchard St. (& Delancey)
When: December 3rd-6th, 11am-8pm
Tictail Market is making a return this holiday season with it’s holiday pop-up shop to appear in it’s usual spot on Orchard St in the Lower East Side. Tictail, a DIY ecommerce platform that allows independent brands to build their own cyber shop in minutes while granting shoppers access to their favorite new brands, has created a marketplace for over 100,000 brands worldwide and they’re bringing some of those international goods to you starting December 4th. One of the three pop-ups (the other two being in Stockholm, where they were founded, and Paris) they’ll be focusing on local goods from the three featured cities this season allowing you to shop for goods from local designers as well as pieces you can’t find in your native New York.
Where: 90 Orchard Street
When: December 4th-December 23rd
As you might already know, pop-ups aren’t just for clothes, bags, and home goods. Food has a place in our holiday hearts too and Try the World is accommodating those needs with their pop-up gig starting December 11th. Try the World, a gourmet subscription box service that offers samples curated by chefs all across the U.S., has launched a holiday edition set compiled by food experts such as David Rosengarten (James Beard awarded and host of many Food Network shows). Their pop-up will feature their special edition box, which you can for the first time sample before you buy it. Consisting of some the best holiday food from around the world, as well as recipes and tips on how to use your seasonal goods at home, this box makes a great gift for your foodie friends and family. Check out the pop-up shop, where in addition to checking out their holiday edition box, you can buy subscriptions to their Try the World boxes, experience exclusive in-store offers, samples food and wine from around the world, meet renowned chefs such as the featured David Rosengarten as well as Chris Jaeckle and Jamie Bissonnette, watch international movie screenings, and get down to some music.
Where: 118 Orchard Street
When: December 11th
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