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Where to shop for ethical + made local gifts this holiday season in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
If you need a tangible gift this holiday season, consider shopping at one of these Williamsburg (and Greenpoint) shops for a handmade, locally made and ethical gift purchase.
Young x Able - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
277 Berry Street
Pop-up shop: Nov 2 - Dec 23; Thu – Sun 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Young & Able is a pop-up shop that is open annually during the holiday season. Many of the gift items you’ll find at Young & Able are handmade using locally sourced materials. This year, Young & Able is featuring 50 women-led businesses. You’ll be able to shop for fashion, jewelry, accessories, textiles and homeware gifts at Young & Able’s pop-up shop.
Leif - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
99 Grand Street
LEIF started as an online shop by Stacy Longenecker, who has since opened a pretty lifestyle gift shop in Williamsburg. LEIF curates up and coming designers for their unique assortment, which includes skincare, jewelry, kitchen, home goods and art gifts. The LEIF space is just as you would imagine, filled with simple and fun gifts in a bright and airy space.
Concrete + Water - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
485 Driggs Ave
Concrete + Water is a lovely shop featuring accessories, home goods and clothing for both men and women. Concrete + Water offers a refreshingly unique assortment of reasonably priced gift items, many of which support independent and local artists. Visit Concrete + Water for a stylish and fun select, and don’t forget to visit their back patio!
Catbird - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
219 Bedford Ave
Catbird is the self-proclaimed mecca of beautiful jewelry...and we agree! Catbird sells only conflict-free, responsibly sourced stone and/or recycled gold. Catbird has an eponymous jewelry line that is made locally in New York. Catbird also sells an assortment of candles, home decor and other small gifts. Catbird has a wide price range for their jewelry and gifts, a lot of which is quite accessible.
Treehouse Brooklyn - Greenpoint, Brooklyn
430 Graham Ave
Treehouse Brooklyn is considered a collective of local designers. In addition to Treehouse’s proprietary clothing and jewelry lines, Treehouse Brooklyn also sells clothing, jewelry, apothecary and home decor gifts. Most of the items at Treehouse are handmade and/or made locally from an array of independent designers. Treehouse is also known to sell a smattering of vintage gifts. Treehouse Brooklyn offers affordable lessons to learn how to knit, crochet, appliqué and embroider.
Bulletin - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
145 Wythe Ave
It’s hard to find a more fun gift shop in NYC. Bulletin was founded by women who had a vision to support female owned brands. Bulletin has a very young vibe to it and not surprisingly, a very feminine one as well. The shop doesn’t just look like a shop for females, much of the assortment focuses on girl-power. Bulletin is intentional about offering an affordable assortment.
Sprout Home - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
59 Grand St + 44 Grand St
Sprout Home has two neighboring locations, one focusing on flowers and plants and the other featuring kitchen and table. The Sprout flower shop has a selection of whimsical, exotic and beautiful flowers at incredibly affordable prices. Sprout also sells pre-prepared floral bouquets. Sprout offers classes for those interested in topics such as floral design, terrarium design and wreath design. Sprout Home has an garden designer who can offer advice to customers in-store in addition to at-home consultations and installations for NYC patios, balconies, window boxes or if you are lucky, a backyard.
Bust Holiday Craftacular - Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street
Pop-up Shop: Sat, Dec 8th + Sun Dec 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
BUST Craftacular events are New York City’s longest-running annual juried craft fair and indie shopping event series. This will be their 12th annual craftacular featuring more than 200 creators of handmade items in addition to vintage purveyors. Workshops will be held during the pop-up for visitors to learn skills like macrame, cross-stitching and herbalism. And if you aren’t interested in DYI, there will be a DJ, food, cocktails and prizes for attendees.
Line & Label, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
568 Manhattan Ave
What makes LIne & Label shine is their locally made, unique gift offering. Many of the items in the Line & Label shop are handmade in Brooklyn, many of which are made in their very shop in Greenpoint. Gifts at Line & Label are known to celebrate Brooklyn's creative spirit.
Home of the Brave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
146 Franklin Street
Home of the Brave was started by the husband and wife duo behind Greenpoint's Wolves Within, which is a successful clothing store in the neighborhood. At Home of the Brave you will find a highly curated collection of gifts and homewares, many times made in the USA. Home of the Brave supports artists and designers locally to them and/or independent designers using Fair Trade practices.
Greenpointers Polar Vortex Holiday Market - Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St, 5th floor
Pop-up: Sun, Dec 2, 1:00-7:00 p.m.
The Polar Vortex Holiday Market saves spaces only for local independent makers and small businesses. In addition to discovering gifts at the Polar Vortex Holiday Market, attendees can enjoy live music, holiday cocktails plus nail art, tarot card readings and a photo booth. Creative crafters, foodies, artists, crafters, jewelers and potters can be found at the market.
Renegade Craft Fair - Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street
Pop-Up: December 22 + 23, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Renegade Craft Fair started hosting fairs in 2005 and now has markets in cities all across the nation. Renegade is known to showcase top talents in the craft and design world. A combination of upcoming and experienced designers, Renegade curates the fair for one-of-a-kind and limited edition products. The fair will also host a DJ, workshops, food and drink.
Whisk - North Williamsburg
231 Bedford Ave
Whisk is the perfect place to shop for foodie gifts. Whisk’s offering is especially sensitive to the small NYC kitchens. A destination for novice cooks and bakers to those that are more experienced and even professional alike. In addition to kitchen essentials, Whisk carries many giftable items, including a wide selection of cookbooks.
Lovewild Design - Williamsburg
348 S 4th Street
Lovewild Design hand creates, and sells, gifts made from locally and responsibly-sourced materials. The Lovewild store acts also as their studio, where they specialize in a small curation of other like-minded brands. Lovewild Design is most known for their own paper products, which are imbedded with seedlings. Lovewild Design is passionate about low-impact manufacturing and supporting local vendors.
Brooklyn Craft Company - Greenpoint, Brooklyn
165 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn Craft Company is your gift destination for modern crafts with a specialty in yarn, fabric, sewing notions, general craft supplies, needlework, embroidery and bargello materials, and small crafty gifts. In addition to craft supplies and gifts, Brooklyn Craft Company also holds year-round workshops, events and parties in their space.
Originally, this guide to small, independent shops was going to cover all NYC boroughs. I started with my own neighborhood and soon realized that I'd have more than enough recommendations for shopping ethically and locally right here in Williamsburg. Almost every large retailer in the world has a NYC location. Whether you a tourist or local, I hope you consider shopping small for your gifts this holiday season...if you need to purchase a tangible gift at all.