With less than a week before Christmas, many people are panicking if they haven’t finished their shopping. Many of the stores are “picked over” and have sold out of certain merchandise. But you can still find the perfect gift for your loved one from one of the artisans at the Union Square Holiday Fair—they have everything from hand-knit scarves and gloves, ceramic dishes, candy and chocolates, leather-bound notebooks, fine creams and soaps for face and body, toys for all ages, and a variety of jewelry. With so many beautiful items, you’ll have to keep reminding yourself that you’re there to buy for others, not for yourself! Here are five of my favorite vendors from this year’s fair.
Shoosh offers amazing pieces of jewelry, such as pendants, earrings, pins, and cuff links, all handcrafted using the artist’s own photography. The images she uses are from different places and things she’s seen in her travels, including beautiful pictures of birds, butterflies, trees, landscapes, and cityscapes. Each piece is made with sterling silver and discarded pieces of wood, such as broomsticks, dowels, and fallen branches. Custom orders can also be made with your own photographs. To see a wide variety of all the adornments available, visit www.shooshphotography.com.
If you like tableware and home accents with modern, minimalist designs, then you’ll love Bailey Doesn’t Bark. They offer cups, mugs, plates, and spoons, as well as candles, cushions, towels, and paper goods, with simple, unique designs, such as illustrations of trees, insects, and tea bags. My personal favorite is the Postcup, which has a depiction of a postcard on a handmade, natural white mug that includes a black pebeo porcelain pen to write your own message as well as address it to someone special. The company has been committed to making thoughtful environmental decisions from design to production, and all Bailey Doesn’t Bark products are made in an ecologically friendly manner and packaged in-house using recycled, reusable, or biodegradable materials. To see more examples of their contemporary home and life accessories, go to www.baileydoesntbark.com.
For those with sensitive skin, Onurth offers synthetic free and completely organic skincare products specifically designed for those who easily react to even the slightest trace of chemicals. They offer soothing and nourishing goods for the face, body, and bath, such as facial treatment serums, organic hydrolats, peppermint and lavender exfoliating body scrubs, and herbal bath soaks. Their line of organic skincare can treat a range of customers, from those with oily or acneic skin to more delicate skin types with ailments such as eczema and rosacea. And men can benefit from Onurth as well, as they have products that can help with razor burn and callused skin. To learn more about Onurth, visit www.onurth.com.
By far, the most adorable item for sale in the holiday market is the Cuddle Bear, made by Elks and Angels. These absolutely precious teddy bears are made from 100% Australian sheepskin in three different colors: buttermilk, latte, and honey. They’re the perfect gift for any baby or toddler, as they’re handmade with baby-safe eyes and nose and a securely attached ribbon that cannot be undone. In addition, they are hypoallergenic, naturally resistant to bacteria and odor, and are fire retardant. Most importantly, they’re exceptionally soft. If you can’t make it to the holiday fair but must have one for that special child in your life, visit www.elksandangels.com.
For elegant gold and silver earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings, check out the handmade jewelry of KT Collection NYC by artist Katie Thompson. Katie likes to mix New York’s edgy street style with timeless gold and silver designs. Her collection is inspired by Manhattan’s fashion world as well as her travels. Katie’s jewelry is as lovely as it is versatile and can be worn anywhere, from a busy day in the office to a night on the town in a cocktail dress. And if you can’t make it to the Union Square Holiday Fair, she also has booths at both the Bryant Park and the Columbus Circle Holiday Fairs. Check out her website at www.ktcollection.com.
Only four more shopping days until Christmas—but the vendors at the Union Square Holiday Fair with their amazing artistry and craftsmanship will help you find the perfect presents for everyone on your list.