LOWER EAST SIDE — If you're looking for unique gifts as you take on your holiday shopping, there's no need to leave the neighborhood.
The Lower East Side, East Village and Chinatown are brimming with quirky vintage finds, edible delights, and wearable trinkets to show off your city pride. DNAinfo New York scoured the neighborhood shops for those who want to keep it local this holiday season.
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A Transit Token Necklace from the Tenement Museum
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Give the gift of both New York City history and style with this piece of wearable memorabilia. These subway tokens were introduced in 1953 and served as subway currency until being replaced by the modern MetroCard in 2003. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum now sells the nostalgic pieces on vintage brass chains for $45.
Handmade Porcelain Goods
For the loved one who appreciates beautiful pottery, you can’t do better than longtime family-owned Chinatown shop Wing on Wo & Co at 26 Mott St. The 90-year-old mainstay is selling newly made porcelain bowls, pots and mugs alongside its extensive selection of antiques.
Vintage Leather Bags
For the lover of all things vintage, snag a beautifully intact retro tote from neighborhood vintage boutique Edith Machinist at 104 Rivington St.
A Fresh-Baked Pie from Petee's Pie Shop
Who doesn’t love pie? Whether your friend with a sweet tooth prefers classic pumpkin or a more adventurous salty chocolate chess pie, this beloved bakery at 61 Delancey St. has it all. The shop offers a mouth-watering selection available for online order ahead of the holidays starting at $30.
Classic Vinyl from Academy Records
If you’re hoping to come across that rare, coveted vinyl record for the music snob in your life, look no further than Academy Records at 415 E. 12th St. The used record shop is always stocked with an impressive selection of classic rock, blues and punk treasures.