By Leni Calas

Five Great Gifts Made in the NYC Area

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A Queens Mama shares her tips on how to buy locally this holiday season, including five great gifts made right here in the New York City area.


The locavore movement has been growing in popularity over recent years, but food is not the only thing that can be bought locally. Neighborhood retail businesses need more help than ever before this holiday season. But is there really a big difference between buying local and buying online? Yes. Studies show that when you buy from a locally owned business rather than a national one, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses in your area. Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases, requiring less transportation and less strain on the environment. Where we shop, eat, and have fun is what makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an important part of the character of our neighborhoods.

 

Tips on How to Buy Locally

Local craft markets and holiday festivals are a great place to start when buying locally. Usually the markets are filled with artisans and craftspeople who make items in the area. Search our calendar of events for holiday markets and festivals near you.

If you are looking for something specific, order it at your local retail store instead of online. This way you will be contributing to your local community and economy.

If you do buy online, try Etsy.com, an online craft marketplace. It has a search tool that allows shoppers to look for items made in their area.

 

5 Great Products Made Locally

Jacques Torres chocolate snowman

 

Made in Brooklyn

Jacques Torres chocolates

www.mrchocolate.com

 

 

 

Fancy Nancy Madame Alexander doll

 

Made in Manhattan

Madame Alexander Dolls

www.madamealexander.com

 

 

 

Brooklyn pillow in tealMade in Queens

SITE NYC

Borough of New York City pillows

www.sitenyc.com

 

The Little Soap Shop's handmade soaps

www.thelittlesoapshop.net

 

Kelloggs dollhouse

 

Made on Long Island

Kellogg's hand-built dollhouses

www.kelloggsdollhouses.com

 

 

 

Leni Calas, founder of Queens Mamas (www.queensmamas.com), is a Queens native who raises her two daughters in Astoria.

 

 

Also see: NYMetroParents' Holiday Bazaar of Traditions, Memories, Insights, and Gifts

 

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