There are a lot of great holiday shopping options right here in NYC that support local and/or sustainable artisans. Avoid the madness of big box shopping and keep it local. Check 'em out:
139 Avenue A (@ 9th St)
They've got more sustainable goods than you can shake a stick at. Plus, I hear they've opened a bigger store with even more selection.
Buy in Brooklyn Snowflake Celebration
On Thursday, December 11th, check out the deals offered at Brooklyn businesses (here's the list of participants)
Union Square Holiday Market
Holiday goodies abound... just be sure to go on off hours (or rainy days) to avoid the crowds.
Young Designer's Market
268 Mulberry St (btwn Houston & Prince)
Jewelry, vintage duds, and knitwear -- just some of the locally designed items you'll find at the market.
65 Bleecker St (btwn B'way & Lafayette)
A modern day agora in a store front on Bleecker St featuring a range of products from local artisans.
101 Stanton St (btwn Orchard & Ludlow)
You'll find all kinds of treats here: organic, raw, and vegan edibles; books; cosmetics; and even some organic clothing items.
83 Orchard St (btwn Grand & Broome)
Cool eco fashion and jewelry, in a friendly down-to-earth atmosphere.
443 E 6th St (btwn Ave A and 1st)
More eco duds for your favorite earth-loving fashionista.
and don't forget to BYOB!