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Secret Weapons: La Sirena's Holiday Ornaments

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A star lamp from Mexico City

For eight years, La Sirena has been tucked away on a dismal stretch of Third Street in the East Village. But when you step inside this tiny Mexican Folk Art store, it's like moving from black and white to a world of technicolor. La Sirena is filled with vivid arts and crafts from all over Mexico. They sell pinatas, books, jewelry, accessories, and clothing (including beautiful hand-embroidered huipil). Decorations are plentiful, as candles, baskets, lighting fixtures, nichos (traditional shadowboxes or picture frames), and indigenous pottery collections line the shelves.


Hand-beaded egg-shaped ornaments made by Huichol Indians

Hand-painted nativity sets, menorahs, and intricate ornaments (like the hanging quail eggs with mini-manger scenes inside) add some flair to the season's religious celebrations. La Sirena's authentic Mexican trinkets are a great bet for stocking stuffers while their higher-end items make a unique gift for family and friends.
· La Sirena [Official Site]