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How to Buy All Your Gifts at Manhattan's Holiday Markets

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By now, you've probably perused at least one of the big holiday markets going on in Columbus Circle, Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, and Union Square—maybe had some Mighty Balls at one, perused jewelry at another, picked up a few ornaments for your Charlie Brown-esque Christmas tree at a third. And while you thought that they were just serving as a nice seasonal distraction, maybe you didn't realize how useful they'd be for finishing your holiday shopping list.

We scanned through the markets and picked out five booths from each that'll have presents to satisfy everyone you're bestowing presents upon, from dog lovers to film buffs to bros and beyond. The only thing you have to do is get there by Christmas Eve.

Columbus Circle


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For your girly friend who does not own a pair of pants: Zohara Art on Tights
The company offers stockings in a variety of colors with designs that can resemble giant flash tattoos—but you don't have to be stuck with them for longer than you need.
*also available at Union Square

For your dad who makes you try all those stinky cheeses: Brooklyn Slate Company
Pick up a great cheese board, cheese knife, and other kitchen-y things made out of—you guessed it—slate. You'll even find a cheese journal where he can log his favorite ones.
*also available at Union Square

For your teenage cousin who has more sass than she knows what to do with: Pamela Barsky
The Etsy artist who frequently sells with Artists & Fleas makes canvas pouches that are great for purse organizing with punchy sayings: "I like to have my feet rubbed," "My red lipstick is redder than your red lipstick," "Spaghetti changed my life," and so on.
*also available at Bryant Park, Union Square


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For your friend that's a new mom and suddenly organic, too: Hazel Village
Her little one will enjoy the soft, plushy stuffed animals that come with fun outfits. She'll appreciate that they're hand-sewn from organic cotton.

For your friend that appreciates the outside of a gift as much as she appreciates what's inside: Ebb and Flow
Thank founder Rupal Bindha's background in fashion for the pretty, sleek black packaging for her handmade soaps and candles, which have been featured in Harper's Bazaar and Elle.

Bryant Park


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For your friend that will only listen to music on 45s: Wrecords by Monkey
Everything they sell is made out of an old record—that includes clocks, wall art hangings, bracelets, iPhone cases and more. If you hurry, maybe there's still time to get one of their styles customized with your friend's name.

For your mom's friend that call her dogs her "kids:" Soxeteers
Find a whole wall of socks embroidered with dog breeds and illustrations, organized alphabetically for easy browsing. Pick up a sports logo-emblazoned pair for her husband while you're at it.


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For your niece or nephew who's bound to become an interior designer or architect: Infinity Lights
These self-assembly lampshades can be assembled dozens of different ways by its owner—and the more lampshades you buy, the great possibilities you have.

For your friend who is considering giving up her citizenship to move to Tokyo: Japanwave
Kitschy Japan finds here range from teapots to cartoon character notepads to animal onesies, which staff here will most likely be wearing for warmth.

For your friend who wants some real jungle in the urban jungle: The Garden of Curiosity
Go beyond the terrarium and pick out one of these mini plants seemingly growing out of a little stump of wood mounted to the wall.

Grand Central Terminal


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For your parent friend who needs some kid-friendly decorations: Dotty Giraffe
These vibrant, crisp photos look like what would happen if Toy Story actually happened while a photographer was present.

For your out-of-town friend who's obsessed with a certain borough: With Love From Brooklyn
Go for a gift set here—like the one with all the breakfast items—that's filled with things made within the borough.

For your friend whose dog's wardrobe rivals her (and she likes it that way): The Life of Ryley
Plenty of clothing times from fair trade company Chilly Dog and lots of accessories will make her so glad that it's (dog) sweater weather right now. They also carry items for humans, like carrier totes and extra doggie bags.


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For your little niece or nephew who you feel needs to learn that not everything has a touch screen: Toytoise
Designed by artists and architects, the toys sold here feature stimulating designs and don't require any batteries.

For your guy friend who usually goes by "bro:" The Lodge Man Shop
The East Village spot for dudes made an uptown trek, bringing with it tote bags, manly stationary, beanies, and more.

Union Square


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For your graphic designer pal who geeks out over flow charts: Pop Chart Lab
Posters, mugs, puzzles, and tote bags are decorated with infographics on any subject you could possibly care about, from notable Hollywood haircuts to fictional beers.
*Also available at Columbus Circle

For your friend whose apartment is so tiny that she can't doesn't have enough room for a candle and a bottle of lotion: Dr. Sofskin
Light one of the tin-encompassed candles before you get into the shower, let the steam and scent turn your bathroom into a temporary spa, then use what's melted of the "wax" as a body lotion when you get out.


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For your friend who typically communicates in movie quotes: Actual Film Votive
Projectionists have rescued several films that were about to go in the trash and instead cut out individual frames and embedded them in frosted candle votives so that they can be illuminated from behind.

For your friend who wants to party all the time, party all the time: Brooklyn Brew Shop
Pick up a basic kit that has instructions that are almost too easy to follow and then add on a seasonal mix, like chocolate maple porter.


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For your sister whose new apartment could use a touch of cool: Beam
The home goods shop set up across the river to bring a taste of their store to Union Square, mostly small decorative items like candle holders and shiny metal robot statues.

· Holiday 2014 [Racked NY]