Last week, the 19th Annual Union Square Holiday Market returned with over 100 merchants. The holiday market is a staple for one-stop shopping during the holiday season. At the market you can find a great variety of vendors that sell everything from organic baked goods to handmade jewelry. Here are some of the best vendors and products at the market for everyone on your list.
Shaya NYC, Inc.
For the jewelry lover
Shaya NYC, Inc. offers fine handcrafted jewelry constructed to form basic geometric shapes, and the necklaces, bracelets, rings and bangles all feature a unique hammered texture. With a price range of $15 to $125, this jewelry comes in rose gold, gold filled, gold plated, solid gold and sterling silver. Owner Shaya Mehubad, whose name means “gift” in Hebrew, designs all of the jewelry, and names each piece after the woman who inspired it. Shaya NYC has great gifts for loved ones, especially if Mehubad sells a piece of jewelry with the same name as the recipient of your gift.
For those who like Egyptian-inspired art
Mabrouk Imports offers products based on Egyptian artwork. The merchandise includes Egyptian miniature sets, handmade Christmas ornaments ($9), Greek chess sets ($75), spa sets ($12), pins ($3 to $5), handmade mother of pearl boxes designed with Egyptian art ($25), handmade glass perfume bottles ($10) and more. You can find great gifts any relative or friend who loves Egyptian-themed artwork.
For the meditator
This vendor sells merchandise based on Tibetan spirituality and culture, while also incorporating Hindu and Buddhist symbols. Himalayan Vision’s wallets ($3 and up) and handmade elephant and owl statues ($7) are all adorned with beautiful, colorful designs. The shop also offers bracelets and earrings ($15), necklaces ($55) pure wool hats ($10), wall adornments with Tibetan symbols, replica clocks ($45) and singing bowls for meditation. One of their most interesting products is a Tibetan cultural hat, a wool hat with colorful Tibetan patterns, which start at $65.
For those who want to stay warm
Nirvanna Designs offers a variety of creative and trendy handmade, wool accessories. They have a line of animal hats complete with animal faces and ears that are so long that they provide pockets — a popular gift for kids. Nirvanna Designs also offers animal mittens with panda and bear designs. One of their top sellers is the opera hood, a fleece-lined hat that also serves as a shawl ($70). One of the vendor’s newest products is the text and tuck arm warmers — fleece-lined gloves that expose the fingers, making it possible to text while keeping warm.
The Union Square Holiday Market is open until Dec. 24. It is open Mondays through
Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Nov. 26 print edition. Tanay Hudson is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected]