Staff Picks: 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Loves NY

Christmas in New York City can feel like pure magic; the lights, the decorations and the holiday cheers. The city can be the ultimate representation of a dreamy city holiday. If you’ve been in the Big Apple during the holiday season before, there is no doubt that you will miss it around this time of the year regardless of your present situation. For New York lovers who can’t make it here this year as well as those who are in the Big Apple for the holiday, we’ve gathered some of the gifts that will warm up the heart of anyone who is in love with this incredible city.

1- The “Humans of New York” Book

This is especially great for people who are interested in real stories and photos of everyday New Yorkers. – $22 from Barnes & Noble

Humans of New York

2- The Handmade “I Heart the Big Apple” Ornament

Whether you are celebrating Christmas in New York City or far away from it, this hand painted ornament will add a piece of the Big Apple to any decor. – $18 from VivaLaHoliday

Big Apple Ornament


3- The “New York Journal” Tote Bag

If they like to read the New York Times or simply love newspaper themed prints, this washable tote will make whoever is on the receiving end cheerful. – $25 from Nordstrom

The new york journal


4- The photo book of New York City from “1960 to Now”

This book is a great gift for nearly every occasion and it features the work of several well-known photographers as well as part of NYC that you may or may not have seen before. – $75 from MoMa

Photography at MoMa


5- A tour of “New York, New York” City!

What better way to discover the secrets corners and cool fun facts of Manhattan than to comfortably sit in a bus guided by someone with concrete knowledge of the city? – $59 from Harlem Spirituals

manhattan B&W


6- The “Autographed City As Canvas” graffiti book

This book was curated by Martin Wong, an artist that the New York Times referred to as someone “whose meticulous visionary realism is among the lasting legacies of New York’s East Village art scene of the 1980s.” -$65 from MCNY

City as Canvas


7- The New York Skyline Umbrella

Regardless of your whereabouts, this “New York Skyline Bubble” umbrella will keep you dry and blissful or nostalgic depending on where you are. -$30 from MoMa

NY Skyline mbrella


8- This Brooklyn Knit Hat

Represent your favorite borough with this knit Brooklyn hat. Because winter hats and holiday season in New York City are definitely two things that go hand in hand. – $39.95 from Lockwood

Brooklyn Knit Hat


9- The Tour of Brooklyn

This fascinating tour of Brooklyn not only goes around the trendy parts of this popular borough but also its historical and cultural area that most visitors don’t typically get to see. – $69 from Harlem Spirituals

brooklyn sign


10- The New York Candle

For those who miss the smell of NYC, apparently this candle maker thinks that New York City smells like “cologne bursting out of glamorous department stores, the scent of ivy growing on churches, the sweet scent of fresh rain on concrete and a hint of tobacco scent.” – $38 from R. Nichols

New York Candle Box


If you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on or contact us at

Whether you are in New York City this year or not, you can purchase any of these gifts online from the comfort of your home. Otherwise, you can stop by our visitor center* 7 days a week for more gift ideas including our gift certificate! What’s your favorite part of the holiday season in New York City?

Harlem Spirituals Visitor Center: located in 690 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036




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