Holidays 2012: Keeping it Local on the LES

A nice gift idea for rock & roll fans: Sex Pistols – The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle – Double LP, Vintage Vinyl – First Pressing. $30.

We continue our holiday guide today featuring a few of the sweet shops on lower Orchard Street.  We’re taking a look at ways you can help support Lower East Side merchants, restaurants and non-profits this holiday season.  Remember your suggestions are welcome at tips@thelodownny.com.

  • Gargyle clothing store (16A Orchard St.) is offering some great “stocking stuffers” that include cozy wool socks, belts, hand made soaps and key chains, all under $40.
  • The Cast (71 Orchard St.) is known for their custom leather jackets but they also offer fun gift options like original tee shirts (made in-house) for $35, vintage vinyl albums for $25 and studded cuff bracelets, great vintage jewelry,and belts under $40.
  • Local jeweler Wendy Mink Jewelry (72 Orchard St.) has some gorgeous earrings on her “gifts under $100” page.  The shop also has a “12 Days of Shopping” promotion under way – one item each day leading up to Christmas will be marked 25% off.
  • Pilgrim (70 Orchard St.) has the most impressive collection of vintage Chanel hand bags and jewelry.  Their website is under construction but visit their Facebook page for special sale items here.