Holidays 2012: Keeping it Local on the LES

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Economy Candy. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa.

We continue our “keeping it local” holiday guide today with more suggestions from the neighborhood:

  • It’s hard to beat Lower East Side institution Economy Candy when it comes to “can’t miss,” crowd-pleasing gifts.  The options are way too numerous to name but here are a couple of suggestions; Hammond’s jumbo handmade candy canes in peppermint, butterscotch or strawberry for $2.99 each; or how about those delicious hand-dipped specialty chocolates? A one-pound box costs $19.95.  Sure you can shop online, but it’s so much more fun to pay a visit to the store; 108 Rivington Street; open until 6 p.m. except on Saturdays when closing time is 5 p.m.
  • If there was ever a time to support your local independent book shop, it’s now.  Bluestockings, the radical bookstore and activist center at 172 Allen Street, is a great choice for those lefties on your list, or anyone else who enjoys some unconventional,  thought-provoking reading.  They also have an interesting collection of posters and (did you know?) titles appropriate for the little ones.   Best of all, you can shop late. Bluestockings is open until 11 p.m. daily.
  • LES Clothing Company is offering 20% off all Lower East Side merchandise until Christmas Day.  You can check out the complete line of shirts and hats online or stop by the store at 43 Clinton Street.
  • And hoping to make it a sexy New Year?  Babeland is kicking off their holiday sale, but you’ll have to be a little bit patient!  You can save up to 25% December 29-January 1.   Babeland is located at 94 Rivington Street.