The holidays are coming up and it’s time to find the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones. You have no desire to deal with the mall and we don’t blame you. Who has time for those lines? You’re wary about shopping online, though. Sure, it’s a cinch, but there’s something about being able to see and hold a gift before you purchase it. Enter Etsy. You probably know it as a website where Pinterest rockstars sell their five-star DIY treasures, but there are local stores you can browse in person. We found five right in your backyard. Happy shopping.
Maiden Long Island
Open Saturdays 10am-4pm
Where: 327 Montauk Hwy, Moriches
Browse scarves, jewelry and home decor made right on Long Island. The Maiden stocks its own handmade products and those from other Long Island small businesses. Browse first.
Paper Doll Vintage
Open Mondays 11am-6pm, Thursdays 11am-7pm, Fridays 11am-8pm and Sundays 11am-5pm
Where: 23 N. Main St., Sayville
Voted LI’s Best Vintage Shop in 2013, 2014 & 2015, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique carries clothing from various decades. Each piece that is sold is hand selected and inspected. Browse first.
Flirt Brooklyn Inc.
Open Tuesdays 11:30am-7:30pm
Where: 93 5th Ave, Brooklyn
With everything from jewelry and clothes to mugs and coasters, Flirt Brooklyn Inc.’s new South Slope location is your one-stop shop for your mom, sister and girlfriend. Browse first.
Open every day 12-7pm
Where: 240 Kent Ave #18, Brooklyn
Beam is a little bit rock n’ roll, SoCal meets Brooklyn and mid-century modern. They like to have fun, and you will too from the moment you enter the spot known for having some of the best home goods around. Browse first.
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10:30am-6pm
Where: 683 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head
A great spot to shop for the free spirits in your life. Run by a mother-daughter duo, women of all ages will love a gift from the store that’s a little bit bohemian and a little bit rock n’ roll. Browse first.