Shopping Small This Season
By Sofia Pipolo
Have you started your holiday shopping yet?
Businesses around Astoria have their doors open for you to find gifts for all the loved ones on your list. Stocking stuffer decorations, handmade jewelry, card games, and Queens inspired apparel – Shop local this season!
The Brass Owl
This female-owned and operated boutique has great gifts for all the women in your life.
The Brass Owl carries a curated selection of name-brand shoes and clothing, local NYC designers, and eclectic accessories. From printed cards to vegan candle options, feminist-inspired earnings, notebooks, and stickers. You can even order a custom care package at six different pricing options to fit your budget (from $40 to $200). Each package comes personalized with small gift items and a handwritten message.
36-19 Ditmars Blvd. | 347.848.0905 | @thebrassowl
Lavender Label is the best place to shop for both, young and old. Home of the Little Soap Shop, the store carries their homemade, natural soaps and body care products. Lavender lip scrubs, men’s shaving shea butter, and sea salt bath soaks are just some of the items lining the shelves.
The store has expanded from its roots and now carries adorable children’s fashion, including a line of women in history t-shirts, newborn baby sets, toys, and craft kits.
You can find a fun gift for someone of all ages at Gamestoria. Specializing in collectible card games, board games, puzzles, and role-playing games, Gamestoria’s vast inventory may overwhelm you at first. They have one and two-player sets, children’s board games, and the latest fun for family games night.
Or why not pick up a puzzle to complete over the holiday break? Think you can put together a 1000 piece New Yorker cover?
42-11 Broadway | 718.606.2853 | @gamestorianyc
“Queens Jerk is merch for jerks from Queens.”
Their quirky and playful designs inspired by our favorite borough make the perfect gift for any Astorian. Shop their online store for graphic sweatshirts and tees, like their Bodega Cat t-shirt or their Yerrr Beanie. They even have children and baby apparel options. Place your order now in time for the holidays!
Astoria based independent clothing brand and skate-shop, Belief’s seasonal looks include
hats, sweatshirts, outerwear, and bottoms.
Their accessories are a great gift for teens and young adults, from bucket hats to beanies, to socks, and shoulder bags. Belief has recently collaborated on designs with organizations like Black Lives Matter, Boys & Girls Club, and California Wild Fire Relief fund. Be sure to visit the skate-shop for great service and the latest streetwear.