We love holiday shopping online just as much as the next girl, but there's nothing that compares to gems you can find when you shop local. Especially when your local is New York City. And more specifically, Brooklyn. Which is lucky for me, since I have a habit of procrastinating on Christmas shopping so much that I'm just in time for online shops to deliver the day AFTER Christmas. Inevitably, for one day this holiday season, I will leave work and my child behind (with someone I trust) to indulge in a little “market research" in my neighborhood of Williamsburg and knock out all of the holiday gifts on my list. Oh, and have a little food and beverage along the way. Sounds like a tradition in the making to me.

Don't forget to check out Jess's tour of her Park Slope hood for more fun gift ideas!

All right, let's get started...

Illustration by Jennifer Cascino of Famous Swan Productions.