12/19/16 12:32pm
Some people are just better at this. What can they say? It's a gift. via Flickr user Craig D

Some people are just better at this. What can they say? It’s a gift. via Flickr user Craig D

For those of us that lack coordination or suffer from sausage fingered hands that can’t tie a ribbon, gift wrapping during the holiday season can be as miserable of a chore as shopping for the gifts themselves. And if you have a big family that requires you to bring home 20+ gifts? Fuhgeddaboudit.

But this year there’s a better way to wrap things up before you skip town. The Brooklyn Public Library is offering FREE holiday gift wrapping at their Williamsburgh branch (yes, it has that “h” at the end) at 240 Division Ave. during opening hours. Starting tomorrow, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 23 from 10am to 5:30pm, drop in with your gifts and wrapping (or use theirs) and nimble-fingered experts will assist you. They’ll even have supplies to help you decorate! (more…)

12/15/16 11:10am
via Flickr user emma.maria

via Flickr user emma.maria

It was Christmas Eve night down in old Park Slope,
The stockings were hung and they looked pretty dope.
There was a nip in the air, some frost on the ground,
The bodegas stayed open, selling whitefish by the pound.

All the strollers were parked, all the yoga mats rolled,
Elves on Shelves posed for iPhones (that shit’s Facebook gold).
Folks here do all right, if you know what I mean.
They’d left out enough kale chips to turn Santa’s poops green.

But up in her brownstone, Sally Jones sat awake,
With a sense of foreboding she just couldn’t shake.
She’d turned off CNN, closed her browsers with a click,
Then to no one in particular said, “2016 can suck a dick!” (more…)

12/14/16 12:54pm
Photo by Kathryn Suellentrop, via Facebook.

Photo by Kathryn Suellentrop, via Facebook.

It’s not a bad idea to build up your holiday karma before you inevitably lose points for messing with your siblings. Look no further than the Fifth Annual Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive! The drive began five years ago to collect toys for kids affected by Hurricane Sandy; since then, it’s collected and distributed more than 20,000 toys to local kids during the holiday season. The drive accepts new, unwrapped toys as well as financial donations — tax deductible, since the drive is being offered in partnership with a 501(c)-3 nonprofit, NYCTogether.

Got stuff to donate? Great! It’s easy. You can drop off while getting coffee or grabbing a bottle of wine. There are drop-off boxes at all of the following businesses: (more…)

12/08/16 3:52pm

The holiday season is evergreen (sry) for themed internet content, but once in a while there’ll be a song that bypasses the usual fast-burning viral fame and moves directly into meme status. Some years back, we Jews got Brandon Harris Walker’s Chinese Food on Christmas and Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song. This past Halloween, we were gifted SNL’s David S. Pumpkins, sure to play on for many Halloweens to come. And this week, a new song surfaced on the internet for the 2016 Christmas season. It’s not the rewrite of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” but it is your feminist holiday anthem of the year.

LIT (Like a Christmas Tree)” is a rap song made in collaboration by Brooklyn-based rap collective Hand Job Academy and Miami-based duo Basside. The title is pretty self-explanatory, and the song does a great job of capturing the millennial sentiment of 2016’s holiday season. We’ll happily spend time with the family for holiday celebrations, so long as we can get lit and avoid having anything to do with organized religion.

“Cover my tats for mass in a dress from ASOS, ’cause Christmas day I get pesos.” (more…)

12/06/16 1:14pm
Greenpointers holiday market in 2015. Via Greenpointers.

Greenpointers holiday market in 2015. Via Greenpointers.

Last week we rounded up some of the best holiday craft markets in Brooklyn this year; today we’re bringing you news about a market from our friends at Greenpointers that may help you shake off this winter chill. On Sunday, from 1-7pm, sleigh bells and palm trees, snowflakes and sunshine come together in the Greenpointers universe because they’re celebrating this holiday season with beachy cheer, at the Holiday Tropical Market.

Discover beautifully crafted high quality gifts from some of the most talented local artisans and makers while enjoying a day full of FREE fun activities, food, mojitos, mulled wine, and seasonal craft beer in the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft at 67 West St., 5th floor.  (more…)

12/01/16 3:25pm
Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the 'Shwick.

Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the ‘Shwick.

Holidays also mark the peak season of DIY, and people are scouring staples like Etsy and Pinterest to see what they can make, bake, gift or thrift for the upcoming holidays. If you are lacking inspiration needed to get those creative juices flowing, (because hey, aren’t we all) or if you just want a quick one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping, head to your nearest holiday market.

Oh, what’s that? You need help finding one that close to you? As per usual, we’ve got you covered, with the borough’s finest in local gifts and crafts–enough to make even a scrooge splurge. (more…)