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Last-Minute Holiday Shopping? Let These NYC Startups Help

One week. That’s how long you’ve got to shop for the perfect presents for your friends, family, co-workers, pets, and anyone else that may be…


One week. That’s how long you’ve got to shop for the perfect presents for your friends, family, co-workers, pets, and anyone else that may be on your list for the holidays. Stressed much? Don’t fret - if you’re in New York City, you’re in luck. From food delivery in a snowstorm to last minute shopping for the holidays, New York always seems to have your back. Here's a cadre of tech pop-up shops and delivery services that can make your last-minute holiday shopping spree a breeze.

Holiday Tech Pop-Up Shops

Google Winter Wonderlab

“Check out new gadgets like the Nexus 7, make a slow motion video in the giant snow globe, or just escape the holiday hustle with endless games, music, and videos” at the Google Winter Wonderlab!

Our Product Pick: A Chromebook makes the perfect (and relatively affordable) present for your mom or dad who just needs a basic laptop.

Location & Hours: Corner nearest 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue in Bryant Park. Sun 11am—6pm, Mon—Thurs 11am—8pm, Fri—Sat 11am—10pm.

Birchbox Holiday Pop-In

“Book an appointment at the Birchbox Holiday Pop-In and let our hair, makeup, and nail pros do their magic. Choose from simple touchups, glam updos, nail art, and everything in between—and of course stock up on products at the same time.” Services start at $20.

Our Product Pick: Color Club Cocktail Hour Collection for the lady in your life who isn’t afraid to be festive and sparkly this holiday season.

Location & Hours: Dagny + Barstow, 264 Bowery. Holiday Pop-In Open: December 6th-21st; Appointments Available: Thursdays-Saturdays (5-8 PM).

WIRED Holiday Store

“For over eight years, the WIRED Store has been a playground of products curated for a young, sophisticated, trend-setting customer.” Revel in the latest tech gadgets and trends while also checking names off your holiday gift list.

Our Product Pick: The Lumio Lamp for a guy or girl who enjoys minimalist but totally functional decor and lighting.

Location & Hours: Meatpacking District, 353 W 14th St (near 9th Ave). December 4th - 22nd; Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 8pm.

Delivery Made Easy


Parcel is a recently launched startup that provides “package delivery service for New Yorkers without doormen.” Parcel members get their packages delivered on their schedules -- no more waiting around all day for UPS deliveries or hauling boxes home from work!

How It Works: Users get a unique ID and have their online orders shipped to Parcel. When the package arrives, Parcel coordinates a one-hour window to deliver the package to you for that same evening.

Pricing: All deliveries are completely free through January 15. After that, each delivery is just $5.


Do you know exactly what gifts you want to buy at a store, but simply don’t have the time to grab them yourself? WunWun is a great option for on-demand delivery from any store in NYC.

Pricing: Delivery is free.

Alternative Option: Postmates, a similar on-demand delivery service with deliveries starting at $5.

With these pop up shops and services, you're sure to check off everyone on your list.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments. And Happy Holidays, New York!

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