Gift Guide: The New Yorker

what to buy a new yorker for christmas

Bliss Spa | Uber | Soul Cycle | Seamless

If you ask a New Yorker what they want for the holidays, they’ll probably just tell you Rent Money. Or Sleep. Or a combination of the two.

Now that I’ve been in New York for two and a half years, I’ve learned a thing or two about living in this crazy city, and I’ve definitely developed my share of (crazy expensive) habits.

Rent is astronomical. You’d never believe what I pay for my studio apartment in a walk-up building in a grungy neighborhood in Manhattan. I’ve seen a mouse (still suffering from PTSD) and a cockroach in my apartment, yet I still somehow pay more in rent than a mansion mortgage in Illinois. So yes, cold hard cash for rent definitely tops my wish list. #MakeItRainSanta

Grocery Shopping? I’m not sure I know what you’re referring to. Ha, I kid. But seriously, there have been months at a time that I’ve gone without stepping foot in a grocery store. (And then when I finally did make a trip to Whole Foods, I got caught in a torrential downpour and the contents of my bags splattered across Houston Street… But that’s a story for a different day.) Seamless is a girl-on-the-go’s best friend. While I really do try to make more meals at home, I play the “too busy” card on the reg. Seamless is just too easy! Funny fact: I actually deleted the Seamless app from my phone because it’s just too easy to order food. Especially after a night out! 😉

I can’t forget about Soul Cycle. Considering it’s essentially a therapy session and a workout all in one, I justify the hefty price tag. I definitely wouldn’t be mad if I discovered a mad stack of Soul Cycle gift cards under the tree this year!

And since stress and sleep deprivation is all too common in New York, a spa day at Bliss would never, ever be turned down.

Bliss Spa | Uber | Soul Cycle | Seamless


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  1. 11.11.14

    If Santa can make it rain over in here in Kansas City as well…that would be great 😉 I’ve never thought of adding a fitness class membership to my wishlist, but that’s an awesome idea!

  2. 11.11.14
    Andrea said:

    I always get so many gift cards for my bday and Christmas that I welcome actual gifts that I can open, ooooh and ahhh over…though I do appreciate the extra spending power!


  3. 11.11.14

    I <3 Soul Cycle! I wish it would come to Omaha!

  4. 11.11.14
    Victoria said:

    I would gladly take ANY of those gifts. Girl I hear ya with the rent. NYC does some bank account damage fasho!


  5. 11.11.14

    These are great! I’ve never personally lived in NYC, but have visited enough to know that these picks are totally needed.

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  6. 11.11.14
    Alexandra said:

    I love subscriptions as gifts!

    Warm Regards,

  7. 11.11.14

    This is such a smart post! I’ve been wondering what to get my brother (who lives in Chicago) for Christmas and each of these, with maybe the exception of the spa, would be perfect!


  8. 11.11.14
    bets said:

    Such a great post and reason I follow. Love the gift guide series as well. You’re the best!

  9. 11.11.14
    Tessa said:

    Love this!!! All such great ideas. Not a New Yorker but still….who doesn’t love money? 😉