12/07/12 11:00am

Whether your endgoal is providing gifts for nieces and nephews at Hanukkah (which starts the night of Dec. 8!), co-workers for Christmas, or dear friends for Kwanzaa, we’ve all got serious shopping to do. You may not be aware of the wealth of independently owned shops around Queens where you can find something unique and interesting while at the same time supporting your neighbors, so we’ve rounded a few up.

In Boutiques and Specialty Shops

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SITE, located at 35-11 34th Avenue (GMAP), brings together the energy of Astoria with good taste in design. It’s a hub of the locally made and the otherwise carefully sourced and an all-around great spot for gifts sure to delight recipients and brighten rooms. Right now the store’s collection of holiday ornaments is inspired – colorful seated Buddhas, glittery clip-on mushrooms and running dinosaurs – but the shop carries a full array of items for the home, kitchen tools, exotic aromatic lotions, device cases, decorative prints, tasty goodies and fun wearables.

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11/30/12 10:00am

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The weekend is just about here, and we bet some of you will be out shopping for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice gifts. Where do you like to buy gifts locally?  Is there a shop you wish everyone knew about? Are you going shopping at a holiday market this weekend? We’d love to know – leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.

BTW, here are a couple of resources for your shopping this weekend, in case you’re stuck or need some inspiration:

How to be the coolest aunt or uncle: Hip kids’ gift and toy stores in Astoria, Corona, and Elmhurst [QNYC]
Queens Holiday Markets 2012 [QNYC]