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The 7 Best Holiday Gifts for the New York City Girl

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but there's still time to get the New York City women in your life the perfect holiday gifts. From your BFF the DIY queen to your mom who deserves to be pampered, there's something for every NYC girl in this gift guide. By Sarah Shaker.

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The Surrey Spa Spacation
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Treat a stressed out new mother or corporate workaholic with a Spacation at The Surrey. This package gives guests the opportunity to kick start their fitness resolutions with two complimentary VIP passes to Flywheel spinning class, a one-night stay with two signature spa treatments at the newly opened Cornelia Spa and two cocktails at Bar Pleiades. For those in need of a detox, The East Side Revival package features a one-hour nutritional consultation with celebrity nutritionist Melissa Lippert, two Cornelia Spa Signature massage treatments and two detoxifying treatments, plus two-nights in a Deluxe Salon.

Kristin Hanson
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Plan a non-traditional girls night out with a GroupMe Experience for four friends. Jewelry-making pro Kristin Hanson will show you how to bend metal to your fashion whim in this six-hour "Intro to Fine Jewelry." This is better than any sleepover friendship bracelet crafts you did as a kid. All supplies are provided, including desks equipped with all the tools and jewels you'll need for bending and gripping and wire wrapping and other trade secrets of jewelry making.

New York, United Scents of America

United Scents of America - New York
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Grit & Glory
186 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002

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This Hoboken-based fragrance line creates a signature, unisex scent to represent each of the 50 states. You don't have to be from New York to fall in love with its namesake aroma, a sophisticated scent featuring apple, jasmine, basil and lily. New Jersey also boasts its own fragrance, a sweet smelling perfume/cologne made with the scents of caramel, cotton candy and fresh buttered popcorn. If the lady in your life is from out of town, you can pick her up a bottle of her homestate's fragrance to make her feel at home. Each bottle is 1.7 oz and retails for $58.00. Available at several boutiques in the Tri-State area, or online at

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Take your lady on a 3-hour Starlight Dinner Cruise to enjoy the sites of the city she loves from the Hudson. Tickets include a freshly prepared four-course seated dinner, live entertainment and a full open bar option is available for purchase for those looking to get their drink on out at sea. Enjoy the spacious outer decks, for stunning scenery and cool night breezes. This romantic holiday gift is sure to make your NYC girl swoon.

Leather Working Class
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For your creative girlfriend who is a master of DIY, a crafty class is the perfect gift. This 4-week leather working class will teach hand stitching and cutting, while designing and producing a leather work of her own creation. Students will walk away with a basic understanding of pattern reading and the confidence to work in leather. For more gifts for the crafty chick in NYC from CourseHorse, check out iPhoneography at BKC Brooklyn Central or Ceramic Happy Hours at 92nd Y.

Lake Placid Lodge
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This January, Lake Placid Lodge is teaming up with Vermont-based, natural skincare expert Tata Harper for a deluxe post-holiday getaway. Treat the lady in your life to a weekend at this luxury lodge with exclusive, one-on-one consultations and treatments by Tata and her team. Guests will participate in informative classes to enhance their wellness IQ including an organic wine tasting, a juicing class and healthy cooking demonstration with the Lodge's Executive Chef Nathan Rich. Complimentary daily yoga, snowshoeing, hiking and ice-skating, cross-country and transportation to downhill skiing at nearby Whiteface Mountain will also be available for active guests.

Vosges Champagne and Truffles
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Chocolate and champagne are the way to a woman's heart. Pour a little pink bubbly to start your holiday celebration together. Piper Heidsieck brut rosè Champagne pours a rich, deep crimson. Lively effervescence is punctuated by notes of plum, cherry and blood orange and finishes with a touch of cinnamon. She'll sip along with the various exotic chocolate truffles, made with fresh cream (and love).

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Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.
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