‘the improvised life’ is proud to be included in NYC Bloggers Do the Holidays, a group blog by “the city’s coolest bloggers”*. If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out the sites below for all the fun and illuminating holiday ideas they’ve come up with…

I found a lot of great non-New York-centric links while poking around these sites. To check them out, scroll to the second half of this post.

Brooklyn Based: Home for the Holidays
Give and Get NYC: Tis The Season to Volunteer
the improvised life: unwrapping the holidays
Manhattan User’s Guide: The Gift Guide
Mommy Poppins: Offbeat and Multicultural Family Holiday Events
NY Barfly : It’s the Holidays, Time to Drink
NewYorkology: Big-ticket holiday shows
offManhattan: Ten Holiday Getaways Near NYC
Patell & Waterman’s History of NY: A little history with your holidays
the skint: 30 days of skintmas
The Strong Buzz: Holiday Eats Old and New
WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: Happy Freakin’ Holidays Playlist
Walking Off the Big Apple: The Thin Man Walk

Surfing these blogs took me way beyond New York:

Brooklyn Based features lots of unique Brooklyn-made gifts bandanas,  bicycles, and housewares, many by mail-order.

Give and Get NYC has loads of ideas about volunteering in their open forum. Check out an inspiring  Interview with a Volunteer Leader and How to Give a Have a Successful Winter Coat Drive.

Manhattan User’s Guide has a terrific holiday gift guide. Their Food & Drink archive is another great resource of mail-order gifts, like esoteric sakes,chocolate,  and all things bacon.

Mommy Poppins has lots of ideas for kids, including How to Have a Great Cheap Christmas and How to Volunteer with Your Children.

NY Barfly‘s regular column Drink of the Week features recipes for drinks I’d never think of myself, like A Proper Flu Shot and a Cider Manhattan.

At NewYorkology, THE New York travel guide, I found a trove of links to New York shopping sites, like Manhattan Portage Bags and Russ and Daughters.

offManhattan has a great Home Exchange Review, strategies for swapping your home with someone in some OTHER swell place, and even info onhow to get started foraging.

Patell and Waterman’s History of New York has a splendid list of novels set in and around New York (always a good gift or guide books) and a beautiful reminder of the lost  tradition of  New Year’s Day “calling”.

The Skint is a daily reminder the free and cheap that is available just about everywhere if you really look (and specifically New York). It’s non-New York-centric resources include 50 Albums for $5 available every month at Amazon, and a good Blogs and Sites We Love page that sent me toRecessionWire.

At The Strong Buzz, Andrea Strong’s food blog, you’ll find mail-order food gifts at 10 Unique (and Edible) Holiday Hostess Gifts, and The Strong Buzz Guide to Holiday Giving.

Walking Off the Big Apple‘, a Strolling Guide to NYC has a Literary Holiday Gift Guide features a really amazing array of books about New York, and  is generally a nice way to walk New York without actually doing it. Check out Mapping Holly Golightly: Walking Off Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

WFMU’s Beware of the Blog, is a trove of music and video. (You can stream it while you browse these NY blogs.). Check out this swell little animated film made over a 1969 interview with John Lennon, and Discover Your Own Lost Sounds.

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One thought on “nyc bloggers do the holidays

  1. This idea will be interesting during the Christmas celebration. Its a nice sky dive with the costume of Santa. I love to be part of it but i am very much afraid of height and i think i cant do it but i love watching other people doing it. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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