Hidden among the many fast-food restaurants, nail and hair salons and corner pharmacies that dot much of downtown Flushing, holiday shoppers can find a variety of gift ideas that come with wide-ranging price tags.
For seven years, New York Deluxe Fucha Jewelry, located at 135-33 Roosevelt Ave., has been selling rubies, diamonds, sapphires and other precious stones to customers with pockets of a certain depth. The store also carries items to fit every budget.
According to manager Leslay Yang, 14k gold earrings start at $30 a pair. The higher-end merchandise includes bracelets that go for $2,000 each.
For the holiday season, many items are on sale for 50 percent off.
Last week, Rosie Bernal, a Philippine native who has been living in Flushing for the past 20 years, stopped in, looking for earrings as a Christmas gift for her sister.
“I’m looking for rubies,” Bernal said. “She already has a ruby ring.”
Bernal admitted, though, that this year she will be spending less on gifts than she has in the past. “My daughter got married in October and I spent a lot of money” on the wedding, she explained.
But, she added, “My sister does a lot for me,” so she hoped to find something with which to express her gratitude.
According to Yang, diamonds remain the most popular of the gems, though “business this year is very slow. Last year it was better. Everyone says, ‘No money.’ This year, everyone likes something smaller, cheaper.”
Store hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Call (917) 566-8708.
Also catering to those who prefer the finer things in life is Evergreen Shiseido, located at 159-19 Northern Blvd.
“We carry basic skincare products and makeup,” said owner Michelle Cho. “We care for our customers as VIPs.”
The store also offers special party and wedding makeup assistance.
In time for the holiday season, the shop is offering specials on gift sets as well as a free gift with any purchase.
The holiday collection of Shiseido products includes special prices on most items, including the Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Cream Collection, valued at $345, for $260; the White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+ Collection ($170 for a $232 value); and the Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Duo Collection ($100 for a $151 value). Prices remain in effect through the end of the year.
“We’re doing very well,” Cho said.
Store hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (718) 888-9712.
Fox’s Gift Shop II, located at 159-02 Northern Blvd., offers what it describes as “unique gifts for every budget.”
Owner Barbara Abruzzo said the most popular holiday gift items include nativity sets, silk flower arrangements, glassware, holiday dinnerware and wine and coffee sets.
Special discounts are being offered on many gift items. Free holiday wrapping is available.
The store also specializes in favors for all occasions.
Store hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (718) 939-5307 or (718) 463-9674.
Lai Lai Shoe Store, located inside the jam-packed Ameri East mini-mall at 40-10 Main St., caters primarily to Chinese, Korean, Indian and Hispanic customers, according to owner Anne.
“A lot of customers like special warm leggings for winter,” she said. They sell for around $20.
“Only Chinese people make them,” she explained. “The department stores don’t sell them.”
Anne said customers come from as far away as New Jersey just to purchase them.
For Christmas, the store offers up to 20 percent off on scarves, hats and boots.
“During Thanksgiving week, business was okay. This week is slow,” Anne said. “People don’t make money and they don’t come shopping. I hope business becomes better so I can make money. I want to make extra this month so I can pay the rent after this month.”
About a dozen booths in the mall offer a variety of goods and services, ranging from ladies garments to travel arrangements.
For information on store hours, call Lai Lai at (917) 608-6818 or (917) 667-8681.
Downtown Flushing really has it all, especially on Main Street and adjacent blocks.
There are dozens of specialty boutiques and shops downtown catering to women’s fashions. A longtime popular one is Joyce Leslie at 37-28 Main St. It features the latest designs as well as shoes and accessories. And for a variety of clothing and gifts, all in one place, you can’t beat Macy’s at 136-50 Roosevelt Ave.
For sporting goods, try Modell’s at 39-12 Main St. Its equipment and sneakers are also fairly priced as they are at Jj Sneaker Corner at 37-12 Main St.
For children, don’t overlook the Magic Castle at 136-82 39 Ave. It has something for everyone, from stickers and Hello Kitty items to small toys and hair clips.
At Ten Ren’s Tea and Ginseng, 135-18 Roosevelt Ave., one can purchase loose or packaged tea from around the world as well as relax with a freshly made iced bubble tea. Some say it’s the best in Flushing.
Cakes and cookies make great holiday gifts and there are plenty of good bakeries in Flushing. Two favorites are Tai Pan at 37-25 Main St. and Yeh’s at 57-25 Main St.