Best Holiday Pop Up Shops 2010

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At their best, pop-up shops offer unique gifts that you won't find elseware; at their worst, they're cheesy marketing gimmicks. This holiday season has seen a flurry of new pop-ups in New York, London, and Los Angeles, as well as smaller cities like San Francisco and Portland. Here are 10 of our favorites.

50940fb9d9127e2f2100059d. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop The Temporium
LOCATION: 221 Brompton Road, London. OPEN: 12/9 - 12/19. THE SCOOP: Curated by British design blog, Dezeen, this pop-up shop focuses on UK designers who make everything from fashion to furniture.

5093f130d9127e2f21000465. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Sahadi's
LOCATION: 191 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn. OPEN: opens 11/2, no closing date listed. THE SCOOP: This Brooklyn specialty food shop has opened a pop-up gift store next to their main location. Shop for custom gift baskets and holiday treats.

5093f131dbd0cb033500049f. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Cool Hunting for Gap
LOCATION: 680 Fifth Avenue, NYC. OPEN: 11/19/2010 - 01/02/2011. THE SCOOP: Locally sourced items from NY-based companies and designers, all hand-picked by Cool Hunting's editors. Don't miss the gorgeous barnwood-clad interior from ByKenyan.

5094091adbd0cb033a0005fa. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop The Wired Store
LOCATION: 692 Broadway, NYC. OPEN: Now through 12/16. THE SCOOP: Three floors of tech products in all price ranges, including TVs, computers, toys, gadgets, apparel, and items for your home office.

5093f132d9127e2f1600046f. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Annie's Blue Ribbon
LOCATION: 2408 Broadway, NYC. OPEN FROM: Now through 12/24. THE SCOOP: This Brooklyn-based general store opened a pop-up shop on the Upper West Side. Shop for practical gifts under $50, like barware, cleaning supplies, kitchenware, and edible treats.

5093f133dbd0cb032f000531. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop OK
LOCATION: 724 1/2 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles. OPEN FROM: 4/2010 - 04/2011. THE SCOOP: This Silver Lake outpost of LA-based OK has been running since April as a year long pop-up shop that will close this spring. It's a great source for unique gadgets and gifts for the home.

5093f134d9127e2f26000445. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Sleek Identity
LOCATION: 1306 Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA. OPEN: Now through 12/5. THE SCOOP: This online shop, curated by Stefanie Gelinas, opened its first-ever temporary brick and mortar store, with housewares that are "original, intelligent and have a sense of humor."

5093f135dbd0cb03350004a0. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Tweak 99
LOCATION: 8377 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles. OPEN: Now through mid-January or later. THE SCOOP: Curated by interior designer Tara Riceberg, everything in this store is $99 or less, and it comes with free giftwrap! Shop for tabletop, home decor, and design books.

5093f136d9127e2f21000466. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Berkely Holiday Pop-Up Shop
LOCATION: Gilman Village (10th & Gilman), Berkeley. OPEN: Now through 12/24. THE SCOOP: home decor from Trove, textiles from Ethnic Arts, artwork by Bay Area artists, as well as cookies, cheese, and holiday snacks.

5093f137dbd0cb03350004a1. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Downtown Portland Pop-Up Shops
LOCATION: Downtown PDX. OPEN: Now through 12/31. THE SCOOP: For the holidays, the city filled vacant storefronts with pop-up shops from Flurry, Crafty Wonderland, Downtown Artistry, Portland Design Collective, and cloth/GOLD Factory.

Photo: Cool Hunting for Gap