STORY at Macy’s Presents: Home for the Holidays

A Wonderland of Gifts for Everyone on Your List

STORY at Macy’s, the always-changing, narrative-driven concept store inside 36 Macy’s locations nationwide, kicks off the holiday season with the launch of its latest theme: “Home for the Holidays.” As an editorial-inspired, living gift-guide, the concept showcases gifting options within home-themed environments. Up and running through December 31, “Home for the Holidays STORY” offers a one-stop destination for everyone on your holiday list as shoppers explore stylized spaces that correspond to different gift recipients. Featuring more than 900 gifts from 200 small businesses, including items for foodies, lovers of travel, glam treats, tech and DIY kits, pet accessories and more, STORY at Macy’s is the home base for a wonderland of presents to explore and discover this holiday season.

For this year’s living gift guide, we are bringing shoppers a wonderland of gifts for everyone on their list in the ultimate home setting!” — Rachel Shechtman, STORY founder and Macy’s Brand Experience Officer

STORY is a retail concept that changes every few months to bring a new narrative experience to life through curated merchandise and event programming. The ever-changing experience began in 2010 in New York City, where STORY operated as an independent small business for seven years and pioneered a retail as media business model that changed every eight weeks to open a new theme while engaging brands as sponsors for each themed story. Macy’s acquired STORY in 2018 and its founder, Rachel Shechtman, now serves as Macy’s brand experience officer. STORY relaunched in spring of 2019 as STORY at Macy’s. (Visit for more information.)

Drink Mixers at the STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

This is our first ‘Home for the Holidays’ installation at our new home inside 36 Macy’s stores nationwide,” noted Rachel Shechtman, STORY founder and Macy’s brand experience officer. “For this year’s living gift guide, we are bringing shoppers a wonderland of gifts for everyone on their list in the ultimate home setting! Our special event programming will bring the magic of the season to life helping shoppers enhance their holiday celebrations.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone special, STORY at Macy’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ Installation have endless finds —over 800 plus gift-giving ideas— for the person who has everything or just wants to treat themselves.  Interested in seeing more and can’t come in-store?  Check out a few of their favorite gift picks online for the first time!

Movie Night at STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City
Gifts for the man in your life at STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

Each section of the ultimate holiday home features merchandise that speaks to a number of recipients. For the person who has everything, shoppers will discoverfood-themed finds, party and entertaining gifts, whimsical games, as well as travel, office, and pet accessories. For someone who deserves to treat themselves, it’s all about glam and comfort gifts. Cozy up with cold weather must-haves from Echo, candles from illume, and super-soft cashmere socks from iLux, all housed inside a warm and woodsy space. For someone especially hard to shop for, “Home for the Holidays STORY” offers the perfect gifts from grooming kits to tech items and rock music-inspired collectibles, and even a cocktail kit from Brooklyn’s Hella Bitters. And finally, for someone little and bright on your list, customers can discover great space and science-themed gifts, DIY kits and animal plush toys.

Gifts for Her — in an icy bedroom filled with party-right pieces that will make you say freeze — at STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City
More gifts for Him at The STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

Home for the Holidays is also about how we spend time together – so drop by for pop-up card making sessions and ornament craftingTired from shopping? Pop in for a workshop or art class where the staff will be customizing gifts for everyone on your list – yourself included. If you’re gearing up to host family friends this season, join us to discover how to take your tablescape up a notch with napkin ring customization, decorating tips, ceramic bowl customization, and cookie decorating classes for mini-makers. This season, it’s all happening at Home for the Holidays – so remember to RSVP and get on our nice email list for updates and more.

It’s a Rice Krispies World at STORY at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. In the onsite retro kitchen,they’ve stocked up on tasteful finds from pizza socks to whiskey rocks.
Rice Krispies Display at the STORY at Macy’s Herald Square 2019 Holiday Shop in New York City

What would the holidays be without sweet treats? STORY at Macy’s has joined forces with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, a favorite in homes across the country for generations. “We are excited about bringing our brands to life in new contexts and occasions. When the opportunity to be a part of STORY’s Home for the Holidays installation at Macy’s came up, it seemed perfect for Rice Krispies Treats, to further spread our message of love through holiday events,” shared Gail Horwood, chief marketing officer Kellogg North America. In all 36 STORY at Macy’s locations, customers will be able to take a break from shopping and decorate their own holiday Rice Krispies Treats to gift to friends or enjoy at their own family celebrations.

Darcy Miller and David Stark at the STORY at Macy’s Holiday shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City
Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray at the STORY at Macy’s Herald Square Holiday Shop in New York City

At STORY at Macy’s flagship location inside Macy’s Herald Square in New York City, the wonder of the holidays will be celebrated with a larger-than-life experience, created with designer David Stark. “For the flagship location, we wanted to give shoppers the ultimate home experience and introduce them to our friends who’ve been part of STORY holidays year after year – David Stark designed our amazing flagship environment, artist Darcy Miller will bring our NYC section to life with original art and will host special events, and Iris Apfel is back by popular demand to sell jewelry from her personal collection,” added Shechtman.

Martha Stewart –who will be on hand to sign copies of her new book during– at STORY at Macy’s 2019 holiday shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

At Herald Square, the concept offers an immersive experience that takes shoppers on a journey through four different, over-the-top, stylized homes chock full of gifts. Step inside a log cabin to discover gifts for someone who has everything, venture into an ice palace for gifts for those who deserve to treat themselves, explore a Mid-Century modern kitchen and find gifts for tasteful hosts and hostesses, and follow your inner child into a playroom filled with games and more. “The design is about joy, wonder, and getting lost in the moment. It is exciting for us to collaborate on bringing ‘Home for the Holidays STORY’ to life for its Macy’s holiday debut. Every year, we are inspired to create an immersive environment to bring theater and fun to holiday shopping and this year is no different as we create four different homes, each representing different gift recipients,” said Stark, chief creative officer, David Stark Design and Production.

There’s something for everyone at the 2019 STORY at Macy’s Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City and 35 other Macy’s stores around the country.

STORY’s ever-changing concepts would not be complete without a host of events. For “Home for the Holidays STORY,” the magic of that warm welcoming spirit comes to life through a mix of “mingling” and “making” events. In stores across the country, shoppers can join activities ranging from Thanksgiving tablescaping to ornament making and pop-up card creating seminars to benefit Make-A-Wish®, as part of Macy’s Believe letter-writing campaign.

The Men’s Gift Shop at The STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City (and at 35 other Macy’s locations around the United States)

Event Highlights
For a complete list of “Home for the Holidays STORY” events and to RSVP, visit

Macy’s Herald Square

Thursday, November 21, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Trunk Show + Sell with Iris Apfel at Herald Square: Legendary style icon Iris Apfel hosts a trunk show from her personal jewelry collection. Purchase a piece for the opportunity to meet her.

Date to be announced

Illustrations and Calligraphy with Darcy Miller: Join entertaining expert and NYC artist Darcy Miller to create the perfect holiday cards complete with calligraphy messages inside for all your loved ones this holiday season.

All STORY at Macy’s locations

Saturday, November 23, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Turn the Tables: Thanksgiving Tablescaping

Craft standout, personalized napkin rings and place cards for your Thanksgiving table. We’ll provide all the supplies (and inspiration) to take your holiday table up a notch.

Friday, December 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pop-Up Card Customization benefitting Make-A-Wish®

Start making a list and making it look nice. In celebration of Macy’s annual Believe campaign, join us to create artful pop-up cards or write a letter to Santa with ALL the gifts you’re wishing for this season. For every letter written, Macy’s will make a donation of $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million, so you can feel merry good about your artwork.

Wednesday, December 11, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sweet Gestures: Gift Making with Rice Krispies Treats®

Get creative! Shape and decorate sweet Rice Krispies Treats into ornaments, wreaths, snowflakes, hearts, and more. With your choice of tasting treat toppings like frosting, sprinkles and more, you’ll go home with a special box of treats to share as a gift or enjoy at your own holiday celebration.

Saturday, December 14, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Merry Making: DIY Ornaments

Deck the halls (or these festive ornaments) and join us for a hands-on ornament customization workshop. Get merrymaking with special supplies to add some sparkle or shine and create ornaments that will last for many more holiday seasons to come.

For more information on STORY at Macy’s locations and for a listing of events by store, please visit

You’ll also discover endless stocking stuffers and easy grab and go gifts for your work wife or favorite drinking buddy.

“Home for the Holidays STORY” has launched at all STORY at Macy’s locations:

  • Macy’s South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, CA
  • Macy’s Newport Fashion Island – Newport Beach, CA
  • Macy’s Stoneridge – Pleasanton, CA
  • Macy’s Union Square – San Francisco, CA
  • Macy’s Westfield Valley Fair – Santa Clara, CA
  • Macy’s Boca Raton Town Center – Boca Raton, FL
  • Macy’s Dadeland – Miami, FL
  • Macy’s Orlando Millenia – Orlando, FL
  • Macy’s Lenox Square- Atlanta, GA
  • Macy’s Perimeter – Atlanta, GA
  • Macy’s State Street – Chicago, IL
  • Macy’s Woodfield – Schaumburg, IL
  • Macy’s Castleton Square – Indianapolis, IN
  • Macy’s Fayette – Lexington, KY
  • Macy’s Ridgedale – Minnetonka, MN
  • Macy’s Las Vegas Fashion Show – Las Vegas, NV
  • Macy’s Bridgewater – Bridgewater Township, NJ
  • Macy’s Freehold – Freehold Township, NJ
  • Macy’s Short Hills – Short Hills, NJ
  • Macy’s Willowbrook – Wayne, NJ
  • Macy’s Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NY
  • Macy’s Roosevelt Field – Long Island, NY
  • Macy’s Herald Square – New York, NY
  • Macy’s Queens Center – Queens, NY
  • Macy’s Cross County – Yonkers, NY
  • Macy’s Kenwood Towne Centre – Cincinnati, OH
  • Macy’s Easton Town Center – Columbus, OH
  • Macy’s Polaris Fashion Place – Columbus, OH
  • Macy’s Center City – Philadelphia, PA
  • Macy’s Ross Park – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Macy’s Northpark Center – Dallas, TX
  • Macy’s Houston Galleria – Houston, TX
  • Macy’s Memorial City – Houston, TX
  • Macy’s Bellevue – Bellevue, WA
  • Macy’s Alderwood – Lynnwood, WA
  • Macy’s Metro Center – Washington, D.C.