With the holidays rapidly approaching, many of us still have “a few” gifts left to buy. I put together this gift guide to help you find something for everyone on your list. Here are my favorite places in NYC to shop for unique presents to give this holiday season:
Assouline Book Store
The Park Plaza Hotel
768 Fifth Ave
Midtown West, Manhattan
Luxury book publisher Assouline carries beautifully bound volumes as well as notebooks, stationery, and anything else you would need to stock a contemporary personal library. Their location at The Plaza also contains a bespoke bindery, where you can request monogramming, embossing, custom covers, and more.
81 Spring Street
The MoMA store in Soho has something for everyone on your list – books, jewelry and accessories, prints and posters by artists featured in the museum, toys and games for kids, kitchenware, and more.
57 Spring Street
Just down the street from the MoMA store, this cosmetics store is dedicated to natural ingredients and rich textures. Their skincare products, soaps, and fragrances make great gifts for the women on your list.
10 Ft Single by Stella Dallas
285 North 6th Street
For those of you who love bargain shopping, Stella Dallas consistently makes it onto lists of best vintage and thrift stores in NYC – for a good reason. A friend of mine recently found a $1200 Burberry trench coat – with the tags and in perfect condition – for $120 here. After browsing the Williamsburg outpost’s selection of men’s and women’s vintage clothing, accessories, jackets, and shoes, head next door to Stella Dallas Living for linens, blankets, curtains, and other textiles.
In Support Of
342 West 13th Street
Meatpacking District, Manhattan
This shop aims to provide clothing and other items that are unique, well-constructed, innovative, and wearable while supporting charitable causes. Currently, In Support of is working with NYC-based non-profit Community of Unity, which provides in-school support services to at-risk youth. Shop their selection of creative designs while helping an important cause.
25 Howard Street
This boutique was started by Andy Spade, Anthony Sperduti, and Chad Buri of kate spade, Jack Spade, and Partners & Spade. Their collection of sleepwear for men and women is inspired by the lifestyles of artists, who wear what is comfortable in order to let their creativity flow. Sleepy Jones luxury loungewear is the perfect gift for someone who likes to spend their downtime in comfort.
Freemans Sporting Club
8 Rivington Street
Lower East Side, Manhattan
“Made Local, Buy Local” is the cornerstone of the Freeman Sporting Club ethos, and nearly all of their collection is manufactured within 10 miles of the shop. Their ready-to-wear and bespoke menswear is sold alongside equally sharp accessories, and their in-house barbershop offers gift certificates for haircuts and shaves.
Concrete + Water
485 Driggs Ave
This lifestyle boutique is focused on bringing the best in local and international design to Brooklyn. Their apparel, accessories, and housewares are the perfect, colorful accents to a classic wardrobe. The airy, light-filled space is designed to be a comfortable shopping experience, a respite from the sometimes-stressful fast pace of the city.
529 Atlantic Avenue
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
All the chocolate at Nunu is produced in-house, and customers can enjoy hot beverage (or glass of wine) while watching the chocolate-making process. They use a single origin cocoa bean from a family-run farm in Columbia to make their all-natural, hand-made chocolates. Their booze-infused chocolates have craft beers and liqueurs mixed in, which makes for a decadent holiday treat.
A magazine subscription to Monocle, Paper, Kinfolk, or really any magazine is a great gift – now that we do the majority of our reading on phones, tablets, etc., it’s a nice treat to sit down with an actual magazine for a change. It’s also nice to be thought of at least 12 times a year.