Monday, December 4, 2017

2017 NYC Gift Guide

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This is the second gift guide for 2017 for all things non-food. If you missed my 2017 NYC Foodie Gift guide, you can still check that out on the site. I thought it would be a fun idea to do some gift guides this year. I really love giving gifts, I like to really surprise people with unique items. I really feel with the internet, there is no reason for a boring gift. It shouldn't exist! The big reminder is to order early enough if it is being shipped so you have it in time for the holidays. New York City has some of the best shopping on the planet, and I love  to help support the small businesses as well. I don't think you will go wrong with any of these gift items! 

My most favorite holiday shops in the city are located in Bryant Park. You have such an amazing selection of products that you will not find anywhere else. I LOVE the lights above, maybe this year I will break down and purchase one, PLUS - chocolate truffles, unique jewelry, gourmet food items, private owned bookstore, gourmet chocolates, handmade soaps, purses and MORE! It is a MUST stop for you during the holidays, and you will find amazing gift ideas for everyone on your list! 

Our friends at On Location Tours offer gift certificates for their New York City or Boston tours.  I love this kind of a memorable gift because it is something the receiver will always have in their mind. The New York City tours offered are: Holiday Sites and Movie Lights Tour, NYC TV and Movie Tour, Sex and the City Hotspots Tour, Gossip Girl Sites Tour, The Super Tour of NYC, Sopranos Site Tour, When Harry Met Seinfeld Tour, and the TCM Classic Film Tour. You can read about each tour on their website  and then click on each for even more details. There are 2 tours available in Boston as well, you can check those out HERE. I would say giving a tour of NYC or Boston is a wonderful, unique and thoughtful gift. 

Pearl River Mart was an amazing store in Soho that has just re-opened in Chelsea Market. Founded in 1971, Pearl River Mart is an eclectic emporium where you can find one-of-a-kind Asian-inspired home furnishings, fashion and everything in between. A beloved destination for people from all over the globe, Pearl River has become symbolic of the uniqueness, authenticity and multi-culturalism of New York City. Lucky for you, they also sell items on their website, and ships right to your door. 

The Strand Bookstore has been in business since 1927, and is a most fabulous place to shop for the book lover in your life. They offer shopping on their website as well, for rare, out of print and new arrivals. It is nice to patronize the non-chain bookstore, plus you find things you will not find at a Barnes and Noble. There is also a Greenlight Books  which has 2 locations in Brooklyn as well as sells online. The independent stores are really a wealth of unique items, and that is what we are all looking for this time of year. Both bookstores offer gift certificates as well. 

The Grand Bazaar located in the Upper West Side is a fabulous place for gift shopping. Artisan folks showing their new merchandise as well as vintage items. You can find things here for men, women and children - a very big variety. In the colder weather they operate inside, away from the elements. They operate only on Sundays, but it is so worth the trip! 

Another fave of mine is the Artists and Fleas located in many spots within the city, one being Chelsea Market. The other locations are in Williamsburg Brooklyn, Soho, online and Los Angeles. The jewelry above is just so darn fun! This is the type of items you will find here, mostly artisan made, some very vintage handbags. The items here will be good for men, women and children. I love shopping at this type of a shop because I know what I find here will not be found anywhere else! 

The New York Transit Museum offers fantastic subway token jewelry for men and women. They also offer fantastic train sets, apparel, accessories and collectibles.  Any gift from this shop would be very unique and something for the receiver to treasure for a lifetime! 

For the make-up lover, how cool would it be to make your own lipstick color? Bite Beauty Lip Lab offers this cool service, one lipstick for $55 or two for $80, this being a memorable experience as well. I love the idea of playing make-up artist and creating something unique to you.

Uncommon Goods is one of my most favorite catalogs and they hail from Brooklyn, New York. This place has some of the coolest gift ideas for any gender, made by wonderful artisans. My personal favorite is the vintage We Are Happy To Serve You coffee cup shown above, $12.00 takes this home! 

Last, but not least, ANY museum shop in the city is a fabulous source for gift shopping. The above photo was taken in the Morgan Library's gift shop. You can check out my list for the best museum gift shops in the city to give you many ideas. Many if not all of them ship from their websites, and you will be guaranteed a hit with whomever the receiver of the gift may be.

I hope I have helped with what can be a daunting task of shopping for the holidays. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about shopping in the city, I will be more than glad to help!

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