Don’t give in and resort to giving gift cards. NYC is full of quirky, fun, unique shops. From stylish duds to nostalgic souvenirs and personalized chocolate gifts, here are the best places to buy presents in the Big Apple. By Krissy Dolor.
The Brooklyn Flea
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Head to the old Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower for a unique gift that won’t be found anywhere else. Brooklyn Flea is open every weekend year-round.
Freemans Sporting Club
If you’ve got a well-groomed man in your life (or simply want to nudge someone in that direction), try Freemans Sporting Club. They feature American-made fashions, offer customized tailoring services, and even have an old-school barbershop for those who need a hot shave. No more gift cards to electronic stores.
The Chocolate Place
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Take the 2 or the 5 uptown for a big selection of chocolate goodies sure to satisfy a friend with a sweet tooth. With many delights to choose from and helpful staff, you’ll find everything you need to create a drool-worthy gift that will be eaten before the thank-you card is in the mail. You can even make your own treats with the shop’s molds and accessories. How’s that for a personalized touch?
The Plaza Boutique
Hotel shops are a great way to find that unique gifts for someone from out of town. Skip the department store: The Plaza Boutique is one store that has tons of memorabilia that will call out to anyone who loves iconic movies like North by Northwest or old-school New York nostalgia.
You don’t need to head into Manhattan – or even into Williamburg – for one-of-a-kind vintage deals. Astoria’s Loveday31 sells boots and sweaters, but really specializes in dresses. You’re bound to discover a stylish find for a fashionable friend.
Everything Goes Furniture and Gallery
Hop right off the ferry and head to this furniture shop to snag the perfect finishing touch for a friend or loved one who recently moved or is redecorating their place. One of Staten Island’s hidden gems, you’ll find restored pieces that can’t wait to settle into their new homes.
If you’re a fan of the famed Block Headwear from Saks Fifth Avenue, there’s no need to navigate your way through the crazy Saks department store crowds. Choose a comfy, woven style cap to keep your loved one’s heads warm, or a canvas backpack that’s perfect for any trips away during winter break.