New York City is renowned for having some of the best shopping in the world. In addition to popular chains and high-end department stores, the city boasts an impressive array of boutiques, which are the best places to buy one-of-a-kind gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. Browse interesting clothing, artisanal home goods, collectible books, and more items that will make any recipient thrilled to be on your shopping list.
53 Howard St
Designers Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch’s SoHo storefront has a bit of everything. The tastemakers behind the firm Roman & Williams filled the shop with the very best items for the home, and everything is exquisite to admire. For gifts, look out for accessories like handcrafted ceramic dishware and weighted metal candleholders, or grab a unique floral arrangement by Emily Thompson at the flower shop.
349 W 12th St
This West Village shop created by Caroline and Michael Ventura sources collectible items for the home, including furniture, lighting, objects, and art. With pieces crafted by makers, the store’s selection will be different every time you go. The well-designed offerings include a range of beautiful and surprising gifts, from a wooden coffee scoop and a ceramic matchstick holder to vintage books and records.
Photography by Julia Robbs.
50 W 8th St or 234 Mulberry St
Is there someone on your list who would appreciate a fine writing instrument or a sleek notebook? Goods for the Study offers exceptional tools for writers and workers. The collection of desk accessories surprises and delights with items such as a paper knife shaped like a bird or a concrete tape dispenser. Everything in the curated selection is beautiful enough to be left out on a desk rather than stashed away in a drawer.
The NoMad bookstore is one of the best places to find art, photography, fashion, food, and design tomes in the city. The famed publisher’s attractive coffee table books make a great gift, and it’s pleasant to browse the inspiring offerings in the grand store boasting 18-foot ceilings, a skylight, and bold wallpaper. The selection includes literature in English, Italian, Spanish, and French, and European magazines and newspapers.
25 Mercer St
For contemporary womenswear, shoes, and accessories, a visit to Anthom is in order. The SoHo boutique features plenty of giftable items like magnetic Corian bracelets, terracotta globe-shaped earrings, merino wool tote bags, and minimalist linen separates. This hip store is the perfect place to find a conversation-starting piece for the fashionable woman in your life.
31 Crosby St or 17 Perry St
Meanwhile, in the menswear department, Saturdays NYC is a standout. The shop sells surfboards, wetsuits, and other surfing accoutrements that any committed or aspiring surfer would love, but it’s also a great place to find well-made basics like graphic tees, comfortable hoodies, puffer jackets, leather accessories, and grooming products. Thanks to the coffee bar, you can enjoy a cortado while you shop, which should make the whole experience of gift-buying a bit more fun.
148 Chambers St
The incredibly knowledgeable staff at Chambers Street Wines can help you pick out the perfect bottle. Many offerings come from biodynamic, certified organic, or practicing organic wineries, and most bottles are small-production. The unique selection ensures that you can find something here that even the most seasoned wine lovers may not know about, and you’ll likely emerge with a few great additions to your own collection.