No Man’s Land Issue 01
Where to purchase: The Wing Shop
The Wing -- the city’s premiere female-only co-working space/girl gang haven -- has finally come out with the first edition of its brand new imprint No Man’s Land, and it is in everyone’s best interest to get and give as many copies as possible. Read a personal essay from Remy Ma, a Q&A with a Girl Scout cookie-selling mogul, and notes on Nora Ephron’s best cake recipes, all in an oh-so-pretty publication.
Where to purchase: Tenement Museum Shop
If you’ve already shattered a number of your hosts’ glass orb ornaments this season, you can certainly make up for it with this fire escape model. Nothing says Christmas (and New York) like laundry drying out the window of a fourth-floor tenement walk-up (in ornament form).
Where to purchase: Group Partner
Apparently, plants make people happy (or less actively sad), so do your friends a solid and invest in their mental health with this naked boob planter. Crafted by small-scale Brooklyn ceramic company Group Partner, the pots come in multiple skin tones and a spread of different bathing suits (we like the banana suit best), if you don’t want a pair of naked boobs staring out from your coffee table (for some strange reason).
Fellow Barber Shave Regimen Kit
Where to purchase: Any Fellow Barber location or online
Let’s get one thing straight: Shaving sucks. Nobody wants to drag sharp pieces of metal across their chin, but it’s a reality most men face every day. Make it a whole lot more bearable for that hirsute special-someone with a high-quality kit from Fellow Barber, including shaving cream, aftershave tonic and lotion. Pro tip: Add a gift certificate to Fellow Barber for a fresh cut as well.
Simple Fare cookbook
Where to purchase: Simple Fare
In a nutshell, Simple Fare is coffee table food porn. The large-format, soft-cover book is filled with beautiful food photography, delectable seasonal recipes (like roast chicken with fermented lemon and black garlic) and clever illustrations. It’s the winning gift for the wholesome, market- fare-driven chef, or the Seamless-devoted collector of coffee table literature.
Price: $200 per session
Where to purchase: A Novel Approach
Unlike traditional talk therapy (which would not be an appropriate gift), NYC’s resident bibliotherapist only requires one session with each of her clients. At the end of the appointment, in place of a Xanax prescription, she offers her clients a 12-book reading list, based on what she has determined about their current circumstances. As an upgrade, spend an extra $100, and have the center mail your loved-one a book from their prescribed list every month for a year.
Alison Roman’s Dining In cookbook
Where to purchase: Your favorite local bookstore or online
If you’ve got a friend with a viral food Instagram, odds are they’ve taken a tip or two from Alison Roman (whether they know it or not). The cookbook, filled with writing from Roman herself, is packed with go-to cooking tips, impressive food photography, and personal stories -- in addition to a roster of home-cooking recipes, of course.
Broad City sex toys
Price: Vibrators start at $17
Where to purchase: Love Honey
This holiday season, give the ones you love what they most deeply desire: a sex toy designed by the lovely ladies of Broad City. Choose from a range of options including the pink Yas Queen vibrator, the Mind My Vagina water-based lubricant, or the pocket vibrator disguised as a lipstick, and make some lucky soul very, very happy.
Where to purchase: Recreation Center
It’s no use having a holiday hot drink if you don’t have a good mug to drink it from. The handcrafted ceramic mugs from Recreation Center have yellow rubber-encased handles and a charming speckled gray/polka dot glaze. It’s the perfect excuse to banish that freebie TD Bank mug to the back of the cupboard, once and for all.
Sweet Nothing choker
Where to purchase: Catbird
Jewelry is a sure-fire hit when it comes to gifts, but it can be difficult to settle on the best (affordable) piece. Brooklyn’s Catbird has the solution: delicate, locally-made pieces in simple, striking designs. The staff, both in person and over the phone, will do everything they can to help you actually feel confident in your purchase, without breaking the bank.
Custom Stick & Poke Tattoos
Price: Starting at $100
Where to purchase: Bluestone Babe
Why give temporary gifts like apparel and jewelry when you can offer your friends something that literally lasts a lifetime? Bluestone Babe is Brooklyn-based artist who can make an impressively detailed (and painless) stick and poke tattoos for your loved one as a gift. All you have to do is email her and arrange accordingly.
Nitehawk Cinema gift certificate
Price: Your choice! (But the minimum is $25)
Where to purchase: Nitehawk
Most folks will gladly spend a few hours in a cushioned movie theater seat watching a film of their choice while waiters dart in and out, bringing gourmet food and cocktails. So for the friend you have no idea what to get, settle on a Nitehawk Cinema gift card. They’ll get to pick their own menu items and choose a movie -- both new and old flicks are screened at the vintage-styled Williamsburg theater.
Literally Me by Julie Houts
Where to purchase: Indie Bound or a local bookstore
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who won’t enjoy this book of hand-captioned illustrations by hilarious Instagram celeb Julie Houts. Not only is every page laugh-out-loud funny, but the clever, self-deprecating caricatures are almost guaranteed to resonate with you and/or your gift-receiving peer.
Wine & cheese 101 tasting course
Where to purchase: Murray’s Cheese
Drinking wine and eating cheese are two of life’s simplest pleasures, so treat your favorite hedonist to a two-hour session at the iconic Murray’s Cheese in the West Village. They’ll get to explore their palate, navigate pairings, and, naturally, consume copious amounts of wine and cheese.
Kinfolk x Zespa sneaker
Where to Purchase: Kinfolk
Teaming up with celebrated French sneaker brand Zespa to inject some French suave into their laid-back New York style, Kinfolk has crafted a fashion-forward sneaker we can’t stop looking at. With a snow-white body, navy tongue and insole, and gold embossed lettering, these shoes are the gift to toss your friend who probably already has three pairs of white sneakers, but is always on the hunt for more.
Washington Square Watches
Where to purchase: Washington Square Watches
Every New Yorker should wear a watch. Why? What if your phone dies, what if there’s another blackout, what if the only clock you can find is that disastrous one with a thousand digits in Union Square? Named after some of the most iconic spots in the city, Washington Square Watches are a blend of modern minimalism and sleek New York cool. So no matter what borough or hood your giftee reps, know they’ll always be on time with this timeless gift.
The Brooklyn Kitchen cooking class
Price: Classes start at $95
Where to purchase: Brooklyn Kitchen
Brooklyn Kitchen offers an actually enjoyable cooking class for both your most and least culinarily accomplished friend. Attendees will sip wine, socialize, and make their way through recipes of their choice with hands-on, step-by-step instruction. Choose from courses in dumpling-making, cocktail prep, Italian sauce, or even a Julia Child-centric masterclass.
Dapper Dentist tie
Where to purchase: Jacques Elliott
Events and parties run rampant at this time of year; luckily Jacques-Elliott crafts ties that make it easy to look the part. The Dapper Dentist variety, with multicolored dots on a sleek black fabric, is a balanced combo of “Yeah, I’m festive” and “No, I don’t need another freaking tacky Christmas sweater party.”