Before you fall back on the Union Square Holiday Market this season, remember that there are plenty of indie gift shops a little further downtown. We scoured some of them (and, okay, the Holiday Market, too) for this year’s quirkiest stocking stuffers.
Feminists, rejoice! Bulletin has three locations selling Ruth Bader Ginsburg swag and feminist slogans and emoji on every surface imaginable. The “Reclaiming My Time” placard is exactly what you want on your desk. Oh, and these embroidered slippers are $45.
Among the shops south of Tompkins Square Park, Exit9 has an assortment of tasteful clothing, stationery, and kitchenware– plus an impressive selection of items dedicated to Prince and David Bowie.
There are also practical, tasteful and inconspicuous gifts for men, like a “credit card tool” that’s a knife, screwdriver, ruler, saw blade, and a can and bottle opener.
Further up on Avenue A, Alphabets is a neighborhood veteran, open since 1985. The items, proudly categorized by artist, include three-dimensional art such as models, ceramics, and handcrafted toys. If you’re a button collector, they might have something new for you.
Lancelotti Housewares has you covered if you need something slightly more domestic. Their kitchen tools, diningware, thermoses, glass ornaments and other home goods give offer a little more flavor than an Ikea run would.
One thing to note: all of the stores in this area were selling Thymes Candles, and every one of them commented on how well they sell.
The Union Square Holiday Market is an ever reliable warren of handmade jewelry, chocolate, prints, and other gifts. Even the Parks Department has a merch stand selling shirts, mugs, placards and prints of parkland concept art.
This custom glassware from Nycruets lets you keep olive oil and vinegar in one vessel.
Finally, at the Spice and Tease booth, an array of spices are available in eight-ounce tins, which you can mix and match to make your own gift box.