shopping 12.11.03

19 Great Stores for Gifts

Auto, 805 Wash [Horatio/Gansevoort] 212.229.2292
Missoni throws, a White and Warren cashmere wrap ($165), and Alex Marshall handmade ceramic dinnerware are part of the mix at this housewares shop.

The Bathroom, 94 Charles [Bleecker] 212.929.1449
Dr. Hauschka skin products, Molton Brown, candles from Ergo, Seda, and Robert Isabell, I Coloniali — The Bathroom is our pick for those who (like us) can't have enough products in their bathroom.

Built by Wendy, 7 Center Market Pl. [Broome/Grand] 212.925.6538
Cool jeans, skirts, camisoles for women, jeans, shirts, and tees for men, and custom guitar straps. Men's jeans are on sale now (were $126, now $95).

Chocolate Bar, 48 8th [Jane/Horatio] 212.366.1541
Their exquisite chocolates come in pre-made or custom gift sets: the Fanatic ($73) has two dozen pieces, a tin of hot chocolate, and two bars, chocolate tea and tea ball infuser.Jonathan Adler has designed a chocolate bowl exclusively for them, perfect for hot chocolate ($35).

Esperya, 1715 West Farms Road [173rd/174th] Bronx 718.860.2949
Carefully chosen regional products from Italy — cheese, olive oils, pasta, and preserves — that you won't find everywhere else and the lovely staff gives you a blast of genuine Italian warmth.

Fetch, 43 Greenwich Ave. [6th/7th] 212.352.8591
Step carefully over Ali, the 140-pound Newfoundland who likes to sprawl on the floor of Fetch, a couture pet accessories store. Pooches may enjoy the bagel bed ($65 for extra small, $125 for large) while few cats will be able to feign indifference to kitty wrigglers which jump around and have catnip inside. Me-ow!

Footlight Records, 113 E. 12th [3rd/4th] 212.533.1572
Original cast albums, soundtracks, and wonderful oddities like this: a re-issue of Bob Thompson's "The Sound of Speed" from 1960, an orchestral suite based on modes of transportation (complete with actual sound effects). The subway gets the "Sub-Manhattan Blues, " and a Vespa, an ocean liner, and a streetcar all get musical treatments.

Geppetto's Toy Box, 10 Christopher [Gay] 212.620.7511
Not the largest selection in town, but thoughtfully selected toys and great advice distinguish this toy store, which also has some Steiff collectibles.

Global Table, 107 Sullivan [Prince/Spring] 212.431.5839
Plates, tea sets, trays, bowls, and just about anything else for the tabletop from around the world. Prices are more than reasonable.

Hable Construction, 230 Elizabeth [Houston/Prince] 212.343.8555
The sisters Hable sell snazzy totes, baby baskets, storage boxes, pillows, and, for the holidays, funky felt stockings.

La Maison Moderne, 144 W. 19th [6th/7th] 212. 691.9603
Kein Cross' shop is absolutely perfect when you need to buy a gift but have no idea what to get. He stocks the place with such appealing housewares, accessories, baby gifts, and furniture that there's never a reason to leave empty-handed.

Move, 803 Wash [Horatio/Gansevoort] 212.741.5520
Their website drives us a little nuts, but never mind. Move's 'objects for living' — jewelry, housewares, furniture, and honey sampler (packed in cork-stopped test tubes) always make it a pleasure to shop here — and Auto (see above) is next door.

Neue Galerie, 1048 5th 212.628.6200
Neue Galerie's design shop has accessories, tableware, jewelry, and objets that you won't find everywhere (or anywhere, for that matter) else. The goods are beautiful, though pricey (a Josef Hoffmann tray, designed in 1904, is $440).

Rafe, 1 Bleecker [Bowery] 212.780.9739
Rafe first made a name for himself for his stylish, fabulous bags for men and women. He's also added shoes and belts to his line that are pretty swell, too. Belts start at about $80, men's bags from about $160.

Seize Sur Vingt, 243 Elizabeth [Houston/Prince] 212.343.0476.
Gorgeous ready-to-wear shirts for men and women from $120-$160. They also do custom shirts and sell suits and cashmere sweaters. The white, Egyptian cotton button-down is a particular favorite.

TKNY, 21 Ave. B [2nd/3rd] 212.677.0500
A Sharper Image for downtown hipsters, TKNY has the latest in electronics and gadgetry. A hand-cranking (how retro!) mobile phone charger is $24.50.

Tribal Soundz, 340 E. 6th [1st/2nd] 212.673.5992
Persian zarbs, djembes, digeridoos and cavaquinhos are just some of the fabulous ethnic instruments that are sold here. There are weekly djembe and tabla classes, too.

Urban Center Books, 457 Mad [51st] 212.935.3592
Over 9000 books on architecture and design. Look for Eero Saarinen: An Architecture of Multiplicity by Antonio Roman ($60) and the new edition of Design New York, by Steven W. Kroeter, an incredibly useful, virtually comprehensive guide to design in NYC ($40).

The World of Golf, 147 E. 47th [Lex/3rd] 212.755.9398 and 189 Bway [Dey] 212.385.1246
Personalized golf balls, left-handed clubs, and just about everything else for a golfer from beginner to pro. A Callaway Great Big Bertha driver is $399. Does anything say love like a Big Bertha?
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