After the first Shop-Local Gift Guide in 2010, I waited five years to do another one because it was a lot of work. And it still is. But, hey, there are fewer shops now, right? And—related—people seem to need reminding that Tribeca is still a great shopping neighborhood. So get out there and buy someone’s affection! I’ve included items that caught my eye, but there’s a whole lot more at every shop. I wasn’t price-sensitive, so please don’t whinge about how expensive something is or I’ll delete your comment.
BEST MADE CO.
••• I keep thinking I should get my nephew, recently graduated from college, a first-aid kit ($98). He won’t think it’s a fun gift, but he might thank me someday.
••• Any self-respecting man likes a serious tool box ($98), even if he uses it for wigs.
••• Cold feet are the worst ($85).
••• This vest is the sartorial equivalent of comfort food ($168).
••• Lobmeyr’s extraordinary Serie B line of barware. Just get two of the littlest ones ($248 each) for a romantic post-prandial glass of something sticky.
••• Or a Biedermeier tumbler ($226).
••• Some friends recently said they were weighing whether to buy certain bookends at Stillfried Wien, so I decided they were interested in these Carl Auböck ones ($828 for the pair).
PEARL RIVER MART
••• Everyone loves a gong ($155).
••• I don’t know what you do with these felt garlands ($12), but I bought some anyway. Also available in animal and other shapes.
••• Your kid’s room just got cooler ($6).
••• Bruce Lee figurines (from $5)—best for the office, I think.
BEST FRIENDS PET ADOPTION CENTER
••• Technically, you’re not supposed to give a pet as a gift, but I’m sure you’re responsible enough to know whether the time is right. So if you do, then adopt one! I almost took Jay Jay (the dog below) home, and those two black kittens wouldn’t stop playing long enough for me to get a good shot. Sure to be the most memorable gift you ever give.
••• For the tiger mom in your life ($135).
CANAL STREET MARKET
••• From Leibal: A tech “dopp kit” ($219) and compostable paper plates (from $8).
••• From Modernbeast: Bow ties for dogs ($22).
••• From November 19: Adam and Eve beaded keychain doodads ($39); chopstick stands ($10); and lovely windchimes ($18).
••• From Sage Collective: Whimsical stuffed animals, maybe cats or foo dogs ($65), and adorable oven mitts ($33). You have to be a bit careful giving someone an oven mitt as a gift—then again, who could resist that face?