Shopping for last minute shopping fillers amid the festive retail-frenzy can be temper-triggering at best. But fret not! If you happen to be passing through the Big Apple this December, we list our fave spots to stock up. Flex that AmEx...
A world of wanderlust-inspiring literature awaits at NY’s storied IdleWild Bookshop, one of the city’s specialists in top-notch travel tomes. Products range from novels to global cookbooks and children's picture books, and with plenty of cosy reading nooks, you’ll be tempted to settle in for a session yourself...
Former black market tattoo parlour turned bijou bolthole Love Adorned is a also a great one-stop shop for pint-sized pressies. You won’t find any stodgy pearls or old-fashioned brooches here, rather an array dainty and delicate gold and silver bijoux, encrusted with various stones ranging from showstopping sapphires to luscious lapis.
Continue your shopathon a mere diamond’s toss away at MiN, championing artisanal hair and body prods which just happen to be the choice of many a high-ranking boutique hotel in NYC. Step inside the Lower Manhattan boutique to discover everything from rustic perfumes and luxury haircare to scentsational skin lotions.
Or, skip uptown to NYC’s cult parfumerie and modern day apothecary Le Labo, whipping up signature scents on the spot (and a personalised label as the finishing touch). Fragrances are listed in order of lightest to headiest (Santal 26 being the most popular), all are unisex, and come in handy solid form for frequent fliers.
Still got a special someone in mind that’s got you stumped for ideas? Head straight to LaCrasia Gloves selling all manner of...you guessed it! This long-standing boutique counts first ladies and rappers among its star clientele, selling everything from mens and womens’ snuggly winter warmers to opera gloves and even bridal accoutrements.
Or, try your luck at colourful concept shop Story, where no gadget or novelty object is unimaginable. Think books, lifestyle gadgets, tech trinkets, foodie bits and so on, with a new theme every 4-6 weeks (past ones including "Well Being", "Love", "Style.Tech"). Check, check, check.
Idlewild Bookshop / 170 7th Ave S / West Village / +1 212 414 8888 / noon-8pm Mon-Thu, noon-6pm Fri-Sun / idlewildbooks.com
Love, Adorned / 269 Elizabeth St / Lower Manhattan / +1 212 431 5683 / noon-8pm daily / loveadorned.com
MiN / 117 Crosby St / Lower Manhattan / +1 212 206 6366 / 11am-7pm Tue-Sat, noon-6pm Sun-Mon / intl.min.com
Le Labo / 14 W 29th St / Midtown / +1 212 532 7206 / 11am-7pm daily / + branches / lelabofragrances.com
LaCrasia Gloves / 270 W 38th St / Midtown / +1 212 686 5428 / 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri / by appt only / lacrasiagloves.com
Story / 144 10th Ave / Midtown / +1 212 242 4853 / 10.30am-8pm Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat, 10.30am-9pm Thu, 10.30am-7pm Sun / thisisstory.com