The 2016 NYC Holiday Gift Guide

nycgo.com staff

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When it comes to NYC, too much is, of course, never enough. Normally, that’s a quality we aim to celebrate, but even we admit that this maximalist town can make shopping a challenge—especially during the holidays. Well, we at NYCgo aim to help. Here are over a dozen NYC-themed gifts that ought to satisfy even the pickiest loved one on your list. Read on for our suggestions. 

For the Nostalgic Type

Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City, by Pierre Christin, Olivier Balez
$22.45
Where to buy: Strand Bookstore 
There have been many lengthy tomes written about Robert Moses, the city planner who shaped and built NYC’s roads and bridges during the mid-20th century, but this is the first comic book covering his contentious career. Part biography, part graphic novel, the book is a great primer on one of the City’s most influential and often controversial figures. —Brian Sloan

For the Trinket Collector

New York Apple
$69–$99
Where to buy: Swarovski 
Bring home the bling with this Big Apple bauble. Carved out of clear crystal and light siam (a red-hued glass), the apple-shaped objet d’art comes with a silver tag and the letters “NY” stamped on it. —BS

For Anyone Who Loves Tickets

Event Tickets
Prices vary
Where to buy: Ticketmaster.com, various box offices
For those who prefer an experiential gift, New York offers plenty of out-of-the-box options. There are Broadway shows, including many that cease performances after January, concerts and comedy shows. Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Joel and Kanye West are playing this holiday season, but hey, that’s all a matter of taste. —Jonathan Zeller 

For the Beardo

The Brooklyn: Williamsburg gift box 
$49
Where to buy: Bklyn Larder 
Brooklyn brims with great food, so it only makes sense that some of those local eats have been wrapped up in a box ready to give to friends and loved ones. The “Williamsburg” features a whole box of edible coolness thanks to Bklyn Larder (no “roo” in their spelling of Brooklyn; plenty of flavor in the box). Selections include taffy from Salty Road in Industry City, granola made by Early Bird in Red Hook and chocolate from Williamsburg’s beardo pioneers, Mast Brothers. All products are made in the venerable county of Kings. —JZ

For the Quirky Aunt Who Lives, Breathes and Eats NYC

New York Patterns 
Various prices
Where to buy: Fishs Eddy 
Union Square’s Fishs Eddy has an extensive collection of New York City–related home goods decorated with illustrations of NYC dialogue and locations that are both playful and proud. You can set drinks down on a “coastuh,” sip from your “cawffee” mug or rest up on a Brooklyn-patterned pillow. —Alyson Penn

For Your New Boyfriend

Kings County Whiskey Gift Set 
$70 (individual bottles from $20)
Where to buy: Kings County Distillery 
OK, you’ve been dating this guy for a few months and you don’t want to freak him out by getting his-and-her hand towels. We get it. Opt for something that doesn’t scream clingy: whiskey. This gift set from Brooklyn’s Kings County Distillery includes corn, chocolate and bourbon expressions. Purchase at the distillery or online. —Christina Parrella

For the Bag Lady

Bendel Brooklyn Girls Trio Set 
$58
Where to buy: Henri Bendel 
Embrace your inner Bendel Girl with this set of canvas bags in three designs, including one featuring an illustrated version of the Bendel Brooklyn Girls. Artist Izak Zenou has illustrating the whimsical, fashion-forward characters for more than 15 years, making them as synonymous with the brand as its black-and-white stripes. —CP

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For the History Nerd

NYC IQ Trivia Game 
$19.95
Where to buy: Tenement Museum 
The best way to test a real New Yorker’s knowledge of the City? How well they do in trivia. Take the New York City challenge with this themed trivia game that features 400 multiple-choice questions that cover all five boroughs. —CP

For Cool Dads

Exhibitionism—The Rolling Stones 
$37
Where to buy: Industria Studios 
Treat your dad—or anyone who loves the Rolling Stones—to a trip down memory lane. Exhibitionism is a new immersive and interactive showcase featuring clothes, instruments, lyric books and recordings that span the Stones’ 50-year-plus career. —CP

For Fans of NYC Music

Vinyl
$25–$120
Where to buy: Downtown Music Gallery, Manhattan, and Norton Records, Brooklyn
Nothing says New York City music like tiny indie record shops; procuring albums by, say, Queens’ Ramones or honorary New Yorker Bob Dylan adds to the equation. Both musicians have been in the news this year—the Ramones for the major exhibition honoring the 40th anniversary of their recording debut and Dylan for his newly minted Nobel—so it seems a good time to buy something (Dylan’s original mono recordings, $120, at Downtown Music Gallery; a limited red- or blue-vinyl pressing of an early Ramones single, $25, at Norton) for that special someone. But really, just combing the racks at these places will fill you with comfort and joy. —Andrew Rosenberg

For an Artist with a Sweet Tooth

Ice cream spoons, scoop and pint of the good stuff
$38, $20 and $8.25
Where to buy: MoMA Design Store, Manhattan; Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn
The MoMA design store always has funky supplies to prettify any holiday party. The tiny, colorful spoons are a MoMA exclusive, while the ice cream scoop—though available elsewhere—holds a special distinction: the original, self-defrosting design, by Sherman Kelly, is part of MoMA’s permanent collection. If you give this combo as a gift, it’s only right to include something to use it on; Brooklyn’s Ample Hills Creamery dishes out some of the tastiest flavors in the City and sells its ice cream by the pint. Just make sure to keep it frozen (and to resist eating it) before you deliver the goods. —AR


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