NYC Holiday Gift Guide 2017 staff

Holiday shopping for family and friends can be stressful—but it’s also an opportunity to show off the New York City loot you’ve bought for your loved ones. Read on for our suggestions of NYC-themed gifts to satisfy even the pickiest on your list.

For Public Transportation Buffs

NYC Second Avenue Core Cufflinks, $152
For the man who has everything but still needs a piece of New York City on his shirtsleeves, the MTA’s Transit Museum Store offers this unique piece of subway-themed jewelry. These cufflinks are made out of two actual pieces of Manhattan schist mined during construction of the Second Avenue subway. There’s a pendant and necklace option available for the ladies. Brian Sloan

Apotheke. Photo: Phil Kline

For the Amateur Cocktail Craftsperson

Apotheke Academy Mixology Classes, $150
New York City takes its cocktails seriously. For those on your gift list who do too, check out these mixology workshops at acclaimed drinking den Apotheke. The bar and its expert tenders impart some serious beverage knowledge to attendees during its classes. Choose from four options, including “Absinthe Minded” and “Prohibition Era” sessions. After class, students can also purchase a mixology kit ($75) to bring their newfound bartending skills home (and hopefully back to you). Gillian Osswald

Courtesy, MoMA. Photo: Ilan Rubin.

For the Artsy Fashionista

Items: Is Fashion Modern? Collection, prices vary
Items: Is Fashion Modern, which showcases 111 milestone pieces from fashion history, is one of MoMA’s buzzworthy exhibits this year, and a selection of its wearable art pieces have made their way from the gallery to the gift shop. The limited-edition items span a variety of styles and budgets, from a classic red bandanna, to a MoMA Edition Breton shirt, to a splurge-worthy Rick Owens scarf.GO

Courtesy, Eataly

For the Italian Food Lover

Eataly Holiday Gift Boxes, $29.80–229.80
At Eataly, you can find thousands of items to gift, including Italian wine, cheese and cookware. These gift boxes, curated by Eataly’s Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, take the difficulty out of that. The two chefs have picked out their favorite products for boxes: bring home Lidia’s for the spaghetti and arrabbiata fan and Mario’s for the penne a la vodka lover. Other boxes feature products from regions of Italy, including Umbria, Piemonte and Emiglia-Romagna. Christina Parrella

For the Beauty Junkie

Custom Lipstick, $55
No, it is not possible to own too many lipsticks, though picking out a shade—not to mention texture, finish and scent—by proxy is a dangerous game. Play it smart by gifting an appointment to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab, where your giftee can mix and muddle pigments mad-scientist-style to create a one-of-a-kind shade she (or he) will actually want to wear. GO

For the Dreamer of an Endless Summer

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, $50
In 2016, the Brooklyn Museum hosted an exhibit on Coney Island covering its history, artifacts, cultural impact and even the art that “America’s Playground” has inspired for more than a century. This hefty coffee table book, packed with beautiful photos and full-page illustrations, is a comprehensive summary of that show. BS

From left: Rob Sheffield, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Lizzy Goodman, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem). Courtesy, Strand Books

For the Rocker and/or Roller

Rock books, albums and tickets; prices vary
Give the music fan in your life an education in NYC’s rock ’n’ roll supremacy. Start out with a tome to help them get a better historical context for NYC music, like Please Kill Me (for 1970s punk aficionados) or Meet Me in the Bathroom (for fans of early 2000s garage rock), available at Greenlight Books, or, say The Strand. Then head to an independent record store (Rough Trade, Earwax, Normans Sound and Vision) and get some New York artists on vinyl. Might we suggest the Ramones, the Strokes, Lou Reed or Patti Smith? Finally, make sure your friend experiences live music in New York City by getting them a ticket to a show at one of our lively venues. Jonathan Zeller


Courtesy, Nobletree

For the Highly Caffeinated

Nobletree Holiday Gift Box, $19.99–69.99;
Birch Coffee Kits, $27–87
This is New York City; people drink coffee. Brooklyn roaster Nobletree offers sets starting at $19.99 that contain two bags of their blended coffee or a gift box containing coffee and a handmade latte cup and saucer crafted by Jono. Birch Coffee offers three sets: the French Press Kit, Chemex Kit (including filters and ground coffee) and Pourover Kit, available online and at their many locations. CP

Courtesy, Li-Lac Chocolates

For the Sweet Tooth

Chocolate Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, $38
While not exactly to scale, this foot-tall miniature of the world’s most famous skyscraper still makes a delicious NYC-themed gift. From the folks at Li-Lac Chocolates, a local chocolatier since 1923, the famed Midtown edifice is available in dark, white or milk chocolate and is crafted at the company’s Brooklyn factory. BS