As much as we all want the same things sometimes, when it comes to the goodies that peek from stockings and hide in wrapped boxes, it can be a real challenge to find the right match. New Yorkers are finicky, have it all, and want everything and nothing–all at the same time. Our 2021 gift guide is up to that challenge.
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For the modern design lover
|Designed to look like a neon tube, this long-lasting, energy-efficient light is made with an integrated LED. Hang it on a wall, place it on a table, or stand it upright in a corner to add a dramatic atmosphere and colorful glow to any space.
Hay neon tube LED light, $63.75 from Design Within Reach
|This of-the-moment vase gives the finest flowers and greenery an equally fine frame and makes a chic, modern addition to your home.
Echasse vase by Menu, $225-$625 at Design Within Reach
|This elegant salt-and-pepper set by Copenhagen-based design shop Menu is practically a requirement for lovers of minimalist design.
Salt and pepper grinders by Menu, around $95 at Amazon
|This modern classic by Kartell is having a moment. Whether it’s used as a bedside table, bathroom cabinet or handy storage in any room, in classic white or a rainbow of cool colors, it’s sure to get attention and compliments.
Componibili- 3 Element By Kartell, $200 at AllModern
|These twisty candles form their own base in an elegant, modern design.
Spiral twist double candles by Lex Pott, $40 at Uncommon Goods
|You can build your own modern masterpieces right at the breakfast table with this architect-friendly waffle iron.
Building Brick Waffle Maker, $60.00 at Uncommon Goods
For the coffee perfectionist
|An electric pour-over kettle is as convenient to use as it is beautiful to look at. Temperature control and hold functions make sure your coffee or tea is brewed just right.
Fellow Stagg EKG electric gooseneck kettle, $159 at Amazon
|This human-powered all manual lever espresso maker with stainless steel brew head and pressure gauge makes truly hand-crafted espresso shots.
Flair Pro 2 espresso maker (black) $325 at Amazon.
|The uKeg Nitro brews and infuses to make delicious nitro cold brew coffee at home.
GrowlerWerks uKeg Nitro cold brew coffee maker, $190 at Amazon
| Once you get used to this app-controlled coffee mug, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without having your coffee or tea at your exact preferred temperature.
Ember temperature-controlled smart mug, $159.99 at Amazon
|If you like the convenience of automatic drip coffee, the Moccamaster is considered the top pick for perfect coffee every time.
Technivorm Moccamaster 79212 KBTS Coffee Brewer, 32 oz, $319 at Amazon
For the hygge homebody
|There’s a reason Brooklinen sheets have become a staple on wedding registries. They’re not insanely expensive, but they feel super high-end. Their best-selling Luxe Sateen Sheets are made of 100% long-staple cotton in a 480-thread-count, resulting in “a rich, buttery-smooth weave.”
Brooklinen luxe core sheet set, from $135 at Brooklinen
Photo courtesy of Brooklinen
|Give the gift of zzzzzzzzz.
Basic CBD sleep gift box, $54.99 at Botanica
Photo courtesy of Botanica
|Available in men’s and women’s sizes, these classic and cozy shearling-lined mocs make getting out of bed on chilly days just that much better.
L.L. Bean Wicked Good Moccasins, $79 at L.L. Bean
Photo courtesy of L.L. Bean
|These soft fleece headphones solve the problem of listening to music or sound while falling asleep. Also fine to keep your ears warm, or just block out the world.
Wireless sleep headphones, $19.99 at Amazon
|What could be better on a snow day than a candle that looks–and smells–like kids’ breakfast cereal?
Cereal bowl and spoon vanilla scented candle, $25.99 at Amazon
For the gadget geek
|This mini-drone “helps users learn about drones with coding education.” Start by just tossing it in the air!
Tello Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera and VR, $99 at Amazon
|This portable karaoke microphone allows you and your crew to connect to the karaoke app of your choice and belt out your favorite tunes whenever you feel a song coming on.
Karaoke microphone speaker, $50 at Uncommon Goods
|The perfect gift for someone who’s always losing their keys.
Apple Air Tag, $29 at Amazon.
For the studio dweller
|No yard? No problem. These vintage-inspired containers use a passive hydroponic system to nurture your own herb collection.
Mason jar indoor herb garden, $22 at Uncommon Goods
|If you love the convenience of Keurig coffee pods, don’t let a tiny kitchen (or office corner) keep you from indulging. This mini-model is also travel-mug friendly.
Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker, $97 at Amazon
|There’s no need to hide this design-forward stepladder behind closed doors. It comes in several sizes and cool colors like mint green, red and bright orange.
Hasegawa Lucano Stepladder, about $214 at Amazon
|You may have seen this cult favorite advertised on TV. As far as we know, it turns ordinary humans into superchefs, and may just be the only pan you need, which is good if you’re short on cabinet space.
Always Pan, $145 at Our PlacePhoto courtesy of Our Place
|These simple, elegant wine glasses stack to store.
Stackable wine glasses, $34-$38, $98 for a set of all sizes at Food52
Photo credit: Ty Mecham.Food52
For the art lover
|VAWAA offers mini-apprenticeships with master artists in the northeast US, from New York to Connecticut, Maine, and more. Gift cards let them choose their art vacation.
VAWAA art vacation experience gift card, $50 and up, VAWAA
Photo courtesy of VAWAA
|These colorful cotton tote bags inspire with profound quotes from artists in the museum’s collection on one side and the MoMA logo on the other.
Artist quote totes, $10 at MoMA Design Store
Photo courtesy of MoMA Design Store
For the Broadway baby
|From Audra McDonald to Liza with a “Z,” this kids’ book introduces your favorite Broadway baby to the leading ladies of the stage. Theater lovers will love the colorful illustrations and the limitless energy of this catalog of equally colorful luminaries.
“A is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies A-Z,” $10.99 – $18.99 at Amazon
|This poster cataloging costumes in familiar Broadway shows throughout history is available framed or unframed.
“A Comprehensive Curtain Call Of Broadway Costumes” poster, $21.59 at Amazon
|As high-tech as we’ve all become, theater and board games remain two enduring low-tech pastimes. In this example, 2-6 players compete to be the biggest Broadway star, from acting school to headshots and beyond. Includes the free expansion pack with shows like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”
Be a Broadway Star board game, $39.99 at Amazon
For the top chef
|This Scandi-chic icon is available in just about every size; this 2-quart cutie comes in a rainbow of delicious hues and is just right for heating and serving sauce, soup or gravy.
Food52 x Dansk Kobenstyle Saucepan, $115 at Food52
Photo credit: Ty Mecham/Food52
|Yes, attractive aprons really do exist. This minimalist-chic Japanese-style find will keep your clothes clean without fussy ties.
Linen cross back apron, $18.99 at Amazon
|Chili crunch is one of the many Asian condiments that has recently been enjoying culinary cult status. Local sensation Momofuku’s versions of the salty-hot-crunchy spread are instant winners in recipes or on just about everything.
Chili crunch sampler pack, $45 from Momofuku
Photo courtesy of Momofuku
For the fitness buff
|This vacuum-insulated, super-light bottle keeps water cold and coffee hot for 12-24 hours. Made from BPA-free stainless steel, it has a push-button flip-top cap for easy access but locks down tight when you’re on the move.
GSI Outdoors Microlite Flip 500 insulated bottle, 17 fluid ounce size, $27.95 at Amazon
|This reversible mat tops the list for yogis; one side has a just-right surface that facilitates movement, the other is extra grippy so sweaty hands won’t slip. It doesn’t require fussy curing like some other pricey high-end yoga mats, and it’s a tiny bit thicker than the standard mat for a bit more joint protection.
The reversible mat 5mm, $88 from Lululemon
Photo courtesy of Lululemon
|Beats by Dre (now Apple-owned) may be known for big, bold earphones, but these baby buds stay in your ears during long runs and other athletic endeavors without having fussy headbands or neck loops to worry about. They come in a rainbow of cool colors, too.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds, $199 at Amazon
|If you’d rather the object of your generosity be able to up their actual fitness level in a manner of their choosing, gym-disruptor Classpass offers gift certificates that open the door to top classes at gyms and studios (and now, beauty spas and salons) all over the city.
Classpass gift certificate, any amount you choose, from Classpass
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For the avid traveler
|From the duo behind popular travel website Fathom, this travel tome celebrates the stories, histories, lands, and cultures of the North American continent, providing inspiration and practical advice for modern travelers.
“Travel North America: (and Avoid Being a Tourist),” $20.80 at Amazon
|This colorful, compact electricity adapter means you can plug in no matter where you roam.
Flight 001 4-in-1 travel adapter, $25 at Amazon
|This purple passport cover turns a drab-but-vital document into a fabulous accessory.
Flight 001 boxed leather passport holder, $20.95 from Amazon
|Keep cord spaghetti under control when you’re on the go.
Travel cord roll, $20 from Uncommon Goods
|Like a real-life choose-your-adventure, an Airbnb gift certificate is the antidote for covid-era travel uncertainty.
Airbnb gift certificate, any amount.
For the devoted New Yorker
This companion volume to the acclaimed PBS series is a comprehensive illustrated history comprised of over 600 amazing photos and illustrations of the 400-year-long story of New York City from 1624 to right now.
|The NYC skyline at night is magical, no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Capture a tiny bit of the glow with votive candles illustrated with your favorite city locations (available for those other cities as well.).
City Skyline Votive, $30 from Uncommon Goods
|Midtown’s tallest office tower recently added its observation deck to the city’s list of sky-high spectacles. One Vanderbilt’s Summit spans floors 91 through 93 of the 1,401-foot-tall tower, with incredible views across a 65,000-square-foot multi-level entertainment venue 1,000 feet in the air.
SUMMIT One Vanderbilt tickets, $34-$50 with New York City discount
Image courtesy of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
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