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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: NYC

New York is quite plentiful. The city is filled with literally everything you could ever want or need delivered to your door. And this is especially true when it comes to shopping.  There’s a reason we choose to live or work in this busy metropolis. The holiday season only reminds us of how beautifully festive and fun the city can be this time of year. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite picks below for your everyone in your squad.

Jacque Torres Champagne Truffles | Cyclical Industry U wire Earrings | New York or Nowhere Shirt | Etched Atlas NYC Map | Fall in Central Park Candle | Breuckelen Glorious Gin | Julie’s Beet Big Apple Gift Set | Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Honest Apparel

A true New Yorker knows a uniform of all-black everything always works and that direct honesty is the best policy. And honestly, what city is better than NYC? Show everyone how you really feel with this versatile New York or Nowhere Sweatshirt ($95) from Knowlita that works whether you’re on the way to the gym or headed out for brunch on the weekend.

Personalized Lipstick

Experience the art of making your very own personalized lipstick with your lipstick loving friend at the Bite Lip Lab. Find your perfect shade together ($55 per person for one lipstick or two for $80). A bold red is much more powerful when tailored to your skin tone and personality. The cool customization process lets you express exactly what you want. Sit down with Lip Lab artists to hand select your custom texture and flavor.

Virgin Cacao Stirrers by Dr Smood

Simply just stir this cute cacao cube by Dr Smood into hot milk (non-dairy preferred) alone or with a pinch of ground cinnamon and chili powder to make a traditional Mayan-Aztec Cacao Elixir. Perfect for the health conscious or world traveler in your squad—we know there are a ton of you in New York! This ingredient has powerful anti-aging properties and may promote cellular longevity, and it’s available at all of Dr Smood’s five NYC locations.

Badass Bitches Museum Tour

The Badass Bitches of the Met Tour from Musuem Hack tackles art through a feminist lens, taking you on an interactive and educational tour of female artists you need to know but probably haven’t ever heard of (thanks, systemic sexism). The two-hour tour packs a ton of actually interesting info in, so you’ll have lots of stuff to talk about over brunch. Check out our Bitchtastic brunch guide for our top choices in the UES. ($59 per person)

Food Maps

These handy dandy maps by All You Can Eat Press are the perfect companion for your favorite all-star eater.  The NYC Complete Maps  ($50) set includes six maps for navigating and discovering the best spots for doughnuts, burgers, ramen, diners, oysters, and pizza maps. Start planning a food crawl of your own!

Big Apple Gift Set

This delectable gift set ($46) by Julie’s Beet features artisans from the Big Apple.  As the song says, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere! The set includes one spice blend from La Boîte, a tasty sauce from EssieSpice, a jar of delicious Rick’s Picks, and an organic dark chocolate bark from Cacao Prieto. As eclectic as the city itself, this gift set will make you wish you were walking the streets of NYC. Bigger is almost always better, especially when you’re talking about New York City. Choose the large option of this gift set to include a jar of Due Cellucci Tomato Sauce and box of The Matzo Project Matzo ($76).

Custom Candles

Spark your senses and create custom candles at CandlePower by Yankee Candle, a new immersive pop-up shop in SoHo. The shop features 10 immersive exhibits to ignite the senses through scent, sight, sound and touch. Customize your own Yankee Candle by selecting a candle style, fragrance, and personal photo to adorn the label.  New York City–themed fragrances like Fall in Central Park are also available for your city-loving friends. The pop-up includes all of the essentials, including a gifting station to wrap and ship gifts.

Bicycle Baubles

We dig these designs by Cyclical Industry at Artists and Fleas in SoHo. These versatile pieces are based on basic shapes combined to create unique pieces that evoke the parts of a bicycle. They specialize in color blocks with whimsical design and delicate material and offer something for everyone that are casual and elegant.

Brooklyn-Made Gin 

Gift your gin-loving friend a bottle they can appreciate. Breuckelen’s gin is distilled from wheat grown in upstate New York, so the base is really more like a white whiskey. In fact, they barrel-age the same wheat spirit to make their 77 Whiskey. It’s distilled in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Glorious gin ($41) contains lemon, rosemary, ginger, and grapefruit and pairs well with brunch.

Champagne Chocolate

We recently had the pleasure of creating our own chocolate infused with Taittinger Champagne with Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacques Torres. We’re obsessed with his stunning chocolate creations.  With a mouthwatering combination of milk chocolate, fresh cream, and Taittinger Brut La Française Champagne, these milk chocolate champagne truffles ($20) are sure to be a hit at any holiday party.

Throw Blankets

Winter is coming, literally. These cute and cozy throw blankets by Made Here New York will warm up any evening. With a range of options from pretty patterns, textures and edges, you’ll be able to find a snuggly blanket to fit seamlessly into any living room.

Etched Atlas Maps

These gorgeous wood-engraved city maps from Etched Atlas ($59 unframed or $99 framed) show all the neighborhoods in each city with incredible detail. It’s a natural conversation piece and makes for a unique hand-crafted gift. All maps are engraved in beautiful Baltic Birch wood, bringing your favorite neighborhood of the city to life with crisp, vibrant detail.

Shruti Shah

NYC Editor & Resident Vegetarian

Shruti has a love affair with gin and spicy food. By day she's hustling in PR for leading consumer brands. When she's OOO, you can find her at Daybreaker dance parties, exploring kitschy cocktail bars and reviewing veggie-friendly brunches.

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