Our perfect three-block holiday tour of Lincoln Square: Fortify with German beer, browse a cute toy store, pick up a gadget for a foodie friend, break for steak frites and finish with a flick in a vintage movie theater.
??Oh, and stock up on everything at Merz Apothecary, the 139-year-old shop that?s so packed with international cult beauty goodies, you can hardly move.?
Merz recently expanded into an adjacent storefront and opened Q Brothers, a shop dedicated to men?s grooming supplies. ??Need ideas for the remaining folks on your list? Here you go: ?
For Him Get your bearded bloke hooked on shaving with this Well Groomed Man kit ($70) from London-based Royal Apothic. It comes with a countryside-inspired scent, smooth shave gel and rich post-shave moisturizer--and the box is so nice, you only need a festive stick-on bow. ??
For Her Give a friend an olfactory flashback to summer--and softer winter skin--with this deliciously scented, gorgeously packaged honeysuckle-rose body butter from Olivina ($37).
?Yankee Swap It?s a great novelty gift at the right price--and we?d actually use this wooden foot massager ($10).??
Merz Apothecary, 4716 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-989-0900 or merzapothecary.com