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Shocking: New Yorkers are notoriously hard to shop for because A) we have unreasonably high standards and B) we have zero space for superfluous stuff. Challenge accepted: We’ve found presents that are guaranteed to be a hit, even with perpetually unimpressed city dwellers. 

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Little, Brown and Company

Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel

This sprawling chronicle combines three things we love: art, fearless women and New York history. Gabriel delves deep into the lives of five artists who disrupted the (male-dominated) field of abstract painting in the 20th century. Buy it for the art buffs in your life—or anyone who appreciates nonfiction that reads like a novel.

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A Hot Duck Sweatshirt

Your BFF hasn’t talked this much about a celebrity, avian or otherwise, since her N*Sync days. Now she can show off her devotion, concert tee–style, with a sweatshirt (or T-shirt or tote) adorned with the bird of the moment. 

Kirtlandii ($35)

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Johannes Schmitt-Tegge/picture alliance via Getty Images

A Lyft Gift Card

For your coworker who lives in Bushwick…right off the L train. (Hey, if you can save him one hellish commute, that’s something…)

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my year of rest
Penguin Press

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

For your friend who has a tendency to hibernate all winter, pick up a copy of Moshfegh’s novel: Set in Manhattan in the early aughts, it follows a self-indulgent 24-year-old who spends an entire year in a pharmaceutical-induced haze. It’s weird and funny, and it might actually convince your friend to come out for drinks in January.

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Exit 9

Diner Cup

Now any cup of coffee you drink can be the world’s best cup of coffee.

Exit 9 ($14)

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Alphotographic/Getty Images

Museum Membership

FOMO is rampant here, and so is FONBCE (fear of not being cultured enough). Help your friends ease the affliction with a membership to the Whitney, the New Museum, MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Met, the Museum of the Moving Image…you get the idea.

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Hot Dog Rattle

For the newest member of your New York fam. (Bonus: It’s organic!)

Piccoliny ($22)

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Vanessa Lianne Jewelry

A Custom Signet Ring

Personalized with the characters of your choosing, whether that’s “QNS” or “WTF.”

Vanessa Lianne Jewelry (from $98)

emilys cookbook
Ballantine Books

A New York Cookbook

Know someone who’s resolving to cook more in 2019? Get them inspired with recipes from some of our favorite NYC restaurants: The culinary minds behind Emily, Estela, Boqueria, Contra and Milk Bar all released new cookbooks this year.

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Courtesy of Black Tap

A Cozy Beanie

Cold-weather gear is a gifting no-brainer, but this knit topper—a collab between Black Tap and Love Your Melon, available at any of Black Tap's NYC locations—will make you feel even more warm and fuzzy: Fifty percent of the profits support organizations that fight pediatric cancer.

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Seamless Gift Card

You know what? Forget everything else on the list. This is the perfect gift. 


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