15 Excellent Gifts for New Yorkers
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 15 gifts that are guaranteed to be a hit with New Yorkers—even the most perpetually unimpressed city dwellers.
1. Homesick New York City Candle
This stylish, hand-poured number boasts 60 to 80 hours of burn time and notes of “spring days in Central Park, fine department stores and concrete.” (This is one time we’re thankful they didn’t go too realistic.)
2. A New York Cookbook
Know someone who’s resolving to cook more this year? Get them inspired with recipes from the minds behind some of our favorite NYC restaurants: Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen, Einat Admony of Balaboosta and Taïm, Angie Mar of the Beatrice Inn and Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park. We’ll also throw in a memoir (with recipes) from the prolific Jean-Georges Vongerichten and a new cookbook from our favorite Insta-famous Brooklyn cook, Alison Roman.
3. Brooklinen Voucher
We all know “the city that never sleeps” is a myth. Give your favorite in-need-of-a-nap Gothamite some luxe new bedding from the cult-fave local brand.
5. Noise-Canceling Headphones
A wireless Bluetooth-enabled pair will block out loud subway talkers and overly chatty coworkers alike.
6. A Booklover’s Guide to New York by Cleo Le-Tan
Instead of getting your bibliophile bestie another novel (which, let’s face it, she’s probably already read), treat her to this gorgeous coffee-table book. Cleo Le-Tan chronicles the city’s many libraries, bookstores and other literary haunts, with illustrations by her late father (and New Yorker cover artist), Pierre Le-Tan.
7. Seamless Gift Card
You know what? Forget everything else on the list. This is the perfect gift.
8. Hot Dog Rattle
For the newest member of your New York fam. (Bonus: It’s organic!)
9. A Custom Signet Ring
Personalized with the characters of your choosing, whether that’s “QNS” or “WTF.”
10. A Lyft Gift Card
For your coworker who lives a 20-minute hike from the nearest train. (Hey, if you can save him one hellish commute, that’s something…)
11. Local Hot Sauce
Got a friend who puts hot sauce on everything? Keep her pantry (or purse) stocked with a bottle from this homegrown brand, available in two varieties: the green Herbal Alchemy (punched up with cilantro, parsley and turmeric) or the red Sweet Heat (subtly tropical with mango and pineapple).
14. A Bagel-Making Class
Yes, you can get a solid sesame with chive cream cheese on pretty much every corner, but your baking-obsessed pal would jump at the chance to make her own. Sign her up to learn from the pros at the International Culinary Center.
15. Some new plants
You know at least one person who’s turned their apartment into a makeshift greenhouse—why not give them what they want?