OTBKB's 2009 Park Slope Holiday Gift Guide has its own mini-blog on the right hand corner of OTBKB's screen (where the ads are) or go here.
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☆BERGEN STREET between Flatbush and Fifth
Babeland: Sex toys for women; great gifts!
Bump Brooklyn: Fashionable pregnancy wear and more.
Bergen Street Comics: Cool and sophisticated comics in a sleek atmosphere. I picked up Scott McCould's "Making Comics" and "Understanding Comic" for my son.
Ride Brooklyn: Bikes, bikes, bikes and accessories.
Bark Hot Dogs: A great place to stop when you get hungry. Great beer, too.Try the bark dog and the backed beans. They also have ONION RINGS.
Eponymy: "One-of-a-kind cleverly-curated boutique–part clothing store, part gallery, part antique shop."
Lululemon: Yoga inspired athletic gear for women. Reversible yoga pants are awesome. In the shop, you can write down one of your life goals and they'll put it on their Christmas tree.
Private Stock (The Gentlemen's Shop): A quote from the owner in OffManhattan: "Private Stock is a malt liquor. When I was a teenager that was the drink of choice. You just put it in a brown paper bag. There was nothing classy about it, and that was like our drink of choice. It wasn’t Cristal, or anything like that. And that is kind of my target market: the guy that was cool back then and is older now, but still wants to be cool. I don’t know if you’re a fan of Biggie Smalls…"
Brooklyn Larder: Amazing(!) cheese, olive oils, condiments, chocolates, spices, and way more for the gourmand on your list. Holiday gift boxes look GREAT, too.
☆FIFTH AVENUE Bergen to St. Marks
Lulu's Cuts & Toys: Great toys including Ugly Dolls in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Schilling vintage toys.
Lulu's for Baby: Right next door to Lulu's Cuts & Toys. Gifts, clothing, strollers and more.
Lulu's for Baby: Right next door to Lulu's Cuts & Toys. Gifts, clothing, strollers and more.
☆FIFTH AVENUE St. Marks to Prospect Place
Buttercup's Paw-tisserie: Gifts for dogs and the people who love them.
Gorilla Coffee: Gorilla
Gift Box comes with 3x1lb of your choice of coffee, slide top silk
screen cover, gorilla logo wood burned on back.
Tabeel Aromatherapy Gift Shop and Hair Locking Center: In year's past, I liked the microwavable teddy bears for muscle soreness, arthritis, backaches, sprains and headaches, Glycerine soaps by the slice in various flavors and colors including grapefruit (pictured).
☆FIFTH AVENUE Prospect Place to Park Place
Flirt: has clothing, accessories, jewelry and more for those who are creative, individualistic, unpredictable, and up for anything! I love the $40 "gold" necklaces with hearts that say the funniest things: Really Fuckin' Cute, Stuff my Muff, Fuck Buddy, Wiling & Able, Balls to the Walls, Lucky Bitch, XOXO, Kiss Me Where I Pee, Wonder Buns, Taken, etc. Pick one for someone special in yr life.
Teddy: Fargo hats with real rabbit fur.
The Chocolate Room: CHOCOLATES!
☆FIFTH AVENUE Douglas to Degraw
A. Cheng: Lovely clothing and accessories. Floral scarves in saturated orange, bags like the one pictured.
☆FIFTH AVENUE Degraw to Sackett
Soula: Sanita Danish clogs, Converse low top sneakers in black and white or silver with sequins.
☆FIFTH AVENUE St. Johns to Lincoln
☆FIFTH AVENUE Lincoln to Berkeley
Brooklyn Frameworks: Vintage prints including images of old Brooklyn
Cog and Pearl: Decoupage paper weights and dishes by John Derian; Things to Make & Do and "Revive" calendar by Nikki McClure, "A Year of Mornings" (Princeton University Press) by Maria Alexandere Vetttes; and hand soap.
Hog Mountain (A General Store for Men) is chock full of "indestructible" and classic men's wear, including the perfect winter coat, jeans, ties, shirts, tools, etc. Great for gifts for the men on your list.
☆FIFTH AVENUE Berkeley to Union
Extraordinary: Key rings with small metal high heels, wing tips, ballet slippers, high tops.
☆FIFTH AVENUE Union to Carroll Streets.
Something Else: Fleece lined fur hats and fingerless mittens.
Bob & Judi's Coolectibles: Wide variety of laminated posters that are ready to hang: Mighty Mouse Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee film about Mohammad Ali by William Klein ($13). Locker baskets.
Goldy and Mac: Clothing and accessories for women.
☆FIFTH AVENUE President to Garfield Streets.
Matter: Still life fruit bowl -- ceramic and wood, Rainbow of 13 colored sake or shot glasses, cork chair.
Scaredy Kat: In the new location, the store is chock full of fun gifts for Hanukah, Xmas, stocking stuffers and more: vintage toys you grew up with by Fisher-Price: Clock Music box, Bouncy Bee, Chatter Telephone ($15.), huge assortment of holiday cards ($9-17).
Diana Kane: Clean, simple, modern locket. 18" Yellow gold chain with satin finished sterling silver locket. Holds two photographs. Locket measures 3/4" Handmade in New York. Jimmy Jane vibrators, candles, and Spin the Bottle game.
Eidolan: Wool neck collar with pom pom knit by Black Rabbit, unisex belts with simple stitching made by Nadine NY, tunics and dresses in 1960's patterns by Amara Felice.
☆FIFTH AVENUE Carroll to Garfield Streets
Trois Pommes Patisserie, a lovely bakery owned by Emily Isaac, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute (1997) she has worked at some of New York City¹s finest restaurants including Arcadia, Aquavit, Picholine and Esca. In addition to pies, tarts, cookies, cupcakes and even hors d'œuvres for parties, Issac has reinvented junk pastry like Twinkies, which are almondy fabulous, Hostess Cup Cakes (called Mostess Cup Cakes) and Ring Dings (in red devil, chocolate or pumpkin).
☆FIFTH AVENUE Garfield to 1st Streets.
3R Living: Cool round mirror framed by old 45's (you can order according to your musical tastes!); glassware made out of recycled Boylan birch beer, Boylan orange soda, Rolling Rock, Stella bottles; bike chain frames, Mighty Wallets, made of materials used in Express Mail envelopes, hand screen printed, plywood wall hooks and bottle openers.
Lucia: Love bird necklaces; nice sweaters, gloves and hats.
La Rosa Dance Supply: Tights and ballet supplies for little girls and women.
☆FIFTH AVENUE 1st to 2nd Street
Jonathan Blum: Paintings by Brooklyn's hometown artist.
☆FIFTH AVENUE Second to Third Streets
☆FIFTH AVENUE 3rd to 4th Streets
PYR Wine Shop:
Brooklyn Mercantile: Give the gift of one of their intimate, on-site classes in sewing, crafts, quilting, and more. They also have bags, housewares, jewelry, one-of-a-kind art and more.
Stitch Therapy: Knitting bags, Wool baby rattle knitting kit, felting kit ($30).
☆FIFTH AVENUE 2nd to 3rd Street
Bird: It can be a little pricey in here but it's a great gift source for the fashionista on your list. Featured women's collections (at all locations) include 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne, A.P.C., Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela Ligne 6, Rachel Comey, Stella McCartney, Thakoon, Tsumori Chisato, Yigal Azrouël, Zero + Maria Cornejo. .
☆FIFTH AVENUE 4th to 5th Street
Under the Pig Antiques: You never know what you'll fine in here. Have FUN.
☆FIFTH AVENUE 5th to 6th Streets
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co: Strive
To Be Boring and My Secret Identity black t-shirts. Secret Identity
kits, Superhero Supplements from Aardvark Brothers Brand, Strong vacuum
suction cups, mylar force fields...
Zuzu's Petals: Small oval shaped (and very feminine) quilted jewelry boxes, plates and platters that look like doilies, Italian urns, runners and MORE.
Urban Alchemist: Part
store, part gallery and part artisan salon, Urban Alchemist has an
eclectic mix of emerging designers as well as carefully selected
vintage and modern home goods, accessories and furniture. I love the delicate necklaces and earrings by Rebeccah Shepherd,
the plastered vintage milk bottles from Brooklyn milk companies of yore
and more. Much more. The shop is just east of Fifth Avenue on 5th
☆FIFTH AVENUE 7th to 8th Streets
Save on Fifth: What a selection of just about everything. Cheap, cheap, cheap.
FIFTH AVENUE 8th - 9th Streets
Galaxy Comics: 12 inch Yellow Submarine Beatles figurines, action figures, superheroes, and TV icon figurines.
Tip Top Gifts: Commando sweaters in black, navy, and green with patches on the shoulders and elbows.
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☆SEVENTH AVENUE Lincoln to Berkeley
Paper XOXO Owner Alison has great taste in all things paper, including Manhattan Diaries, letter press cards, diaries, journals and more.
Mandala Tibetan Store: Fantastic furry ear muffs, scarves galore, Buddha figurines, bags, jewelry.
Slope Sports: Great
gifts for winter runners: Mizuno BreathThermo running hat and gloves,
$20 each, The Stick self-massager; Life is good® long-sleeve
t-shirts, CRAFT top or bottom base layer.
☆SEVENTH AVENUE Berkeley to Union
Leaf & Bean: High quality coffe, tea, candy, home goods and gifts.
☆SEVENTH AVENUE Union to President
Blue Apron (just east of 7th Avenue): Imported and domestic hams and other chacuterie. The cheeses are artisanal, perfectly kept and presented, and none are cut until you're ready to buy (a righteous rarity and a practice only found among the best cheese mongers). They work with very small producers to be able to offer flawless ricotta cheese, domestic prosciutto that rivals Parma's, and other products that are available almost nowhere else in New York. Breads are from Amy's, Pain d'Avignon, Sullivan Street and Royal Crown. Jacques Torres is a friend of the store and the best of his chocolates are sold here.
Newstand: A lottery ticket.
Facets: Beautiful precious and semi-precious jewelry and earrings
Area: T-shirts and wooden toys, Ugly Dolls and more.
Aersoles: Shoes, great socks and stockings.
☆SEVENTH AVENUE President to Carroll
Loom: Great gifts, all price ranges, all age groups.
Lisa Polansky: This store is crowded with women's clothing, shoes, clogs and more.
Kiwi: Beautiful hat and glove sets
☆SEVENTH AVENUE Carroll to Garfield
Jack Rabbit: A pair of running shoes and tuition in the Beginner Running Clinic ($250).
D'Vine Taste: Dried Fruits. Halvah. Fancy olive oils. Proustian Madeleine cakes.
Community Bookstore: Book ideas: Lit by Mary Karr, Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem, Prospect Park West by Amy Sohn, A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore, Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life by Carol Sklenicka, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann and Store Front (if they're out of it you can always order it).
Little Things: From trendy to classic toys: they've got it all. All wrapped up in purple tissue paper: what could be better?
Back to the Land: Dr. Hanuschka, Avalon, Kiss My Face, California Baby, and other skin and hair care products.
Possibilities On The Slope: Cards, balloons, gift items, fragrances and skincare products, etc.
☆SEVENTH AVENUE Garfield to 1st
Artesana: Beautiful ornaments, candles holders, etc.
The Clay Pot: Hotcakes necklaces and earrings are my pick. See left.
The Chair Store:
Lolli: Cinderella Pajamas that come with a book.
Mr. Choi: Just like last year: Hot Sox in a wide variety of patterns including Hanukah menorahs, cappuchino, bandannas, and polka dots (3 for $15).
Eric Shoes: Boots, boots, fabulous boots and bags.
Good Footing: Ice skates.
☆SEVENTH AVENUE 3rd to 4th Streets
City Casuals: Clothing (Cut Loose, and other comfortable brands), shoes, scarves and pretty jewelry. Reasonable prices.
Living on Fifth: Going out of business SALE!
The Cocoa Bar: Nicely packaged chocolate treats.
Lion in the Sun: Moleskin notebooks in all sizes. Acme pens. Great place to find gifts for the writer in your life.
☆SEVENTH AVENUE 4th to 5th Streets
☆SEVENTH AVENUE 7th to 8th Streets
☆SEVENTH AVENUE 8th to 9th Streets
Brooklyn Industries: Great sweaters this year. Bags as always. Gloves, hats and of course super t-shirts.
☆SEVENTH AVENUE ABOVE 9th Street:
OTTO: Fantastic Echo gloves and scarves. Pricey but fabulous hats; three dot t-shirts, boiled wool handbags
4-Play BK: hippy-chic brands like Free People and Blue Platealong with urban essentials like Puma kicks, designer jeans and Paul Frank t-shirts and more.
Music Matters: New CD by Tom Waits: Glitter and Doom Live, guitar picks in bulk.
Big Nose, Full Body: Wine gifts galore for the wine enthusiast on your list.
Goldy & Mac: Sweaters, dresses, bags, accessories...
Sweet Charity: Fun, floral and tasteful homegoods, gift and clothing shop that is chock full of gift items!
Grab: Gourmet gifts for the foodie you love.
Big Nose, Full Body: Gifts for the oneophile in your life