You need something to take to the kids waiting back home, or you'd like to gift your new business contact with something small but thoughtful. Forego the dime-a-dozen airport tchotchkes and spend some time browsing in some of our best gift stores, which, conveniently, also takes you into interesting neighborhoods across the city.
Inviting boutique featuring affordable baubles and bags, and specializing in personalized items; also has a well-edited selection of baby and kids gifts/clothing. Table and servingware and bath/body products, too. Open M 10 am-5 pm, Tu-Th 10 am-7 pm, F&Sa 10 am-8 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm.
A fair-trade boutique (associated with the Ten Thousand Villages network), this homegrown store offers jewelry, home decor, games and more from artisans from around the globe. Largely volunteer-staffed and focused on a mission of economic and social justice for the makers. Open daily, see website for hours.
This specialty shop offers a playful mix of gifts, home décor items from designers including Jonathan Adler and Trina Turk, jewelry, hard-to-find art books, a superior kids’ section and more. And chess sets? You betcha. All proceeds benefit the programs and exhibitions of the World Chess Hall of Fame.